The Titanic Replica still planning to exist; Clive Parker determined to build it.

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ByRick Deutsch

The Titanic Replica still planning to exist; Clive Parker determined to build it.

The Titanic Replica still planning to exist; Clive parker determined to build it.

Billionaire Clive Palmer has his heart set on building a replica of the famous White Star line “Titanic.” Then the world’s largest ship, she sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg. Ouch.

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Australia’s Clive Parker

We’ve talked about it before and each post tells of a delay.  Titanic II was advertised as sliding out of the shipyard in 2016. Well, it isn’t here yet. Now think 2018.

It will sail from Jiangsu, China—where the vessel is being built by Chinese shipyard CSC Jinling—to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Don’t worry, the new ship will meet all maritime regulations. This clone will be built with parts connected by welding not rivets.…the original used rivets. Many feel that inferior metal was used to get the ship launched on time.

READ MORE on the Titanic II

Here’s the stats: 2,400 passengers and 900 crew. It will be 886 feet long, 174 feet high and weigh over 44,000 tons. A nice sized ship by any measure.

The Blue Star Line is the name of the mother company – a take-off on the original White Star line. Clive is rich enough to pay for this.

I’m a fan of the Titanic. One of my free cruises took us to Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was the closest town to the disaster and accepted hundreds of bodies. Most of the survivors went on the New York, the original destination.

I give talks locally in the San Jose area. The Titanic is one of my most requested; but hesitate doing such on ships. A tip for emerging speakers, keep your topics fun so no one feels uncomfortable.

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ByRick Deutsch

Anniversary of Titanic sinking – it’s rusting away

Just a few days ago, the anniversary of the April 14, 1912, sinking of the first true luxury cruise ship, the RMS Titanic passed. It sank after colliding with a huge iceberg in the North Atlantic.

It slowly sank, sending 1,514 people died, to a water grave. About 300 survived.  As a result, maritime rules were immediately improved.  The number of lifeboats onboard was standard for the time.  Really?  Only 22? For over 2,000 PAX?   Turns out there had never been a large disaster at sea  like this…before, most incidents were small and usually other ships were in the area and the lifeboats could easily ferry passengers off.

Not that day.

One estimate has that iceberg over 200 ft tall.  We recently had a cruise to Antarctica – yes, they grow that large!

What’s been happening to the old boat since?  We all have seen the movie and a few “amusement” areas offer artifacts to view.  Clive Parker – the Aussie billionaire – still says he’s going to build a replica. We’ve been waiting years for the keel laying. The Chinese are moving forward with a Titanic of their own. It will not move.

Read more about Clive Parker’s plans

Rust is eating away at the ship. Entrepreneurs are clamoring to take “guests” down for a first hand look for mega-bucks.

Many want to leave it a cemetery. What do you think?

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Bonus trivia – The RMS in RMS Titanic stands for Royal Mail Service.

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ByRick Deutsch

Chinese building true replica of the Titanic independent of Australian effort

We have been following the effort of Clive Parker, the billionaire Aussie, to build a floating replica of the Titanic. It’s been pushed out year after year.  As a cruise ship speaker, it’s good to know what’s going on in the industry. It’s good to talk-the-talk with passengers.

Backgrounder on the Australian effort. 

So the Qixing Energy Investment Group is spending over $150M to make a clone of the major parts of the ship. It won’t sail – but it will be a tourist trap. Pony up your Yuan at the window. They just laid the keel.

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Titanic replica to be based in eastern China

It will be based in Lishui a city in east China,  It will be docked ties up on the Daying Qi river in Sichuan. This is in central China. So it may not attract too many westerners who want to see the Great Wall, Imperial Palace and Xian. Google map these burgs.

They will have a simulator hitting an iceberg complete with shaking. They got 20,000 technical drawing of the original ship’s plans to get everything right. Every detail. The producers of the movie cooperated.

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Rooms will be as on the Titanic.

Plan on over $300 a night. Primo rooms will approach $100K  Yikes….Still, pretty cool.  It will house 1500 pax – about the same as on the Titanic original voyage.

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