Inside the Titanic II, a close replica of the 1912 Titanic cruise liner that could set sail in 2022

Bettmann/Getty Images/Titanic 2 – Blue Star LineThe Titanic ll will feature the same class categories — First, Second, and Third Class — as the Titanic.
  • An Australian businessman has undertaken a $US500 million project building a replica of the ill-fated 1912 Titanic cruise ship.
  • Announced in 2012, the design of the vessel, dubbed Titanic ll, will be a close replica of the original – down to the dimensions, architecture, and the layout.
  • The ship will be able to accommodate 2,400 passengers and will feature modern day navigation technology and safety systems, including an adequate number of lifeboats and life jackets for passengers.
  • Ticket prices are not yet available, but the ship could set sail as soon as 2022, USA Today reports.
  • In February 2020, the Titanic II Facebook page announced that more information would be coming later this year, advising fans to “stay tuned.”
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The story of the Titanic is one that has intrigued many for years – and for those who are most entranced, there may soon be a way to experience the wonder of one of the most luxurious cruise liners in the world.

By 2022, a new ship modelled after the Titanic could set sail for 2,400 passengers, thanks to Australian businessman Clive Palmer, who shelled out $US500 million for the project.

While information has been limited, this February, the ship’s Facebook page declared more information would be announced later this year, advising fans to “stay tuned for more details.”

The Titanic ll, though outfitted with 21st-century navigation and safety technology, will be a close replica of the original vessel.

Here’s how sailing aboard the Titanic ll will compare to how passengers aboard the Titanic in 1912 travelled.


The RMS Titanic was the largest passenger ship of its time in the early 1900s, and the Titanic’s builders called it “unsinkable.”

Roger Viollet/Getty ImagesThe Titanic ship waits at the dock.

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The ocean liner spanned 882 feet in length and was 106 feet wide.

Bettmann/Getty ImagesThe ship about to embark on its ill-fated journey.

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Compare that to the largest cruise ship today, and it’s dwarfed in comparison. The Royal Caribbean’s gargantuan “floating city” Symphony of the Seas runs 1,188 feet in length and spans 215 feet across at its widest part.

Shayanne Gal/Business InsiderA comparison of the Titanic to a modern-day ship.

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On April 10, 1912, the Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, across the Atlantic Ocean to New York with 2,200 passengers and crew aboard.

Topical Press Agency/Getty ImagesOver 2,000 passengers were on board.

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But five days later, the ship hit an iceberg, its jagged underwater edges slicing a gash in the side of the Titanic and causing it to sink in less than three hours. About 1,500 people perished in the catastrophe.

Bettmann/Getty ImagesAn illustration by German artist Willy Stoewer in 1912.

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The shipwreck has since gone down in history and in popular culture as one of the most famous and tragic disasters on the seas.

Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesAn illustration published in the London News in 1912.

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It was further immortalised by James Cameron’s 1997 film, “Titanic,” starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

IMDb/20th Century FoxLeonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet take in the view from the top deck of the ship.

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But now, an Australian businessman is recreating the famed Titanic — and the new ship could set sail across the Atlantic by 2022 for 2,400 passengers.

Courtesy of Blue Star LineThe ship will be almost identical to the original.

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Dubbed the Titanic ll, the new vessel will be a close replica of the original Titanic, right down to the architecture, cabin layout, class categories, restaurants, and dining rooms. The length will almost be exactly the same, just a few meters wider for additional stability.

Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis/Getty ImagesThe original Titanic is coming back to life.

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The reimagining of the infamous ship is thanks to Clive Palmer, who shelled out $US500 million for the project.

Mario Tama/Getty ImagesThe Australian businessman.

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The project was initially announced in 2013 but suffered a series of financial setbacks.

Mario Tama/Getty ImagesNow, the tentative deadline is quickly approaching.

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But now, the Titanic ll is on track to set sail in 2022, thanks to Palmer and his company Blue Star Line …

Mario Tama/Getty ImagesWe only have to wait two more years.

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… which is a nod to the company behind the original Titanic vessel, White Star Line.

Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesThe White Star Line office following the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

“We want to recreate, in Titanic ll, the whole experience, the wonder that was in Titanic, and I think we can do that,” Palmer said in a Blue Star Line interview.

Mario Tama/Getty ImagesPalmer addressing the plan for Titanic II.

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The ship would sail along the same route as its sunken predecessor, from Southampton, England, to New York, which is about an 8-hour trip if you travel by plane.

Google MapsThe journey is the exact same.

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Here’s how sailing aboard the Titanic ll will compare to the original 1912 cruise liner.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star LineTitanic II.

The new ship will feature First, Second, and Third Class cabins.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star LineTitanic II.

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Ticket prices for the Titanic II are not yet available. But for comparison, a ride aboard the original Titanic cost between $US350 for a bunk bed in a third-class cabin to $US100,000 for a premium first-class cabin in today’s dollars.

Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty ImagesThe elegant splendor of First Class parlor suite B57 on board the Titanic, photographed shortly before the ship sailed on its disastrous maiden voyage in April 1912.

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The first-class cabins were spacious and were the priciest accommodations, so more affluent and prominent figures resided in these quarters.

David Paul Morris/Getty ImagesA replica of a first-class cabin is displayed in the Titanic: Artefact Exhibition at the Metreon in 2006 in San Francisco, California.

This is what a different-sized cabin aboard the Titanic looked like.

Carl Simon/United Archives/Universal Images Group/Getty ImagesA different cabin.

Here is a recreation of what a third-class cabin aboard the Titanic could have looked like.

MARCHI ALEXANDRE/Gamma-Rapho/Getty ImagesThe Treasures of the Titanic Exhibit at the Cite des Sciences in Paris.

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Here is a rendering of what a third-class cabin aboard the Titanic II could look like. A sofa would be on one end with two bunk beds on the other. A vanity would sit in between.

bluestarlines/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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Passengers who purchase first-class tickets aboard the Titanic ll will have something similar.

bluestarline/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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A canopied bed, vanity, and a desk would be included.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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There was a reception area for the first class passengers aboard the Titanic in 1912.

Universal Images Group/Getty ImagesThe first-class lounge.

The iconic Titanic staircase was also located in this first-class section.

Roger Viollet via Getty ImagesThe main staircase.

And yes, the new ship is to feature a replica of the grand Titanic staircase beneath a domed skylight.

Titanic Images/Universal Images GroupThe clock and dome are especially iconic.

No word yet if a meet-and-greet with DiCaprio or Winslet is included at the bottom, though.

IMDb/20th Century FoxThe unforgettable scene.

But if it’s not, you could still re-live the decadence of that time period …

David Paul Morris/Getty ImagesA replica of the grand Titanic staircase on display at an exhibit in San Francisco.

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… because each passenger aboard the Titanic ll would be given outfits circa 1912 to truly immerse themselves in that cultural era.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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Ladies would receive bustles for their dresses, and men would be able to wear tuxedos, according to Palmer.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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A heated pool was installed on the original Titanic. It was the second pool of its kind, the first being constructed on the vessel’s sister ship, Olympic.

Universal Images Group/Getty ImagesThe swimming pool inside the ship.

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The Titanic ll would have a similar pool, porthole windows included …

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

… though its size may be a little small for the Titanic ll’s future 2,400 passengers.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

The 1912 Titanic also came outfitted with a gym.

Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty ImagesThe gym on board the Titanic.

The gym had an electric camel, an electric horse, and cycling and rowing machines, all of which would be included in the new vessel.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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Though 21st-century gym-goers would likely prefer to don yoga pants en lieu of corsets and floor-length dresses.

Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty ImagesEnglish writer Lawrence Beesley, in the background, in the gym aboard the Titanic. He survived the disaster.

A squash, or racquetball, court will also be available to passengers aboard the Titanic ll. Passengers aboard the original Titanic could play racquetball for two shillings, or 50 cents, an hour.

bluestarlines/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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, National Museums of Northern Island


First-class male passengers had access to a smoke room aboard the Titanic in 1912.

SSPL/Getty ImagesA first-class smoke room aboard the Olympic, Titanic’s sister ship. The room is nearly identical to the smoke room aboard the Titanic.

There would also be one aboard the Titanic ll.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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The original smoke room was reserved only for men. It’s not yet clear if the smoking room aboard the Titanic ll will have the same restrictions.

bluestarlines/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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The Titanic’s designer, Thomas Andrews, is said to have been last seen in the smoke room. James Cameron’s 1997 film “Titanic” reflects that and alludes that this is where Andrews went down with the ship.

IMDb/20th Century FoxThe smoke room was always a bit hazy.

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For four shillings, or $US1, first-class passengers had access to Turkish Bath suites, which included cooling rooms, temperature rooms, steam rooms, and more.

The Print Collector/Getty ImagesAn illustration of the Turkish baths aboard the Olympic, Titanic’s sister ship. The amenity is similar to the one aboard the original Titanic.

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The Titanic ll would have the same features.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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The Moorish-style amenities would be available for guests to enjoy.

bluestarlines/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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A grand first-class dining room on the original Titanic featured arched doorways and spacious armchairs.

Roger Viollet/Getty ImagesThe first-class dining room was quite luxurious.

The same room would be included in the Titanic ll.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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The menu is not yet available, but if it’s anything like the menu aboard the original Titanic, first-class passengers will be treated to courses like lamb with mint sauce and filet mignon.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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Third-class passengers dined in a room more like this, a third-class dining hall onboard the RMS Olympic, the Titanic’s sister ship.

SSPL/Getty ImagesThird-class dining was a lot less private.

The third-class dining room on the Titanic ll would look similar.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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Long dinner tables will fill the space.

bluestarlines/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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The luxurious Café Parisien aboard the Titanic was popular with young first-class passengers.

Universal Images Group/Getty ImagesCafé Parisien, an extension of the first-class restaurant.

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A replica would be featured in the Titanic ll.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star LineThe cafe.

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The cafe was located on the side of the ship, with views of the sea from the windows.

bluestarlines/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

Source: Cafe Parisien


The new Titanic would have a Marconi room, which was used as a means to communicate with the outside world while afloat.

bluestarlines/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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A bridge would also be included …

bluestarlines/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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… except this time around, 21st-century technology like radar will be used to navigate the seas.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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Modern safety and navigation systems are just one of the ship’s upgrades from its predecessor — the Titanic ll will feature a sturdier welded hull instead of a riveted one.

Topical Press Agency/Getty ImagesThe Titanic at port before its maiden voyage in 1912.

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And, most importantly, the Titanic ll will have enough life jackets and lifeboats for every person on board.

Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesA woman looks at an old life vest from the original Titanic.

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The original Titanic was famously equipped with just 20 lifeboats — enough for only one-third of the ship’s occupants.

Ralph White/CORBIS/Corbis/Getty ImagesA lifeboat carrying survivors.

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The Titanic ll will have a new safety deck to hold the appropriate number of lifeboats.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star Line/YouTubeA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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It will have the same maximum speed as its predecessor of 24 knots and will feature a larger rudder and a modern diesel engine instead of steam boilers.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star LineA rendering by Blue Star Line.

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And an additional deck will look over the bow, a feature the original Titanic did not have that could have helped conductors spot the iceberg it was speeding toward.

Titanic 2 – Blue Star LineThe Titanic.

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The Titanic ll may just be the world-class luxury ocean liner that its predecessor was designed to be.

Topical Press Agency/Getty ImagesThe Titanic.

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