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Basmah Qazi

Clive Palmer announces $700 million Titanic II set to sail in 2022

One of the most infamous shipwrecks in history, the story surrounding the Titanic will be one that will be told for years to come.

And now, exactly 110 years after the ocean liner sank to the depths of the sea, an optimistic hopeful promises to complete the voyage that it failed to do in 1912.

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has shared his plans to create Titanic II – a replica of the ship that met a doomed fate – and said it will be ready to set sail in 2022.

The ship, which is costing close to $760 million, has been a work in progress since 2012 under Mr Palmer’s company Blue Star Line.

Construction paused momentarily in between then and now due to financial disputes, but work has started back up again.

However, despite the similarities, there are also some differences, as the Titanic II is currently being built in China while the older model, which was said to be “unsinkable”, was constructed in Northern Ireland.

Another difference to expect is the improved safety systems in place, such as accurate navigation and technology, and extra lifeboats on board.

Otherwise everything ranging from the interior to the exterior will be the same as the original.

The old Titanic was able to house 2400 passengers and 900 crew members, with the new cruise liner hoping to accommodate to that exact number.

The Titanic II will also replicate the cabin layout of the original ship.

And to top it all off, the cruise plans to follow the same voyage as the first, starting its journey in Dubai and travelling along the North Atlantic route from Southampton, England, to New York.

The journey will take two weeks in total, and upon its return, it will then start to travel towards other destinations.

“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York,” Mr Palmer said to MSN.

“But she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivalled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits.”

Speaking to news.com.au, Blue Star Line has said that the Titanic II will feature the same class categories as the original – first, second and third class.

The length of the ship will also be the same, along with having dining rooms and restaurants resembling the original.

There is currently no information regarding ticket prices.

Scroll through the gallery above for a sneak peak inside the Titanic II.

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