Titanic Hubris, thy name is “Australian billionaire building a copy of the Titanic and planning a 2016 cruise recreating the ship’s journey.”

Clive Palmer, the owner of mining company Mineralogy, revealed blueprints for the Titanic II this week at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. The grandiose replica will travel the original doomed ship’s course from Southampton, England, to New York.

Palmer said about 40,000 people have shown interest in buying tickets for the cruise, where passengers will dress in the style of the early 1900s and eat dishes from the original menu in dining rooms identical to the first Titanic. Presumably, these passengers will be luckier than the 1,500 people who died when the luxury ocean liner smacked an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank on April 15, 1912.

ABC News reports: “The Titanic II will carry 2,600 passenger and 900 crew members. There will be enough lifeboat space for all of them. 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.”

Mmm, segregation.

Despite the name and the itinerary, the Titanic II will be more of a fraternal, rather than identical, twin to its tragic predecessor. The Titanic II will be diesel-powered and have four decorative smoke stacks evoking the coal-driven originals, but it will follow contemporary safety requirements, the Associated Press reported. The ocean liner will include modern comforts such as air conditioning, and a new “safety deck” will have lifeboats, safety chutes and slides.

Plus, Titanic II ticket holders can count on climate change to lessen the chances of a watery, “I told you so” death.

“One of the benefits of global warming is there hasn’t been as many icebergs in the North Atlantic these days,” Palmer told the Associated Press.

Construction is slated to begin soon in China, and the Titanic II could launch as early as late 2016. Renderings of the ship below, courtesy of Blue Star Line, AP Photo and Reuters. We’re pretty impressed by the attention to detail, especially for the staircase that James Cameron’s little movie made famous. And if the line for the swimming pool gets too long, passengers can just wait for icy, remorseless fate to strike.


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Titanic II dining room

Titanic II gym

Handout of artist's rendering of the interior of the proposed cruise ship Titanic II in New York

Titanic II swimming pool

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