Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Life

Would You Set Sail on the Titanic II?

The Titanic II, a replica of the famous ship said to be unsinkable that sank on its maiden voyage, will set sail in 2022.

Writers have cleverly crafted the stories about the Titanic II to feature references to Celine Dion’s hit song, “My Heart Will Go On.”

But when I think about the prospect of setting sail on a reproduction of the ship known as the world’s most famous shipwreck? Well, the tune that comes to my mind is the theme from Gilligan’s Island.

I’ve never been on a cruise. Call me a landlubber. Just ask my dad, who loves sailing about as much as he likes taking a breath!

A close friend of mine tells me about cruises he’s taken with his wife. He has convinced me that I might actually enjoy one.

Some day.

But the Titanic II? I certainly wouldn’t want to risk tempting fate, so if I were ever to be one of her passengers, I think it’d take a while and a few hundred passages.

After she earns her sea legs, then — maybe then — I’d consider thinking about it.

The ship is set to make a maiden two-week voyage in 2022. That means that if you are thinking of taking part, you have at least a few years to save up.

For me, the creepy factor isn’t only the name.

Too many similarities for me.

Consider these facts from USA Today about Titanic II:

  • It will feature the same cabin layout.
  • After leaving Dubai, it goes to Southampton, England where it will trace the North Atlantic route the Titanic could not complete.
  • It will carry almost the exact number of passengers and crew as the original.

Of course, the new version comes with plenty of modern technology and safety features. (Presumably, this one will be outfitted with enough lifeboats.)

We certainly don’t want a repeat of the tragic events of April 14, 1912, do we?

I can’t imagine what the cruise would cost. But I assume from seeing that it departs from Dubai that it wouldn’t be cheap.

That’s all the more reason I’d just pass.

Would you sail on the first voyage of Titanic II?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.