Social and Cruise History: Sinking feeling: unease about Titanic II plan…
I agree with Hazel Gaynor’s piece in the Irish Examiner. The “Titanic II” is just another media gimmick. No one in their right mind is going to sail across the Atlantic on some seven day recreation of a pre-World War I Disney-ride. Imagine being aboard an old style ship divided into classes dressed in uncomfortable turn of the last century clothes. It you look at the menus for the RMS Titanic they reflect the times. The macabre tragedy surrounding the RMS Titanic is similar to recreating the American space shuttle, Challenger, that exploded and killed all seven astronauts. Do you honestly want to spend a week on the “Challenger” or the old fashioned RMS Titanic? Talk about creepiness…
Courtesy of the Irish Examiner:
Are plans to recreate the 1912 voyage a homage to history, or just insensitive, asks Hazel Gaynor
By Hazel Gaynor
EARLIER this year, Clive Palmer, Australian mining mogul and billionaire, held a glitzy press conference in New York to announce his plans to build Titanic II, the flagship of his shipping company, Blue Star Line.
The ship will be built in China and will set sail in 2016. Reaction was incredulity and ridicule — yet 40,000 people have still applied for tickets for the maiden voyage. Offers of $1m have reportedly been made for first-class cabins.
Building Titanic II, which will recreate Titanic’s maiden voyage, is viewed as insensitive, courting disaster, and a mockery of the memory of those who died this month in 1912.