Plans for Titanic II, a replica of the ill-fated ship, will be unveiled in New York in December, it has been announced.

The new ship is expected to have 840 rooms and nine decks, with levels for third, second and first class cabins, in keeping with the original Titanic.

Full details will be revealed at a gala dinner in New York on December 4. Clive Palmer, the Australian mining tycoon behind the launch, said the event will be held on the retired aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. Guests will include the former US president John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline.

“Since we announced our plan in April we’ve had a huge amount of interest, particularly from people wanting to know how they can secure a booking for the maiden voyage, along with commercial sponsors,” Mr Palmer said.

The magnate has previously said there will be a casino on board but that the third class level is “where the fun will be” .

Titanic II will sail her maiden voyage in 2016, travelling from China where she will be built, to Southampton for the trip to New York.

The launch dinner will feature the same menu as was offered to passengers on the original.