On July 17, 2012, Professor Clive Palmer released preliminary plans and drawings for the Titanic II project devised by international ship design and engineering company, Finnish-based Deltamarin.
Following Original Plans
The Titanic II will follow the original plans as closely as possible, but with the addition of modern conveniences such as elevators and air-conditioning, as well as required safety features, such as sufficient life-boats and other safety improvements. This is the reason why Deltamarin is involved in the project. You might recognize them from other significant ship-builds such as Oasis of the Seas, Celebrity Solstice, and Celebrity Equinox.
The Titanic II Preliminary General Arrangement Plan and Preliminary Midship Section Drawing depicts nine decks complete with first, second and third class, officer and crew accommodation as well as the insertion of a new ‘Safety Deck’.
Rebirth of Passenger Classes
Modern cruise lines offer passengers choice of cabin categories. The price of the cabin varies, just like it did in the days of the original Titanic, based on location and deck. Cabins located mid-ship bring a premium over similar accommodations located in the aft or bow sections of the ship. Of course, there are now different classifications of cabins, such as interior, outside, balcony, and suite. Specking of the Oasis of the Seas, it has about 37 different cabin categories.
So, first, second, and third class accommodations are definitely much simpler to comprehend than modern classifications. Just like with rail travel in Europe, the class of service dictates where the passenger has access. One would assume the more affluent traveler would purchase the premium accommodations and thus have access and service commensurate to the fare.
Speaking at a press conference in Brisbane, Professor Palmer indicated that pensioners and anyone traveling in steerage (the term for the lowest class) would not be allowed in the casino in an attempt to prevent them from over-spending.
While we might applaud his desire to look out for his guests, he might be missing out on revenue and offending some of his guests. While passengers can afford higher accommodations, they sometimes choose lesser cabin categories for various reasons, including conserving their funds for gambling. On modern vessels, there is no restriction to the casino based on your cabin type.
We will continue to follow the construction of Titanic II, providing updates here and on our Facebook page.