Just when our U.S.-based cruise lines decide to invade Australia, a local also enters the cruise market
Australian to Build Titanic Replica
Clive Palmer, a well-known Australian billionaire, said last Monday he will build a high-tech replica of the Titanic at a Chinese shipyard for the Australian cruise market. He plans to name it Titanic II. Its maiden voyage is slated for late 2016 and the course will be from England to New York, just like the original.
It says he's going to build a fleet of ships. I wonder what the next one will be?
The Andrea Doria? Perhaps after that, The Meridian.
I personally think it's an idea that doesn't have legs. It may work for awhile but the novelty would wear off.
Then again, Renaissance did the "Titanic Stairway" on all of their ships and people liked that. I believe it's been retained on all the ships that are now sprinkled throughout the cruise lines. However, in person it wasn't too impressive.
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There are actually many reasons why the idea does not have "legs" - the three separates classes is a relic of the past. The upper class had suites with many separate rooms - palaces by today's standards. And of course the classes were separate on Titanic, that doesn't fly on today's ships.
But seeing the look of the original ship in places would be interesting - the dining rooms and ballrooms, etc.
Other than that - just another ship.
Also he is building them in China and I am not sure how good the quality will be, most cruise ships are built in Europe (Italy, Germany or France).
I wonder if he plans to serve meals as expansive as those of a hundred years ago? A typical breakfast, lunch, or dinner from a formal restaurant of 1912 would blow most of us away with the amount of food served in all of those courses.
I would not book on it's maiden voyage, but would wait and see how it does. I have always wanted to do a transatlantic crossing. Thought more of the QE2 or Queen Mary 2. I also would wonder of the quality of the craftsmanship in China, do they build a lot of cruise ships that remain in and/or around China? Curious, I have read that the other attempts to do this have failed. I guess I wish him luck but hope that he does not use all the old White Star line names, could be a bad omen.