Humans like to commemorate things. It’s especially cool if the government agrees we all deserve a day off because of it, and we can load up the beer, throw steaks on the grill, and let the kids dive-bomb into the pool
But even without the government’s blessing, a commemoration is something we like to do. People have been known to travel for thousands of miles to be someplace just for the celebration.
So, forgive me if I can’t take it too seriously when people get huffy about a Titanic Memorial Cruise. This blogger feels the same way I do and he explains it well. I just want to add my own two cents.
For the record, I’m going on this cruise. And everyone knows I’ve written a book about Titanic. So you can say, if you want, that I’m trying to cash in on a disaster. But the thing is, I think that any one who has created something about Titanic, has done it because they were emotionally drawn to some part of the event. The drama of it. A particular person. The engineering. The what-ifs. Fascination with the ship itself, and her so-sudden descent to the ocean floor.
From 1912 to 2011, people have learned about the disaster and made something special with their hearts and hands to commemorate it. And yes, a lot of them got paid for it. Movie producers aren’t in the habit of giving movies away for free. The hundreds of people who’ve written books about Titanic all collected royalties.
Why is it such a big deal if a cruise line creates a special cruise? And if people pay money to go on it? We go because it means something to us.
That shouldn’t be so hard to understand.