Sunday, August 28, 2022

Saying Goodbye To The Galactic Starcruiser

Day 3 on the Galactic Starcruiser. 

I woke and looked around the room. I knew I'd miss it. I'd miss everything: the adventures, the characters, the way the cast members would say "my honor" if you asked them for anything. 

Imagination has always been significant to me. It's why I tell my kids that having an imagination is more important than perfect grades. Straight As are nothing if it means you're a dull person. But if you can walk into a room and picture a completely different world, well, that's brilliant in my eyes. And my kids? They both have wonderful imaginations. They've never had straight As, but they can morph into another world in an instant.


That's what the Galactic Starcruiser is: a wonderful place for imagination. A beautiful adventure for those of us creatives who were told we could be better students if we stopped daydreaming. 

You get another all you can eat breakfast on Day 3. They want you off the Starcruiser by 10 AM. In the itinerary there will be set times where they'd like you to disembark but you don't have to follow it. Ours said 8 and there was no way. We had a teen girl amongst us who is on her own time. She could be ready by 10. 8? No. 

The food is delicious as always. And of course I got my Diet Coke:


And Pog juice. Lots of Pog juice.


We took our time as we ate. It was around 8 and as I mentioned, we had until 10 to leave. The food, as always, was intriguing. The kids had their last taste of unlimited blue and green milk. I gazed around the room and did my best to remember it all. There. That was where Chewbacca had run in on the first night to escape the First Order. There was the stage where Gaya sang with Ouanni jamming behind her. 




It was where Natalie had laid eyes on Raithe Kole, who was a scoundrel and reminded us of Han Solo. 

Maybe one day we'll be back. Maybe. But with it being so expensive, it's hard to know. But if we could, we'd return. Perhaps I'd help the First Order the second time around. Tommy said he thinks he could switch and be good even though being good isn't as exciting. Natalie said it depended on how hot the resistance people were: if they were as good looking as they were this time, she'd stay on that side. 





After we ate I made arrangements for us to be taken to our Disney Resort. (Port Orleans Riverside.) You get free transportation off the Halycon if you didn't bring your own vehicle. My Mom was going with my Aunt and Uncle who live in Florida. We got a voucher for a Mears taxi and was told to hand it to the people when we returned on land. 


We were basically already packed. We took one last look at the room and headed out. Staring at the Atrium I thought of all the excitement that took place there. The First Order boarding the ship. Battles. The resistance refusing to go down without a fight. 




I pushed the button for the pod that would take us back to Earth. I looked over my shoulder. Smiled because we had so many memories. The kids didn't want to go. But it was time.



When you step back onto Earth there's a small shop set up with souvenirs. If you wanted, they would take care of your luggage and already have it waiting for you, but we decided to keep ours with us. I handed my voucher to a cast member and they called a taxi for us. 

The adventure might have been over. But I knew we'd always think back to our time on the Halycon. Of the pod that took us up to the ship. 


We were only outside about ten minutes and were told a taxi was ready for us. 

"Already?" I answered, surprised. I looked around where we had come in full of excitement two days prior. I agreed with the kids: I didn't want to leave. But we had to. Another adventure awaited. 

"Thank you," I told the cast member and I smiled when he said, "My honor," as he shut the taxi door. 


29 comments:

  1. So long, Galactic Starcruiser! We had some great times together, didn't we? We'll never forget the memories we made onboard your majestic ship. Thanks for everything!

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  2. Sounds like such an amazing adventure. The kids being with you for it is a bonus.

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  3. It would be hard to leave this place. I feel the same way when I travel

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  4. You are such a great storyteller! This experience looks amazing.

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  5. Looks like a wonderful time! Glad it was memorable.

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  6. Wow! Sounds like a really wonderful adventure you have there! So fantastic I wish I could take my kids there too.

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  7. Sounds like you had blast there. It’s sad to say goodbye to that wonderful place and experience. My family would love to be here for sure!

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  8. I have been wanting to hear some ones first hand experience with the galactic star cruiser, it looks like it did not disappoint!

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  9. Such a fun experience, I love how immersive they have made it you can even rent the clothes I believe or just purchase a set to wear around the hotel.

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  10. I would have a hard time saying good bye too. It sounds like you and the kids had a ton of fun during those few days aboard the ship.

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  11. It seems like quite a lovely experience for Star Wars lovers. I bet the kids really enjoyed it. Adults, too! :)

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  12. I'm sad to see the end of these posts on the galactic starcruiser, it was so lovely to live the trip vicariously through you. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. This place is awesome! I'm sure you guys had a really good time! I wish i can bring my nephews there!

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  14. Aw I wouldn't want to go back to Earth either, lol. Looks like a fun time.

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  15. A wonderful place for imagination! I love that! It's definitely an unique experience for all of us!

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  16. Oh my gosh! What an adventure! I've been following the entire story and you had me hooked. Such a wonderful thing to do for your kids.

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  17. It sounds like you had an amazing adventure there. They did such a wonderful job down to every little detail!

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  18. Welcome back to earth. :) Good to know y'all had a blast. Gotta love the costumes. -LYNNDEE

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  19. What a fun set of memories. You will be talking about this for the rest of your lives!

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  20. it sounds like you had a wonderful time and the adventure was wonderful.

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