By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

This Titanic Replica Cost $600 Million… Take A Peek At How They Spent The Money.

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer set out to build a new Titanic, and will finally see his vision come to life in 2018, when the nearly identical replica is scheduled for its maiden voyage. His company Blue Star Line was initially set to launch the ship in 2016, but plans were pushed back.

The original RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on 14 April 1912 and sank less than three hours later. Palmer's project was met with criticism by some of the families of non-survivors, understandably so, but this has not affected growing excitement toward the modern $600 million luxury liner. Palmer has also announced that he wanted to honor the victims by re-building it.

The company will offer first, second, and third-class tickets -- just like the original -- but with improved safety features, according to James McDonald, Blue Star Line's global marketing director.

"The new Titanic will of course have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you'd expect on a 21st-century ship."

The original Titanic departed Southampton, England, for New York while Palmer's will depart from Jiangsu and make its way to Dubai.

The Titanic replica ship is set to sail in 2018.

Here's a shot of the original grand staircase.

The Titanic II grand staircase is spot on.

A shot of the Cafe Parisienne, a first-class eatery back in 1912.

And here it is over a century later.

Titanic was one of the first ships to feature a swimming pool. A photo of the pool then.

And now.

The first class men-only smoking room then.

The green chairs offer a nice touch.

This is what lodging and dining looks like for third-class passengers...

...and here's a first-class suite.

Dining for these passengers will be a grand experience.

Turkish baths aboard the new Titanic.

The radio room.

The replica will also house an Edwardian-style gym.

While the new ship is remarkably uncanny, modern navigational controls set it apart.

How much would you pay to board Titanic II? Some have reportedly offered over $1m for the experience! Did we mention that passengers will be offered period clothing to match their environment? Time to start saving.

Sources: MetroUK, news.com.au