A rather uncomfortable feeling of déjà vu.
The tragedy of the Titanic is something that has pervaded popular culture for over 100 years.
Beyond the fictional yet captivating drama of Jack and Rose, the loss of “the unsinkable ship” was one of the greatest disasters of the early 20th century. 1,503 lives were lost in the early hours of April 15, 1912, making the ship’s collision with an iceberg almost a mythical catastrophe.
And while some may say it’s still too soon to raise the ghost of Titanic from its watery grave, one Australian billionaire is moving ahead with his plans to see the steamer set sail again.
That is, to see the ship’s exact replica set sail.
Australian billionaire and estate/ coal mining magnate Clive Palmer first announced his plans to build Titanic II in 2012.
Though his idea later fell silent, the billionaire had originally planned for the ship to set sail in 2016. Now it turns out that Palmer has resurrected his plans and is in the process of building an exact replica of the royal mail steamer that sank over 100 years ago.
Unlike the original ship, the Titanic II‘s course is charted to be from Jiangsu, China to Dubai.
The ship will be nine stories high with 840 cabins able to accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crew. At the moment, the ship’s maiden voyage is set for 2018, and while ticket prices for first, second, and third class have not been revealed, sources are saying that people are already willing to pay upwards of $1 million for a stateroom.