What could possibly go wrong?
As part of a resort, a full-size replica of the Titanic is reportedly under construction in China’s Sichuan province— and not only that, guests will even get the chance to experience a simulation of its sinking.
The simulacrum of the world’s most famous ship will measure about 885 feet long and 92 feet across (the same size as the original), according to the South China Morning Post, which reported that a keel-laying ceremony occured this week. The cost is reported to be about $145 million dollars.
Sky News reported that Curtis Schnell, a production designer, is part of the “Unsinkable Titanic” endeavour in the landlocked Chinese province.
“There are still problems with some things, and we are not building every room in the ship by any means, but the shell of the ship and the exteriors will be quite accurate and there will be interior rooms to be able to tour, and seen from the standpoint of historical accuracy,” Schnell told Sky News.
He also pointed out that the project was being conducted in a “very respectful way.” After all, more than 1,500 people perished in the icy waters of the Atlantic in April, 1912.
A promotional video, part of an overview of the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort of which the ship is just one attraction, shows a computer-generated image of the Titanic replica docked in a river.
The resort is aimed at being a tourism mecca, with a focus on the “experiences of world blockbuster movies and prime Chinese and foreign cultures,” according to the development’s website.
The Chinese project is distinct from another Titanic recreation idea, called Titanic II. The brainchild of Clive Palmer, an Australian businessman, the concept calls for a ship slightly wider than the original that will have modern safety and navigation features and will supposedly someday actually sail the waters.
A night on board the replica ship in the Chinese resort will cost at minimum about $434, and will offer guests the chance to partake in “period-correct parties,” the South China Morning Post reported.
Here’s hoping the project has smooth sailing.