Plans for the Titanic II, a ship that will be a replica of its ill-fated namesake, are going full-steam ahead.
According to The Telegraph, eight people have already applied for the position of ship’s captain.“Some of the applicants [for the captain’s position] are cruise ship captains and some are super tanker captains,” Australian Clive Palmer, the man behind the ambitious project, was quoted as saying.
The ship’s inaugural cruise – which will follow the original Titanic’s course from Southampton to New York – is scheduled to take place in 2016.
According to The Telegraph, the ship will resemble the Titanic in various ways – there will be no internet access, there will be three passenger classes and the gym and swimming pool will resemble those on the original ship.
However there will be a few features to suit modern tastes, including air conditioning, a hospital and a helipad. Most importantly, lifeboats will be able to carry far more people than those on the Titanic.
Titanic II lifeboats will be able to carry 2 700 people and the ship’s liferafts will be able to carry a further 800. In comparison, the Titanic had only 16 lifeboats, which could carry a third of the ship’s passengers - 1178.
There will be plenty of activities during the voyage, prompting Palmer’s claim that the activities director position is one of the most desirable: “But I would see one of the best jobs on Titanic II really as being the activities director because there are so many activities to do on the boat and there are so many different ideas going back in time. We’ll be having balls and arranging a whole lot of different things.”
The original Titanic was a British ship that sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912 after it collided with an iceberg. Just over 1500 people died in the disaster.