G & T Show STLV 2016 – Dane Butcher with Entertainment Cruises Interview
We enjoyed meeting and speaking with Dane Butcher, who represents Entertainment Cruises.
Terry Lynn was so thrilled to talk to Dane, as she loves to go on cruises.
The Star Trek cruise will be launched in January 2017. More specifically the dates are January 9 – 15. It is a full-ship charter on the Norwegian Pearl. The cruise sold out in four weeks. There are 2400 people going.
Because Trekkies will have the entire ship at their disposal, they will be able to do pretty much whatever they want. Dane says he was able to change some of the bars and venues in order to customize the ship for the fans.
The Norwegian line is famous for their free-style cruising. This means the meals are far less regimented. Dane says the shows will be structured, however. But seating will be more open. They are making their own Star Trek restaurant. He believes it will be sold out before the cruise begins.
The cruise will start in Miami, Florida. Then it will head to Cozumel, Mexico. Dane says he feels the ‘at sea’ days can be even better than the port days. Then they will go to Great Stirrup Cay. He says they will call it their ‘pleasure planet’. They made Risa! Then they are going to Nassau in the Bahamas. These are the three ports, but the sea days are going to be fun and relaxing.
William Shatner will be coming. So will John Delancie, Denise Crosby, and Marina Tsirtis. Terry Farrell, Jonathan Frakes, Joe Piscopo, Robert Picardo, Chase Masterson, and James Darren are also set to appear.
Then there’s the music. The Enterprise Blues Band is coming (we use their music for our show! Thank you!). The Yacht Rock Revue is coming. For Q’s Masquerade Ball, they’ll have the Cherry-Poppin’ Daddies. They’ll also have a DJ at their Thirteen Forward nightclub.
It’s Not a Convention at Sea
There will be some panels. Lawrence Krauss will be there – he wrote The Physics of Star Trek. Plus there will be photograph and autograph sessions. But the key are all the ancillary activities. Guests will be able to play Family Feud. TNG will be competing against DS9, and you can be a part of the team. Marina will be conducting wine tastings. Denise Crosby will be going rock climbing. Terry Farrell will be doing yoga on deck in the mornings. Robert Picardo will be stargazing at night.
They will be building a screen so their guests can watch Star Trek from the ship itself!
They will be cruising January 5 – 11, 2018 on the Norwegian Jade. But they have only announced one guest: George Takei! They will be going to Miami; Roatan, Honduras; Harvest Cay in Belize (a new NCL Private Island); and Costa Maya, Mexico. The weather should be glorious!
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