Those who did not attend the first Star Trek Cruise should rest easy: the Norwegian staff take security very seriously. But in the extremely unlikely event that some of us will have to swim for it, there’s a very important question: will Data be able to float?
Brent Spiner is making his first voyage with us in 2018, so it’s important to ask this question now. You see, official Star Trek canon is a little unclear on the matter.
You may recall a conversation Data and Geordi had in the episode “Descent Part II.” Reminiscing about their human-android bromance, Geordi chuckled about their time at Devala Lake, when Data wanted to swim but soon found himself sunk. “I did not have enough buoyancy to get back to the surface,” Data recollected without emotion. He had to walk over 1km across the lake bottom to get to shore, and it took two weeks to get the water out of his servos.
Even a Soong-type android would get annoyed at walking the length of the Carribean. But don’t fret! Later, in the film “Insurrection,” there’s that moment when Picard, Data and Anij are at a lake on the Ba’ku planet. Data submerges himself in water and our Captain tells the alarmed Anji not to worry, that he doesn’t need to breathe and that he won’t rust. That suggests that in the time since Devala Lake, Data has upgraded himself to the point that he can no longer get waterlogged. And then it gets better.
After a Son’a soldier starts firing upon them, all must jump in the water, and Anji is, shall we say, less-than-pleased. Data calms her with this notable news: “I’ve been designed to serve as a floatation device.”
So that settles it. Self-improvement is the name of the game, even if you aren’t human. Data (and, we would therefore like to say, his human host Brent Spiner) can cruise comfortably this January.