Work on an Australian billionaire's "pet project" to build a replica of the Titanic and provide luxury round-the-world cruises appears to have resurfaced. The new ship is going to be a flawless copy of the first Titanic ocean liner, but, of course, the Titanic II will be outfitted with plenty of lifeboats and a properly built hull, so that it doesn't come to the same tragic end as the Titanic I did.
Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer, who is behind the project released a statement saying, "The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York", Palmer said in a statement last month. The entire effort to recreate the Titanic experience will be different in one big way: The new boat will be equipped with countless lifejackets and lifeboats.
Most, of course, didn't make it that far: After stops in Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland, the Titanic (spoiler alert!) hit an iceberg, broke apart, and sank.
Reports claim there will be nine decks and 840 staterooms that can accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members, the same as the Belfast original.
To ward off any fears from potential passengers about another sinking, Blue Star Line's official website states, "While every bit as luxurious as her namesake, Titanic II will have every modern amenity along with 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems".
The replica will feature the same cabin layout as the original.
After its maiden voyage, the Titanic II will embark on other global routes.
There is no word on how much tickets will cost, though you can expect to spend at least an arm and a leg (but hopefully not your life) for admission. The twist? This Titanic replica will never see the ocean.
An Australian court ruled a year ago that Citic needed to pay Palmer's company millions in royalties from the project.
A second Titanic II is also being built in a theme park in China. Originally the Titanic was owned by the White Star Line.