Titanic II Will Sail Soon, Because If at First You Don't Succeed...
Here's a crazy idea: Don't board any ship, boat, or floating plank of wood if it bears the name Titanic. Clear a wide berth. Go home. Go to bed. This is not the day you tempt fate, karmic retribution, and God's wrath on the open seas.
However, if you are in a fate-tempting kind of mood, there's good news. They're remaking the Titanic. Not the slog of a movie starring Kate Winslet and Young Leo, the actual ship. In real life. If this is some Darwinian test for humankind, we are failing.
Blue Star Line, an Australian shipping company owned by an Australian billionaire, said in 2012 it was building Titanic II, a nearly exact replica of the RMS Titanic that would hold passengers and steam across the ocean. However, due to financial troubles, the plans were stalled. Now, Blue Star Line has announced that work on the luxury liner has resumed, MSN reports, and that it will be ready for its maiden voyage in 2022.
Titanic II is being built in China as we speak (unlike the original, which was built in Belfast). It will hold 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members, and cost $500 million. It is the same length as the original Titanic with the same cabin layout and interior, and the same three passenger classes. Unlike the first Titanic, which hit an iceberg and sank, killing 1,500 people, there will be modern navigation technology and safety procedures, as well as enough life boats to go around.
Titanic II's voyage starts exactly 110 years after the Titanic disaster. It will make its way from Dubai to Southampton, England, where the Titanic boarded in 1912, then cross the Atlantic along the same path. Afterwards, assuming all goes well, it will circumnavigate the globe. Ticketing has not yet begun. If this at all sounds like something you'd at all like to do, we recommend you go watch Young Leo die in Titanic again.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
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