We all dream about the day the next "unsinkable" ship sets sail onscreen and we get to watch another love story like Jack and Rose's.
Unfortunately that may not come true, but an exact-replica of the Titanic will set sail this year, and it's going to take a completely different route than the ill-fated vessel.
The RMS Titanic, the largest and most technologically advanced ship of its age, was on route from Southampton, England to New York City in 1912 with approximately 2,220 passengers and crew on board.
The ship that was strongly believed to be unsinkable collided into an iceberg on an April night, killing more than 1,500 people, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.
As you probably remember from the movie that was inspired by the tragedy, the Titanic carried some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as many emigrants from Western Europe looking to make a better life in the U.S.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer first announced the project in a press conference in 2012 and expressed how he wanted to pay homage to the original crew and passengers. There weren't any news updates on the project after that, so many people were under the impression that the project had been cancelled.
Recently, Palmer announced that hundreds of people will have a chance to board the Titanic II, a near-exact replica of the doomed ocean liner, but the question is, how many people will be able to afford it, and what route will it take?
The ship was originally supposed to follow the exact same route as the original Titanic, but is now supposed to set sail from Jiangsu, China to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“We are not looking for investment from Dubai, as it is a project we are funding ourselves, but we have been in contact with a number of companies based in the Emirates who are looking at utilizing opportunities that arises with the project,” McDonald said, suggesting Dubai may become a recurring cruise destination for Titanic II.
Blue Star Line has spent $600 million building the ship's successor, but have updated the design to meet modern safety requirements.
“The new Titanic will of course have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you’d expect on a 21st century ship,” James McDonald, Blue Star Line’s marketing director, told the Belfast Telegraph. In addition, the ship's lifeboats will be built wider and there will be enough for all passengers.
We're still waiting on information about ticket price, but people are reportedly offering to pay more than a $1 million for a spot on the ship.
Palmer said the ship will still have the same class system that separates dining rooms for second and third class passengers. The ship will feature nine floors and 840 cabins to accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members.
To further enhance the experience, passengers will receive similar clothing to what people wore in the early 20th century.
When we say the ship is a replica, we mean it, but I guess you'll be a better judge of that. Check out some of the rooms of the ship...
Where Jack Meets Rose
Walking on the grand staircase will definitely make you want to cry. This is where Rose sees Jack standing, and that's when our hearts melted.
I have to give it to the builders, they did a great job with this area of the ship.
It looks identical to the grand staircase in the movie, even down to the blue chairs in the corner!
"The Turkish Bath"
This rest area is quite nice, and would definitely be a good place to hang out with friends.
I assume people would be changing here right after and before they go to the gym or pool.
The original Titanic had literally everything inside. Of course, a 21st century cruise ship has a pool and even more than what the Titanic had, but for it's time the ship was one of a kind.
The pool in Titanic II looks nearly identical to images of what the original pool looked like. Even the makeshift stairs look the same.
Of course, I'm sure there are more safety precautions here, and the water doesn't look too deep.
There's not much you can do in this early 20th century style gym, but it'll definitely be something you can take a picture of.
I think being part of this experience is like getting a ticket to a museum, except that it's super expensive.
Keep going to see the bedrooms, the dining area, the control room, and my favorite part of the ship!
Le Cafe Parisien
This little area looks like it's been taken off the streets of France! It's absolutely breathtaking.
I can imagine my friends and I sipping on some tea and reminiscing about the past, because that's what people used to do in that time period, right?
I wonder if they will have a no phone policy here. Wouldn't that be a nice change?
First Class Dining / Smoking Room
Smoking isn't as cool as it was back then, but I'm sure the room on the right will still be put to good use.
The first class dining room is another one of my favorite parts of this ship. The chairs look slightly different, but at least they're green. The tablecloths are also arranged in the same fashion as it was in the movie.
If you haven't already noticed, the picture on the left is the first class cabin, and the picture on the right is the cabin for those who have purchased third class tickets.
While the first class cabin looks luxurious, I love the bunk beds in the other one. What I don't like is that there's a sink right beside the beds. I hope that's not the bathroom sink!
Bridge Area / Radio Room
These images show the most important parts of the ship. Of course, most of these tools are just for show, since ship navigation has greatly improved in the last century.
Would you purchase a ticket to board this maiden voyage?