Nana Visitor’s optimistic, imaginative and thoughtful nature shines through in everything she does. Her wisdom and warmth are omnipresent on Star Trek: The Cruise, where she does script readings, cooking demos, cocktail classes, “Dear Nana” advice sessions and so much more — all in celebration of the bond that is Star Trek.
As we look forward to Year 5 of The Un-Conventional Voyage in March 2021, check out this exclusive Q&A with Nana and Star Trek: The Cruise:
STTC: As an experienced Star Trek: The Cruise crew member, what would you tell a newcomer who hasn’t traveled with us before?
NANA: Okay, so you know what it’s like to be a part of the Star Trek family – we instantly have a lot in common – we belong to something. As different as can be some of the time, but with a common thread running through all of us. Now, add to that commonality shared experiences like laughing and dancing at the karaoke bar, climbing (and falling in) a waterfall, spotting sea turtles while we swim together off a tropical beach. I have built memories, really happy ones, around and with the family I have cruised with. Laugh, be silly, play, discover new things, be ourselves with the knowledge that we are safely among friends. That’s what this cruise has meant to me.
STTC: What was the last thing you cooked that surprised even yourself?
NANA: I hate the idea of “bowls.” It always strikes me as an unappetizing mish-mash. But in an effort to use up leftovers – I did it. Black beans cooked in ham and smoked paprika, rice, left over pork that I chopped and sautéed in lime juice, garlic and cumin, chopped tomatoes, cilantro and scallions. I could eat it everyday. I want some now.
STTC: How often do you look at world events and think, “Boy, Major Kira could take care of this in 5 minutes?”
NANA: All the time. I have to remind myself, as Avery Brooks often did, “Nana, you are actually not that large a person – calm down.”
STTC: How do you view the impact Star Trek has made on the world?
NANA: A phenomenon. Not one day goes by that I don’t hear some cultural reference that ties to it.
STTC: Real life or fiction, past or present, who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
NANA: Dream dinner? My grandmother Calliope who studied at the Paris Ballet and lied about being single – she actually had 11 children at the time. She went on to dance around the world with her children as The Charisse Troupe. Oliver Reed, because he, well just because. Nathan Lane, because I’ve had him to my house for dinner and I never laughed so much in my life. Stephen Sondheim, because he’s up there with Shakespeare, and my mother because she was one of my favorite people in the whole world.