Titanic ll gathers steam

Entrepreneur and mining magnate Clive Palmer has announced that design plans for Titanic ll are being finalised, harnessing the most reputable talent in the cruise-ship industry.

16 March 2024


Twelve years after the project was first announced, Clive Palmer has unveiled the revival of Titanic II at a media event at the Sydney Opera House.

Palmer, Chairman of the enterprise behind the venture, Blue Star Line, said: “We are very pleased to announce that after unforeseen global delays, we have re-engaged with partners to bring the dream of Titanic ll to life. Let the journey begin!”

He explained that post-pandemic, cruise ships are “back in business, with passenger numbers now surpassing pre-COVID levels.

“We’re getting the best shipbuilders, designers and engineers in the world back on deck to build Titanic ll,” he claimed.

The project enjoys the continued support of world-leading Finnish-based ship design and marine engineering company Deltamarin.

Deltamarin has undertaken a review of the Titanic ll project ensuring the vessel will be compliant with all current safety and construction regulations as well as meeting Blue Star Line’s design criteria.


Other global partners include V.Ships Leisure who will be responsible for project support, building supervision and ship management services; and Swedish marine architecture and interior design company Tillberg Design, whose portfolio includes classic ocean liners Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2.

At the time of posting this story, Tillberg Design of Sweden confirmed they were engaged with Clive Palmers Blue Star Line but could not release information nor comment due to confidentiality agreements in place.

“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,” he continued.

“We are bringing in some of the best designers in the world for cruise shipping to make sure nothing is overlooked and we have a specification that is far, far superior than the original Titanic. It will be the ship of love and the ultimate in style and luxury.

“The essence of this venture is to offer passengers an unparalleled journey back in time, immersing them fully in the opulence and splendour of life aboard the original Titanic, thus bridging a century with a voyage of unparalleled elegance,” he added.

From the promotional video, guests can be seen enjoying the sumptuous surrounds in period costume, served by attendants dressed in the attire of the era.

The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, “inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivalled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits,” according to the media release.

The 269-metre (883-foot) Titanic ll, with beam of 32.2 metres (106 feet) will weigh approximately 56,000 tonnes, comprise nine decks to a height of 28.7 metres (94 feet) and will be designed to recreate the grandeurs of its namesake. It will have a maximum draft of 7.8 metres (26 feet).

The vessel will feature 835 cabins including 383 First-Class, 201 Second-Class and 251 Third-Class rooms, catering for up to 2,435 passengers.

The new ship will feature modern technology and the latest navigation and safety systems. Included in the design is a first-class grand staircase descending through most of the boat’s decks down to Deck F. The staircase will start from the boat deck under a large wrought iron and glass dome, at the centre of which is a glittering 50-light crystal chandelier.

Other amenities will include a traditional dining room and first-class dining saloon, luxurious staterooms and suites, grand ballroom, gymnasium, squash court, swimming pool, baths, theatre and casino.

Titanic ll will also feature an exact replica of the bridge as it was in the original ship, which will be the vessel’s navigational control centre designed and configured to modern standards and regulations. It will provide a complete view of the forward and sides of the ship, from where directions and instructions will be communicated to the engine room, as well as other areas across the vessel.

The vessel will be powered by a diesel engine and will feature four smoke stacks like the coal-powered Titanic.

“In 1912, the Titanic was the ship of dreams. For over a century, Titanic’s legend has been powered by mystery, intrigue and respect for all she stood for,” Palmer commented.

Titanic ll is something that needed to be built. We all know how to make war. We get armies and we fund wars. People know about that. But it is a lot harder to make peace. To make peace you have got to stick with it every day. You progress inch by inch.

Titanic ll is something that can provide peace. It can be a ship of peace between all countries of the world. Millions have dreamt of sailing on her, seeing her in port and experiencing her unique majesty. Titanic ll will be the ship where those dreams come true.”



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