All aboard the Titanic? If an Australian billionaire has his way, that won’t be such a crazy thought. Tuesday, Clive Palmer unveiled a design for a new cruse ship, a full-sized replica of the Titanic. According to USA Today, he says the ship will be built in China and make it’s first voyage in the third quarter of 2016.
One thing Palmer won’t talk about is the expected cost of building the ship, however he says he’s received a big response from people who wish to be passengers on the maiden voyage. In fact, he expects the ship to be so popular, that he’ll have to build a Titanic III to meet demand.
Critics say the ship will likely have trouble attracting an audience after the first voyage, while others complain that the ship is a desecration to the memory of those who lost their lives aboard the original “ship of dreams.”
Palmer says the new ship, like the original, will have no televisions on board, and will possibly also lack internet service. It will feature, a gym, swimming pool, squash court, theater, and casino. Titanic II will be able to carry 2.435 passengers, along with 900 crew members.
Last year marked the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the original Titanic.