The incident, which took the lives of more than 1,500 people, became one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history, inspiring a slew of adaptations in popular media.
Construction of the “Titanic II” stalled after a conflict between Palmer and China’s CITIC Limited in 2015. However, a settlement was reached on Sept. 25 and work has since recommenced.
“Titanic II,” which costs $500 million to build, will house 835 cabins and accommodate 2,435 passengers, together with over 500 crew.
The ship’s maiden voyage, expected in 2022, will sail from Dubai to Southampton before repeating the Atlantic journey of its predecessor to New York.
“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits,” CNN quoted Palmer as saying.
Passengers will be able to purchase first, second, and third-class tickets, just like in the original liner. Prices are yet to be announced.
Interestingly, “Titanic II” is not the only replica being made in China. A private firm is working on a “New Titanic,” which will remain docked at a local reservoir to serve as a tourist attraction.
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