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The ‘Unsinkable’ Titanic II

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Let’s hope the Titanic II ocean liner doesn't end up like the original.

The Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, who is financing plans for the replica luxury liner, unveiled blueprints for the ship that will be built in China and have its maiden voyage in 2016 to chart the course of the original Titanic from Southampton, England, to New York City – minus the iceberg.

Palmer said, “The area [for] passengers will be authentic with the same design and facilities. But there will be modern things such as air conditioning and other features we are debating - such as internet on the ship.” Costumes inspired by the 1920s will even be provided. And, yes, enough life boats for everyone.

For "Titanic" movie fans (looking at you, preteen girls), the ship will be designed to make passengers feel like they’re extras in the movie. Minus the last part. (The actual Titanic, just as the one in the James Cameron film, sank en route to New York after hitting an iceberg on April 15, 1912.)

Palmer wouldn’t jinx the project, saying at a press conference, “I'm not too superstitious ... Anything will sink if you put a hole in it. I think it would be very cavalier to say it.”

And passengers can rest easy: the Finnish shipbuilder behind the reconstruction says it will be the "safest cruise ship in the world. " What could possibly go wrong?

Twitter had some ideas. News of the Titanic II plans quickly caught the attention of the social media site, making the ship a trending topic. Martin ‏@MartinComedyy posted, “Titanic II...is there going to be an Iceberg II?”

Andy Lassner ‏@andylassner added, “Just heard about the billionaire who's building Titanic II that'll be ready in 2016. I'll be rushing to get my Hindenburg II done by 2015.”

Jared ‏@ghero46 wrote, “I've got this weird, sinking feeling about the Titanic II being built.”

Of course, a ship doesn’t have to actually sink to be the vacation from hell.

The Carnival cruise ship Triumph, a 14-story luxury liner carrying 4,200 passengers and crew, in February lost power to propulsion, refrigeration, generators, and yes, toilets, after a fire in the engine room turned a pleasure cruise into a five-day nightmare of spoiled food and nonworking toilets.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of passenger Cassie Terry described the situation as “the voyage of the damned,” adding that Terry “was forced to subsist for days in a floating toilet, a floating Petri dish, a floating hell.”

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