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STAR TREK: THE CRUISE
"It's the Closest We'll Come to Ever Beaming Up"

By Jordan Hoffman

Ever since I was 12 years old, I've wanted Scotty to beam me up. That's when Star Trek, a thing I only vaguely knew existed, became an obsession. The timing of that first screening of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home gave me about a year to gobble up as many TOS reruns as possible before the debut of The Next Generation. My course has been fixed ever since.

As a writer and film critic, I've been slipping references to Star Trek into my work for over a decade. Then I started contributing fun columns to StarTrek.com under the heading "One Trek Mind." This led to hosting panels at conventions in the U.S. and Europe, and, finally, aboard an actual ship —  Star Trek: The Cruise.

There's nothing I love more than being part of the Great Link of the Star Trek community, an intermediary between the stars and the fans. And there is nothing greater for a fan than the cruise experience. From the second you come aboard (welcomed by greeters in Starfleet uniform) you'll notice the immersive quality of the journey. Is it weird that one of my favorite things to do aboard is just ride the elevators?

Of course, they aren't mere elevators, they are turbolifts, and the intricacy of the design is phenomenal. I'll share a story: Last year, I was waiting to ride up and when the doors opened, by herself, stood Gates McFadden. I couldn't let an opportunity like this slide. "Doctor Crusher, permission to come aboard?" I asked. She cheerfully chuckled and said, "Of course." It was a little silly, but the spirit of the cruise moves everyone.

It hits you around Day 3. Here I am, in an environment where I can't see land, with about 2,000 people who never need someone to explain, "No, not Kardashian, Cardassian." It's so great to be among our kind. And it's the closest we'll come to ever beaming up.


Jordan Hoffman — Star Trek expert and Engage special contributor — hosts and participates in several events and activities on Star Trek: The Cruise.
 
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Photo time with Gates McFadden!
Friday is the last day to pre-purchase autographs and photographs with your favorite Star Trek celebrities. Book yours by midnight on November 30 because after that they will only be available to purchase on board.

There are 22 photograph and autograph options, including three extraordinary opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else in the universe. Only on Star Trek: The Cruise III can you take a photo with Wil Wheaton and Gates McFadden (the Crushers!), Max Grodénchik and Chase Masterson (together in costume as Rom and Leeta), and Casey Biggs (in full costume as Damar).
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