Star Trek's James T. Kirk captained the starship Enterprise for three seasons and several movies (admirality notwithstanding). Now actor William Shatner is taking on the role in real life: as a captain of a Star Trek cruise.
Deeply geeky Star Trek fans will be scratching their headridges at this one. After all, Star Trek fans were attending cruises like SeaTrek even when Gene Roddenberry was alive (as we saw mentioned in the documentary Trekkies). But this is different, because it’s the first official cruise, licensed by CBS Studios (which holds the TV rights; Paramount owns the film rights).
According to Nerdist, “Star Trek: The Cruise, launching January 9th, 2017, will not only take Trek fans from Miami to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay during its journey, but will also offer what organizers are calling a 'totally immersive' event, with 'intimate speaking engagements with leading scientists, influencers and experts,' as well as parties, games and competitions, all celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, which debuted way back in September of 1966.
“Aside from Shatner, other announced guests include Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis (Commander Riker and Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation), Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar from TNG), John de Lancie (Q from TNG), Robert Picardo (The Doctor from Voyager), and James Darren (Vic Fontaine from Deep Space Nine).”
As for Shatner, we don’t expect him to be taking the helm. We’re certain his role will be less Captain Stubing and more Julie McCoy, cruise director.