Next year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the true classics of modern science fiction, Star Trek. Through six TV series (including the short-lived animated series) and 13 movies (including next year’s Star Trek: Beyond), as well as countless books and comic book series, the universe of Star Trek has taken fans on journeys to the edge of existence and back again with its intrepid crews and massive starships. Now, as part of the celebrations for the milestone, Star Trek prepares to boldly go where they've never gone before.
The first ever Star Trek cruise was announced by Entertainment Cruise Productions, a company specializing in themed ocean liner cruises. Embarking on January 9, 2017, the six-day, six-night voyage will allow fans to experience Star Trek in exciting and interactive ways while touring the Gulf of Mexico and Bahamian islands.
Though still well over a year away, the cruise line is now taking reservations for its 2200 passenger journey from Florida to Cozumel to the Bahamas. Guests will be able to take part in a wide variety of Star Trek-themed activities, all while rubbing elbows with some of the biggest names from the Star Trek franchise, including William Shatner, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Robert Picardo, Denise Crosby, and John de Lancie.
As if that wasn't cool enough, all of the ship’s venues will be redecorated to match the Star Trek theme and the crew will adorn the uniforms of Starfleet in order to make this as immersive an experience as possible for fans. Voyagers will also get the chance to hang out in Ten Forward, Club 602, and Quark’s Bar while on board, and will be treated to various performances from the cast including “An Evening With William Shatner,” the Frakes and Sirtis collaboration “Love Letters,” a tap dancing exhibition by Crosby, Q’s Masquerade Ball (hosted by de Lancie), and a concert that will be held by Deep Space Nine’s own Vic Fontaine, James Darren.
Themed cruises have taken off in recent years and have become popular ways for people to enjoy exotic vacations with similarly minded fans. A Star Trek themed cruise was only a matter of time, but ECP seems to be doing everything right with its planning so far. With all of the events and parties planned - including the refashioning of a private island in the Bahamas as the notorious pleasure planet Risa - this could be a great experience for those fans who can afford it. Vacations, after all, are an important part of living long and prospering, and a cruise can be just what the doctor ordered.
Tickets for Star Trek the cruise can be purchased here starting from $995 per person.
Star Trek: The Cruise leaves Miami on January 9, 2017, and is scheduled to return on January 15.