Titanic II delayed setting sail, and it will not be ready until 2018.
The ship is currently being built in Jiangsu, China.
The replica of the ill-fated ship was supposed to set sail this year. The ship was originally going to keep the same maiden voyage as the Titanic, but it will now set sail in Jiangsu and land in Dubai.
The Titanic twin is a creation of billionaire Clive Palmer and the shipping company Blue Star Line.
“Why build the Titanic? Why go to the moon? Why do the Yankees play the Red Socks? Why did Christopher Columbus discover the Americas? Because they could, and I can, and we can build the Titanic,” Palmer said.
The original Titanic, known as the ‘ship of dreams,’ set sail April 1912 in Southampton, England. It was destined to land in New York.
Five days into the maiden voyage the ship hit an iceberg estimated at 300 feet long and 100 feet above water.
More than 1,500 people died in the Titanic tragedy, with only 706 survivors.
Palmer and Blue Star Line received many supporters and positive feedback, but some people have questioned if building the replica is insensitive to the lives lost of the Titanic.
“I don’t think it’s insensitive, I think it’s fascinating that people will get to experience the wonders of the Titanic again,” said Wendy Gibbons, a possible Titanic II passenger.
The new ship is almost identical to the original but it includes modern technology for navigation and safety. This includes more lifeboats, satellite controls and digital navigation among many other updates.
The original Titanic was 883 feet long and 175 feet high. The new ship is 882 feet long and 100 feet high. Though the new ship’s length and height are smaller, it will be a few meters wider than the original ship to supply additional stability.
Titanic II is maintaining the same Turkish and Edwardian look and feel as the original ship.
The grand staircase will be one of the many identical features the two ships share.
In addition, Titanic II will include identical first-class suites, dining rooms, smoking rooms, poolrooms and other amenities.
Even though the two ships share many features, the new ship is estimated to cost $426 million more than the original.
“Some eager passengers have already expressed willingness to pay $1 million per ticket,” according to CNBC.
Palmer plans to keep class system the same as it was in the twentieth century. Including first-, second- and third-class dining rooms. Also, first-class travelers will be separated from the other classes.
Tickets are not yet available for purchase. Ticketing information, voyage dates and prices will be posted on bluestarline.com.au.