I’m back today to share our arrival at the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser and Day 1 onboard the Halcyon. While I intend to share enough to get you excited and answer questions you may have, I will include NO spoilers for the experience in my reviews. Trust me when I say this is well done, immersive and an absolutely incredible experience! You will LIVE your Star Wars story and nothing I share will give away too much information.
SEE IT. FEEL IT. LIVE IT.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a revolutionary new 2-night experience where you and your group will embark on a first-of-its-kind Star Wars adventure that’s your own. It’s the most immersive Star Wars story ever created—one where you live a bespoke experience and journey further into a Star Wars adventure than you ever dreamed possible.
The Chandrila Star Line Arrival Terminal
We arrived at the Chandrila Star Line Terminal at the Walt Disney World Resort. The terminal is industrial and full of activity. Porters assist with luggage and valet park your car.
We took photos in front of the terminal sign, of course!! This is the only place you will see Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser from this point forward. I highly recommend costumes and have already started going over those details with my clients so they can plan for their voyages.
At the terminal, everyone receives their M-Band. For our voyage, the app on personal devices was not quite ready so everyone was issued a Datapad as well. I suspect this will continue for the near future.
Inside the Terminal
Once through security, that closely resembles that of an ocean cruise line, passengers watch an orientation video.
Transport Pod to the Halcyon
The next step is to board a launch pod and rendezvous with the magnificent Halcyon starcruiser!!! This is where you REALLY know you are in for a HUGE treat and feel certain your adventure will be magnificent.
The Halcyon Atrium
You are positively wowed when you disembark the transport pod and find yourself in the middle of the Halcyon Atrium!
Tour the Ship in More Detail
Each party is greeted in the atrium by a crew member and taken on a 15-minute exploration around the Halcyon Starcruiser to discover its rich and colorful history. The orientation visits a few key locations on the ship. Afterwards, you are escorted to your cabin to get you oriented with your home in space. Your luggage will be waiting for you.
Tour the Cabins in More Detail
Buffet Lunch in Crown of Corellia
We were beyond excited to continue exploring and headed straight to the buffet lunch in Crown of Corellia.
You will find a staggering variety of galactic eats, Blue and Green Milk on tap, soft drinks, coffees, cappuccinos, hot teas and the likes. All of your food and non-alcoholic beverages are included in your voyage fare.
Lunch was delicious AND beautiful, with the bubble grilled cheese being my personal favorite. That said, I enjoyed everything.
Tour the Crown of Corellia in More Detail
After lunch we occupied a booth in Sublight Lounge to enjoy our first (of many) galactic cocktails while we started communicating with others on our Datapads. It is absolutely mission critical that you get started on your Datapad right away! There are so many secret missions and experiences awaiting you!!
Between the five us, we tried every cocktail onboard. They were all creative, beautiful and tasty!! My personal favorite was the Silver Sea Martini (not pictured here). From left to right you have the Pod Chaser, Cloud of Bespin (delicious), Dagobah Vimlet (tasty), and Hoth Icebreaker.
Tour the Sublight Lounge in More Detail
Ship Muster and Captain’s Reception
Every voyage of the Halcyon starcruiser is populated with interesting, intriguing passengers who hail from all over the galaxy. It was so much fun to see the care and thought that went into everyone’s attire and the atmosphere was just electric in the atrium.
CSL and Halcyon Starcruiser protocol requires all passengers to convene for essential instruction prior to departure. Here, we met the Captain and Cruise Director who welcomed us aboard with a toast and provided important information to guarantee a successful cruise.
Crew members and special guests began to arrive during this time on the ship and the story started to unfold right before our eyes. Before we knew it, our Datapads were abuzz with messages from the Captain, Cruise Director, Lieutenant Croy and many others! “Characters” onboard interact with you directly – there are no required face coverings, social distancing, ropes or other measures like in the theme parks. Snacks are available throughout the day and night in the atirum – you will not go hungry!
Bridge Ops Training
All passengers participate in Bridge Ops Training where you take on the role of an honorary crew member and learn the skills necessary to operate the Halcyon Starcruiser’s Bridge.
Training covers navigation, shields, control systems, loaders and even weapons. Pay close attention, as you will need these skills later! Droid SK-30 even popped in during our training. He saw me taking a photo and scooted right in for a selfie.
Tour the Bridge in More Detail
Sabacc is the most popular card game in the galaxy! We learned how to play Coruscant Shift, the Halcyon starcruiser’s featured variant, in Sublight Lounge. Pay close attention so you can make it to the finals in the Sabacc Tournament on Day 2, or steal some credits from fellow passengers as you enjoy cocktails in Sublight Lounge. Younger passengers can learn Bounty Hunter, a fun matching game for younglings.
Being our second stop in Sublight Lounge, the crew members surprised me with a galactic birthday song and dance. SO. MUCH. FUN.
All passengers are afforded time to wield a lightsaber and face off against a dynamic training remote. Under the tutelage of the Saja, you’ll learn the basic movements and ancient philosophy behind this elegant Jedi weapon. This is a highlight of day 1!
An Evening with Gaya Dinner in Crown of Corellia
Each night features two dinner settings, assigned at booking. The first night is An Evening with Gaya. We enjoyed a delectable Halcyon Starcruiser feast, and then delighted as the legendary Twi’lek star Gaya showcased her vocal talents in a special, intimate show.
Course one was a Bento Experience with dumplings, dipping sauces and a noodle salad. Everything was delicious! The food is served family style and unlimited in quantity.
The two dinner drinks of choice were the Silver Sea Martini and Blue Wine – these were my two favorites from the entire voyage!
Course two are Chef’s Selections, including beef tenderloin, shrimp and chicken, along with rice and veggies. From the Youngling menu, we tried the spiral dumplings and waffle fries. They also offer chicken, mac and cheese and pizza. Again, everything is unlimited in quantity and passengers can order off of the adult and/or youngling menu regardless of age. We had a peanut/tree nut allergy in our party and special care and attention was provided every single time we ate to ensure she had safe, delicious food! It was impressive!
Next, the show began! Accompanied by her talented Rodian keyboardist Ouanni, this was truly a one of a kind performance.
Be sure to attend Ryloth Slide Dance Lessons in the atrium! We were glad we did!
Desserts were beautiful and delicious! We also ordered the milk and cookies from the Youngling menu to try.
Choose Your Path
As the itinerary continues, you’ll take the story further and deeper. It is akin lo living in a Star Wars Choose Your Own Adventure book! We were secretly passed a coded message at dinner, each made alliances with various parties, and ended up heading in different directions on secret missions. Again, I don’t want to give away too much! Let it suffice to say I was venting the steam valve in the engineering room for Lieutenant Croy at 10:00 PM. And, it was amazing! :-)
Late Nights in Sublight Lounge
We ended our first day onboard by closing down the Sublight Lounge. We ordered 3 of the 6 included lounge bites to share for a late night snack and, of course, indulged in another round of galactic sips. I was once again pulled up for a birthday dance! It doesn’t get old :-)
Sleepy I Am
We retired to our cabin on a true electric high! It was the BEST day and beyond our highest expectations. One thing to note… there is no time to relax and little time to sleep. HA! It is all so worth it! I am certain I slept with a smile on my face tucked in the little top bunk.
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May the force be with you!
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