William Shatner will soon be taking fans where they've never gone before, to sea, hosting the first ever officially licensed Star Trek cruise.
The Cruise will embark January 9, 2017, on the Norwegian Pearl from Miami. The six-day cruise is part of the 50th anniversary celebration for the Star Trek franchise, which first hit the airwaves in 1966.
Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk, says on the cruise website that he's excited about the enterprise.
When I was told that this was the first authorized Star Trek cruise and part of the 50th anniversary celebration, I just knew that my participation would be something that our fans would enjoy. It should be a lot of fun," Shatner says.
Other Star Trek stars will also be onboard including Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Robert Picardo from Star Trek: Voyager, James Darren from Deep Space Nine and Denise Crosby from The Next Generation, as well as John de Lancie from The Next Generation, Voyager and Deep Space Nine.
The cruise will also feature a performance by the Enterprise Blues Band featuring Vaughn Armstrong, Steve Rankin and Casey Biggs. The band members have all appeared as actors on Star Trek shows.
The actors will participate in activities throughout the sailing, with the cruise offering an anticipated 2,200 fans "a new way to engage with the global science fiction phenomenons past, present and future universe," according to the cruise website. Among other things, locations from the films and TV shows will be re-recreated shipboard.
Producer of the show is St. Louis-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, which is known for such theme cruises as The Jazz Cruise and The Smooth Jazz Cruise. There have been other Star Trek fan cruises over the years, but this is the first under license by CBS Consumer Products.
The cruise will visit Cozumel, Nassau and Norwegian Cruise Line's private island, Great Stirrup Cay. Fares are from $975 per person.
Source: Fran Golden (USA Today, August 12, "William Shatner to Headline Star Trek Cruise")
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