For those unaware of the sinking of the White Star Line’s flagship, the RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Titanic, a viewing of 1958’s A Night to Remember will get you up to speed. Seriously, that Leonardo DiCaprio flick just plain sucked.
Anyhow, just slightly a shade darker, Britain’s Blue Star Line is announcing that the brand-spanking new RMS Titanic II will not only set said in 2022, but will be a mirrored image of the original, wetter Titanic.
Creepily, not only will the Titanic II be an almost exact copy of the 1912 model (hopefully, all the compartments will now have watertight integrity), but Blue Star has announced that the new ship will also follow the same course as that taken on the original’s maiden voyage.
As reported by Fox News;
The Titanic II, a replica of the original “ship of dreams,” will be setting sail in 2022, following the same Southampton, England, to New York route the famed Titanic tried in 1912.
“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivalled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits,” Clive Palmer, chairman of Blue Star Line wrote in a statement.
The new luxury liner was announced in 2012 to honor the ship’s 100-year anniversary, but the inaugural voyage was ultimately postponed due to a reported financial dispute between Blue Star Line’s parent company, Mineralogy, and the Chinese government.
But wait, there’s more;
“Blue Star Line will create an authentic Titanic experience, providing passengers with a ship that has the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, while integrating modern safety procedures, navigation methods and 21st century technology to produce the highest level of luxurious comfort,’’ Palmer said.
Insert drowning or not enough lifeboats jokes here.
If you think the Titanic was the White Star Line’s first disaster, guess again.
- RMS Tayleur sunk in 1854, taking the lives of 380 of the 652 passengers.
- SS Royal Standard was wrecked in 1869 near the coast of Brazil.
- RMS Atlantic sunk in an 1873 North Atlantic storm. Of the 835 passengers aboard, 562 lost their lives. Somehow, the entire crew managed to survive.
- SS Naronic vanished without a trace in 1893, with the loss of all 74 souls on board.