As you can imagine, replica Titanic II has created quite a stir, generating a heathy mix of both skepticism and offense.
"Titanic II is a curiosity and may have a draw as a floating hotel, but the idea of spending close to a week at sea on a vessel built around such a thin premise is seen as a stretch, at least by many within the industry", Cruise Week
editor Michael Driscoll told USA Today
According to J. Joseph Edgette, a cruise ship enthusiast and Titanic expert (as in, an expert on the Titanic -- not just a giant know-it-all), it's custom practice to never name a ship after one that has sunk. Clearly, Palmer missed the memo, though, as he's also named his cruise company Blue Star Line, in honor of the original Titanic's carrier, White Star Line.
Excited about the prospect of sailing on Titanic II? So excited that you just started quoting DiCaprio lines and humming Celine Dion? Please, stop. Also, you've got two years until this thing happens, so feel free to calm down; the ship's maiden voyage from Shanghai to Southampton in the UK, through to New York, isn't scheduled until late 2016.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. She's not very good at sea. Follow her on land on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.