from what i read palmer has a ton of good connections with the chinese, and ill gurentee he will get the actual ship built for dirt cheep. but the interiors he will have to pay through the nose for, but if this ship is suppost to be the flagship of his new fleet of commercial ships, then its going to be worth it. I'm willing to bet anything he is going to build titanic 2 at a loss at first, (this acured to me last night btw) because while it will most defiantly draw attention, people will likely see its limitations in terms of comfort and modern attractions, and opt to go on his other, more modern ships...Not long ago the Chinese had little modern experience of any kind of shipbuilding, but already they're making over a third of all new tonnage. They've shown themselves to be highly adaptable in learning new skills and entering into new areas of production, and though wage levels are increasing rapidly their labour costs are still very low compared especially with the western nations. For decades we've become increasingly reliant on them to sell us the cheap consumer goods that we can no longer produce for ourselves at competitive levels of cost. And now that goes for ships too. The Chinese produce good (if not the most refined) products at rock bottom prices, and if Clive Palmer ever does launch his project that's what he'd need to be looking for. He might then need to move his ship elsewhere to get the passenger areas fitted out to anything like Titanic standards of refinement (if that's part of the plan), and that aspect won't come cheap.
makes sense if you really think about it!