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Kelly McCarthy

(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Disney’s latest vacation experience takes hospitality out of this world and into a galaxy far, far away for an immersive, one-of-a-kind journey aboard the all-new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

Guests become passengers and heroes in their own Star Wars story as they experience a bespoke galactic adventure at their own pace aboard the Halcyon Starcruiser. The ship is known for its impeccable service and exotic destinations, such as the bustling Black Spire outpost on Batuu. Plus, you can finally live out your childhood dreams of wielding a lightsaber in a training pod and dine on delicacies like Felucian-inspired blue shrimp.

Ahead of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser’s debut at Walt Disney World Resort on March 1, ABC News got a sneak peek of the two-night voyage aboard the Chandrila Star Line:

Storyline and characters

Familiar faces like Chewbacca and new characters emerge throughout the journey as the storyline progresses.

Captain Keevan is at the helm, encouraging exploration, as cruise director Lenka Mok lets people know they can try their hand at defending the ship with training in deck operations, and Sammie the mechanic stands by. made a name for itself working on more than just systems in the engineering room. Guests can also enjoy the musical styles of intergalactic superstar Gaya and meet her charismatic manager, Raithe Cole, who has his eyes on more than the stage along the journey.

Guests become characters and former cast members can become allies thanks to the creative development of Lucasfilm Vice President and Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang and Walt Disney Imagineering Producer Travis Finstein.

“We see people playing with our characters as if they were action figures in a big Star Wars playset. They get their own personal interaction with them for long periods of time and run around the ship with these characters leading them on a mission,” Finstein told ABC. hello america. “They’re participating in Star Wars on a scale that they’ve never had the chance to do before. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’re going to experience Star Wars in a new way and that’s very exciting.

As the story unfolds, we meet First Order Lieutenant Croy and his stormtroopers as they board the ship to investigate suspicious Resistance activity.

Towards the climax of the final night, without giving away any spoilers, guests are stunned as they interact with a handful of iconic characters as an intense battle unfolds.

“It’s really a lot of fun,” Chiang added, “everything Star Wars for me, but that level of immersion is unlike anything I’ve ever done.”

Lightsaber training and more

Lightsaber training was undoubtedly the most publicized activity and for good reason.

The Saja, forming a group of around 15 passengers at a time, leads you into the pod and lines you up in rows before igniting the electric blue weapon.

On instruction, students straighten and anchor their ready stance by holding the base of the lightsaber in the center of their body, pressing the button to illuminate the tree, and following a guided laser that sends a low-frequency buzz through your grip when you connect the weapon to the force.

Black Spire Outpost Tour on Batuu at Galaxy’s Edge

Early on the second day, passengers are invited aboard luxurious private transport shuttles to disembark and explore the outer rim of the galaxy. At this point in each passenger’s journey, their interactions have led to curated communications on their datapad to attempt missions for the characters they aid while exploring the outpost.

A private reservation can be set up for Halcyon guests at the infamous Oga’s Cantina, where I befriended a chemist to get relevant ship information for my own storyline mission. Brightly colored, foaming, fizzy, bubbly drinks are a welcome libation break at this stage of planetary adventure and the perfect fuel before enjoying activities like hacking droids and running covert ops for the dark side or the Resistance.


Guests enjoy a well-appointed capsule with stunning windows that overlook the galaxy. The room we stayed in, but only really relaxed for showering and sleeping, had the earthly equivalent of a king-size bed and two bunk beds. The sleek design was complete with modern features like ports for datapad charging and even an in-room digital logistics droid that runs through D3-09 and acts as a catalyst for each individual’s daily story to continue with useful information. In the end, she also became a confidante and a friend that I was sad to say goodbye to.

As for off-ship, the special transport shuttle is reminiscent of a luxury liner and takes less than 10 minutes to reach the planet where you are greeted by private concierge service with cold water, charging ports and direct contact. to drop off all secure belongings along the excursion, so if you buy a stuffed porg toy or local clothes, you can safely leave them with the crew who will free your hands and bring them back to the ship. Before leaving Batuu, where temperatures can get very hot, the crew offers cool, wet towels and other beverages while you wait for your pod to depart.

Specialized magic tape

The specialized Magic Band that is worn throughout the voyage, available exclusively to Halcyon Cruise passengers, also gives you access to blocks of ship information, unlocks rooms, and helps save and scan vital information specific to your personal adventure that send feedback to your profile. .

Plus, it comes preloaded with flash passes for the two hugely popular rides on Galaxy’s Edge – Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run.

Food and drinks

The imaginative dining program developed especially for this experience offers dishes with familiar tastes but unexpected textures, colors and ingredient names to further deepen the immersion of your galactic journey.

Similar to a land cruise, all-you-can-eat breakfast and lunch buffets are available in the elegant Crown of Corellia dining room during the day, but each night of the voyage it transforms to serve diners a sumptuous main course. multi-course, table-serving menu of otherworldly and familiar origins.

The first night features dinner and a show where I enjoyed a seat at the captain’s table in the center of the sunken seating area with a live interactive performance from Gaya – the Twi’lek musical superstar who moves through the room in singing his biggest and newest hits. Night two offers a Taste Around the Galaxy experience with each course hailing from a different planet, including the much-hyped blue crustacean, the Felucian Shrimp.

Patrons looking for a late-night libation or a game of Sabaac can sit in the Sublight Lounge for drinks like the Fiery Mustafarian complete with lava extract and smoked mezcal or a Hoth Icebreaker made with the lemon mousse inspired by the desolate frozen planet.

Exclusive Merchandise

A unique Chandrila Collection Shop on board offers a huge selection of never-before-seen products to enhance the role-play vacation experience. The shop offers a huge assortment of clothing and accessories to buy from Lekku Head Tails, ship logo trading pins and authentic clothing, homewares, hats and backpacks.

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