By Carly Caramanna
Disney’s website lists the “starting at” prices for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, but how realistic is it that you’ll get those prices? And how high can they go? I took a “voyage” of my own to find out. Admittedly, I had little to no interest in forking over a boatload of money to take a voyage on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. But then a lightbulb went off thanks to a review from our publisher Matt, who was one of the first to climb aboard.
With four guests sharing a room, that could bring the per-person total to around $1,500. In any other case, I would never want to share a room with three other people. But, after seeing just how aggressive the schedule is and how little time is spent in the room, I could make that work for two nights.
As a self-proclaimed foodie and lover of immersive theatre, those elements seem strong enough to entice me with the newfound price tag rationale.
I set out on a voyage of my own to unlock the mystery that is booking Disney’s most expensive offering.
Before we get into numbers, let us look at what the booking process entails. Disney provides a travel planning website with available dates and a checklist of information you must have prior to calling the dedicated reservation hotline.
Before calling the reserved hotline, you must have ready: Full names and ages of everyone in your party, addresses and phone numbers for everyone in your party, and a voyage date preference with up to two alternate dates.
At time of booking, guests must decide on their dinner seating preference: first or second seating. Also available at time of booking, guests can partake in add-on’s, including Memory Maker, travel protection, and the Captain’s table ($30 per person).
Available 60 days priors to arrival, guests can book their arranged time for Oga’s Cantina and additional add-on’s, including Savi’s Workshop ($219.99 per lightsaber) and Droid Depot ($99.99 per droid). A deposit of 10 percent is due at time of booking.
I researched and reached out to several sources to discover actual quoted prices for upcoming voyages. Here’s what they had to share:
Attractions Magazine’s travel agent sponsor, Destinations with Character, shared a quote for a voyage taking place from Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. For standard cabin, they were quoted $5,482.64 for a travel party of one.
They also shared a Friday, July 23 – Sunday, July 25, 2022 voyage in a standard cabin. For two adults and two juniors it was quoted at $6,634.26. For two adults only, it was quoted at $5,231.12.
Attractions reached out to professional gamer Jenny Nicholson on Twitter, who shared her price tag for an upcoming journey. She spent $6,066.88 for her party of two in a standard cabin, with no add-ons except the trip insurance, which costs around $100.
A friend of Attractions who wants to remain nameless will be taking his voyage in late March. His company paid his tab for a party of one in a standard cabin at $5,313.64. He has since opted to add his wife and two kids, which adds on $1,067.10, bringing the total price of the voyage to $6,380.74.
My friend Jenn Greene, travel writer and planner, shared a price quote with me for an upcoming voyage. For a Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8, 2022 voyage in a standard cabin for two guests, it costs $5,856.68, including the add-on Memory Maker. She added that, in her booking experience, she has seen weekday voyages to be around $500 less than weekend voyages.
We’ve seen numbers thrown around, but Disney publicly states that the starting price is $4,809 for a party of two. So how do you snag that price? Well, you can’t ask reservations for the dates that are offered at that starting price. You can only ask for up to three different dates on your call. All calls are vetted, so don’t expect to continue to price check a multitude of dates.
As a travel and theme park writer, I pride myself on my research skills in always finding a great deal — including snagging several $300 round trip flights to Europe over the years. Booking the Galactic Starcruiser gives guest little to no option in attempting to get a “deal” — and I have a hard time wrapping my head around this.
This can be frustrating for the many people out there who can be flexible with their dates, including myself. You could rebut that with, “What’s another $600 when you’re already spending so much?” That’s true, but that could also serve as funds for your flight arrangements and resort accommodations before your voyage.
Will I battle with the First Order or be captivated by the vocal talents of Gaya in the near future? I hope so. For now, the illusive nature of the booking process is a bit of a turn off and has me on the fence. I’ll be dreaming of blue shrimp until I bite the bullet for a cruise around the galaxy on the Halcyon.