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To Boldly Go (The Star Trek Cruise!)

Last month a handful of monkeys from ThinkGeek got to go on Star Trek Cruise II, and we had so much fun! It's amazing to be on a ship with 2000 other people who are ready and willing to geek out with you at a moment's notice. It's basically a convention at sea, only with an all-you-can eat soft-serve ice cream machine.

Entertainment Cruise Productions transformed the Norwegian Jade. The elevators became turbolifts. Locations were renamed thematically; there was Sandrine's II for fancy dinners and 13 Forward for relaxation. Every restaurant or bar you walked into had Star Trek playing on every screen (along with your in-cabin television). There was a huge 4-screen jumbotron by the pool (the Borg Cube), constantly playing Trek-themed videos. There were Neelix-suggested menu options and a selection of custom drinks (the copywriter's favorite was Gowron's Bloodwine).

And, of course, the stars! Our host this year was none other than George Takei, and it was humbling to hear him talk about his life in person. Over a dozen Star Trek cast and crew were on board, each of whom hosted a special event. We learned tap dance from Gates McFadden, cooked with Nana Visitor, and got to hear Brent Spiner sing! And the lectures were amazing. We feel like our brains grew three sizes that day attending the seminars hosted by professors Armin Shimmerman on Shakespeare and James Cassidy on soil, plus astronaut Rick Searfoss's sessions on the space program. And, oh, yeah. There were beautiful sandy beaches in Honduras, Belize, and Mexico, too. Risa ain't got nothin' on us!

Timmy meets his favorite consonant
The best part, though, was definitely seeing everybody with their ThinkGeek gear. Trekinis and Geeki Tikis were plentiful! We didn't take pictures of all you gorgeous people (because it's creepy to be all, "Can I get a picture of you in your swimsuit?"), but feel free to link to them in the comments if you were aboard with us.

Star Trek The Cruise III is already more than half full! Based on the above, are you surprised? If you want to geek out next year with host Wil Wheaton, you'd better beam on over there and book your room. This cruise is not to be missed!

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meaningless icon! I was on voyage 1 and I had one of your swimsuits. I was very disappointed - it ended up with white places from where my life vest strap was and just from the strap from my little bag. I wore it once. Kinda messed up my trip a bit. I'll be on board next year - just not sure where to look fr a new swimsuit. The cruise was GREAT though!
Spock Bear said this 167 days ago.
meaningless icon! I was on the second sailing! Had a blast with my hubby and parents! I definitely had so much ThinkGeek stuff in tow. :) I have an entire album full of pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/0VRlszuvXqkmWg5f1
ehamel177 said this 167 days ago.
meaningless icon! Spock Bear - Well, that's not good! Sorry about that. "White places" are new to us. If you still have the suit, would you send photos to regan@thinkgeek.com? Thanks!
Regan (ThinkGeek Staff) said this 166 days ago.

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