Titanic II replica ship’s cruise from Dubai delayed until 2022
The project to build a replica of RMS Titanic has resumed and she will still cruise from Dubai, but in 2022 instead of 2018, according to Chairman of Blue Star Line Clive Palmer.
The Blue Star Line is a new company founded by the Australian billionaire and will own and operate the ship, a nearly identical replica of RMS Titanic.
Initially announced in 2012, the US $500-million project was meant to see the ship launched in China in 2016, with a cruise from Dubai planned for 2018.
“We’re still going to cruise from Dubai,” Clive Palmer was quoted as saying by Cruise Arabia & Africa. “After a shakedown cruise from the shipyard to Singapore, we’ll offer a two-week maiden voyage to Dubai, with another grand voyage from Dubai to Southampton.”
These repositioning cruises will get the ship to her intended homeport of Southampton, from which Palmer intends to have her cruise weekly between the UK and New York, just as White Star Line intended for RMS Titanic.
The ship is being built as close of a replica to the original Titanic as possible, with the addition of modern safety features, such as a welded rather than riveted hull, modern lifeboats and digital navigation, satellite, and radar systems.
“Blue Star Line will create an authentic Titanic experience, providing passengers with a ship that has the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, while integrating modern safety procedures, navigation methods and 21st century technology to produce the highest level of luxurious comfort,” says Palmer.
He said that the launch date for the ship had now been moved from 2018 to 2022, meaning she will be launched exactly 110 years after the original RMS Titanic.