The Titanic might have sunk over a century ago, but one man–with a lot of money to spare–wants to bring the massive ship back to life.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is serious about his Titanic 2.0 plans and even unveiled blueprints for his new copycat ship at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York earlier this week.
Of course, the rich fellow is adding a few extra additions to the new ship, additions that the original doomed Titanic was missing. Palmer’s ship will feature a new safety desk with the correct amount of lifeboats and safety shoots and slides and will meet modern navigation and safety requirements, according to The Associated Press.
But what about icebergs? Palmer isn’t too concerned about them.
“One of the benefits of global warming is there hasn’t been as many icebergs in the North Atlantic these days,” he said.
The ship, which is going to be built in China, is hoping to set sail later in 2018. And, according to The Associated Press, the billionaire says 40,000 people have “expressed interest in tickets for the maiden voyage, taking the original course from Southampton, England, to New York.”
The thousands of people who do end up on the ship will have to also shell out money for costumes and jewellery from the Titanic’s era. They’ll also only eat dishes from the original menu while sitting in dining rooms modelled exactly after the original Titanic.
As for why Palmer is shelling out a whole bunch of cash to create this ship, he says he has a lot of money to spend.
“I want to spend the money I’ve got before I die,” Palmer said. “You might as well spend it, not leave it to the kids to spend, there will be enough left for them anyway.”