Titanic 2 cruise ship was the world's most-anticipated vessel, fascinating and inspiring millions of people worldwide. Titanic replica ship was a stunning shipbuilding project to revive the ocean liner RMS Titanic. The idea for a newbuild belonged to one of Australia's richest people - the multimillion mining magnate Clive Palmer.
On April 30, 2012, on a special press conference Palmer astonished and shocked the world announcing his intention to build a full-scale replica of RMS Titanic. The new 90,000-ton "Titanic 2" would offer 840 passenger staterooms and capacity 2435 passengers plus 900 staff and crew.
The maiden voyage of Titanic II was planned to leave not from Southampton to New York (like the original liner), but from Jiangsu China (north of Shanghai) to Dubai UAE. The new liner was intended to have modern passenger evacuation systems, digital navigation, latest radar systems and satellite controls, Heli Deck, top-deck gardens. Some relatives of passengers who died on RMS Titanic condemned the project to build the replica ship as insensitive. Blue Star Line was flooded with inquiries from potential customers, some offering up to GBP 640,000 to book Titanic 2's inaugural cruise.
Clive Palmer's new Titanic II
The creator of the project for Titanic 2 is Clive Frederick Palmer (born March 26, 1954) - an Australian businessman, managing iron ore, nickel and coal holdings. Forbes Magazine estimated his wealth in January 2013 at USD 895 million.
In April 2012, Clive Palmer signed a MoU (memorandum of understanding) with one of the top ship-building companies in the world the Chinese state owned CSC Jinling to construct a replica of RMS Titanic, the Titanic II ship.
Apart from his Titanic 2 ship project, Palmer is also popular for another stunning plan to create a simulate Jurassic Park by over 100 animatronic dinosaurs in his resort in Coolum. In 2013 he formed the political party Palmer United , to compete for the federal election, in which he was a candidate for the Division of Fairfax in Queensland and won it by 36 votes.
The new liner was planned to be 100% fireproof and with ice-strengthened hull (ice-class PC6) to withstand icebergs and any weather extremes. Maritime industry's most advanced navigation equipment and all safety standards were to be implemented.
"Titanic 2 Ship" project was initially joined by 3 big companies – Deltamarin (ship design, engineering, construction support), Tillberg Design Sweden (luxury cruise ship design, hotel and restaurant interiors) and Lloyd's Register Group Ltd (marine and shipping services organisation, classification society). The first Titanic replica project was supported by an advisory board. The ship model was tested in Germany.
Titanic 2 ship construction and technical details
The new Titanic 2 ship was expected to be launched in 2018, 106 years after the original ship sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. The original plans of Blue Star were to build the replica of Titanic in April 2012 in oder to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking. The project has been later pushed back to 2016, and then to 2018. The new ship would have been 833 feet (254 m) long, just three inches longer than the original and 13,9 feet (4,2 m) wider in order to increase stability.
Ship's external look would have been a copy of her namesake but still it would have been a 21-st century vessel with all the equipment and safety standards. Coal-fired boilers and steam engines would have been replaced by diesel drivers. New Titanic 2 ship would have been powered by four Warstila 46F diesel generating sets, two 12 cylinder 12V46F engines each producing 14,400 KW and two eight cylinder producing 9,600 KW each. Three azimuth thrusters of the new Titanic 2 ship would have done the propulsion and also the maneuvering as the replica rudder would have been only a decoration.
The ship has a two sectioned Navigation Bridge. The forward section was designed to be an original replica and the aft section as high technology wheelhouse.
A new extra “Safety deck” between original decks D and C is projected for 18 lifeboats and the safety chutes. It was not decided whether there would have been garage or cars on-deck storage on board. New Titanic 2 ship would have all the safety certificates, including of course SOLAS. The building cost of the new liner was estimated to be around GBP 400 million.
Despite the planned maiden voyage in 2016 then in 2018, ship construction didn't start. Blue Star Line's website was closed in 2018 and Clive Palmer abandoned its trademark. In 2017, Palmer was reported to be in ill health, suffering from memory lapses.
Just as the original liner, Titanic 2 was planned to heave 3 passenger classes, with the option guests to sleep 6 night in same-class cabin or 2 nights in each class. Surprisingly, 3rd class was attracting attention globally, being one of the most searched. Bathrooms were designed to be common (shared). There was an idea the ship to provide complimentary costumes (typical for each class cabins) to all passengers.
RMS Titanic lounges and public spaces would have been recreated with regard to smallest details, including timber cladded walls, custom-made furniture, original artworks, light fittings, crystal chandeliers.
New lower deck cabins were designed with modern amenities, but all other staterooms and all public premises (deck D and above) were precise recreation of the original ship. A new “Safety Deck” was planned to house Casino, Retail Shops, Hospital (Infirmary) and a 400-seat Theater Lounge. The company V-Ships Leisure was contracted to provide all onboard entertainment. Other planned facilities included 3 dining rooms, Turkish bath, Cafe Parisien (patisserie), glass-dome covered sun deck with 2 swimming pools and jacuzzis, Spa complex, gymnasium, smoking lounge, several bars.
Onboard dining menus were developed by 68 chefs. Clive Palmer hosted gala events in NYC, London and Macau, offering VIP guests the 11-course dinner to be available at the new Titanic.
The list of those meals included:
- Course 1: Oysters
- Course 2: Consommé Olga
- Course 3: Scottish Balik Salmon w Mousseline Sauce, Cucumber
- Course 4: Sauté of Chicken Lyonnaise, Vegetable Marrow Farcie, Parmentier Potatoes
- Course 5: Aberdeen Angus Filet Mignons Lili
- Course 6: Eye of Lamb Loin, Mint Sauce & Green Peas, Boiled New Potatoes
- Course 7: Roast Duckling, Apple Sauce, Boiled Rice
- Course 8: Punch Romaine
- Course 9: Cold Asparagus Vinaigrette – Pate De Foie Gras
- Course 10: Waldorf Pudding, French Ice Cream, Peaches en Chartreuse Jelly, Chocolate & Vanilla Éclair
- Course 11: English Stilton & Port Wine, Hors D' Oeuvre Varies.
Titanic Replica Ship Hotel in China (Romandisea Resort)
RMS Titanic inspired the Chinese company "Qixing Energy Investment Group" to build the famous ocean liner as a full-scale hotel ship replica.
The Chinese group manages energy factories. It announced the ship hotel project as a theme park - officially called "Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort". The resort park is sized 6,7 km2 (2,6 ml2). It is located in Da Ying county (Sichuan Province, China) and include attractions like spa resort (with Turkish baths), artificial beach, amusement park (with medieval castle replicas, Venetian church replica, clock tower, large swimming pool). Next image shows the resort's amusement park.
However, the resot's main attraction is the Titanic ship-hotel in life-size. The project's cost was nearly CNY 1 billion (USD 165 million / GBP 105 million). The construction was scheduled to start in 2014 and the opening was initially set for 2016.
- Titanic replica ship-hotel was designed with blueprints of RMS Olympic. The hotel is floating (docked at Qi River / moored permanently within a reservoir).
- The ship has a disaster simulator allowing passengers to feel the shipwreck atmosphere in 6D.
- The Chinese Titanic had its keel-laying ceremony held on November 29, 2016. Around 50,000 tons of steel were used for its construction – more than the steel sed to build an aircraft carrier.
- The ship was re-scheduled for completion in 2018.
- The full-size replica ship is located over 1200 km (745 ml) from the sea (approx 114 km / 70 ml from Chengdu). It has length 269 m (882 ft) and width 28 m (92 ft). It also has original features - like theater, ballroom, swimming pool, staterooms.
- Qixing revealed the plan to rebuild the luxury ocean liner in January 2014. Tickets cost from CNY 3000 (GBP 350) per cabin per night. Suites cost from CNY 100,000 Yuan (GBP 11,580). The onboard entertainment includes Vegas-style show productions, ballroom dancing, pool deck parties, food menus with items from the original liner.
- The Chinese Titanic replica has capacity for 1500 guests per day.
In January 2018 was reported that the Chinese project is experiencing financial problems. The ship replica project was pushed back until 2019.
The maiden voyage of RMS Titanic started on April 10, 1912 at noon. The intended distance of the journey from England was approx 5350 km. Unfortunately, the liner didn't finish its first and only voyage. On April 14, after receiving 6 warnings for floating sea ice, the crew sighted an iceberg. Traveling near max speed and unable to turn quickly enough, at 23:40 (ship time) Titanic struck the iceberg. In less than 10 seconds the hull was ripped opened (below waterline) for a length of 91 m. Titanic sank 2 hours and 40 min later (at 2:20 ship time / 5:18 GMT) on April 15, 1912.
The tragic story of the Titanic ship is described in movies due to the fact that it combines money, ambition, love, courage and loss. The story was dramatized a few times. The first successful movie came in 1958, “A Night to Remember” (IMBD). It was an adaptation of Walter Lord’s book of the same name, published in 1955 and it was based on the stories of sixty-three survivors from the Titanic disaster. Without any doubt, the best movie, based on the Titanic story, was made by James Cameron. The movie “Titanic” (IMBD) came in 1997. The story focuses on the love between two fictional characters from different social classes: Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) and Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio).
The exact number of people on board and the casualties is still a matter of discussion. Some people cancelled their trip just before the departure of Titanic, other travelled on board with false names and were added twice in the list of casualties. Still others died soon after the disaster due to their injuries, hypothermia and other illnesses. It’s usually estimated that Titanic left Ireland with 2224 passengers. About 1514 of them lost their lives and 710 were saved.
Exhibitions of different objects from the liner can be seen in museums such as Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia, National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and the SeaCity Museum in Southampton. Next YouTube video is dedicated on RMS Titanic's maiden (and last) voyage.