How big was the Titanic?
Today marks a tragic day in history when the ‘unsinkable’ happened. It was 105 years ago on April 14, 1912 that, Titanic, the largest cruise liner of her day disappeared into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg. It’s also been 20 years since Jack Dawson (Leo DiCaprio's character) stole Rose DeWitt Bukater's (and that'll be Kate Winslet) heart and declared "I'm the king of the world".
The crown jewel of White Star Line shipping company, the Titanic was 269.06 meters long with a breadth of 28.19 m. Her total height from keel to the top of the bridge came in at 32 m. If you hold any sort of seamen’s license or watched Captain Cousteau back in the day, you would understand when we tell you her displacement (which is the actual mass of the vessel) was 52,310 gross tons. Surely sound like a lot of large numbers.
Not if we look at Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise liner in the world today. Measuring 362 meter in length, a whole 93 meters longer than the Titanic and with a displacement of 227,000 gross tonnes it dwarfs the aforementioned quite significantly. The Titanic in today’s terms would have cost Dhs.657 million, Harmony Of The Seas on the other hand cost Dhs.2,920 billion. For that kind of mula it does come with a whole bunch of amenities though.
Granted the Titanic was opulently appointed with every luxury of the day, Harmony Of The Seas offers its gusts such extravagancies like “Perfect Storm" water slide complex featuring three slides, 4 swimming pools and 10 hot tubs, a Casino Royale, 20 dining venues, an Ice Rink and of course a Starbucks. What we suspect it doesn’t offer would be the finesse and sophistication of the Titanic first class experience.
The Titanic was a lavishly appointed vessel, the most expensive first class cabin would have cost over Dhs 219,000 in today's terms. Actually sounds like a bargian compared to Etihad Airways one way ticket to New York on ‘The Residence’ class. That will set you back on average Dhs.55,000 and only takes 12 hours. On the Titanic you could have, if it wans't for the iceberg, got to wine and dine for a week on board the most luxurious vessel in the world. Suddenly the Titanic sounds rather economical.
Unfortunately the somber fact is, golden days of transatlantic sea travel have given way to massive floating shopping malls where dinner jackets are out and football jerseys are in..., sorry Jack.