If you ever felt like experiencing a voyage on the RMS Titanic, here’s your chance. Going by the tremendous interest expressed by Indians, the cruise company which is recreating the famous ship has said that the Titanic II will sail to major cities in the country.
Titanic II has captured the world’s imagination since Australian billionaire Clive Palmer announced that his company, Blue Star Line, would bring the doomed ship back to life in honour of the 100 year anniversary of the launch.
The vessel is expected to make its inaugural cruise in late 2016, sailing from Southampton to New York. It will be built to resemble the original, with the only upgrades being air conditioning and a hospital.
For those of us who can’t be a part of its inaugural voyage, the company plans to bring the experience to us. “We have had a lot of interest from India, with people wanting to know how they can get tickets on the maiden voyage. Also, there will be a chance for the ship to visit India in the future,” said James McDonald, global marketing director, Blue Star Line.
McDonald told dna that although the price of tickets is yet to be announced, at least 50,000 people, many of them Indians, have written in expressing interest.
According to Palmer, while every bit as luxurious as her namesake, Titanic II will have every modern amenity along with 21st century technology for navigation and safety systems.
Passengers will even be provided with period clothing should they wish to dress up.
He added that the like the RMS Titanic, Titanic II will have 840 rooms and nine decks, with the capacity to accommodate over 2,500 passengers and around 900 crew members.
As in 1912, there will be three passenger classes. Even the gym and the swimming pool will be almost identical to those on the 1912 ship, as will the restaurant menu.
One crucial upgrade will be the number of lifeboats. The original Titanic, carrying 2,224 passengers and crew, sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912. It had 16 wooden lifeboats which accommodated just 1,178 people a third of the total capacity. Over 1,500 people died, making it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in modern history and inspiring an Oscar-winning film in 1997.
The ship that couldn’t sink
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage.
Titanic was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line, and the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service. The ship’s passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as hundreds of emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere throughout Europe seeking a new life in North America.