New Titanic will sail from Dubai in 2022 (because of course it is)
A faithful replica of the RMS Titanic will undergo a two-week maiden voyage from Dubai when it sets sail in 2022.
After that, it will begin regular trips along the original Titanic's planned route between Southampton and New York City. The vessel - so named the 'Titanic II' - will be owned and operated by Blue Star Line.
According to the brand's chairman, Clive Palmer, the project is slightly delayed. But the maiden voyage will still include Dubai. "We're still going to cruise from Dubai," Palmer admitted to Cruise Arabia & Africa.
“After a shakedown cruise from the shipyard to Singapore, we’ll offer a two-week maiden voyage to Dubai, with another grand voyage from Dubai to Southampton.”
The launch date is of particular note, as 2022 will mark exactly 110-years since the original Titanic hit an iceberg and sank into the Atlantic. According to Palmer, everything (except its fate, hopefully) is going to be faithfully recreated.
“Blue Star Line will create an authentic Titanic experience, providing passengers with a ship that has the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, while integrating modern safety procedures, navigation methods and 21st-century technology to produce the highest levels of luxurious comfort,” Palmer added.
How will the Titanic II get around the same icebergs that sank the last one? It's going to avoid them entirely. The new vessel will only travel between New York and Southampton over the summer. During the colder months, it will take punters on round-the-world excursions instead.
According to the original plans, the ship will accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members (the original Titanic held 1,400 passengers and 900 crew).