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article imageNew Titanic builders overwhelmed by maiden-voyage ticket requests

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 16, 2013 in World
The replica of the ill-fated RMS Titanic being built by Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has passengers lining up to buy tickets on the liner's maiden voyage, Palmer's Blue Star Line reports. A 'global launch,' detailing plans, will come Feb.26.
"We've probably had half a dozen people already offering more than $1 million to get on the maiden voyage," James McDonald, global marketing director of Blue Star Line, said at a press conference in Hong Kong Saturday. He said as news about their intentions to build the ship gets out, requests for tickets for the maiden voyage, expected in 2016, have increased to the point that they are "overwhelming."
The "global launch" will be held in New York on the retired aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (near Pier 59, where the original Titanic was to dock). The launch is a releasing of plans to build the ship, though it is already known that the ocean liner will be built at the CSC Jinling Shipyard in China using the Finnish-based marine design and engineering company, Deltamarin; they will work from copies of the original blueprints.
Clive Palmer and Titanic II
Palmer, a mining mogul with shipping interests who owns golf courses and is involved in politics in Australia, said his ship will be a virtual replica of the original. "(The replica Titanic) will be 98% the same," Palmer has said. "The only difference will be an extra deck, to give the bridge greater visibility over the bow, which the original didn't have - very much to its cost."
The billionaire says his ship will be 4m. wider for extra stability, have state of the art engineering and technology and be 270 metres long, 53 metres high and weigh 40,000 tonnes. It will have 840 rooms, 9 decks and this time there will be a seat on a lifeboat for each passenger and crew.
Those who snag tickets for that maiden voyage will sail from England to New York, as the original RMS Titanic was scheduled to do before sinking in the North Atlantic. That is the route the Titanic II will regularly sail.
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