People definitely have questions about whether Titanic II is a good idea
Have you ever caught wind of a terrible sequel to a movie, especially a movie that ended horribly, and thought to yourself, “Who thought that was a good idea?” Like, say, the sequel to Titanic, which is about a luxury cruise line called the Titanic 2, which sails on the 100th anniversary of its namesake and encounters a deep-ocean tsunami that hurls an iceberg at its hull and causes general mayhem. It’s not a good movie, and it begs the question: Who would think Titanic II could be a good idea?
Blue Star Line is who. This is a real ocean ship line. And it has announced that it’s creating a real life ship called Titanic II. It will set sail in 2022, which is 110 years after the original Titanic, but who’s counting? Oh, and it will follow the exact same route as the original ship, just like the fictional Titanic 2 in the movie.
OK, so the likelihood of an iceberg-hurling tsunami sinking the ship, like in the hokey movie sequel, is probably pretty low. But does anyone have any concerns over the fact that this ship is named after the “unsinkable” ship that did indeed sink, killing 1,500 people? Or that it’s sailing the exact same route through the exact same iceberg-infested waters?
Or that the new ship is a replica of the original Titanic, right down to the cabin layout and the number of passengers and crew it will carry? Or that that means its doors probably also won’t support the weight of yourself and your star-crossed lover in the event that you’re forced into the icy Atlantic to watch the ship sink?
From a marketing standpoint, what Blue Star Line is kind of genius. You know this thing will be packed to the brim with the same kind of morbid folk who book tickets on those serial killer city tours that visit murder scenes. But also, does anyone think maybe this is a bad idea, considering what happened the first time?
Oh yeah, all of Twitter. The entirety of Twitter thinks this is a bad idea. And rightfully so.
However, there is this silver lining.
Financial setbacks keep delaying the date of this giant floating superstition’s maiden voyage, so there’s no word yet on when tickets will go on sale or how much they’ll cost. But if that’s really something you’re into, you can track the ship’s progress online.