Following the recent news regarding plans to build a ‘Titanic’ replica cruise liner, Titanic II, set to sail from Southampton to New York in 2016, an independent online cruise travel agency has conducted a poll amongst UK cruisers to find out more about how British cruisers feel about the news.
BonVoyage.co.uk polled 1,259 British cruisers who’d been on a cruise at least once in the past 5 years, initially asking them: ‘Were you aware of the project to build a Titanic replica cruise liner?’ To this, more than half, 56%, of respondents said ‘yes’. When further asked if they would like to set sail on a cruise aboard Titanic II, just under half of the respondents, 45%, answered ‘no’.
The respondents who appeared reluctant to go on the replica Titanic liner were then asked to explain why they felt this way. Just under a quarter, 24%, admitted they simply wouldn’t want to ‘sail the proposed route’ across the Atlantic; whilst the majority, 29%, of the respondents admitted that they would be ‘scared’ to voyage aboard the liner, due to the safety history of the Titanic.
Just over a fifth, 21%, of respondents claimed that they wouldn’t want to voyage aboard Titanic II as they only liked ‘modern ships’; whilst 11% simply admitted that they ‘weren’t interested’ in the cruise liner.
However, when respondents were asked if they thought that building Titanic II was a good idea, the vast majority of total respondents, 83%, said ‘yes’. Furthermore, even though 45% of the respondents admitted that they wouldn’t want to go on a Titanic II replica cruise, more than two thirds of these respondents, 78%, stated that they would want to visit the boat whilst in port.
Respondents were then asked to choose which other famous ships from history or fiction they would like to see recreated for travel. They were shown a list of possible responses and were able to choose multiple answers.
According to the results from BonVoyage.co.uk, the top five ships from history or fiction that cruisers would like to see recreated for travel were as follows:
- The Black Pearl (Pirates of the Caribbean)- 47%
- The Mary Rose- 38%
- The Pequod (Moby Dick)- 33%
- Mary Celeste- 27%
- The Santa Maria- 22%.