It seems the most evil entity to be found in a galaxy far, far away is not Darth Vader. Nor is it that wrinkly ballsack Emperor Palpatine. In fact, we’d wager that even Grand Admiral Thrawn would baulk at this particular example of greed, malice and wickedness, because, terrifyingly, there’s something out there in the Star Wars universe that’s worse than all three of these diabolical fiends combined. That honour falls to the Disney Wish cruise ship’s Hyperspace Lounge, a venue of such pure evil that it charges guests USD$5,000 for a cocktail and then doesn’t even let them keep the container it’s served in – that container being a camtono, which is an in-universe vessel that first appeared in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back.
Dubbed the Kaiburr Crystal – y’know, those things that power Jedi lightsabers and Death Star lasers – the cocktail in question contains some pretty fancy ingredients, but for that price, if it’s not imbuing us with force powers then we don’t want to know about it. According to Arthur’s About Theme Parks, a Hyperspace Lounge bartender revealed that the drink’s actually made with earthbound ingredients like Camus cognac, the Japanese citrus fruit, yuzu, as well as kumquat and Grand Marnier Quintessence (RRP approx AUD$1,400 per bottle).
The Sith-spirited pricing is further justified by three accompanying shots, including Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year bourbon, which costs around AUD$7,000 per bottle; Taylor’s Fladgate Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny Port, a bottle of which will set you back over AUD$4,000; and Watenshi Gin, which also nears the AUD$4K mark per bottle.
$5,000 Star Wars-themed drink on the Disney Wish cruise, in action.
It’s called the Kaiburr Crystal.
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) June 30, 2022
If it’s any consolation, those who purchase the cocktail will get to keep the silver-plated cups and plate the drinks are served in, but, as mentioned, not the accompanying camtono vessel. While that’s all well and good, it does kind of feel like Luke Skywalker admiring his new robot hand when we all know he’d rather have kept the flesh and bone one that was lopped off by daddy dearest.
Other reports have claimed that the cocktail’s asking price also includes a bottle of sparkling wine from Skywalker Vineyards, a Star Wars backpack, and a voucher that’s good for one person to visit Skywalker Ranch in Marin County California, a place not widely open to the public. Okay, so maybe USD$5,000 isn’t such a steep asking price after all. Or maybe we’re just being tempted by the dark side.
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