The Vacation Gals recently revamped our site and moved some subcategories to whole categories, and we also added new categories, such as Food & Drink, Fashion, and…Geek? That one, my cowriters said, was a gift from them, to me. But why? What makes them think I’d want a “Geek” category, or even sub-category? Hmm. Some things are best left as mysteries, I muse, as I open my latest bout of email press releases and…WAIT WHAT IS THIS, A STAR TREK THEMED CRUISE? OMG OMG OMG! What a day!!!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: this sounds good, but is this the original Star Trek series, or Star Trek Next Generation? Guess what — it’s both! Plus Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Actors from all three fantastical television series will be on deck (er, on board) for the duration of the cruise, along with a band called the Enterprise Blues Band. If this is anything like the Cantina Band in the original Star Wars movie’s Mos Eisley scene, I’m all in. (The Cantina Band used to be my ring tone, by the way, until one of my kids changed it, but that’s a story for another embarrassing day.)
Now here are some details, since this is definitely the most exciting news you’ve heard all day. The first-ever official Star Trek cruise, called, appropriately, StarTrek: The Cruise, will sail from Miami to Cozumel, Nassau and The Bahamas’ private island called Great Stirrup Cay. Special guests include host William Shatner (original Star Trek), William Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and my favorite antagonist Q, also known as John de Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation). We also have on ship Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager). There are others in attendance too, like Denise Crosby; remember her tragic turn as the doomed Tasha Yar in Next Generation? I didn’t see that character’s death coming, and I think we all remember where we were when we first saw that episode. The silver lining is that her death really gave Worf a chance to grow into his role on the ship…um, it gave Michael Dorn the chance to grow into his role on the show, I mean.
Star Trek: The Cruise will give passengers the opportunity to feel like they’re part of the Star Trek universe, as every venue on the ship will be decked out (holodecked out! — sorry) in Star trek themes with homages to fan favorite episodes’ destinations. Imagine hanging out in The City on the Edge of Forever. Or saying “Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra” with the Tamarians! Or even just grabbing a drink with a Ferengi at Quark’s Bar & Grill. It’s a cruise, humans; you know there’ll be a bar or three. Meanwhile, the porters and other cruise crew members will be wearing Star Trek uniforms, helping with the immersive aspect of the cruise, and I’m pretty sure there will be show-relevant food and drinks as well. I really wish I could go on this inaugural cruise, but there will be future Star Trek cruises for sure. I mean, the demand is simply too great.
The first cruise will be January 9-15, 2017 and is already preliminarily sold out, but with a chance to win a trip for one lucky couple. One cabin has been set aside for this contest, and the winner will be announced October 1, 2016. See StarTrekTheCruise.com for more details and your chance to win. Full disclosure: I entered the contest, because I am sort of a mild fan of Star Trek.
The first cruise is well over a year from now, and I am already pumped to learn more about it. Sadly, I did not plan ahead and book passage on this inaugural cruise, but I’ll get past this grievous absence in my life somehow. In the meantime, we can all track the #StarTrekTheCruise hashtag and follow along to see when the next Star Trek: The Cruise dates will be announced as well. Good luck to whoever wins the contest. What an amazing trip this will be; it will, in fact, be the geekiest cruise in the universe.