Titanic II right on track to set sail to Dubai by 2018

Posted: 16-Feb-16 13:00

Offering tourists a unique chance to travel back in time and enjoy the lavish sailing experience aboard the legendary RMS Titanic, which tragically and famously sunk on its maiden voyage, Blue Star Line has been busy building a replica of the iconic ship down to the very last detail in terms of overall design and interiors but with improvements on the original. Titanic II is due to set sail from Jiangsu in China to Dubai by 2018.

Titanic II right on track to set sail to Dubai by 2018

The ambitious initiative of Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer and a project that is currently being undertaken by Palmer's company, Blue Star Line, the reconstruction of the ill-fated Titanic has been in the works for quite some time since its official announcement in 2012.

After having suffered several financial setbacks and delays since construction began on Titanic II, the launch has now been pushed back to 2018 with the new revelation of its final destination: Dubai. According to new reports, the ship is likely to take passengers on a sailing journey from Jiangsu in China to Dubai.

Titanic II will be virtually identical to the original in almost every possible way but with several enhancements like a wider design, a welded and not riveted hull and more lifeboats than the original, which was famously criticised for only having enough lifeboats for a third of its total capacity.

James McDonald, Blue Star Line's marketing director revealed the following details to The Independent:

"The new Titanic will of course have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you'd expect on a 21st century ship."

But when it comes to the actual features and, more specifically, interior design and layout, Titanic II will be in-keeping with the original as its faithful replica, with the iconic grand staircase, Turkish baths, swimming pools, a squash court. Moreover and just like the original, it will also have a first, second and third class; with tickets on sale for each category.

The only difference? Instead of sailing the original route from Southampton to New York, the newly revived Titanic II will be crossing the seas through another side of the world, on the Pacific Ocean this time as opposed to the RMS Titanic's original route through the Atlantic Ocean, from Southampton to New York.

According to a spokesman who spoke to the Belfast Telegraph on behalf of Australian tycoon Clive Palmer, the maiden voyage will set off from Jiangsu in Eastern China to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, adding a whole new dimension to Dubai holidays and a new way to get to the most glamorous of Middle Eastern destinations in style.

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