If you thought 2020 wasn’t scoring high enough on the doom scale for your liking, how about boarding the Titanic II?

No, we’re not joking. Someone is building a copy of the Titanic, and it will sail the same route as the doomed original.

An Australian businessman is spending $500 million on the project. The idea was first floated in 2013.

The ship will set sail in 2022 if all goes to plan. It can carry 2,400 passengers and you’ll be pleased to know it features modern navigation technology and safety systems. The information also confirmed there will be more than enough lifeboats and life jackets for passengers. Good to know.

The ship will go on a two-week-long maiden voyage, travelling from Dubai to Southampton. The controversial part is the plan to follow the ill-fated original ship’s journey to New York.

The original Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean on April 12, 1912. It took less than three hours after hitting an iceberg.

‘Dreams come true’

In 2018, Blue Star Line Chairman Clive Palmer said: “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 level of luxurious comfort.

Mr Palmer said: “Millions have dreamt of sailing on her, seeing her in port and experiencing her unique majesty. Titanic II will be the ship where those dreams come true.”

It’s not the only Titanic in the works, either. Another is being built in China, however, it will be a part of a tourist resort. It caused controversy when it was announced that part of the experience would involve a simulation recreating the iceberg hitting. The theme park backed down on the idea after the upset.

Harmless fun for Titanic fans, or tempting fate?

Would you board the ship?

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