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Zombie cruise: ‘Walking Dead’ to sail from Miami with show’s actors

Members from the cast of “The Walking Dead,” including Norman Reedus who plays Daryl (far right), during a panel discussion aboard the Norwegian Pearl’s inaugural chartered zombie cruise in January 2016 from Miami.
Members from the cast of “The Walking Dead,” including Norman Reedus who plays Daryl (far right), during a panel discussion aboard the Norwegian Pearl’s inaugural chartered zombie cruise in January 2016 from Miami. Sixthman

The cruising dead will haunt the high seas again next February when Norwegian Cruise Line hosts its “The Walking Dead” charter trip from Miami for the second year.

Coming off the success of its inaugural zombie apocalypse at sea in January, themed cruise charter Sixthman announced Tuesday it is again partnering with the Miami-based cruise line and entertainment company Skybound for a chartered voyage from Feb. 3 to Feb. 6 in 2017.

Among the living dead on board will be members of the AMC show’s cast: Norman Reedus (Daryl), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Tom Payne (Jesus), Michael Traynor (Nicholas) and Greg Nicotero, who works on special effects, produces and directs.

The three-day voyage will take travelers on the 2,600-passenger Norwegian Pearl to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, Norwegian’s private island, where the invasion can go on land.

“We can actually theme out the entire island,” said Luke Blackburn, project manager for the second cruise. “We have complete control. So we could have zombie-themed activity, we could have a panel on the island if we wanted to.”

That’ll be new for zombie aficionados traveling on the 2017 voyages (this year, the cruise sailed to Grand Bahama Island). But the specifics on what kind of activities will be offered on board and on land are still not announced. About a handful of celebrity guests are also expected to be announced in the coming months.

You get to vacation with your heroes, you get together with people who are immersed with the concept.

Anthony Diaz, CEO of Atlanta-based Sixthman

Guests can count on panels, Q&A’s and photo and autograph sessions with the actors, as well as themed activities. Among the activities on the first cruise were a belly flop contest hosted by the actors and an “Apocalypse Bowl” flag football tournament with a — what else — a zombie head. Next year’s trip will be during Super Bowl weekend, and Blackburn said organizers will be taking that into account when planning activities.

Early this year, the Norwegian Pearl was transformed into an immersive experience that seemed snatched from a scene of the popular TV show. Travelers lumbered around the ship in full zombie make-up, some chained and others doused in fake blood. Tickets for the inaugural trip sold out in eight days, said Anthony Diaz, CEO of Atlanta-based Sixthman.

“We found that when there is that kind of passion and a community of like-minded people that want to come together to celebrate, it usually plays out really well at sea,” Diaz said. “You get to vacation with your heroes, you get together with people who are immersed with the concept.”

Tickets for the trip start at $790. Guests have until June 26 to sign up for the presale.

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