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The Titanic to sail again

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Monday, April 1, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

An Australian billionaire wants to see the Titanic complete its failed maiden voyage. He's unveiled blueprints for a new version of the ill-fated ocean liner, with plans to set sail in 2016.

The original Titanic sank in 1912.

You might wonder if passengers would be superstitious about boarding a ship whose original version sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, taking with it more than 1,500 people. In fact, 40,000 potential passengers have expressed interest in tickets, according to Clive Palmer, the billionaire who is funding construction.

There is no published price for tickets, but Palmer says the new Titanic will have all the luxury amenities of the original. It will retrace the original voyage from Southampton, England, to New York.

Palmer made his fortune in coal and real estate. He told the Associated Press that the appeal of the ship remains strong. "The Titanic is about the things we've got in common," he said. "It links three continents."

The ship will be built in China and is being described as "the safest cruise ship in the world." But, as the world now knows, no ship is unsinkable. However, the iceberg that took down the original Titanic is less likely to be a problem, Palmer notes. "One of the benefits of global warming is there hasn't been as many icebergs in the North Atlantic these days."

Would you be superstitious about taking a voyage on a new Titanic?

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April 08, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Have the USA or England build the ship! keep the ships name but name it Titanic 2? If it were up to me I would build the new ship in the States or England and give the ship another name besides Titanic.
Why name the new ship after the first one sank? There will always be someone out there who wants to be famous for something.
Somebody better get it right this time and put enough life boats on it. Great idea! poor choice for a name of the new ship. The Chinese are building it!? LMAO! WHY? Billionaire? LMAO! the Chinese own everyone and everything!

Ringo Clark
April 08, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Having it built in China sinks it ( pardon the pun ) for me! I don't trust ANYTHING the Chinese make or construct. He's an Australian Billionaire ? Build the ship in Australia,or USA, or UK ! NOT CHINA !!!!!!!

Glenn Fields
April 08, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Mary, you are smarter than all of us.

Glenn Fields
April 08, 2013 at 12:15 pm

If this moron isn't aware of all the faulty science and theories in global warming and how most scientists actually think our models are trash,and than contracts China, of all places to build it, gives me no comfort of the design or quality control of this ship even if the first one never existed.This guy is a billionaire? I always say, better lucky than smart.

April 08, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Look at the date of the item

rita carlson
April 08, 2013 at 11:14 am

I do not agree to it being built in China. US could or UK could use those jobs.

April 08, 2013 at 10:50 am

It might be okay, just so long as the Carnival Cruise Line company doesn't run the operations. Oh, and air-tight bulkheads this time. And inflatable dinghys in every stateroom. Hmmm....maybe I'll skip the maiden voyage.

Erin Tosh
April 08, 2013 at 10:47 am

I don't have a problem about building a 2nd Titanic, that's great..but if it comes to weather I would sail on Titanic or not,
I can't say. But would sail on the QE2, I would feel better with that...

Hector Cepeda
April 08, 2013 at 10:14 am

This time, male crewmembers would be wise to bring along properly fitted women's clothing.

Frank Lee
April 08, 2013 at 8:42 am

A coal tycoon who touts the benefits of global warming building a new Titanic and in China, home of the original low bidder. Somehow, I'm not totally on board.