Would you hesitate to take a cruise on the Titanic II?
Cruise on the Titanic II
Ironically, I was just looking at that idea, I may wait to see what the ship looks like when it is launched. I've only see drawings and such up to now. It's a neat idea though.
I have thought of it. In the articles I saw he wants to have it like the original, 1st, 2nd and 3rd class staterooms and areas of the ship. I would not enjoy 3rd class with sharing a cabin and having the bathroom down the hall. If it turns out to have modern cabins I'd be game to give it a try. I love transatlantic cruises and I'd be game to pack my tux and give it a go.
It is highly unlikely a project like that will produce a ship anywhere close to the Titanic. In fact it would be almost impossible because the Titanic could not sail today under current safety and design criterion. Such a project has been proposed off and on for decades. Even before the original wreck was discovered by Ballard in 1986 there was similar talk about finding the wreck, refloating it, then using the original as a cruise ship. Of course, when the discovery was made the tangled wreckage mess spread out across miles of sea floor rendered that pipe dream moot.
From what I can glean the latest fantasy in this regard appears to be undergoing the same fate, it looks like the billionaire who proposed it is suffering a turn of financial fortune. Furthermore, the Chinese who were the last to consider building it do not appear enamored at putting their own money into the venture. But even before the proposal took a turn for the worse the new design had major alterations over the original. Other than providing a vague profile reference to the 1912 version it was going to be no way close to the same vessel. Will the new Titanic have amenities that are the rage today, like balconies, huge expanses of open deck public areas, pool areas, hot tubs, etc, I doubt it. Even trying for a look alike would involve having 100% inside and outside staterooms with no balconies, one huge negative, as contemporary cruise ships have close to 80% balconies, some offer 100% private balconies. The original Titanic had four stacks, in a day when only two were necessary. In those days the profits for shipping lines like White Star and Cunard came from transporting immigrants across the North Atlantic, not the 1st and 2nd class trade which history has a tendency to romance up. Immigrants superstitiously believed the four stack ships were the safest, they were reluctant to book a ship with less. Consequently the Titanic's rear funnel was a dummy, if you see pictures of the Titanic or Olympic with smoke coming out of the rear stack, it is fake. Anyway, if there is a replica of the Titanic that sails it will have three bogus stacks.
Actually, in this day and age of gigantic ships, (The 1912 Titanic is in the small ship category by today's standards) investors are very careful to construct ships which conform to the whims of guests. It is difficult to see where any form of a reconstructed Titanic will achieve that except those who book her for the nostalgic experience alone? For many years I was a member of the Titanic Historical Society and have quite a library on the original White Star Line Ships and its Olympic Class (Titanic), so theoretically I would be more inclined to book than most will, but even I can't envision sailing on a ship just because it has the name "Titanic" painted on it, unless of course the pertinent amenities are significant enough to attract me on their own.
My bet is this will never happen.
Thanks everyone for replying. I enjoyed reading your thoughts.
Wow,I did not know there was even a project in the thinking stage. If it was to ever happen I yhink I would give it a go.
I’d be surprised if this came to be and even more surprised if it could be successful long-term. Maybe a lot of people would go once for the novelty of sailing it, but how much repeat business could they really get?
For what it’s worth, here’s the official website: http://www.titanic-ii.com/
And here’s a Wikipedia article about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_II