There's room I think for both. ANTR satisfies the likes of us. Titanic '97 satisfies the average movie-goer. The real losers are the films that don't make the grade in either camp. No names mentioned!
Sandy, Cameron was keen to emphasize the great distinction between the sunlit uplands of 1st Class and the Nether World to be found at deeper levels, both of society and of the ship. Thus Jack and Rose. And curiously he might have been influenced in this by ANTR. He has acknowledged that he is a great admirer of the earlier film and of its producer Bill MacQuitty: "Allow me to take this opportunity to express my thanks, as your vision to create the film 'A Night to Remember' has had a ripple effect though modern culture, manifesting itself most recently in my own film 'Titanic', inspired in part by your film." And when MacQuitty set out to promote ANTR to the execs of the Rank Organisation back in the '50s one of his main selling points was that he intended to stress the social divisions of the time as exemplified by the Class system within the ship. Another was that (with Titanic '53 in mind) he didn't want the film to be seen as a vehicle for star performances or romantic melodrama - well, Cameron did say he was only partly inspired by the result!