It's either the most brilliant idea in the history of themed cruises, or the worst idea in the history of themed cruises, a recreation of the Titanic, now with extra added lifeboats.
It is the brainchild of Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, a working replica of the Titanic with carry 2,600 passengers in 850 cabins and an additional 900 crew members, scheduled to set sail in 2016.
Titanic II was announced at a press conference in New York. “It will be the most safe cruise ship in the world when it launches,” Palmer said.
Of course, that's what they said in 1912, right up until they hit the iceberg and Rose wouldn't let Jack onto the floating door.
Instead of staring wildly ahead with telescopes, studying the landscapes for icebergs, because presumably they have technology for that sort of thing now, tourists can relax, in full 1920s regalia.
Ticket-dependent, tourists can either join the toffs for afternoon tea on the deck, or the Irish jigs down in steerage, because a rigorous class system will be enforced on board, although passengers will get to switch around every few days at sea.
But it comes with all mod cons.”There will be modern things such as air conditioning and other features we are debating, such as Internet on the ship.
"I'm against it. I think you should relax on vacation. There won't be TVs in the state rooms though."
The maiden voyage of the 883 foot boat will set off from Southampton, equipped with a gym, Turkish baths, a squash court, a grand staircase and swimming pools. I
Palmer concluded: "The Titanic stands as a monument and hope [for] everyone who came to America to fulfill their dreams. Today, we know the U.S. has become what it has become,.
"A great Republic is the best hope for the world and mankind, and the Titanic can play a big role in that."