For all you avid Titanic fans out there, we have some great news: The Unsinkable Ship will sail again by 2016.
On Tuesday, Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer unveiled the blueprints of Titanic II at a press conference at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City—a short jaunt from where the original Titanic would have docked in 1912. Palmer owns the Blue Star Line cruise company that now aims to give passengers an authentic Titanic experience (minus the iceberg).
Titanic II will be an almost-exact replica of the ship that sunk more than 100 years ago in 1912. The boat will have a gym, Turkish baths, a squash court, a grand staircase and swimming pools. True to the class system of the early 1900s, it will also have separate dining rooms for people in second and third class. Meanwhile, the captain will enjoy his traditional sitting room, bedroom and quarters.
There’s even mandatory dress on the cruise. Era-appropriate costumes will be a part of the ticket fee and passengers will find their class-appropriate apparel in their rooms upon arrival. First class passengers will not be allowed to interact with those in second or third class, however they will be allowed to spend days in other quarters, as long as they wear the appropriate clothing.
Of course, there will be a few differences between Titanic II and its predecessor. The new ship will be three inches longer at a total 883 feet, have air conditioning, and this time there will be enough lifeboats for everyone on board.
The decision to create another Titanic has been controversial. However, Palmer won over a few important people—including the great-granddaughter of the “unsinkable” Molly Brown. Helen Benziger told Mashable she was “thrilled” about the project and that she supports the project because Palmer promised to honor the original passengers.
If you’re superstitious, rest assured that the company is taking numerous safety precautions and researching how to prevent worst-case scenarios.
The maiden voyage will take 2,600 passengers in 850 cabins from Southhampton, England to New York in 2016. There is no information available about ticket price, however Palmer says he’s already received offers up to $1 million to be on board the first voyage.