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An Australian billionaire plans to rebuild the Titanic as a seafaring vessel, upon which he will seek to relive the thrill of the days when people knew their place.
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An Australian billionaire plans to rebuild the Titanic as a seafaring vessel, upon which he will seek to relive the thrill of the days when people knew their place.

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer plans to build Titanic II, a cruise ship that will be a near- replica of the luxurious liner that hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic on its maiden voyage to New York in 1912….

He plans to recreate the full Titanic experience, from glorious original interiors, such as the grand staircase and Turkish bath to old-time class divisions.

Like its namesake, Titanic II will have three passenger classes — and “no mingling,” Palmer said.

Depending on their “class,” passengers will be seated in the gilded dining room or at long, common tables. They’ll find period clothing in their cabins if they want to go back in time.

Not everything will be the same, of course. For one, he'll presumably seek to build Titanic II in such a way as to avoid having a small fire cause unpleasantness. And, crucially

There will also be modern luxuries like air-conditioning and safety changes that comply with current requirements. For example, there will be enough lifeboats for everyone aboard.

And one more thing: It needs a new tagline.

But while the builders of the original Titanic said it was designed to be unsinkable, Palmer wouldn’t repeat that boast.

“Anything will sink if you put a hole in it,” Palmer said. “I think it would be very cavalier to say it.”

You can sail into history! Billionaire's real-life Titanic sequel [NYPost]

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