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Titanic II — The Cruise Ship Strikes Back

posted at 3:01 pm on February 27, 2013 by

Finally, we all can be “KING OF THE WORLD!!” No word on whether Kate Winslet will offer starving artists in steerage a nude modeling session, however:

“Why would you want to recreate something that caused such tragedy?” wonders the CBS host, and that’s a very good question. No doubt, Titanic has grabbed imaginations worldwide ever since its maiden voyage took 1500 lives to the bottom of the north Atlantic almost a century ago, but, er … is that really a selling point?  “Sail Titanic — we’ll actually get there this time!”

It’s worth noting that Titanic had two sister ships, Britannic and Olympic.  Only Olympic survived to be decommissioned; Britannic hit a German mine in November 1916 with a loss of 30 lives.  Even at that, Olympic collided with another ship in 1911, with no loss of life.  I’m not sure this is a tradition that screams out for a return engagement on the seas.

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I’m just superstitious and against conscious hubris enough to not seek out a cruise on the ship.

Assuming it is a fully modern construction (without the original’s design/contruction flaws) and perhaps just recreates some of the opulance of the original (at least that of the upper cabins), and it was going where I wanted to go when I wanted to go there, and it was reasonably priced, I might go on it.

krome on February 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Seriously? If ever a story deserved a “What could go wrong?” caption, this is it.

Wouldn’t this be more appropriate for a Universal Studios theme park?

jix on February 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM

He is putting in all the classes, too – including steerage. No idea if steerage will have gates to shut those people in.

He *does* insist there are enough lifeboats and such this time around.

GWB on February 27, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Various builders has been announcing this for over decade. None have even had their keel laid.

I’ll wait before booking. It will be a nice return to a real passenger ship. Rather than the floating sardine cans they build nowdays.

cozmo on February 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM

This concept keeps getting floated. But the reality is that it is impossible to recreate the Titanic because modern day legal requirements, and economic realities, would necessitate fundamental changes not only in the entire layout of the ship, but in the materials and processes used. In the end it would be an economic failure for many reasons not the least of which would be because most cabins would be steerage in order to be faithful to the original, and hardly anybody is going to pay the huge premium required to accommodate the myriad of inefficiencies inherent in a 100 year-old design and then live like that for a week.

keep the change on February 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM

“There are ships that go underwater now.

-President Obama

portlandon on February 27, 2013 at 4:17 PM

From another article on ABC.

And to give passengers a true Titanic experience, there will be three passenger classes, just as there were on the original ship in 1912. Palmer said those in first class will be kept apart from anyone in second or third class.

Great business plan. I bet lots of people will line up to be crammed into crappy steerage bunks and sharing a common crapper for a week while the 1% cruise in luxury.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Wake me when someone decides to rebuild the Hindenburg.

CurtZHP on February 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Wake me when someone decides to rebuild the Hindenburg.

CurtZHP on February 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if it was under an Obama green program. “You don’t need to use a jet, it uses too much fossil fuels. See you in 4 days”.

Oil Can on February 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM

A new Titanic? That is right up there with Apollo 13; launched April 11th, 1970 at 13:13 hours…. It wasn’t bad enough karma to be called Apollo 13, they just HAD to launch it at 13:13 hours and boast about that fact. The only thing that would have made it worse would have been Friday the 13th. Science and technology only goes so far. Failure is forever…

JimmyGee on February 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM