If all goes well, the Titanic II will set sail on its maiden voyage in 2022. A replica of the infamous ocean liner that sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg, the cruise ship will sail from Dubai to Southampton, England, before retracing the Titanic’s planned journey to New York.
The Blue Star Line has resumed construction of the $500 million vessel after halting work in 2015. The massive ship will feature the same cabin layout as the original and carry approximately the same number of passengers (2,400) and crew (900).
Hopefully, the Titanic II can capitalize on its legendary namesake’s romantic allure without embracing the same tragic ending. Immortalized in James Cameron’s Titanic, the ill-fated ship sank on April 12, 1912 with the loss of 1,500 lives—over two-thirds of the ship’s complement. It was the Titanic’s maiden voyage. The tragedy was worsened by the fact that the vessel did not have enough lifeboats or lifejackets. (The Titanic II will come equipped with the right number of lifeboats, jackets, safety equipment, and modern navigation sensors!)
So, would you book a cabin on the Titanic II?