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Over a hundred years since the most famous maritime disaster in history, a replica of the Titanic cruise ship looks set to be built. The ship will be a life-size copy of the original ocean going masterpiece and is the brainchild of Australian billionaire entrepreneur, Clive Palmer.

The ship, currently known as Titanic II, is to be built by the CSC Jinling Shipyard Company based in Nanjing, China. The shipyard confirmed to a Chinese local news network that it had begun upgrade work to ensure its facilities were ideal for the construction of the massive vessel.

The ship will have the same dimensions as the original, with nine floors housing 840 cabins and it will carry 2400 passengers as well as almost a thousand personnel. The outside of the ship will look exactly the same as the Titanic but, on board, engineers will incorporate today's technologies as well as the latest safety systems.

Still true to the ill-fated first Titanic though, the ship is planned to carry passengers across first, second and third classes. The maiden voyage for Titanic II is expected to follow that of the Titanic travelling from Southampton to New York in 2016 following the ship's three year build.

Since the announcement of the proposed build, the company is said to have been flooded with enquiries from passengers wishing to be on board for the first sail. Rumours have it that as much as $1million has been offered for a place on the maiden voyage.

Though in its day the Titanic was said to be the largest cruise ship ever to set sail, these days there are others that are larger than the 40,000 tonne vessel. Royal Caribbean sister liners, Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the seas both dwarf the Titanic at more than a massive 252,000 tonnes and a passenger capacity of 5,400 each.

Some way behind but still more than three times the size of the Titanic in weight, Norwegian Epic weighs over 155,000 tonnes and carries over four thousand passengers. The famous Queen Mary 2 of the Cunard Line weighs over

148,000 tonnes and carries over 2,500 passengers.

Though the Titanic was said to be a best in class of its time in terms of luxury and facilities, today's cruise liners leave it behind in their proverbial wake. At the time the Turkish baths, swimming pool and squash courts were considered outrageously extravagant. It's doubtful that the passengers of 1912 could possibly have imagined having an ice rink, wave pool, planetarium and movie theatres at their disposal during their trip.

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