12:49pm PT by Graeme McMillan
William Shatner to Anchor 'Star Trek: The Cruise' in 2017
Space might be the final frontier, but in January 2017, Star Trek is going somewhere the long-lived franchise has never gone before in its half-century history: the high seas. Or, at least, the Atlantic Ocean between Florida and the Bahamas.
Star Trek: The Cruise, a six day cruise launching Jan. 9, 2017, will not only take Trek fans from Miami to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay during its journey, but will also offer what organizers are calling a "totally immersive" event with none other than William Shatner acting, fittingly, as de-facto captain of the ship.
Shatner is just one of a number of Star Trek actors who will be appearing on the cruise, with Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Denise Crosby and John de Lancie from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Robert Picardo from Star Trek: Voyager and James Darren from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine all reporting for duty.
In case that's not enough, attendees will also get to enjoy the music of the "Enterprise Blues Band" — a group made up of Star Trek actors including Vaughn Armstrong and Casey Biggs — as well as "intimate speaking engagements with leading scientists, influencers and experts," parties, games and competitions, according to organizers.
While this isn't the first Trek-themed cruise — others, including Cruise Trek, have been running for years — Star Trek: The Cruise is the first such excursion officially licensed by CBS Studios, which controls the property. Despite launching in 2017, the cruise is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Trek, which debuted on screens in 1966.