Last spring, Australia’s version of Donald Trump made global headlines by announcing his intention to build a nearly exact replica of the world’s most famous ill-fated ship, RMS Titanic.
On Tuesday, brash mining billionaire Clive Palmer unveiled the detailed design of his Titanic II, which he plans to build in China under the Blue Star Line banner.
The six-day maiden voyage is slated to take place in late 2016, and it will be from Southampton to New York to “complete the journey” that began a century ago, Palmer said at a press conference in New York.
History will, indeed, repeat itself. Just as in 1912, there will be three classes of passengers, and those with different tickets will not be able to move among the classes, although the lower decks will have more heads than the original Titanic did — and, more important, more lifeboats, according to a report by Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper.
Palmer’s vision includes providing all on board for the maiden voyage with early 20th-century-style clothes and undergarments in their cabins to get them in the mood. Although air conditioning will be permitted, in a bid to get back to the “romance” of a bygone age there will be no televisions or Internet service, Palmer said.
The sequel to the liner that sank 100 years ago will be the “most safe cruise ship in the world,” according to its designer, Markku Kanerva.
Scroll down The Daily Mail report for a video link that includes images of the Titanic II provided by the ship’s designers.
Palmer has an estimated net worth of about $5 billion. He made his fortune in the mining industry through his company, Mineralogy, and investments in other natural resources companies. He is known for headline-grabbing statements, such as his assertion that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency was funding Greenpeace to bring down Australia’s coal mining sector.