But for now, I thought I'd blog about what happened this year, between January 9 and 15, when I boarded a very large ship for the first time and set sail with some 2000+ like-minded individuals for the first annual Star Trek Cruise.
|All the elevators were decorated like this|
|Many of the restaurants and bars were similarly themed...|
|My mess dress uniform for the formal|
I first heard about the cruise back in August of 2015 or so, when it was first announced, and decided that I really had to go. Now, although I've been a Star Trek fan since I was a kid, I've never been to a con or on a cruise, but there was just something about this idea that I found fascinating.
So I decided I'd go, and I made the affirmative decision that I was going to embrace the cosplay. Granted, I didn't have to, and there were a significant number of folks who ended up wearing Star Trek-related garb or generically appropriate clothing, but I decided that I would dive in, as it were (In part, I did so because half the fun of a vacation is anticipating it, and preparing the cosplay was an engaging extension.
At first, I debated doing makeup and going all out as a Trill or a Vulcan (and took the appropriate
Eventually, though, I decided to do costumes not based on individual particular characters per se, but ones that would evoke an episode or the world of an episode (Incidentally, I tend to think this is one of the reasons for the appeal of books like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. Readers who like imaginative play like to imagine themselves in those worlds, perhaps more so than they imagine themselves as Harry Potter or Frodo).
So, what were my favorite episodes that lent themselves to cosplay? Well, for the favorite holodeck character, I decided early on that I wanted to do something related to baseball, since it was the favorite game of Captain Sisko on Deep Space Nine and the subject of one of the more goofily charming episodes, "Take Me Out to the Holosuite," in which a Vulcan captain challenges Sisko and the crew of DS9 to a baseball game. Both sides had their own uniforms and the DS9 crew were the "Niners."
I ended up having problems figuring out how to do the uniform in a screen accurate manner, so decided to wing it and do what I ended up calling a "Deep Space Nine throwback uniform," complete with Terok Nor (the former name of Deep Space Nine) logo. :-). As you can see, though, there were a number of people who had less difficulty than I did in getting a screen accurate uniform :-):
And people were already pulling out the stops for the evening. Here are a couple pics:
|The Q Continuum made an appearance|
|Really creative holodeck no. 1|
|A transport in progress. The photo doesn't really do it justice|
|Really creative holodeck no. 2|
|A very nice historical look|
For Q's Masquerade, I found myself with a dilemma: the idea was that it would be a masked ball, but when you wear eyeglasses, masks can prove to be a bit difficult. In the end, I went with a wild west outfit, because I figured I could wear an "outlaw bandana" as the mask.
As you can see, there were a number of folks who had similar ideas:
They had to change the venue for the masquerade due to weather, so I didn't get as many shots as I'd've liked, but here are a few:
There was a lot of other stuff going on, as well, including the chance to randomly encounter the actors...
|The Grand Nagus signed my novel! :-)|
|William Shatner "christens" the cruise|
|Terry Farrell leads yoga|
|Lolita Fatjo discusses script coordinating...|
|Terry Farrell, Chase Masterson, and James Darren|
|Casey Biggs leads a wine tasting|
2017 Star Trek Cruise photo gallery and there's a great video here.
You can also check out the blog reports from StarTrek.com here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6.
Live long and prosper!