An extraordinary plan to create an exact replica of the Titanic has been unveiled – just as Mirror Online predicted on April Fool’s Day.
Our spoof story became a reality today with news that billionaire businessman Clive Palmer is planning to build Titanic II.
And whilst there’s no word yet on the guestlist for the new liner’s maiden voyage, who’s to say we haven’t got that right too!
We joked that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge had already confirmed they will join the trip, travelling in the sumptuous first Class Imperial Suite of the new ship being built by a consortium of some of the world’s richest people, including Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Kirsty Bertarelli. or maybe it will!
And we told you that invites for this super-exclusive maritime gathering had already been sent to David and Victoria Beckham, Susan Boyle, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Paris Hilton, Rihanna, and Harry Styles from One Direction.
Mr Palmer’s new ship will be high-tech, which we also got right. but it might not have the Search Engine Optimiser – a device that can instantaneously geo-locate key celebrities should Titanic Two encounter any problems at sea – fitted, like we said it would.
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We also said Manchester City star Mario Balotelli was thought to have booked a suite and was planning a private indoor fireworks party to celebrate the ship’s departure from Southampton.
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Stars from The Voice, Britain’s got Talent and X Factor − including Tulisa, Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and TV’s Piers Morgan − were all to perform for first class guests in the up Wind ballroom, we joked.
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Our April Fool continued with the claim that for passengers travelling in second Class, celebrities from EastEnders and Coronation Street would be providing the nightly entertainment by reprising some of their greatest scenes, including Dirty Den’s return from the dead.
While passengers in 3rd Class would be entertained by the cast of The Only way Is Essex and David Dickinson.
First Class food on the ship’s inorganic restaurants would be prepared by a galaxy of the world’s top Michelin-starred chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Michel Roux Jr, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal, we joked.
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And we also said that John Torode and Greg Wallace would be overseeing the second class menus, while steerage catering would be provided by a collection of past winners from Come Dine with Me.
Our hilarious spoof stated that an exclusive range of cocktails would also be sipped by the celebs for the first time, built around the theme of ‘Hold the Ice’.
And a nightly lecture series, hosted by TV’s Piers Morgan, would feature some of the world’s most opinionated people including Jeremy Clarkson, Michael Wolff and blogger Joe Kerr.
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We told you that the famous ‘band that played on’ as the original Titanic sank was also being recreated – but with a modern twist, starring such musical luminaries as P Diddy and Will.I.Am, who famously worked with Michael Jackson and knew Whitney Houston.
The prospect of a new Titanic was not met with universal support, despite the glamorous celebrity associations, we joked.
Maritime expert Walter Lottoguff of the Gobi Institute warned that following in the slipstream of the original liner could be a titanic mistake.
He said: "creating a new Titanic is one of the most foolish things I’ve heard in years".
But the ship’s 1,000-strong crew and commanders remain upbeat.
Exuding confidence, Chief Steward Martin Clarke said: “Not even the hand of God could sink us. We’re simply too big to go down.”
Entertainment and Culture Officer Russ Bridger, said: “Some people say my job is just rearranging deckchairs. but it’s much more than that. I like to think of it not just as providing world class, liberal entertainment on the sea, but on the ‘open sea’. It’s a big difference.”
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