50 Years of ‘Star Trek’: Where To Celebrate
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Today marks 50 years since the first episode of “Star Trek” came on television. Trekkies and travelers everywhere will delight in the fact that there is so much to see and do to honor their love of the series. In other words, you can boldly go where other travelers have gone before.
If you’re in New York City, hop aboard the Intrepid, which hosts an immersive 12,000-square-foot “Trek Tech” experience. Become a cadet at the Starfleet Academy and embark on a journey equipped with holograms and Star Trek technologies. You’ll go through Academy orientation where you’ll learn about language, medicine and engineering and, of course, commanding. The museum also has the Shuttlecraft Galileo from now through Dec. 4. The life-size Galileo carried the crew of the Enterprise to other planets in Star Trek: The Original Series.
Birmingham in the United Kingdom is the location for the Destination Star Trek Europe Fan Convention, to be held from Oct. 7-9. Guest include Bobby Clark (Gorn from The Original Series) and Linda Park (Hoshi from Star Trek: Enterprise). William “Captain Kirk” Shatner will be at the event with his hit Broadway One Man Show “Shatner's World.”
If you’re in Canada, check out the Trekcetera Museum in Alberta, home to authentic, original costumes, props and set pieces used on various Star Trek series and movies.
Star Trek: The Exhibition will be held at THE HUB Performance Center in Hongqiao Commercial District, Shanghai until Oct. 25. It includes exhibits featuring sets, costumes, museum pieces and props from all five Star Trek television series and 11 Star Trek feature films, including the 2009 film directed by J.J. Abrams. You can climb aboard the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, and sit in the Captain’s chair.
If you’d rather cruise, don’t be too disappointed that the Star Trek Cruise in 2017 is already sold out because they announced that there will be another one in 2018. Star Trek: The Cruise will offer two voyages including dramatic performances, comedy shows and concerts by Star Trek actors; intimate speaking engagements with leading scientists, influencers and experts; themed parties, nightclubs, bars, casinos and private islands; interactive games, screenings, competitions and so much more! Star Trek: The Cruise II leaves Miami and is hosted by George Takei.
Creation Entertainment is also hosting a 50 Year Mission Tour in San Francisco, California, from Dec. 9 -11. Celebrities for autograph sessions include William Shatner, Levar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn and so many more.
And don’t forget we’ve already covered the fact that, according to StarTrek.com, the Movie Park theme park in Bottrop, Germany, started the construction process on a Star Trek-themed roller coaster dubbed “Star Trek: Operation Enterprise,” which is scheduled to open to the public in 2017.
Trekkies should also save the date because next summer, from Aug. 2-6, will be The Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, with celebrity guests and events.
Once you’ve done all your Trekkie traveling, and you know you will because resistance is futile, CBS Television Studios announced it will launch a totally new Star Trek television series in January 2017, so sit back, relax and set your phasers to st…oh, you get it.
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