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San Diego Comic-Con is an incredible experience, but not everyone can make it out to California every year to be a part of the pop culture phenomenon. Thankfully, there are many other conventions throughout the country that are a bit more accessible to fans. And among the “smaller” cons, the most popular one to bring a similar feel as SDCC is Wizard World. The traveling fandom summit brings some of the biggest stars from comics, television, movies, and gaming directly to your town for meet and greets, panels, and other special events. But now Wizard World is taking their show to the high seas for an all-new, all-different convention than they’ve ever brought you before.

Earlier this week, the company announced their plans to join forces with high profile celebrity cruise specialists Rose Tours to bring fans the Wizard World Cruise. Departing from the port of Miami with a heading for Nasau in the Bahamas for a three-day journey from December 2nd to the 5th, the unique con aboard the Norwegian Sky will come complete with an artist alley, cosplay contest, and exhibitors on top of a casino, spa, full gym, basketball/volleyball court, and arcade.

The Walking Dead Daryl Dixon season 6And just like every other Wizard World event, the cruise will be headlined by an impressive roster of celebrities. Though there are still plenty to be announced, Norman Reedus of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Boondock Saints’ leads the inaugural guest list. Also lined up to join the first-ever Wizard World Cruise is Ernie Hudson of ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ star Barry Bostwick, former Playboy Playmate of the Year and television personality Sara Underwood, Good Charlotte guitarist and ‘TMNT’ artist Billy Martin, animator Phil Ortiz, and cosplayers Jackie Craft, Abby Dark Star, and Zen Dragon.

While the idea of con cruise isn’t exactly new, it is the first one being put together by a major convention organizer like Wizard World. Plus, the starting price tag of $749 for a 3-day cruise that includes meals, an open bar, photos with the celebrity guests, and all the other amenities of the ship is an absolute steal. Considering that weekend passes, travel, lodging, and food for a convention go well beyond that amount of money, how could you not consider something like this? Of course, there will likely be some more expensive tiers with various exclusives revealed at a later date, but the Wizard World Cruise sounds like a pretty exciting and affordable adventure for people looking for a little break from the winter weather by checking out one of the coolest convention experiences available today.

What do you think about the Wizard World’s latest convention on the high seas? Does the cruise sound like something that you would sign up for? Let us know in the comments.

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