Dreams of having had the opportunity to sail on a ship as grand as the Titanic have been quickly squashed by the fact that the ship sank in the middle of its trans-Atlantic journey, but for those with a morbid fascination of the doomed ocean liner, now there’s a chance to make those dreams come true. The second-coming of the Titanic is set to hit the open seas in 2022.
The ship is said to be an exact replica of the historical ship, though this time the builders and safety checkers are being particularly careful to include enough life rafts and other safety equipment to cater to the 2,400 passengers they expect to have on board. The ship will also have an array of more modern safety equipment, which hopefully will diminish fears of a repeat disaster, at least for those who are adventurous enough to join in the first place.
Though the Titanic II is planning to follow the same path as its predecessor, the journey from Southampton to New York won’t actually be its maiden voyage, as the ship will first have to sail from Dubai to the United Kingdom. After treading the same water that the original Titanic crossed, the tour company hopes to open the ship up to a number of other international itineraries.
The Blue Star Line, the company sponsoring the new ship, had originally hoped to get the first journey up and running in 2016, however, they halted construction following several financial disagreements. Now, construction has resumed, and the company hopes their Titanic will be able to sail again by 2022. According to the Blue Star Line chairman, Clive Palmer, “The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue, and mystery in every port she visits.”
Celebrity Couples Who Postponed Their 2020 Weddings Due to Coronavirus
The pandemic and social distancing measures of 2020 have affected almost everyone in the world. These celebrities were considerate enough to postpone their weddings scheduled in 2020 due to concerns of safety for themselves, and their family and friends.
Dennis Quaid and Laura Savoie
Taking things fast, Dennis Quaid and Laura Savoie were supposed to get married on April 4 of 2020, in Kauai – a small island in the Hawaiian archipelago.
The couple decided to postpone the wedding out of concern for their family and friends amidst the pandemic. However, they did get married later on – eloping to Santa Barbara, California on June 2 of 2020.
Jenny Slate and Ben Shattuck
American actress Jenny Slate, who had gifted audiences amazing movies such as Gifted had her own engagement like a romantic comedy as well. Ben Shattuck, a short story writer, asked her to marry him in September 2019 during a holiday in France.
The couple was supposed to tie the knot during the June solstice of 2020 but ultimately postponed their plans as Slate revealed on a July appearance in the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams
The romance between Modern Family star Sarah Hyland and Bachelor in Paradise bartender Wells Adams is the perfect example of a modern-day love story – having met through social media in October 2017, with Wells popping the question two years later in July 2019.
However, the couple announced on June 29 that they have decided to put their wedding planning on hold due to the ongoing pandemic. This was a conscious choice as Hyland is immunocompromised and is at a higher risk of contracting the illness.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Beatrice, a member of the British Royal family and the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, and British property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were originally supposed to get married in a royal reception at the Buckingham Palace in 2020.
However, due to the growing safety concerns amidst the pandemic, the wedding was postponed. After several scrutinous reviews, the royal couple finally surprised the world by hosting their own private wedding on July 17, 2020.
Taraji P. Henson and Kelvin Hayden
American actress Taraji P. Henson has had a long, thriving relationship with the former NFL star Kelvin Hayden, having been together since 2015 and engaged since 2018. The two were supposed to tie the knot finally on April 4, 2020 but postponed it last minute due to the pandemic.
Henson stated that she had elderly relatives and so was “trying to figure out the safest and best way” to arrange her wedding at a later date.
Emma Stone and Dave McCary
The charming American actress Emma Stone has been with Dave McCary, a segment director and writer for Saturday Night Live, for two years before finally announcing their engagement in December 2019.
The couple was set to get married in Los Angeles in March 2020 but postponed it due to the pandemic. However, the pair were photographed together wearing matching gold wedding bands in September 2020 and have been confirmed to be married.
Derek Fisher and Gloria Govan
Basketball coach and former NBA star Derek Fisher had been seeing Basketball Wives star Gloria Govan since 2015, and they got engaged on April 7 of 2018 during a party at their home in Los Angeles. The couple was set to tie the knot in April of 2020 but announced that they were rescheduling the wedding due to present circumstances.
The couple is yet to confirm a date, but Govan had assured that the wedding will happen eventually, joking that she will “keep him (Fisher) around for a while.”
Astrid Loch and Kevin Wendt
Reality star Astrid Loch met co-star Kevin Wendt on the set of the fifth season of Bachelor in Paradise and announced their engagement in August 2019, with plans to get married in November 2020.
However, the couple announced this July that they would not be walking down the aisle this year, and the wedding has been postponed to November 2021. The couple wrote separate Instagram posts stating that this was a time to reevaluate priorities and that it was a small problem compared to what other people are facing.
Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman
The Egyptian-American co-host of the Today, Hoda Kotb got engaged to her long-term boyfriend, entrepreneur Joel Schiffman, in 2019, with a plan to get married this year. However, due to the current health crisis, Schiffman and Kotb postponed the wedding, despite having reservations and everything planned out.
Hoda Kotb stated that she “already feels married” to her fiancé, whom she has been dating for seven years, and that people should just feel lucky if they have a celebration to plan.
JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers
JoJo Fletcher got engaged to Jordan Rodgers on the set of The Bachelorette in 2016 on the show’s 12th season. After a four-year-long engagement, the couple was supposed to get married on June 13 of 2020. However, things did not work out as planned.
Fletcher wished Rodgers a “What would have been Wedding Day” on Twitter on June 13 and announced that the wedding has been postponed given the circumstances, despite their intricate planning for the day for the previous 11 months.
Alexa Ray Joel and Ryan Gleason
Singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of the talented singer Billy Joel and the charming model Christie Brinkley, had been engaged to actor Ryan Gleason ever since January 2018. Although they have never confirmed a future wedding date, her mother had recently revealed that the wedding has been postponed and that “everything’s on hold.”
Gleason and Joel had been together since 2013, and even with a postponed wedding, their relationship has remained as strong as ever.
Josephine Skriver and Alex DeLeon
Victoria Secret Angel Josephine Skriver had the perfect engagement – having been proposed to by her boyfriend, the singer-songwriter Alex DeLeon, in the middle of a frozen lake in Finland, where he took Skriver to see the Northern Lights.
Engaged ever since November 2018, the couple was supposed to get married in 2020 but decided to push the wedding back for a year, concluding that the safety of family and friends was more important.
Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Christian Biscardi
Former Jersey Shore star Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola had been engaged to her fiancé Christian Biscardi since March 2019 after two years of seeing each other, and they had planned to get married in 2020.
However, due to the outbreak of the pandemic, the couple decided to postpone their wedding until September of 2020. As of the time of writing this article, there has been no further news of their marriage.
Lala Kent and Randall Emmett
The Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent and Hollywood producer Randall Emmett have a unique kind of relationship. Besides their respective professions in Hollywood, the two also co-host the podcast Give Them Lala…with Randall and have been engaged since September 2018.
The couple had planned to get married on April 18 of 2020 but decided to postpone it due to the unfortunate circumstances. Initially, the wedding date was moved to July of the same year, but they later pushed the day back a year later – in July 2021.
Stassi Schroeder and Beau Clark
American TV personality and author Stassi Schroeder was set to tie the knot with actor Beau Clark in October 2020 in Italy but decided to reschedule their plans when the pandemic hit the nation hard.
The couple had been seeing each other since 2017, with Beau popping the question to Schroder sometime in July 2019. Whilst the delay was a huge blow to them, things are still going well – with the couple announcing in June 2020 that they’re expecting their first child.
Tom Payne and Jennifer Akerman
The Walking Dead star Tom Payne has been dating Swedish singer and model Josephine Akerman since 2013 and finally got engaged to each other in November 2018.
The couple planned to get married on April 11, 2020, but the wedding was postponed due to the circumstances. Payne revealed the news in an Instagram tribute dedicated to his fiancée, saying that “a wedding is something that can wait” and that having love was enough for him.
Tinsley Mortimer and Scott Kluth
The Real Housewives of New York City actress Tinsley Mortimer got engaged to her fiancé Scott Kluth in November of 2019, with probable plans to get married in 2020. However, due to the pandemic, Mortimer and Kluth had been reevaluating their decision and are still unsettled about where and when they would tie the knot.
Nevertheless, Mortimer and Kluth are having a good time during quarantine, as she revealed in her Instagram post with her fiancé and their two pooches in May 2020.
Princess Theodora and Matthew Kumar
The British actress Theodora Greece, a member of both the Greek and the Danish royal family, got engaged to the Los Angeles-based attorney Matthew Kumar in November 2018. Their wedding was supposed to be held in May 2020 on the Greek island of Spetses but was postponed due to the ongoing 2020 pandemic.
The royal couple is yet to announce a future date for their wedding, but Theodora posted on Instagram that she could not wait to celebrate once it becomes safe.
Liz Gillies and Michael Corcoran
The American actress Liz Gillies was originally set to marry record producer Michael Corcoran on April 25 of 2020, on the birthday of one of their dogs. However, due to the pandemic, the couple considered pushing the date by a year and eventually decided to settle on a small wedding.
Gillies and Corcoran finally tied the knot on August 8 on a small farm in New Jersey, with only 10 guests and confirmed it on Instagram a month later.
Vicki Gunvalson and Steve Lodge
Many celebrities have called off their wedding due to the pandemic, but not all of them have found it easy. The former Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson is one of them. Gunvalson had been engaged to her fiancé Steve Lodge since 2019, with plans to get married sometime this year.
However, in April 2020, she posted an old photo of them alongside a broken heart and tearful emoji, revealing that the wedding has been postponed as she wasn’t in the “right mindset.”
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom
American pop star Katy Perry had had a rocky start with actor Orlando Bloom, being on and off together since 2016. Nevertheless, the two got engaged in 2019, with plans for a wedding in Japan in 2020.
However, the couple was forced to postpone their nuptials twice – first in March and then in July – due to the ongoing pandemic and Perry’s pregnancy, stating that they “just want to deliver a healthy child.”
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
The iconic American actress and singer Jennifer Lopez had been with the former Yankees player Alex Rodriguez since February 2017, with them being engaged in 2019. The iconic couple was supposed to get married in 2020.
However, during a guest appearance on the at-home edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Lopez revealed that the pandemic and social distancing measures have affected her wedding plans, and she was willing to wait for a few months before making a concrete decision.