With the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic just days away on April 15, people are coming up with unique ways to commemorate the event. In fact, a cruise in its honor is setting sail in a voyage to the North Atlantic site of the disaster where the Titanic hit an iceberg.
The MS Balmoral embarked on its journey yesterday from Southampton, England, with 1,309 passengers--the same number of passengers on the ill-fated Titanic a century ago. Aboard the Balmoral will be Titanic enthusiasts, history buffs, and relatives of people who were passengers on the original ship. Some of the relatives plan on bringing wreaths and family artifacts and even dressing in period costume.
The cruise will attempt to follow the exact route of the Titanic, going from Cherbourg in north-west France and Cobh on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland, all the way to the spot where it sank. But the reenactment does not end there. Passengers will be served the same meals that were given to the Titanic's passengers will use similar silverware, and music from that time period will be played.
People on social media are apprehensive, with one tweet saying, "Is it just me or does the Balmoral's recreation of the Titanic's journey smack of bad taste?" However, the passengers of the ship seem to collectively disagree. One person said, "I think the cruise has been tastefully done." Another person responded to critics, saying, "Remembering those who died is not morbid."
Tickets for the voyage went for $9,000 each.
Easter weekend brought out creativity and clever ways of using social media. In New York City, there was a Twitter inspired Ryan Gosling themed Easter egg hunt. Two-hundred plastic eggs were hidden throughout the city.
Each egg contained a picture of the actor and a sliver of paper with a message from him. One such message read, "Hop on over to my house already. Happy Easter from Ryan Gosling." The paper also included instructions to "tweet your egg to @GoslingEaster." Fans of the actor were thrilled, but suspected that the eggs were not left by Gosling himself.
They were right to be skeptical. The project was the brainchild of advertising copywriter Jenna Livingston.
Livingston said, "People are really loving stumbling upon eggs, as well as hunting for them on their own. Who knew!" Livingston set up the Twitter handle @GoslingEaster to send tweets with clues to the whereabouts of the eggs, and congratulating people when they found them. She said she enjoyed interacting with followers, and the reason for the project was to see if she could get it to go viral. Looks as if she was successful.
Livingston is also the mastermind behind Starbucks Spelling, where she blogged about misspellings by the coffee giant on customers' cups.