September 2015: This month Australian billionaire Clive Palmer said that ‘Titanic II’, a fully functioning, faithful remake of the world’s most famous ship, would sail the world’s oceans in 2018.
Titanic II’s maiden voyage will not be from Southampton to New York, but rather Jiangsu, China, to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where Blue Star Line has been forging business partnerships.
“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 utilising opportunities that arises with the project,” said James McDonald, the global marketing director of Palmer’s company Blue Star Line.
(Source: Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph)
Malcolm says: Mr. Palmer said that he is committed to authenticity of the ships design, wherever possible. However a maiden voyage from China to Dubai could not be much less authentic. To have any meaning, the maiden voyage HAS to be from Southampton to New York, as the original ill-fated Titanic embarked on.
Maybe Palmer is scared of meeting icebergs on the Atlantic? I guess Dubai’s waters will be safe.
However given the on/off status of the Titanic II project so far, I guess any maiden voyage will be quite an achievement.