A full-size replica of doomed cruise liner the Titanic is nearing completion at the Romandisea theme park in China.
The ship, being constructed at a cost of £125 million, is being built from original blueprints, and will form the centrepiece of the major theme park being built in Sichuan.
First plans for the authentic attraction included a high tech sensory recreation of the moment the original Titanic hit the iceberg on its ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912.
Romandisea eventually abandoned the idea as it was perceived to be in poor taste. Relatives of survivors and victims of the disaster remain unconvinced the project is appropriate, even without the simulation.
The replica will be exact down to the tiniest detail, and is expected to be completed this year according to a report with the latest images from the site in the Daily Mail.
Six of the ship’s nine decks were completed before 2017, and the ship, which will sit in 10.54 metres (34.6 feet) of water, docked permanently on the Daying Qi river in Suining city, is expected to reach completion later this year.
The construction project has taken longer than was initially envisaged.
Su Shaojun, the developer overseeing the project was so moved by the James Cameron film ‘TITANIC’ when he saw it twenty years ago that he resolved to build a resort and park which would include an exact replica of the ship.
He secured financing and a property deal with the local government, but the sheer size of the ship took him by surprise. The film only had a 90% scale replica vessel, and so this will be the first full size replica ever been built.
The ship was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of August 2017. According to a report in NPR Su explains:
“I didn’t expect the ship would be this big. The movie didn’t mention how big it was.”
Close view of the bow. Gives one a perspective of the size of the build. pic.twitter.com/Ll82Qhid67
— Romandisea Titanic (@RomandiseaT2) December 28, 2017
Guests wishing to enjoy the Titanic experience – which will include ballroom dancing, Vegas-style entertainment and pool parties – will pay 3,000 Yuan (£315) a night for a cabin, with more expensive rooms setting them back around 100,000 Yuan (£11,251).
Image: Romandisea Twitter