The Titanic sails out of Southampton, England (AP)
McLean, VA (written by Gene Sloan/USA Today) -- The Australian billionaire building a replica of the Titanic to sail by 2016 says the vessel will have a new safety deck featuring "proper lifeboats" as well as safety chutes and slides.
The new deck also will have new public rooms, mining magnate Clive Palmer said today while revealing preliminary plans for the ship, according to several Australian news outlets.
Australia's ABC News quotes Palmer as saying the top decks of the replica -- to be called Titanic II -- will feature public rooms, stairs, cabins and other elements of the original Titanic in similar locations. But the new safety deck will offer spaces not found on the original Titanic.
Among the new spaces announced by Palmer is a casino, ABC News says.
Palmer first announced plans to build the Titanic replica in late April, just days after the 100th anniversary of the original vessel's sinking. More than 1,500 people died after the Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic on its first voyage.
Australia's Brisbane Times quotes Palmer as saying the sky's the limit when it comes to spending on the new ship. "All the money I've got is the budget, so I should have enough," the news outlet quotes him as saying.