Kate Mulgrew: "My colleagues have uniformly assured me that the cruise is incomparable."
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Captain Janeway:
Back At The Helm

Kate Mulgrew
Star Trek: The Cruise IV is proud to sail with the graceful and gritty Captain Kathryn Janeway at the helm in 2020. Mulgrew will be an extraordinary crew member on a voyage destined for greatness. But let's hear directly from the commanding officer of U.S.S. Voyager.

Engage:How does it feel to back on board a ship with new mission orders?
Mulgrew: Feels wonderful to be back on board with such idyllic mission orders. All directives should be so heavenly.
Engage: What have your fellow crew members and/or past guests told you about this adventure?

Mulgrew: My colleagues have uniformly assured me that the cruise is incomparable, an opportunity not to be missed, and that is an endorsement of the highest order.

Engage:What emotions and memories come to mind when you think about Voyager's 25th anniversary?

Mulgrew: Voyager's 25th anniversary makes me feel that I have had an astoundingly successful marriage to a character and a starship and a legacy, all of which will fill me with pride until the day I die.

Engage: As the first female captain of a Star Trek series, how do you view the role Star Trek has played in leading the charge for a more diverse entertainment world?

Mulgrew: As the first female captain of a starship, I am both humbled and very proud to find both my character and myself extolled by female politicians such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Stacey Abrams. To know that I have had an impact on women in science and politics, or in any way to have positively affected the choices of women in fields heretofore considered off-limits to my gender, is heartening beyond expression.  
Engage: We know you are a great actor, what other amazing talent do you have that we don't know about?

Mulgrew: I am a writer. I wrote my first book — "Born With Teeth" — six years ago and my second — "How to Forget" — will be released on May 21st of this year. This second craft gives me great satisfaction, especially at this stage of the game, and fills me with a passionate desire to continue searching, and expressing, all that lurks in the undiscovered country of my imagination.
Have No Fear, Kate Mulgrew Is Here
By Jordan Hoffman

In March 2020, Star Trek: The Cruise will embark on its next journey, and should the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas somehow end up transported to the Delta Quadrant, have no fear — our headlining crew member will assure our safe return.

The one and only Captain (and sometimes Admiral) Janeway, Kate Mulgrew, will lead a Voyager-heavy cast to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary. (I know, I know, the forward rate of the timeline's continued movement seems, at times, illogical.) We're going to make sure there is plenty of coffee.

It's hard to imagine the Star Trek Universe without Kate Mulgrew, which is a little ironic considering the show almost left spacedock without her. Initially the producers hired the French Canadian actress Geneviève Bujold to play Captain "Nicole" Janeway, but after a day and a half of shooting, she turned in her badge realizing the pressures of 1990s episodic television were just not for her.

Luckily, Mulgrew was made of stronger stuff. Not only did she warp into the role and play it to perfection, the constant photon blasts of network tinkering in the first season didn't knock her out of orbit. (There were a lot of different hairdos in those early days.)

Mulgrew commanded the center seat for all 172 episodes battling Kazon, Borg, Hirogen, Species 8472 and an undercover Cardassian officer posing as a Bajoran on her bridge. Perhaps more than any other captain she maintained unique interpersonal relationships with each senior member of her crew. She could rely on Tuvok and Chakotay, but in subtly different ways. Similarly, she was nurturing to B'Elanna, Tom, Seven of Nine and Harry, but never with a duplicate rapport.

A recent thought exercise on Vulture.com ranked each of the Star Trek captains by managerial technique. Captain Janeway came in at No. 1. She had the hardest task — aligning two warring factions into one crew — and keeping them focused on an impossible return trip from the Delta Quadrant. And never did she compromise on her ethics. (Indeed, some could argue her ethics are what got Voyager into this mess.) The article concludes that she would be a tough boss, and you might complain about her behind her back, but she'd also be the type you'd name your first kid after.

Of course, Captain Janeway is a character and Kate Mulgrew is a person, albeit a dynamic one at that. An opinionated and eloquent woman, Mulgrew got her start on TV on Ryan's Hope, one of the "edgier" daytime soaps in the 1970s. She played the middle daughter of the central Irish-American family. She was also a guest star on a slew of major shows like St. Elsewhere; Murphy Brown; and Murder, She Wrote. After Star Trek Voyager finally returned to Earth, Mulgrew continued to mix-it-up with science fiction shows like Warehouse 13 and a subversive comedy like NTSF:SD:SUV::. Then came the role of Red in Orange Is the New Black, which could conceivably cause her to get recognized on the street these days more than Captain Janeway.

A commonality with all these characters: poise, command and humanity. We're honored to sail with Kate Mulgrew in 2020.
 Star Trek Trivia — Voyager Edition
As we dream about our 2020 cruise on a Voyager Class ship, now is the time to test your knowledge about the 172 episodes of Star Trek Voyager:

1. Where was Captain Janeway born?

A – New Haven, Connecticut
B – Lennox, Massachusetts
C – Prince Edward Island, Canada
D – Bloomington, Indiana

2. Where was Voyager when it was taken by the Caretaker's array?

A – The Mutara Nebula
B – The Badlands
C – The Delphic Expanse
D – Murasaki 312

3. What is Chakotay's preferred sport?

A – Ice hockey
B – Fencing
C – Rowing
D – Boxing

4. Where does Species 8472 live?

A – Class Y "Demon" Planet
B – Transwarp Corridors
C – Fluidic Space
D – Andromeda Galaxy

5. What was the name of the holographic Irish village beloved by Captain Janeway?

A – Fair Haven
B – Fresh Meadows
C – Jade Inish
D – Crystal Inish

ANSWERS: Voyage to the bottom of the newsletter for the answers.
The Waitlist Is Your Portal to 2020
Star Trek: The Cruise IV hits the high seas in 318 days and the Voyage is already SOLD OUT.

If you are still interested in joining us, don't be discouraged from joining the Waitlist. Cancellations will happen and those on the Waitlist will be contacted first.
Trivia Answers: 1-D, 2-B, 3-D, 4-C, 5-A.
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