Titanic II, the replica of the ill-fated cruise liner that sank more than 100 years ago, has captured the imagination of people across the world. (Featured image by Blue Star Line)
The project, which is the brainchild of eccentric Australian mining tycoon Clive Palmer, has dived opinion since its announcement.
Some are keen to book a place on the historic replica, while others see it as a rather insensitive and disrespectful creation.
But would you actually climb aboard the Titanic II for its maiden voyage? According to research, nearly half of people who regularly go on cruises would not set sail on the controversial vessel.
Online cruise travel agency bonvoyage.co.uk found that 45 per cent of cruisers would not book a place on Titanic II, with many people citing safety reasons.
Of those who were reluctant to climb aboard Titanic II, 29 per cent said they were concerned about history repeating itself.
A further 24 per cent said that the proposed route across the Atlantic to the US didn’t appeal to them, while 21 per cent said they would prefer a modern ship.
Steph Curtin, development Manager for BonVoyage.co.uk, said that any concerns over safety are misguided due to modern-day technology.
“It was interesting to see that so many were reluctant to travel aboard due to safety concerns, but this most likely lies with nothing more than superstition, as it will inevitably be equipped with all of the latest developments in cruise liner safety technology,” she said.
“If technology can bring us back to the 1920s, then its voyage across the Atlantic should be a doddle!”
Despite the fact that so many respondents in the survey were reluctant to sail on the Titanic replica, some 83 per cent said they thought building it was a good idea.
Not only that, but 78 per cent said they would want to visit the ship while it was in dock and there was no chance of a rogue iceberg causing trouble.