Part of me thinks this is a nice idea and the vessel could also act as an educational tool, a working museum almost. The other side of me wonders though if it would forever remain tainted to an extent because of the fate of the original and this is what makes me want to say it should have been left alone.
Clive Palmer is the Australian businessman behind the project and is the CEO of Blue Star Line. He recently gave quite a lengthy speech regarding the build of Titanic II; this is a snippet of it.
Why build the Titanic? Why go to the moon? Why do the Yankees play the Red Sox? Why did Christopher Columbus discover the Americas? Because they could, and they can, and we can build the Titanic.
We can bring to life the vision of so many people. Artisans, artists, musicians, designers, seaman, stewards, men, women and children, who sailed on the Titanic. We can remember who we are and where we come from. Titanic comes from a time when the world was different. When there was a different culture, different ways of living, when people worked with each other more. And as James Cameron reminds us my heart will go on.
All of us have gone on in love, in the love we have for each other and the love that goes into our children. Our love goes out to the families of the Titanic. What we can do this time is to stand for what they once stood for. We will complete the journey. We will sail into New York. On the ship that they designed. That they envisaged.
Titanic represents the spirit of man. The spirit of love. The hope that all men have for peace on earth in our time and goodwill to all men. As a man of peace once said, we all know how to make war, but few of us know how to make peace. It’s hard, you have to be persistent. Progress comes slowly, inch by inch, we can bring together nations and goodwill, you know you have to stick at it; you have to stay with it.
The Titanic II will be a ship of peace; it will sail from China to Southampton, from Southampton to New York, from New York to Southampton. Linking three continents, carrying the hopes and dreams of people everywhere, it represents the reconciliation of man, the hopes of many for a better life, and for a better future. That’s what the original Titanic was all about.
By learning from the lessons of the past, the spirit of Rose and Jack, Romeo and Juliet, lives in all of us. The spirit of life, the spirit of love, to dream the impossible dream, all of us live in time, this is our moment, this is our turn to board Titanic II and set sail on a new sea, of our own making.
The Titanic was a ship of dreams; Titanic II is the ship where dreams will come true.
Is there a demand for this type of vessel? I don’t really think there is however if she did come along I know many people would be truly fascinated by her and it would certainly be something very different indeed for our modern times.
Could she sustain herself? Maybe, there are one or two cruise lines with just one vessel and they manage to survive however, they are modern vessels with all the modern luxuries we crave whilst at sea.
I think the subject of Titanic II will forever have a divide and my own feelings lean me towards the “not such a great idea” area.
So what do you think? I really would like to get your views and opinions on this one, the comment box is below.
There is a photo album on the CruiseMiss facebook of the ships design and interior rooms