Disney's Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

I Went To Outer Space on Disney’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Ever since Disney announced the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, there have been questions regarding exactly what it is and if it is worth the crazy price tag. I recently went on the Galactic Starcruiser known as the Halycon and want to answer the most common questions.

The Bridge of the Halcyon

What is the Galactic Starcruiser?

Well… It is not a hotel. The Galactic Starcruiser opened in Walt Disney World last year. It is described as a “Star Wars-themed 2-night live-action/role-playing choose your own adventure experience aboard a simulated cruise in outer space within the Star Wars galaxy.” 

Imagine yourself inside your favorite Star Wars movie. You have been working hard on your home planet of Tatooine and need a vacation. You book a cruise through the outer rim on the Halcyon cruiseliner. Aboard the cruise, you meet travelers from all over the galaxy—a Twi’lek from Ryloth, a smuggler from Tatooine, and a Togruta working on his music career. You are playing Sabacc when the first order walks in and arrests a man suspected of being for the resistance. Your cruise ship docks at Batuu, where you spend the day exploring the markets of the Black Spire Output and seeing the infamous Millenium Falcon that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. Then you return to Halcyon to help Chewbacca hide from Kylo Ren.

Seriously, that all happened to me. You spend two days in this fantasy world, never leaving the bubble. Along the way, you can help the first order, join the resistance, or go on a mission that has you enter a secret room on the ship. 

How much is the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?


This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your cruise to outer space includes parking, a one-day park ticket, food, a two-night stay aboard the Halcyon, meeting all your favorite Star Wars characters, dinner shows, and the chance to play your childhood fantasy. Alcohol, except for one drink in Batuu, is not included. 

Is there a way to make the Starcruiser more affordable? 

Go with friends.

It is a lot of money for one family to spend on a two-day trip, but I split the cost with four friends. The rooms are small, but we easily fit the four of us. There was a pulldown bed, bunk beds, and a queen bed.

With four friends, I only paid $1,772. Yes. You can pick your jaw off the floor again. Consider that a Disney World vacation at another deluxe resort can cost even more.

Tip: Book during the week when prices are lower.

I love Disney and Star Wars but want to avoid being stuck in space with screaming children for two days.

I agree. Most of the children on the Star Cruiser were past the crying, nap-needing phase.

Disney recommends that children be old enough to use a cell phone since all the missions, cruise activities, and private transmissions are on your data pad (aka your phone). 

Several events, such as lightsaber training, are only available to guests seven or over. 

Tip: They will provide phones if your children do not have their own, but they only have a limited number, so call ahead.

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Enjoying a game of Sabacc on the Halcyon

How immersive is this Star Wars experience?

100%. You are on a cruise in the outer rim and will meet people from all over the galaxy. The windows in your room look out into space. Everyone from your waiter to your room attendant is a part of the experience and will never break character. Our waiter told us about his wife and kids on his home planet and how he ended up working on the Halcyon.

What about your visit to Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge? Will it break the illusion? 

On the day of your “excursion,” you will board a transport vehicle and get transported down to the planet of Battu. When they open the door of the transport vehicle, you are already within the walls of Galaxy’s Edge. There is a separate entrance where you never see the outside world. 

Yes, there are tourists in Battu, but they were visiting just like us. We had pins that told cast members we were part of the Halcyon, so they played along.

Do I need to be a Star Wars fan?

There is nothing throughout the experience that you need to know about the Star Wars Franchise. Anyone can cruise through outer space and participate in missions. 

I was never a Star Wars geek, but I love movies that intertwine, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I loved the idea of being inside the Star Wars Universe, and I love dressing up in costumes. 

That being said, there is something about meeting Chewbacca, traveling on the ship where Han and Leya had their honeymoon, and talking to a Twi’lek about growing up on Ryloth that only a Star Wars fan can appreciate.

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Hanging out with Chewbacca

Tip: Need a crash course into the Star Wars Galaxy. Check out this guide to locations and vocabulary referenced on the Starcruiser. 

Was it worth it? 


But only if you participate. Dress up. Have a backstory. Go on the missions. It is not a hotel. It’s an experience. It is only worth it if you can go in 100%. 

I began a crash course in Star Wars. I watched every movie, cartoon, and tv show before I went on the ship. I was going to be prepared for the amount of money I was paying.

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Tattoos and Hangovers: How to Spend a Weekend in Bucharest

Why are you here? I was asked this question multiple times on my travels through Romania.

Why not?

It’s true that Romania wasn’t a country on my radar, but then I found a flight from Greece to Bucharest for $35. Most tourists only use Bucharest as a starting point to explore the area of Transylvania to the north. I think Bucharest is worth exploring.

Take a free walking tour

I found this tour (and most of my free tours) on GuruWalk. Although my tour was rained out, and we sat in a coffee shop for 2 hours, it was still worth it. Bucharest still reflects its communist history. Although it isn’t the most aesthetically appealing, it was something I had never seen before. The history of Romania was fascinating, and it was interesting that the public opinion over communism changed depending on who we talked to.

Bucharest, Romania

Walk or Use Ride Shares (And Food Delivery)

I felt safe walking around at night in Bucharest. I was staying about 15 min outside of old town and I walked home most nights, but Ubers are plentiful and cheap. It was $4, including a tip for a ride across town. If you are hungry and lazy, they have multiple food delivery services such as Bolt and Glovo, although Glovo does not work with a US phone number. 

Save Your Money 

Romania is one of the cheapest countries in Europe. It is part of the European Union but has not met the criteria to adopt the Euro. Instead, they still use Romanian Leu. I bought enough groceries for three breakfasts and snacks for $12. This included a large bag of cashews and nice mozzarella cheese—two costly items in the US. 

Grocery Prices in Romania

Get a Tattoo

On my cruise to Greece last year, I met Christi. He was running the casino on our cruise ship. The only bar that had seating was in the casino. I have a goal of collecting tattoos throughout my travels. He wrote down a perfect quote in Romanian for me to get tattooed if I ever ended up in his country. I put it in my notes and forgot about it, thinking it would never happen.  

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Eat at Gyros Thessalonikis

Best Gyro I have ever had. Located in Old Town.

Best Gyro at Gyros Thessalonikis

See Cărturești Carusel

Also known as the “Carousel of Light,” This is one of the most beautiful bookstores I have ever seen. It is a six-story, beautifully decorated bookstore with white columns and staircases. It is located in the old town and is worth a trip.

Cărturești Carusel is located at Strada Lipscani 15

Nurse a Hangover 

Night 1, I had a great time with new friends. Morning one, I was a little “under the weather.” My hostel (T5 Social) had a bar, and it was open mic night. No, I did not participate in the open mic part of the evening. Instead, I decided to do my part and support the bar. 

Have a Craft Cocktail

Visit the club Expirat if you like good cocktails and music. These bartenders are so excited to make unique craft cocktails with so much detail. They kept asking how they compared to the United States and were thrilled to learn I felt theirs were better. 

Cocktails at Expirat

Visit Old Town 

I met two guys on a food tour, and we decided to go out in the old town. The old town is a walking area with shopping during the day and restaurants and nightclubs after dark. We met at the Green Hours Jazz Club. It is tiny, but if you are into Jazz, it’s worth checking out. Then we went and supported the local “dancers.” I am trying to keep this family-friendly, but if you are interested in learning how “dance” clubs work in Romania, message me. 

Green Hours Jazz Cafe

Meet New Friends 

My food tour was a bust, but I met Rahottie (it’s actually Rahat, but Rahat means bullshit in Romanian). He lives in Vegas and now works remotely. He had rented an Airbnb in Brasov for a month, and we were going to explore the area before I took off on my next adventure to the Merry Cemetery at the northern border of Romania. On the train to Brasov, I was able to pursue him into keeping a car for a week and join me on my mission. (Considering I was planning to end up in Cluj-Napoca and he had met a girl on Tinder from Cluj, it wasn’t very hard.)

On our way…

Take a Road trip Around Romania… 

6 Apps That Make You Money

Everyone loves extra cash. Either to travel or for everyday expenses. Especially at the current moment when many people are still unemployed or making little income. What if you could supplement your income doing tasks you do every day? Here is a list of apps that provide passive income.

1. Achievement

Do you have an Apple Watch or a Fitbit? Maybe, you track your food with MyFitnessPal

You can connect over 20 apps that you probably already use to the Achievement app and earn money. The app will pay you money for the number of steps you take, the amount of sleep you get, every time you weigh yourself, etc. For every 10,000 points, you get $10. 

You can also earn points by taking surveys and participating in research studies. I participated in an influenza study. Every day I answered simple questions, and then I did a five-minute survey once a month. At the end of the study, I made a total of $71. 

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2. Diet Bet

6 Apps That Make You Money

We have all dieted at some point. The ups and downs of weight loss are a vicious cycle. Personally, I need an incentive. Sometimes that beach vacation isn’t enough. With DietBet, you can join a game with other people pledging money to lose a percentage of body weight over a specific length of time. If you succeed, then you split the pot with the other winners.

I know if my own money is on the line, I am going to complete the challenge. There is also a StepBet and a RunBet that work similarly. 

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3. Rakuten

We all love to shop online. Rakuten gives cashback on stores we already shop at, including Amazon and Postmates. Connect to your favorite store through their app and start earning money. Plus, you will get $30 after spending $30 through the website if you use my referral link.

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4. Safe 2 Save

Safe 2 Save rewards you for paying attention to the road instead of your phone while driving. After downloading the app, you get points for every minute of safe driving. Safe driving is defined as not using your phone while going over 10 mph. If you touch your phone while driving over 10 mph, the app will stop adding points to your account.

Although this app does not actually reward cash, the reward points can be redeemed at local restaurants and retail stores.

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5. Receipt Hog

Do you know that insanely long receipt you get at the grocery store, even when you buy two things? 

Scan it with Receipt Hog. By scanning receipts and answering simple quizzes, you collect coins that equal cash. It’s that easy. 

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6. Paribus

Do you hate when you order something online, and then it goes on sale the next day? 

Or when you buy something on Amazon Prime for that party in 2 days and it doesn’t show up in time? 

Paribus will track items you buy from over 25 online stores. They will alert you if any price drops and contact the merchant to get a refund. 

I have an Amazon addiction. Every time Paribus notifies me of a late delivery, I contact Amazon, and they usually offer me a $5 gift card. 

The app is not available on Google Play but Android users can sign up through their website.

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Now that you have all this extra money, why not go on a roadtrip?