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The best way to answer your questions is to first explain what T2 will be.
T2 will be a static floating ship. It will not have operational engines. It will be permanently tied off at the wharf that is being created for it, inside the much larger Romandisea Theme Park. It will be a functional - operational hotel. Guests will be able to stay on T2. There will be tours given at certain intervals from the land. My company is involved with all of the land buildinsg also - including a museum, artifact display area, cafe' etc.
With that being said, T2 will be a combination of 1912 and 2017. For instance, there will be 1st class cabins on B Deck just as T1, but on T2 the bedsteads won't be narrow like the originals but perhaps king sized, but the headboard and footboard will be designed to look like the original - only wider of course. All of the rooms will be laid out to 2017 standards and cannot match T1's deck layout exactley. Flat screen TV's will be hidden behind the room paneling, all cabins will have a private bathroom etc... Which is one of the reasons why we can't just lay out these rooms like T1.
Every attempt to be historically accurate to the upper class public rooms and main companionways is being undertaken.
Ships can't be built like they were in the early 20th Century any more. There are fire escape regulations, and other specifications that have to be met - not to mention anything Chinese specific. This ship, though static, has to be built to ship regulations because it is floating, albeit with only 20 lifeboats. These design issues have been a point of contention between me and the CSIC shipbuilders.
I'm designing the ship to fit what I am given to work with. Ships like this are not built with sheer or in and out shell strakes anymore. (There will be phony doubling plates and rivets) The decks will be flat like all the rest of the passenger ships these days, but there will be compensation at the bow and stern to give the appearance of sheer. Other cosmetic issues are also being addressed. I am trying to make the exterior of T2 look as accurate as possible within the guidelines. Yea, there will be a lot of phony attachments on the hull and on the weather decks.
There will be specific interior areas of the ship that will be built for historic accuracy. These compartments will be along the tour route that will be offered. All of these rooms etc. have not been decided yet other than the Wheel House, Nav Bridge, Marconi Room, two or three officer's cabins (not the captain's), B Deck Parlour Suite and at least one average 2nd and 3rd class cabin. I want to reproduce a crew compartment along Scotland Road. We are also reproducing the Reciprocating Engine Room and the No. 1 boiler room. There may be more, but that is yet to be determined.
As for more crew spaces Tim, probably not, but that can change. I'm open to suggestions.
Let me state further that there are a lot more people on this project than little old me and the TTSM boys. I didn't name everyone, and there are other contractors coming in from the UK too. I think this ship will actually get built. In fact, they have already started construction on site.