Star Trek Cruise: Everything you need to know

Star Trek: The Cruise VIII is set to sail in February 2025

Star Trek: The Cruise VIII

Welcome to the ultimate experience for Star Trek fans – the Star Trek Cruise! If you are a die-hard Trekkie or simply a casual fan of the beloved franchise, this themed cruise is the perfect vacation for you. In this article, we will explore everything you need to know about the Star Trek Cruise, including its itinerary, entertainment, interactive events, and more. Join us as we embark on an extraordinary voyage through the Caribbean in true Star Trek style!

What is Star Trek: The Cruise?

Star Trek: The Cruise is a unique and immersive cruise experience that takes fans of the iconic science fiction franchise on a voyage like no other. Organized by Entertainment Cruise Productions, this themed cruise allows fans to sail the high seas while enjoying a variety of Star Trek-themed activities, shows, and events. It brings together passionate Star Trek fans from all over the world, creating an incredible sense of community and camaraderie.

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What is the itinerary of Star Trek: The Cruise?

The Star Trek Cruise offers a carefully crafted itinerary that ensures an unforgettable adventure for all attendees. The voyage next year, titled Star Trek: The Cruise VIII, will sail February 23, 2025 – March 2, 2025, on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. Below is the itinerary of the 7-day voyage:

  • Day 1 (Sunday, February 23, 2025): Miami, Florida – Depart at 4:00 p.m.
  • Day 2 (Monday, February 24, 2025): At sea.
  • Day 3 (Tuesday, February 25, 2025): Costa Maya, Mexico – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Day 4 (Wednesday, February 26, 2025): Cozumel, Mexico – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Day 5 (Thursday, February 27, 2025): Belize City, Belize– 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Day 6 (Friday, February 28, 2025): At sea.
  • Day 7 (Saturday, March 1, 2025): At sea.
  • (Sunday, March 2, 2025): Miami, Florida – Arrive at 6 a.m.

Star Trek: The Cruise VIII – Ports of Call

Here is what you can expect from the three abovementioned ports of call of Star Trek: The Cruise VIII:

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida is a vibrant coastal metropolis situated in the southeastern part of the state. Renowned for its Art Deco architecture, sandy beaches, and buzzing nightlife, it attracts millions of visitors every year.

What to visit:

  1. South Beach: This iconic neighborhood boasts a dazzling stretch of white sand beach, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and people-watching. Explore the vibrant Ocean Drive, lined with colorful Art Deco buildings housing trendy restaurants, bars, and art deco hotels.
  2. Wynwood Walls: Immerse yourself in the world of street art at the renowned Wynwood Walls, an outdoor museum showcasing large-scale murals created by renowned street artists from around the world.
  3. Everglades National Park: Escape the urban jungle and explore the vast ecosystem of Everglades National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take an airboat tour through the sawgrass marshes, spot alligators and other wildlife, and learn about the park’s delicate ecosystem.

Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya, Mexico
Costa Maya, Mexico | Phoro Credit: scaturchio / Flickr

Costa Maya is a region along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in southern Mexico. The name refers both to the entire coastline and to a specific port town and cruise ship destination. The area was once a quiet fishing village but has grown rapidly in recent years to accommodate the cruise ship industry.

What to visit:

  1. Mahahual: This is a colorful town with a relaxed atmosphere. You can stroll along the Malecon (waterfront promenade), browse the shops for souvenirs, or relax on the beach.
  2. Chacchoben: These are Mayan ruins located about an hour from the Costa Maya port. The ruins are not as well known as Chichen Itza or Tulum, but they are still impressive and offer a glimpse into the Mayan civilization.
  3. Bacalar Lagoon: This is a large freshwater lagoon with stunning turquoise waters. You can swim, boat, or kayak in the lagoon, or visit one of the many small Mayan villages that are located around the lagoon.

Cozumel, Mexico

Beach Cozumel - Riviera Maya Ocean View
Beach Cozumel – Riviera Maya Ocean View | Photo Credit: Grand Velas Riviera Maya / Flickr

Cozumel is a large island located just off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It’s famous for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and world-class diving and snorkeling on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the world’s second-largest barrier reef system.

What to visit:

  1. Palancar Reef: This world-renowned reef system boasts incredible coral formations, diverse marine life, and excellent visibility. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a beginner snorkeler, Palancar Reef offers an unforgettable underwater experience.
  2. Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park: This all-inclusive park offers a variety of activities for all ages, including a beautiful beach, a lagoon teeming with colorful fish, a botanical garden, and Mayan ruins. You can also swim with dolphins or take a tequila-tasting tour.
  3. Punta Sur Eco Beach Park: This park is located at the southern tip of Cozumel and is home to a beautiful beach, a lighthouse, a crocodile sanctuary, and several Mayan ruins. You can also hike through the jungle, go bird watching, or take a boat tour to see the amazing marine life.

Belize City, Belize

Belize City, Belize
Belize City, Belize | Photo Credit: scaturchio / Flickr

Belize City is the largest and most populous city in Belize, located on the southeastern coast of the country. While not generally considered a major tourist destination itself, it does serve as a gateway to other popular tourist destinations in Belize, such as the stunning barrier reef and numerous Mayan ruins.

What to visit:

  1. The Museum of Belize: This museum is housed in a beautiful colonial building and offers a comprehensive overview of Belizean history and culture, from the Maya civilization to the present day. The museum’s exhibits include archaeological artifacts, colonial furniture, and traditional clothing.
  2. Baron Bliss Lighthouse: This iconic red and white lighthouse is located at the entrance to Belize City harbor. It was built in 1924 in memory of Sir Henry Edward Ernest Baron Bliss, who left his entire estate to the people of Belize. Visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse for stunning views of the city and the harbor.
  3. St. John’s Cathedral: This Anglican cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Central America and the only Anglican cathedral outside of England to have ever been used to crown a king. The cathedral was built in the early 1800s and is known for its beautiful stained glass windows and its unique blend of architectural styles.

The previous iteration of Star Trek: The Cruise had Port Canaveral, Florida; Willemstad, Curaçao; and Oranjestad, Aruba as its ports of call.

Who are the crew of Star Trek: The Cruise VIII?

Star Trek: The Cruise boasts an impressive lineup of iconic actors from the franchise who serve as the crew for the voyage. Fans can look forward to interacting with some of their favorite stars from the franchise. Below is the list of confirmed Star Trek: VIII crew members so far:

  • Kate Mulgrew
  • Jonathan Frakes
  • John De Lancie
  • Denise Crosby
  • Robert O’Reilly
  • Jonathan del Arco
  • Robin Curtis
  • Nana Visitor
  • Max Grodenchik
  • Chase Masterson
  • Casey Biggs
  • J.G. Hertzler
  • Jeri Ryan
  • Robert Beltran
  • Robert Picardo
  • Roxann Dawson
  • Ethan Philips
  • Garett Wang
  • Tim Russ
  • Connor Trinneer
  • Linda Park
  • Mary Wiseman
  • Wilson Cruz
  • Celia Rose Gooding
  • Melissa Navia

In addition to the star-studded crew, there will also be a number of special guests on the cruise, including:

  • Michael Westmore (Star Trek makeup artist)
  • Larry Nemecek (Author of several Star Trek-related books)
  • Lolita Fatjo (Star Trek casting director)
  • Dr. Erin Macdonald (physicist and science consultant)
  • Dr. Mohamed Noor (astrophysicist and science consultant)
  • Robb Pearlman (author of Star Trek-related books
  • Band 47 (party band)

Additional stars and guests may be announced in the future.

Star Trek: The Cruise Entertainment

Entertainment is at the heart of Star Trek: The Cruise, and participants can expect a wide range of exciting Star Trek-themed shows, performances, and activities throughout the voyage. From engaging panel discussions with the Star Trek actors to live performances and concerts by talented musicians, the cruise offers entertainment that caters to all interests. Experience the thrill of watching your favorite characters come to life through captivating stage shows and performances that celebrate the rich history and legacy of Star Trek.

Star Trek: The Cruise Interactive Events

In addition to the incredible entertainment offerings, Star Trek: The Cruise also features a variety of interactive events that allow fans to engage with their favorite actors and immerse themselves in the Star Trek universe. Take part in Q&A sessions, autograph signings, photo opportunities, auctions, and more. These interactive events provide fans with intimate and memorable experiences that they will cherish for a lifetime.

Star Trek: The Cruise Theme Nights

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Q’s costume party in Star Trek: The Cruise

To enhance the overall experience and celebrate the Star Trek spirit, the cruise features themed nights where participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Trek characters. These theme nights create a vibrant and festive atmosphere onboard the ship, allowing fans to fully embrace their love for the franchise. Whether you choose to don a Starfleet uniform or dress as a beloved alien species, these theme nights provide a unique opportunity to showcase your creativity and immerse yourself in the Star Trek universe.

Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, the host ship for Star Trek: The Cruise VIII, is a Voyager-class cruise ship launched in 2000. It can accommodate over 3,000 passengers and is the second of five ships in the Voyager class.  It was the world’s largest passenger ship at the time of its launch.

The ship underwent a major refurbishment in 2023, which included the addition of the Perfect Storm, a dual-racing waterslide complex. The ship also features a variety of other amenities, including multiple pools and whirlpools, a rock climbing wall, an ice skating rink, and several restaurants and bars.

The last iteration of Star Trek: The Cruise was hosted by Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas.

Deck Plans

Explorer of the Seas has 15 decks, each with its own unique amenities and attractions. The ship’s layout is designed to be easy to navigate, with clear signage and plenty of elevators and stairs.

Here is a brief description of some of the decks on the Explorer of the Seas:

  • Decks 2-4: These decks house mostly staterooms, as well as the ice rink and the spa.
  • Deck 5: This deck is the Promenade, which is the main public area on the ship. It is lined with shops, restaurants, and bars.
  • Decks 6-9: These decks are mostly staterooms.
  • Deck 10: This deck houses the bridge, as well as some additional staterooms.
  • Decks 11 and 12: These decks are home to the pool area, the Windjammer Marketplace buffet restaurant, and the Solarium, which is an adults-only retreat.
  • Deck 13: This deck features the fitness center, which includes a rock climbing wall, a mini-golf course, and a FlowRider surfing simulator.
  • Deck 14: This deck houses the Viking Crown Lounge, which is a popular nighttime venue, and Izumi, which is a sushi restaurant.
  • Deck 15: This is the top deck of the ship, and it offers stunning views of the ocean. It is also home to the Sky Bar, which is a popular spot for watching the sunset.

Cabins

The Explorer of the Seas offers a variety of cabin categories to suit different needs and budgets. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of cabins available:

Interior:

  • Most affordable option
  • No windows
  • Typically range from 160 to 180 square feet

Promenade View:

  • Small window with a view of the interior promenade
  • Slightly larger than interior cabins, typically around 167 square feet

Ocean View:

  • Window with a view of the ocean
  • Range in size from 160 to 212 square feet

Balcony:

  • Private balcony
  • Range in size from 180 to 322 square feet, with balconies typically around 52 square feet

Suite:

  • Most spacious and luxurious cabins
  • Offer separate living and sleeping areas, and some have balconies
  • Range in size from 277 to 1090 square feet

When choosing a cabin, consider your budget, your need for natural light and a view, and how much space you need. If you are prone to seasickness, you may want to choose a cabin in the middle of the ship, as this is the most stable location.

Here are some additional factors to consider when choosing a cabin:

  • Deck: Higher decks generally have better views, but they may also be more expensive.
  • Location: Midship cabins are generally less prone to motion sickness, while forward and aft cabins may have more noise and vibration.
  • Size: Consider how much space you need for your belongings and how much time you plan to spend in your cabin.
  • Amenities: Some cabins have additional amenities, such as a bathtub or a whirlpool bath.

Amenities and Venues

The Explorer of the Seas boasts a wide range of amenities and venues catering to various interests and age groups. Here’s a glimpse into what awaits you onboard:

Activities and Entertainment:

  • Thrilling Adventures: Challenge yourself on the 200-foot rock climbing wall, conquer the waves on the FlowRider surf simulator, or race down the exhilarating Perfect Storm duo of water slides, Cyclone and Typhoon.
  • Poolside Fun: Take a refreshing dip in one of the many pools and whirlpools, or relax on a deck chair and soak up the sun. Enjoy live music poolside or participate in fun activities organized by the entertainment staff.
  • Ice Skating: Lace up your skates and glide across the ice rink, offering stunning ocean views. Perfect for a romantic evening or a family outing.
  • The Royal Theatre: Witness captivating productions and world-class performances in this state-of-the-art theater.
  • Nightlife: Explore the vibrant nightlife with a variety of bars and lounges, each offering a unique atmosphere and entertainment options. From the lively Schooner Bar to the sophisticated Connoisseur Club, there’s something for everyone.

Dining:

  • Windjammer Marketplace:  This expansive buffet venue offers a global selection of cuisines, allowing you to embark on a culinary journey around the world.
  • Main Dining Room: Experience elegant fine dining with exquisite menus and attentive service.
  • Specialty Restaurants: Indulge in a variety of specialty restaurants onboard, featuring Italian, Japanese, Teppanyaki, and steakhouse options, each offering unique menus and ambiance.
  • Casual Dining: Grab a quick bite or a refreshing drink at various casual dining venues, including pizzerias, cafes, and poolside grills.

Relaxation and Wellness:

  • Solarium: Escape to the adults-only Solarium, a tranquil retreat featuring a pool, whirlpools, and comfortable loungers. Perfect for unwinding and enjoying some peace and quiet.
  • Vitality Spa: Pamper yourself with a variety of spa treatments, rejuvenating massages, and salon services at the onboard Vitality Spa.

Other Amenities:

  • Adventure Ocean and Splashaway Bay keep children entertained with age-appropriate activities, games, and supervision.
  • Video Arcade: Challenge your friends and family to exciting video games at the onboard arcade.
  • Casino Royale: Try your luck at various table games and slot machines in the thrilling casino.
  • Shopping: Browse through a variety of duty-free shops offering a wide selection of souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, and other items.

Star Trek: The Cruise Pricing

The pricing for Star Trek: The Cruise varies depending on factors such as cabin type, itinerary, and additional services or perks chosen by participants. To give you an idea about the pricing, check out the screenshot of the pricing for Star Trek: The Cruise VII, as of March 2024:

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For the most up-to-date pricing information for upcoming voyages, visit the official Star Trek: The Cruise website. Open booking for Star Trek: The Cruise VIII is set to start on March 12, 2024, on StarTrekTheCruise.com at 10 a.m. CT.

In conclusion, the Star Trek Cruise offers a truly special experience for the most passionate Star Trek fans. From the exciting itinerary and ports of call to the star-studded lineup of actors and immersive entertainment, this themed cruise is a dream come true for Trekkies around the world. If you are ready to set sail on a voyage like no other and indulge in your love for Star Trek, the Star Trek Cruise is the perfect opportunity. Fire up your personal access to the Star Trek universe and join your fellow fans for an unforgettable adventure through the Caribbean!

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