'Star Trek: The Cruise II' Will Now Set Sail Twice
Screen grab from “Star Trek: The Cruise II” website
Just star-dates ago, the “Star Trek” franchise celebrated its official 50th anniversary, and as its popularity never seems to wane, Entertainment Cruise Productions has announced a second “Star Trek: The Cruise II” voyage for 2018.
The inaugural “Star Trek: The Cruise” theme sailing set to be hosted by William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk) aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl on Jan. 9-15, 2017 sold out long ago, and in response, George Takei (Hikaru Sulu) was enlisted to host a sequel in 2018 – a repeat that will now be a two-parter, in perfect episodic television fashion.
Now not only will “Star Trek: The Cruise II” set sail on Jan. 5-11, 2018, it will also embark on a second back-to-back on Jan. 11-18, 2018. The repeat sailings will be onboard the sister ship to Norwegian’s Norwegian Pearl, the Norwegian Jade.
In an email promotion, Entertainment Cruise Productions explained, “The number of guests currently seeking a cabin on ‘Star Trek: The Cruise II’ (Jan. 5-11, 2018) far exceeds the capacity of the ship. To avoid disappointing a large number of fans who want to sail on ‘Star Trek: The Cruise II,’ we followed the recurring directive of Jean-Luc Picard to ‘Make It So.’ We are proud to announce that ‘Star Trek: The Cruise II’ will have two voyages in 2018.”
Beside George Takei, other special guests for 2018 have now been announced: Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) returning from the first cruise plus Brent Spiner (Data), LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher) and Michael Dorn (Worf). Even more are expected to join.
Both sailings will leave roundtrip from Miami, Florida and visit Roatan, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico and Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Harvest Caye, Belize private island destination. Of course, onboard there will also be dramatic performances, comedy sets and concerts by “Star Trek” cast members; speaking engagements with scientists, influencers and experts; themed parties, nightclubs, bars and casinos and games, screenings and competitions.
Voyage 2 (Jan. 11-18, 2018) is available for open bookings now while Voyage 1 (Jan. 5-11, 2018) is currently only available to those guests already set to join the 2017 cruise. Come Nov. 1, 2016, however, any cabins still available for either voyage will be reservable by anyone.
With as much attention as the sailings have been getting, you can be sure Entertainment Cruise Productions is already looking ahead to “Star Trek: The Cruise III” and will even have a booth to promote the currently planned sailings at the Mission New York “Star Trek” Convention on Sept. 2-4, 2016.
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