Titanic II to set sail in 2022

A replica of the famous ship will follow the original, fateful route with the same number of passengers on board

History is about to repeat itself, and hopefully not as farce. By 2022, a replica of a famous transatlantic boat that never managed to cross the ocean, Titanic, will be ready to set sail.

The Titanic II project, which has cost at least $500 million so far, has faced financial disputes over the past years. But now construction on the almost exact replica has restarted in China, and not the original Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.

The ship will provide passengers with the same cabin layout of the former Titanic. Even the number of passengers will be the same as during the original voyage — 2.400 — and the same number of crew members — 900. However, it will bear many more lifeboats. For a reason.

The ship will launch from Dubai to Southampton, England, from where it will proceed to New York by following the original North Atlantic route. Hopefully, it will reach its final destination without any icy disturbances. Fortunately, the ship will be equipped with 21st-century technology to help it avoid such incidents.   

Titanic II should set to sail in 2022 — Roderick Eime / Creative Commons Titanic II set to sail in 2022
Titanic II should be ready to set sail in 2022, with modern technology on board — Roderick Eime / Creative Commons

“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York,” Blue Line chairman Clive Palmer told MSN. “But she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivalled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits.”

Palmer’s Blue Line launched the Titanic II project in 2012 with the aim of giving passengers the opportunity to experience the iconic voyage. Palmer had to abandon it in 2015 amid financial difficulties. Now he is saying that the works will proceed again.

“Millions have dreamt of sailing on her, seeing her in port and experiencing her unique majesty. Titanic ll will be the ship where those dreams come true,” he said.