First day of a cruise and you’re randomly seated with a bunch of strangers at your dinner table. 7 days later and they are your best friends, having experienced a week of fun and excitement, amazing destinations and one or two drinks along the way. You swear you’ll stay in touch, swap contact details, and perhaps you do, but in a lot of cases you don’t.
But there’s one story going viral on social media that will warm even the coldest of hearts.
It’s the story of a woman known only as Brianna who took to Twitter to see if she could find a girl she met on a cruise to Hawaii some 12 years earlier.
She posted on the social media site that she had met the other girl during a cruise 12 years ago and become instant friends.
Brianna hoped she would be able to reunite with her companion with the force of the internet behind her and shared a photo of herself and the other girl on the holiday in 2006.
The conversation went like this:
Hey Twitter, I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006.
We were basically best friends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my best friend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now.
Please retweet this so we can be reunited (sic).” She also shared the photo of the pair on the cruise.
After 270,000 likes and 120,000 retweets, the girl she was looking for, called Heidi, responded!
The woman is now an artist who appears to live in California.
She responded to Brianna’s posted with a picture of herself holding a holiday photo from the same cruise of her family wearing matching outfits.
She captioned the snap on Twitter: “I heard you were looking for me.”
Brianna replied to the post with five heart emojis and the comment: “Omg my heart is so happy.”
Twitter users couldn’t believe the success of the story and shared their amazed reactions online.
“I’m crying, this is so beautiful!” one person wrote. Another commented: “I wanted it to happen, but I wasn’t ready when i saw it happen.” A third posted: “I really love twitter man.”
One person praised Heidi’s family’s choice to wear matching outfits. “Idk what’s cuter this friendship or the fact that your family all went for it with matching outfits.”
To make the story even more moving, Heidi replied: “I still have the dress!! My mom gave me hers, so I wear it sometimes.”
Twitter users were keen for the girls to meet up and rekindle their friendship in person.
However, Heidi explained she wasn’t in a financial position to afford the trip to meet Brianna.
She did say that the two women were now talking via a private message.