Comic-Con is one of the biggest events of the year for fans of comic books, television shows and major movie releases. Earlier this year, San Diego Comic-Con delivered an incredible 808 panels alone – nearly 200 more panels than the same event presented in 2012 – due to a major increase in interest and an influx of new shows and movies that this type of event really thrives off of.
This week, it’s been confirmed that fans will be able to get their Comic-Con kicks in a unique and brand new way entirely, with the event heading to a comic convention cruise ship, via Fan2Sea Cruise 2017. Taking place from January 19-23, the event will deliver North America’s first ever con-cruise, and the guest list is really taking shape with some major names getting involved.
Panels include the creators and talent behind some of the biggest shows on television today, such as Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, Caleb McLaughlin, Catherine Dyer and Randy Havens from Netflix original series Stranger Things. The Walking Dead will also be celebrated with Michael Rooker, Seth Gilliam, Sonequa Martin-Green, Madison Lintz and Lew Temple all signed up to climb aboard the ship. Further guests include Sean Gunn and Ramsey Avery of Guardians of the Galaxy fame, whilst some of the greatest minds behind Marvel such as Reilly Brown, Chris Sims and Laura Martin will also be in attendance.
Rethink Leisure & Entertainment’s Creative Director, Stefan Lawrence discussed the con-cruise and explained how the event may offer a better experience to the conventions fans have been a part of in the past. He explained:
“The biggest difference is that it takes almost all the friction out of the usual convention experience. No waiting in line all day, no walking three miles back to your hotel, no crowds, no iffy convention food. Instead, it’s more like a boutique comic-con experience held in a luxury hotel. It’s a genuine vacation where you can really relax and have fun.”
“We’re looking to program activities for about 16-18 hours per day. We want you to be able to stay up late and grab some breakfast before the big stuff, so we’re not programming anything before 10am most days. We’re trying to provide enough entertainment for those who want it, with enough variety that everybody should find something great to do with their friends and fellow fans.”
Lawrence also offered insight into his past work, and how he’s going to ensure, along with the travel company, that it will be an experience no fan forgets:
“Most of my work has been in the pop culture realm, adapting Hollywood and comic book properties for theme park attractions and designing toys & collectibles. One of our clients approached us with the idea for Fan2Sea and brought us on board to produce the event. It’s been a lot of work getting it up and running, but it’s something we’re truly passionate about.”
“Flying Dutchmen Travel brings a wealth of logistical and production knowledge to the table after doing it for 13 years. It’s definitely complicated, but we have the best partners in the world helping us make this experience the best it can be.”
Of course, with the convention taking place on a cruise ship, there are a range of different activities fans wouldn’t be able to get up to if they were at a regular Comic-Con. Lawrence promised:
“And, of course, you can always leave the boat in Key West or Cozumel and take one of the many excursions offered. Each will offer their own adventures, including kayaking, snorkelling, dolphin encounters, Jeep safaris, beautiful beaches and cultural excursions.”
Ticket prices for the Comic-Con cruise ship start at $399, which includes a convention pass, room and meals. A special Flash sale also takes place this coming Monday, October 31 on Fan2Sea, with 15% off, VIP access to the Stranger Things panel and a cabin upgrade amongst more.
Source: Fan2Sea [via Newsarama]