Billionaire and professor Clive Palmer and his Blue Star Line shipping company held a press conference in New York City on Tuesday morning to unveil the new blueprints of the Titanic II, which was first announced in 2012.
It will make its maiden voyage on 2016 from Southampton, England to New York, carrying 2,600 passengers in 850 cabins. It will employ about 900 crew and include 18 lifeboats — enough for everyone on board.
The Titanic II has kept various features based on the class system of the early 1900s. Like the first ship, it will have a gym, Turkish baths, a squash court, a grand staircase and swimming pools. It will also retain the dining rooms for second and third class, as well as Captain Smith's sitting room, bedroom and quarters.
Passengers will also be given 1920s-era costumes as part of the ticket fee, which will be included in state rooms upon arrival to help recreate the experience. First class passengers will not be able to mingle with those in second or third class, but will be able to spend a few days in different quarters, which will require people to change clothing. "It will really help you pretend you are in the movie," Palmer said.
Although the ticket price hasn't been yet announced, he's already received offers as high as $1 million to be on board the first voyage. As for how much the project costs, Palmer didn't want to say. "We aren't going to divulge the cost because I have enough money to pay for it," Palmer said. "Cost isn't what it is about. It's about creating a memory of the Titanic."
A Blue Line representative said, "It will be the most safe cruise ship in the world when it launches." But then, so was the Titanic. "Anything will sink if you put a hole in it," said Palmer, noting the company is looking into preventing worst-case scenarios. "I'm not super-superstitious. We are staying true to the original Titanic and a lot of those designs and full experience that never saw the light of day, but there will be some updates too."