Titanic II may be coming to a port near you.
The 21st century-replica of the ill-fated cruise ship — this one said to be equipped with plenty of lifeboats — is slated to set sail in 2018, two years after its previous launch date, the Belfast Telegraph reported.
The multimillion-dollar project, spearheaded by Australian billionaire Clive Palmer and Blue Star Line, hopes to provide passengers with a near identical 1912 experience — minus the iceberg.
The 2,400-passenger ship will feature similar Edwardian-period decor as well as first, second and third class distinctions, according to Blue Star Line's website. A virtual tour inside the mammoth ship showcases a recreated grand staircase, Turkish bath, saltwater swimming pool, smoking lounge, gym and squash court.
Unlike the original, Titanic II will be built in China, not Belfast. It will also feature a welded hull instead of a riveted one, and the latest navigation, safety systems and modern-day technology.
Plans for the replica's construction were announced by Palmer in 2012, initially with a maiden voyage planned for late 2016 from Southampton to New York — recreating the Titanic’s original route. But The Independent reported the new route will be from Jiangsu in Eastern China to Dubai. Tickets and prices have not yet been released.
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