Macau: Australian billionaire businessman and chairman of shipping company Blue Star Line, Professor Clive Palmer, the man behind plans to build Titanic II at CSC Jinling Shipyard, has spoken of his ties with China.
In December 2012 he announced he will bring the Titanic II World Tour and road show to Macau, including a black tie gala dinner at The Venetian for more than 500 guests.
Professor Palmer said while Titanic was not scheduled to visit China or Asia, Titanic II’s ties with China will be significant.
“I have commissioned CSC Jinling Shipyard to build and coordinate the construction of Titanic II in China,” he said.
“This signifies the future relationship between Titanic II and China, as Titanic II offers a tremendous opportunity for CSCJinling to showcase their abilities and grow their business, as well as establish China in the luxury cruise ship market.”
Palmer said Titanic will be remembered when guests meet to enjoy the same lavish eleven course menu as first class passengers did on April 14, 1912.
“Guests attending the dinner will receive free entry to Titanic the Exhibition, which is currently visiting The Venetian,” he said.
Titanic the Exhibition features highly-detailed and accurate replicas of 400 artefacts recovered from Titanic’s wreckage and housed in galleries to resemble various iconic sections of the ship.
Titanic II, upon completion, is scheduled to set sail from China to Southampton in 2016 before commencing her maiden passenger voyage from Southampton to New York along her original route.”
As well as the giant remake of the world’s most famous cruiseship, Palmer has also ordered four 64,000 dwt bulkers at the same Chinese yard. [31/01/13]