First of all, let me be clear – it is absolutely possible to take a trip on the Galactic Starcruiser without building a backstory or sorting out a costume. You will still have fun, and it will still be an amazing individualized experience. In all likelihood, you will never find yourself in a situation where you’re explaining details of your backstory to a primary cast member – they keep their interactions brief on purpose.
So why bother with the extras? There are three specific reasons I encourage people to do a little prep before flying on the CSL Halcyon (whether or not they work with me).
Reason Number One – Anticipation of any vacation is half of the fun, and there are a lot of ways to build excitement for the GSC without spoiling the storyline. I’m also happy to provide spoiler-free and low-spoiler guidance for logistically complicated situations, because everyone should have a good time on the GSC.
Reason Number Two – One of the biggest, and least advertised, features of the GSC is the fact that for 2 days you get to Be Someone. Actions that you take impact major ship events, and by extension potentially events in the larger Star Wars universe. This is a rare opportunity to know that you’re making a substantial, visible difference, and even just a little pre-planning and effort will make that sensation much deeper and more personal.
Reason Number Three – Be your best self. Take advantage of the fact that most of your shipmates are reinventing themselves for a few days (and the crew has never heard of the planet you call home, never mind the state) and leave your real world stresses at the launching pad.