If you have wondered what it was like to sail on the legendary Titanic, you need not imagine further. The Titanic II, an exact replica of the original 1912 Titanic, is expected to set sail in 2018.
Blue Star Line is determined to give travelers an experience no other cruise line can – a chance to experience how it would have been like aboard a historic ship that met its untimely demise when it hit an iceberg in 1912. In fact, the Titanic II looks so much like its predecessor. However, unlike the original, this one had been undergoing rigorous testing since 2013.
That year, Blue Star Line Chairman Clive Palmer confirmed that the Titanic II was undergoing its first model testing with the help of German hydrodynamic service and consulting group Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA). During this time, a 9.3m wooden model of the proposed ship underwent a series of propulsion and power testing in a 300m-long tank for a span of four days. The model was said to have been tested by the HSVA with speeds topping at 23 knots. This is said to be critical in evaluating the speed and power performance of the Titanic II prototype. The actual ship will then be built by the CSC Jinling Shipyard in China.
Palmer is a man who probably loves history as much as he loves making historic announcements. In fact, it was April 30, 2012, 100 years from when the original ship set sail, when he decided to announce his plans to build Titanic a sister ship. The original Titanic set sail back in April 10, 1912.
To keep the architectural and interior details historically accurate, Blue Star Line has contracted Tillberg Design of Sweden to almost bring the sunken ship back to life. In fact, the team has been hired to work on the design of the first, second and third-class accommodations, along with the first-class lounge, grand staircase, smoking room and Café Parisian. Meanwhile, the team will also be adding modern features on Titanic II’s safety deck.
The original plan for the Titanic II is to launch a maiden passenger voyage that would take guests from Southampton to New York. However, Fox 35 reports that it will sail from Jiangsu, China to Dubai in the UAE instead.