Clive Palmer has an unsinkable dream: to have a Titanic replica set sail sometime in 2018. The Australian businessman first began planning the cruise ship project in 2012, but the original launch was delayed. Now, 106 years after the untimely end of the big ship’s namesake, the Titanic II is planned to embark on its maiden voyage from Jiangsu in Eastern China to Dubai.

“The new Titanic ship 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,” assures James McDonald, the marketing director of Blue Star Line. For example, the new ship will have a 2,700 lifeboat capacity for its 2,435 member crew, as opposed to the original’s lifeboat capacity of 1,178 for its 2,223 passengers. As for its interior design – it is supposed to be the exact copy of the original ships lavish riches. Hopefully, the Titanic story isn’t going to repeat once again!

Grand staircase

Historically, the grand staircase was reserved for first-class passengers

Café Parisien

Built to look like a sidewalk cafe in France, the Café Parisien was also reserved for first class passengers

The Smoking Room, resembling a London gentlemen’s club, was a place for men to relax

The pool

On the original ship, the pool was filled with salt water after the ship had set sail

Marconi room, where “state of the art” technology allowed passengers to send messages

First class stateroom

The first class dining saloon

The first class dining room spanned the entire width of the ship

Second class cabins

Turkish bath, similar to a sauna

The bridge

Third class dining saloon, where passengers ate communally

The dining room’s menu changed daily

The original Titanic

Titanic II

Watch a video about the new ship below: