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OMG! I want to go! Would you? A Titanic 2 is being built!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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NEW YORK -- What could possibly go wrong?

An Australian billionaire is getting ready to build a new version of the Titanic that could set sail in late 2016.

Clive Palmer unveiled blueprints for the famously doomed ship's namesake Tuesday at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. He said construction is scheduled to start soon in China.

Palmer said 40,000 people have expressed interest in tickets for the maiden voyage, taking the original course from Southampton, England, to New York. He said people are inspired by his quest to replicate one of the most famous vessels in history.

"We all live on this planet, we all breathe the same air and, of course, the Titanic is about the things we've got in common," he said. "It links three continents."

The original Titanic was the world's largest and most luxurious ocean liner when it hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank on April 15, 1912. Only 700 people of the more than 2,200 on board survived the most famous maritime disaster in history, partly because there were not enough lifeboats to carry everyone.

Palmer said an unknown when the original ship sailed – climate change – may play into a positive for the new ship's fate.

"One of the benefits of global warming is there hasn't been as many icebergs in the North Atlantic these days," Palmer said.

Passengers on board the replica will dress in the fashion of that period and eat dishes from the original menu, in dining rooms copied from the ill-fated predecessor.

Joining Palmer on Tuesday was Helen Benziger, the great granddaughter of Titanic survivor Margaret "Molly" Brown. Benziger, who agreed to serve on the advisory board for the Titanic II, said her great grandmother, who died in 1932, would have loved to see the Titanic rebuilt and complete the journey it never got to finish.

In what some may consider a temptation of fate for a remake of a notoriously "unsinkable" ship that sank, a representative of the Finnish designer of the Titanic II said it will be the "safest cruise ship in the world."

Markku Kanerva, director of sales for marine design company Deltamarin said that while the vessel is modeled after the legendary liner – the diesel-powered ship will even have four decorative smoke stacks mimicking the coal-powered originals – it will meet modern navigation and safety requirements.

In addition, plans call for a new "safety deck" featuring state-of-the-art lifeboats, safety chutes and slides. The new ship will also have amenities unknown a century ago, like air conditioning.

Palmer, who is funding construction of the ship himself, built his fortune in real estate and coal. Australia's BRW magazine estimated his net worth last year at $4 billion, although Forbes puts it at $895 million.

"I want to spend the money I've got before I die," he said. "You might as well spend it, not leave it to the kids to spend, there will be enough left for them anyway."

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lismore
by Gold Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:51 AM
It's interesting but I wouldn't go.
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ZakkarysMom
by Platinum Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM
Thats cool. I bet it would cost alot for a ticket!
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AFWifeNMom
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM
I would totally go!

Too bad I am sure I will never afford that lol
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momdoes
by Platinum Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM

 


Quoting ZakkarysMom:

Thats cool. I bet it would cost alot for a ticket!


 Trying to find out cost of tix now but all i keep finding is how inflation has made it to where a tix would cost over 100,000!!!!!

momdoes
by Platinum Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM

 


Quoting lismore:

It's interesting but I wouldn't go.


 Why not momma?

WalkingDeadlove
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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There is no way I would go. I've always obsessed about the Titanic and have written many reports on the subject but I could not temp fate in that way. Now, I would love to tour Titanic II while it's docked safely. Lol
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kolbiesmommy
by Silver Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM
Lol maybe to look at it, but to actually take a trip...no thanks. It's taking the same path. I personally hate cold water so I'd be super pissed if I had to endure it after hitting another iceberg.
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momdoes
by Platinum Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM

 


Quoting WalkingDeadlove:

There is no way I would go. I've always obsessed about the Titanic and have written many reports on the subject but I could not temp fate in that way. Now, I would love to tour Titanic II while it's docked safely. Lol

I think a rescue would go much better this time around if history repeated itself. My dh says it would be kinda cool if it did happen, in the same spot, same iceberg. He aint right! LOL

 

Ms.Pteranodon
by Bronze Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 9:03 AM
No way would I go...
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quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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1) I was on a cruise ship that caught on fire and floated through a hurricane. Risk of icebergs? No thank you.

2) I see the quality of toys, electronics, and vehicles built in China. Getting on a ship built in China that might hit ice seems like a bad idea.

3) it seems tacky to make ridiculous amounts of money off the tragedy. $40,000 for a ticket goes beyond fair market price.
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