Clive Palmer's Titanic II To Set Sail By 2022
Over 100 years since the 'unsinkable' ship sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, Clive Palmer wants to relive the voyage.
The colourful and scandal-plagued businessman and former politician says he is finally set to launch the Titanic II by 2022, after originally announcing the audacious project in 2012.
Unlike its predecessor, the Titanic II's planned maiden voyage will be a two-week trip from Dubai to the United Kingdom, before it reverts back to the original ship's Southampton to New York City route.
"For over a century Titanic's legend has been powered by mystery, intrigue and respect for all she stood for," Palmer said in September.
"Millions have dreamed of sailing on her, seeing her in port and experiencing her unique majesty. Titanic ll will be the ship where those dreams come true."
The entire project is estimated to cost Palmer's Blue Star Line Company over $500 million.
It comes as Palmer prepares to relaunch his political career under his United Australia Party, and simultaneously fights court cases linked to his Queensland Nickel refinery.
The ship is expected to be an exact replica of its older sister, but will be fitted with the latest navigation and communications equipment, and plenty of lifeboats to avoid a repeat of the 1912 disaster which saw the loss of 1517 passengers and crew.
Boasting nine decks, 835 cabins and three different ticket classes, the new ship will accommodate up to 2435 ambitious passengers.
Whilst plans have included air-conditioning, the ship won't include television or Wi-Fi, Palmer has indicated.