This is an archive of e-mail sent out from The Home Office - official communications. Separated by sailing.

~ ~ ~ E-mail content is listed from most recent to least recent. ~ ~ ~

Not getting the e-mails? E-mail booking@jococruise.com


2020

[October 3, 2019] JoCo Cruise 2020 Merch Store Open NOW!

Hi! We're back again already, because there's too much important stuff to wait. Specifically:

JoCo Cruise 2020 Merch Store is NOW OPEN!

The JoCo Cruise 2019 Online Merch Store is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Now is your chance to pre-order official JoCo Cruise Merchandise.
https://booking.jococruise.com/2020/shop/merch/index/

This year's artwork by our friend James Provost, who did our “sprue” art last year, and this year he's completely outdone himself with an “exploded view” of the Nieuw Amsterdam mid-JoCo Cruise. It's packed with awesome details and Easter eggs; here's a link to a hi-res version for you to peruse and see just how awesome it is.
https://jamesprovost.com/
https://jococruise.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2020-poster-hi-res.jpg

For JoCo Cruise 2020, we've got unisex and fitted t-shirts (in two colors), posters, hoodies, challenge coins, lapel pins, luggage tags, and playmats (for all your dice rolling and card-tapping-and-untapping needs). Between now and December 16, 2019, you can go to the store to place orders—you'll be automatically prompted to log into your JCC User Account if you aren't already logged in; payment is processed via PayPal. Your completed order balance and payment will be reflected in your User Account. All ordered merchandise will be delivered directly to your stateroom on Day 1 of JoCo Cruise 2020. How convenient! And no postage & handling charges!

Our 2020 merch will be available on board the cruise as well, but all on-board sales must go through the ship's store system, which adds a significant markup. And once the cruise is over, that's it; the store won't re-open post-cruise, so don't miss your chance. And you'll never get better prices on JoCo Cruise 2020 merch than right now!

Have We Mentioned the Lineup?

In case you somehow missed the email from two days ago, we've announced our initial lineup for the 2020 cruise. It's chock full o' rich, tasty performer/musician/writer-y goodness, and there's still more to come!
https://jococruise.com/guests/

Policy Change for Primary Contact Transfers and Berth Cancellations

Please note that our policy regarding Primary Contact Transfers (i.e., transferring the “main contact” for a booking to another person) has changed—specifically, the administrative fees have increased as we get closer to our sailing date. The cutoff date for allowing Primary Contact Transfers is now later than previously listed.

Additionally, the administrative fee structure for berth cancellations has also been altered—fees for berth cancellations closer to our sailing date have increased.

Please see our “Am I allowed to make changes to my booking?” FAQ for complete details on the fee schedules for the above items.
https://jococruise.com/faq/#am-i-allowed-to-make-changes-to

156 days!

THO.


[October 1, 2019] JoCo Cruise 2020: Initial Lineup Announcement; Also, Theme Days

Hi, everybody! Long time since you've gotten one of these emails from us, huh?

Hope you all had a great, relaxing summer. We didn't want to clutter up your inbox until we had something really important to tell you. And we think the below eminently qualifies. So on with Autumn, comin' in hot…!

JoCo Cruise 2020 Initial Lineup Announcement

We are downright jazzed to reveal the initial lineup of performers and guests for JoCo Cruise 2020.. Just take a looksee at the collection of old friends and new pals who are gonna be joining us this year:
http://jococruise.com/guests

  • Jonathan Coulton
  • Jim Boggia
  • Quelle Chris
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • Tybee Diskin
  • Matt Fraction
  • Vance Gilbert
  • Jean Grae
  • John Hodgman
  • N. K. Jemisin
  • Zoë Keating
  • Yoon Ha Lee
  • Molly Lewis
  • Aimee Mann
  • Clint McElroy
  • Griffin McElroy
  • Justin McElroy
  • Rachel McElroy
  • Sydnee McElroy
  • Travis McElroy
  • Mega Ran
  • Paul and Storm
  • Liz Phair
  • Rebecca Roanhorse
  • John Roderick
  • Riz Rollins
  • Pat Rothfuss
  • John Scalzi
  • Wil Wheaton

We'll also be featuring live editions of the My Brother, My Brother and Me and Sawbones podcasts!

And the best part is, there's still plenty more to come! We'll be announcing more additions to the lineup in the coming weeks and months. See the complete current lineup and read up on our guest artists on our Performers and Guests page.

Theme Days

Are we done announcing things in this email? No, we are not! Here's the official list of the JoCo Cruise 2020 Theme Days:

  • Day 1 (Sat. Mar. 7): Welcome, New Monkeys!
    An annual tradition, on Day 1 we plan numerous activities designed to welcome our first-timers into the JoCo Cruise experience. Make a particular effort on this day to seek out new Monkeys and help show them what a great decision they've made by joining us!
  • Day 2 (Sun. Mar. 8): Heroes Day
    Heroes come in all stripes. Some wear capes, some wear lab coats; some achieve great renown, some just quietly help others without fanfare. On this day, celebrate your own favorite heroes as you choose to—cosplay as them, hold a Shadow Cruise event to tell others about them, or whatever floats your proverbial boat.
  • Day 3 (Mon. Mar. 9): Cosplay Day
    Today is the day to really let your cosplay flag fly! While you're welcome to cosplay any and all days of the cruise, this is your day for pulling out all the stops.
  • Day 5 (Wed. Mar. 11): Formal Night
    See notes below.
  • Day 7 (Fri. Mar. 13): Jammies Day
    Everyone's running out of clean clothes anyway, so today is one big day-long celebration of the fact that nobody can make us put on “real” clothes if we don't want to!

Formal Night “Rules”:

  • Formal wear is encouraged, but not required, at dinner.
  • “Formal wear” is defined VERY flexibly. Tuxedo and cocktail dress? Fine. Sport coat and slacks? Sure. Starfleet uniform? Awesome. Full Scottish regalia? Bonnie. Your best t-shirt? Skrelnik. You get the idea.
  • Fezzes, tiaras and mustaches are encouraged—but again, not required. (The wearing of fezzes and tiaras on Formal Night has become a JoCo Cruise tradition for many.)
  • The only restriction: no full face masks (per HAL regulation).

Club SRO Reminder

There are still a limited number of spots left in Club SRO. If you're attending JoCo Cruise but aren't particularly hung up about getting guaranteed seats to the nightly main concerts, and you're interested in getting a $125 credit to your onboard stateroom account, Club SRO may be just the thing for you. Full information can be found in the Club SRO section of our FAQ.
https://jococruise.com/faq/#what-is-club-sro

If you'd like to apply for Club SRO on JoCo Cruise 2020, please fill out our online “I Want to Join Club SRO” application. Separate applications must be submitted for each individual seeking to join Club SRO.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScG3FnJF3QmbXHcV1_dU4t3RWKa9jPKn6bfmbz3uQ3Vu3U-BA/viewform

NOTE: completing this form DOES NOT guarantee membership in Club SRO; you will be contacted by the Home Office regarding your Club SRO status, and with additional information as applicable. Again, numbers are limited; first-come, first-served.

The JoCo Cruise Tartan

Friends who sailed with us on JoCo Cruise 2019 will recall that our friends at Off Kilter Kilts introduced The Kraken, the official tartan for JoCo Cruise, for presale. In case you haven't checked their site lately, the tartan is now woven and officially available for purchase, including bolts by the yard for all your personal tartanic crafting needs…
https://www.offkilterkilts.com/product-category/jcsmt/

158 days!

THO.


[July 2, 2019] Berth Additions July 8th Deadline Reminder

REMINDER: Berths Additions Deadline July 8th

Per our previous email, here's one more pre-holiday-weekend reminder that if you are planning to add a berth/berths to your booking, and have not already selected and paid for those berths, please read the rest of this section and sign up for the Berth Additions Wait List by July 8th.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScI22KykLgcNCdhpDmg3kAJf3EJW1AjLVblsenmF7rmINahZg/viewform

Why should someone sign up for this list?

Anyone wishing to add berths to their booking who has not signed up on the Berth Additions Wait List by July 8th will need to pay an additional $350 fee per added berth (only assessed if and when we are able to add the requested berth(s) to your booking).

TO BE CLEAR: the above fee does not apply to wait list requests made by July 8th, nor to anyone adding “real” passenger information for an existing “TBD guest” berth (i.e., if you initially paid for a multi-passenger cabin but didn’t have all the passenger information at the time of booking).

What do we mean by “add berths to your booking?”
Here's the simplest way to know for sure whether you need to sign up for this wait list:

  • That number = number of berths in your booking
  • If you plan to add any more berths than that, you must sign up for the Berth Additions Wait List

Triple and Quad Staterooms

All quad-occupancy staterooms are currently booked, and triple-occupancy staterooms are sold out in almost all categories. If you have made a single- or double-occupancy booking but plan to upgrade to a triple or quad, please join the Berth Additions Wait List. Additional third and fourth berths will be offered to the wait list based on stateroom availability.

Single Occupancy Bookings

If you've booked a single-occupancy stateroom and plan to add a second berth, please also join the Berth Additions Wait List. Once we have clearer projections on guest count and know the number of waitlist requests, we will start processing this portion of the waitlist. (This may take some time.) We hope to be able to satisfy all single-to-double berth addition requests, but we need to know how many there will be.

I've joined this waitlist; when will I know if I get my added berth(s)?

We're working with the cruise line to determine exactly how many guests we can safely bring. We'll be doing everything we can to accommodate everyone's Berth Addition Wait list requests—we want as many guests as the Sea Cops will allow to attend JoCo Cruise 2020. That said, please note that joining the Berth Additions Wait List does not guarantee that we can accommodate your request.

So again, if you are planning to add more berths to your booking, please join the Berth Additions Wait List by July 8th. Those on this wait list will be the first to receive updates regarding berth availability. Our goal is to satisfy all requests possible.

249 days!

THO.


[June 14, 2019] 95% Sold Out! Also: Adding Berths

95% Sold Out!

In short: thank you! In addition to being our biggest event so far, our 2020 event has been selling at a faster pace than any previous JoCo Cruise—specifically, we are, at this point, 95% sold out! So we thank all of you for joining us for this year's adventure.

IMPORTANT: Adding Berths

Because JoCo Cruise 2020 is expected to be filled to “100% occupancy,” there will be some restrictions on adding berths (i.e., the number of people staying in your stateroom), similar to ones in place for our 2019 cruise.

If you are planning to add a berth/berths to your booking, and have not already selected and paid for those berths, please read the rest of this section and sign up for the Berth Additions Wait List by July 8th.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScI22KykLgcNCdhpDmg3kAJf3EJW1AjLVblsenmF7rmINahZg/viewform

Why should someone sign up for this list?
Anyone wishing to add berths to their booking who has not signed up on the Berth Additions Wait List by July 8th will need to pay an additional $350 fee per added berth (only assessed if and when we are able to add the requested berth(s) to your booking).

TO BE CLEAR: the above fee does not apply to wait list requests made by July 8th, nor to anyone adding “real” passenger information for an existing “TBD guest” berth (i.e., if you initially paid for a multi-passenger cabin but didn’t have all the passenger information at the time of booking).

What do we mean by “add berths to your booking?”
Here's the simplest way to know for sure whether you need to sign up for this wait list:

  • That number = number of berths in your booking
  • If you plan to add any more berths than that, you must sign up for the Berth Additions Wait List

Triple and Quad Staterooms
All quad-occupancy staterooms are currently booked, and triple-occupancy staterooms are sold out in almost all categories. If you have made a single- or double-occupancy booking but plan to upgrade to a triple or quad, please join the Berth Additions Wait List. Additional third and fourth berths will be offered to the wait list based on stateroom availability.

Single Occupancy Bookings
If you've booked a single-occupancy stateroom and plan to add a second berth, please also join the Berth Additions Wait List. Once we have clearer projections on guest count and know the number of waitlist requests, we will start processing this portion of the waitlist. (This may take some time.) We hope to be able to satisfy all single-to-double berth addition requests, but we need to know how many there will be.

I've joined this waitlist; when will I know if I get my added berth(s)?
We're working with the cruise line to determine exactly how many guests we can safely bring. We'll be doing everything we can to accommodate everyone's Berth Addition Wait list requests—we want as many guests as the Sea Cops will allow to attend JoCo Cruise 2020. That said, please note that joining the Berth Additions Wait List does not guarantee that we can accommodate your request.

So again, if you are planning to add more berths to your booking, please join the Berth Additions Wait List by July 8th. Those on this wait list will be the first to receive updates regarding berth availability. Our goal is to satisfy all requests possible.

Club SRO

Once again this year, we are offering a program called Club SRO (“Standing Room Only”), which will be available to a limited number of guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Club SRO is designed for JoCo Cruise guests who don't need or want to attend the onboard main concerts (e.g., people who don't like crowds, nerd-adjacent spouses, sixteen-hour-a-day dungeon masters, etc.).

https://jococruise.com/faq/#what-is-club-sro

People who join Club SRO will not have guaranteed seating at the evening main concerts in the ship's Mainstage Theater, and instead have the following options:

  • wait until five minutes after “morning announcements” have begun for a given main concert, at which point they may occupy any open seats, if available (JoCo Cruise staff will direct this process);
  • watch the show via live simulcast in the B.B. King's Blues Club; or
  • watch the main concert later on via the “JoCo TV” menu on your stateroom TV. (All JoCo Cruise main concerts are uploaded to the “JoCo TV menu the following day.)

Club SRO members will each receive a $125 credit to their onboard stateroom accounts.

Further information can be found in the Club SRO section of our FAQ.

If you are interested in signing up for Club SRO on JoCo Cruise 2020, please fill out our online “I Want to Join Club SRO” application. Separate applications must be submitted for each individual seeking to join Club SRO.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScG3FnJF3QmbXHcV1_dU4t3RWKa9jPKn6bfmbz3uQ3Vu3U-BA/viewform

NOTE: completing this form DOES NOT guarantee membership in Club SRO; you will be contacted by the Home Office regarding your Club SRO status, and with additional information as applicable. Again, numbers are limited; first-come, first-served.

Salutations / Pronouns

The Nieuw Amsterdam defaults to using “Mr.” or “Ms.“ when addressing guests in written communication, based on the gender listed on one's travel documents. If you prefer the ship use a different salutation from the above to address you in correspondence, please fill out our Salutation Change Request form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdeyzYjEblDI6W00s7ur9EqVdKJt4Mh40oxlyv_UBx0FWg9_A/viewform

Making these changes is a manual process for JoCo Cruise and the ship. PLEASE do not submit spurious, “joke” or vanity requests to change prefix.

267 days!

THO.


JoCo Cruise in the New York Times

In case you didn't see us crowing about it on the various socials-media, the New York Times Travel section ran a lengthy, awesome article about JoCo Cruise 2019 last week. The article does a wonderful job capturing many of the things we love most about the cruise: everyone's enthusiasm, their kindness, their non-stop positivity, and most of all, the sense of community that pervades the event every year. If you haven't read it yet, check it out!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/06/travel/joco-cruise-jonathan-coulton.html

2019 Recap Video

Our video minions were hard at work again this year, and they've put together a lovely recap of the sights and sounds from JoCo Cruise 2019. The fun, the sun, the shows, the rain (that tried but COULD NOT DEFEAT US!) and so much more, all packed into three minutes and seventeen seconds. Have a look-see, or several!

https://youtu.be/0CPQqcimwTs

2020?

If you've already booked your cabin for JoCo Cruise 2020, we can't wait to see you! If you're still considering, don't wait too long—JoCo Cruise 2020 is already over 90% sold out. We hope to have you with us next year!

https://booking.jococruise.com/2020/book/describe-your-party/

THO.


[March 30, 2019] RELEASE THE KRAKEN! Also, 2020 Early Booking Ending

Release the Kraken!

We're right well chuffed to announce that the JoCo Cruise Tartan (a.k.a. The Kraken) has officially pre-sold enough kilts and other items to meet the minimum run requirements! Achievement unlocked!

You can still visit the Off Kilter Kilts site to see the different Kraken things you can order.

https://www.offkilterkilts.com/product-category/jcsmt/

2020 Early Booking Period Ending

For those of you who haven't booked JoCo Cruise 2020 but are still interested, here's one last reminder that April 1st is the last day for the $100 per person Early Booking Discount. (Though as “alumni” you will still be eligible for the $75 per person Returning Monkey Discount no matter when you book.)

Cabins for 2020 are going very fast—we're currently over 85% sold out. So, you know…tick tick tick.

https://booking.jococruise.com/2020/book/describe-your-party/

2019 Sponsors, Swag & Post-cruise Bonuses!

Thanks once again to all our sponsors for the bountiful 2019 swag bags & raffle items!

  • Anomia
  • Broken Token for those cool wooden JoCo Cruise 2019 magnets
  • Cheapass Games
  • Espionage Cosmetics
  • First Second Books
  • Justin & Dr. Sydnee McElroy
  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Off Kilter Kilts
  • Plantronics
  • Twogether Studios
  • Ultra Pro
  • and Greater Than Games for providing the bags & assembling everything

Did you know there's more fun to be had from our sponsors post-cruise? Take a second look in your swag bag to enjoy…

Lastly, watch our social media channels for your chance to win JoCo Cruise embroidered rain jackets (too soon?) or posters signed by the 2019 guests

THO.


[March 21, 2019] Thank You! Also: Post-cruise Survey and 2020 Booking and Waitlist

Thank You!!!

Wow.

By any measure, JoCo Cruise 2019 was extraordinary. It was our first officially “sold out” full-ship charter; it had the most programming (both Official and Shadow) to date; and it had our largest Land Concert event so far. Plus, you all helped raise over $80,000 for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. And that's not even counting the Great TMBG Rainout-that-Wasn't.

We simply cannot thank you all enough for your boundless enthusiasm, your joy, your unending positivity, your kindness, and your continued support of this crazy annual adventure. You are what makes JoCo Cruise such a rewarding experience year after year, and we appreciate and value each and every one of you, individually and collectively.

Post-cruise Survey

We ask that you please take the time to fill out our post-cruise feedback survey. Besides the cruise itself, it's legitimately the most important thing we do each year. Only when we know your collective thoughts on the event can we effectively work to make it better each year and more in tune with your wants, needs and expectations.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCC2019SeaMonkeySurvey

We know that this survey isn't “quick & easy.” But every section is important, and we greatly appreciate your taking the time to fill it out.

Please be sure to share this survey URL with everyone in your booking, whether or not they have a JCC User Account. We'd like our results to be as complete as possible. Feel free to share it with friends who weren't on JoCo Cruise 2019 as well; there's sections relevant to them as well.

2020 Booking and Waitlist

If you haven't already booked your cabin for JoCo Cruise 2020, now is the time! Cabins are going fast; don't miss your chance to join us again on the high seas! Also, the $100 per person Early Booking Discount expires after April 1st.

https://booking.jococruise.com/.../book/describe-your-party/

If your desired cabin category is currently sold out, you can still join the JoCo Cruise 2020 wait list.

https://jococruise.com/2020-wait-list/

If you booked for JCC2020 while onboard JCC2019, you should have received a confirmation email on Monday. If you made an onboard booking and didn't receive a confirmation email, please respond to this email ASAP. (And don't forget, if you did book onboard, payment is due by March 26th.)

352 days!

THO.


[February 1, 2019] 2020 Reminder, and 2019 Last-chance Cabins

Please note: This email was sent to those who were not already booked for 2019.

2020 – Get It While It Lasts!

In case you haven't heard us talking about it, JoCo Cruise 2020, the tenth JoCo Cruise, is on sale now. The new info: over half the cabins are already gone. (Hooray and thanks to our enthusiastic Sea Monkeys!) So if you're still on the fence about booking, don't sit on your decision too long; you know what the old adage says about them who snooze. (Plus, fence-tops are not very comfortable.) https://jococruise.com/2020overview/

Booking now will secure you the most generous discounts available for JoCo Cruise 2020. https://jococruise.com/2020pricing/#discounts

Book JoCo Cruise 2020 today! https://booking.jococruise.com/2020/book/describe-your-party/

2019 – Very Last Chance for Cabins!

Record-breaking cold temperatures are neat, we suppose. Ya know what's better? Sailing in the Caribbean! Which can be YOU, in 36 days. JoCo Cruise 2019 has been sold out since last spring, but today we're releasing a small handful of “operational cabins” (held back for crew and internal use but no longer need) for sale RIGHT NOW.
https://jococruise.com/overview/
https://booking.jococruise.com/2019/book/describe-your-party/

Reminder of Cool Stuff Happening on JoCo Cruise 2019 (In Case You Didn't Know or Forgot):

  • Stops in Half Moon Cay (HAL's private Bahamian beach paradise), Tortola and San Juan
  • Private music festival event in San Juan headlined by They Might Be Giants https://www.theymightbegiants.com/
  • Plans for the largest Dungeons & Dragons event ever held at sea
  • A console gaming hub and a full old-school arcade
  • Musicians, comedians, writers, crafting, gaming, fruity drinks and the most amazing community on the waves
  • By the way, did we mention that WE HAVE OUR OWN TARTAN NOW? https://www.offkilterkilts.com/joco-cruise-tartan/

So if you wanted one last shot at joining us in 2019, this is it. But don't wait; once they're gone, that's all she* wrote.

Book JoCo Cruise 2019! https://booking.jococruise.com/2019/book/describe-your-party/

So whether sooner or later (or both!), we hope you're able to join us!

THO.

*Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, we presume


[December 6, 2018] JoCo Cruise 2020 - Booking Opens Today!

Today's the day! Booking for JoCo Cruise 2020 opens today (Thursday, Dec. 6) at 3 pm EST.

Since you're already booked on JoCo Cruise 2019, remember that you can book a cabin with an initial deposit as low as $100 per person! (and all deposits are fully refundable until May 1, 2019.) That said, you can also get maximum savings if you pay your balance in full at the time of booking. (See below)
https://jococruise.com/2020pricing/#deadlines
https://jococruise.com/2020pricing/#discounts

Also note that returning 2019 Sea Monkeys will have their 2020 cabin assignments and placement preferences processed before everyone else's!
https://jococruise.com/2020pricing/#selection

At 3 pm Eastern today, you can click on the big blue booking button below, which provides a customized link JUST FOR YOU to automatically log you in to your JCC User Account and begin the 2020 booking process. (It also allows your special “$100/person initial deposit” option.) Go go go!

If you don't trust buttons and prefer to just copy/paste your custom URL, here it is:

https://booking.jococruise.com/2020/book/

(Because the above button and URL are customized specifically for your User Account, please do not share it with others. If you want to send other folks to book for 2020, send them to booking.jococruise.com/2020/book/)

Prices and Discounts

Complete info on JoCo Cruise 2020 prices https://jococruise.com/2020pricing/#table and discounts https://jococruise.com/2020pricing/#discounts (including a full rundown of what's included and what's not included in the cruise price) can be found on our Pricing Page https://jococruise.com/2020pricing/ .

For ease of reference, here's a quick rundown of all the available discounts https://jococruise.com/2020pricing/#discounts :

  • Early Booking Discount - $100 per person
    (Book before April 1, 2019)
  • Returning Monkey Discount - $75 per person
    (Anyone who has sailed on any previous JoCo Cruise, and everyone in their 2020 booking)
  • Toddler/Infant Discount - $400 per toddler/infant
    (Children under the age of 3 as of March 7, 2020)
  • Child Discount - $250 per child (ages 3-12)
    (Children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old as of the date of sailing March 7, 2020)
  • 4% Pay in Full Discount
    (Must pay in full at time of booking. Available to the first 300 bookings, or until April 1, 2019, whichever comes first.)

Initial Deposit

As someone sailing on JoCo Cruise 2019, you qualify for a reduced minimum initial deposit amount of only $100 per person (for bookings made on or before March 7, 2019). An additional $400 per person (total of $500 per person) is due by March 31, 2019.

All deposits are 100% refundable until May 1, 2019.

Again, see our Pricing Page for the complete minimum deposit schedule https://jococruise.com/2020pricing/#deadlines .

Club SRO

We've emailed you before about Club SRO, and most of you should be familiar with the program. For further information, please see our detailed 2020 Club SRO FAQ https://jococruise.com/2020faqs/#sro .

A link to the 2020 Club SRO Application Form will be included in your booking confirmation email upon completion of the JoCo Cruise 2020 booking process—or, you can click on this text right here. (Please have your 2020 booking number handy if you use the latter option.)

Cancellation Policy

Be sure you familiarize yourself with our cancellation policy https://jococruise.com/2020faqs/#what-is-your-cancellation-policy :

  • Bookings made before January 1, 2020 may be cancelled within 7 days of original booking with no cancellation fees.
  • Bookings made on or after January 1, 2020 may be cancelled within 24 hours of original booking with no cancellation fees.

Outside of the above “penalty-free” grace periods, cancellation fees are assessed per the following schedule:

  • Cancellation on or before April 30th, 2019: Full refund
  • Cancellation from May 1 through July 31, 2019: $500 per person
  • Cancellation from August 1, 2019 through January 17, 2020: 50% of the total booking price
  • Cancellation on or after January 18, 2020: No refund

Wait List

If the particular cabin type(s) you're looking for are already sold out, THERE IS STILL HOPE! You can sign up on the JoCo Cruise 2020 Wait List https://jococruise.com/2020-wait-list/ if you are seeking a cabin category that is currently sold out; you may also sign up if you are already booked on JoCo Cruise 2020, but are seeking to switch to a different, currently unavailable category.

When a cabin of a previously-sold-out category becomes available, first priority will be given to those who are already booked, but are seeking to switch to that specific category. Thereafter it’ll be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance https://jococruise.com/2020faqs/#what-about-travel-insurance is not included in the JoCo Cruise 2020 cruise price, but we strongly suggest purchasing it through a third party. Each year there have been passengers who have needed to cancel for a wide variety of reasons (including adverse weather, cabinmates backing out, and unforeseen financial hardship), so we highly recommend it. For complete peace of mind, you may wish to consider a policy that allows “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage.

One travel insurance source we recommend is Yonder https://www.insureyonder.com/affiliate/JoCoCruise , which aggregates plans from many providers.

While travel insurance can be purchased just about any time, the most flexible plans generally must be purchased within 14 days of your initial booking; some trip insurance policies require purchase within one day of booking in order to be covered for pre-existing conditions.

457 days!

THO.


[December 4, 2018] JoCo Cruise 2020 - On Sale December 6th!

JoCo Cruise 2020 - On Sale December 6th!

2020 will mark JoCo Cruise's tenth (!) sailing. We're amazed—happily so!—at how this event has grown and thrived over the years, and we're thrilled about how many people have made new friends, connected with old friends, and formed our cruise into such a warm, friendly, welcoming and happy community.

But you better hope that you're not a “stop” in 2020, because we plan to pull out as many of them as possible as we gear up for JoCo Cruise 2020!

Here's the stuff you need to know…

JoCo Cruise 2020
March 7-14, 2020
on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
sailing from Fort Lauderdale
stops in Half Moon Cay, Santo Domingo and Grand Turk

JoCo Cruise 2020 Booking Opens Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 3 pm Eastern

If you already have a JoCo Cruise User Account, we will email you a customized link on Thursday that will automatically log you into your User Account. (You can also log in manually if you don't use the provided link, but we strongly recommend you use the link, it'll save you potential headache later.)

For everyone else, here's the main 2020 booking page:

https://jococruise.com/2020booking/

(Right now, it's just got a cool picture and a handy countdown timer.)

Prices and Discounts

Here's the breakdown of cabin pricing for JoCo Cruise 2020. All prices listed are per-person:

https://jococruise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/2020pricing.jpg

All prices above reflect JoCo Cruise’s all-in pricing, which includes all costs necessary to sail aboard JCC2019 (cruise fare, government taxes/fees, and pre-paid gratuities).

The following discounts are available for JoCo Cruise 2020:

  • Early Booking Discount - $100 per person
    Bookings made on or before April 1, 2019 may receive a $100 per berth discount off the full retail price.
  • Returning Monkey Discount - $75 per person
    Anyone who has sailed on any previous JoCo Cruise may receive a $75 per berth discount off the full retail price. This discount applies to all members of a Returning Monkey's booking, even if not all of them are Returning Monkeys.
  • Toddler/Infant Discount - $400 per toddler/infant
    Children under the age of 3 as of the date of sailing (March 7, 2020) may receive a $400 per-child discount.
  • Child Discount - $250 per child (ages 3-12)
    Children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old as of the date of sailing (March 7, 2020) may receive a $250 per-child discount.
  • 4% Pay in Full Discount
    Passengers paying their balance in full at the time of booking may be eligible for a 4% Pay in Full discount. Discount will be available to the first 300 bookings, or until April 1, 2019, whichever comes first.
    • Balance must be paid in full all at once at time of booking to be eligible for the Pay in Full discount; making an initial deposit and paying the balance “in a day or two” or any other type of installments are NOT eligible for this discount
    • Pay in Full discount is applied to your booking’s remaining balance after any and all other applicable discounts have been applied
    • Discount will NOT be applied to any berths added after the initial booking has been made. (e.g., if you book a single occupancy room and then later add a second occupant, your Pay in Full Discount does not apply to the additional cost of that second berth.

Initial Deposits - as Little as $100 Per Person

Anyone currently booked on JoCo Cruise 2019 qualifies for the following special, reduced initial deposit amount if you book on or before March 7, 2019:

  • Bookings made on or before March 7: $100 per person
  • An additional $400 per person (total of $500 per person) is due by March 31, 2019

All other bookings (i.e., anyone not currently booked on JCC2019, and/or JCC2019 passengers who book after March 7) are according to the following schedule:

  • On or before May 27, 2019: $500 per person
  • May 28, 2019: an additional $500 per person
  • August 28, 2019: an additional $500 per person
  • January 11, 2020: remaining balance in full

All deposits are 100% refundable until May 1, 2019. (see below)

Club SRO

As those of you on JoCo Cruise 2019 are already aware, we've started a new program called Club SRO, available to a limited number of guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Club SRO is designed for JoCo Cruise guests who don't need or want to attend the onboard main concerts (e.g., people who don't like crowds, nerd-adjacent spouses, sixteen-hour-a-day dungeon masters, etc.).

People who join Club SRO each receive a $100 credit to their onboard stateroom accounts (plus additional benefits TBA). In return, they will not have guaranteed seating at the nightly Main Concerts, but instead can either wait until after the show start for open seats (if available), or watch the show via simulcast in the Billboard Onboard lounge or later on via their stateroom TVs. Complete info about Club SRO can be found in our FAQ https://jococruise.com/faqs/#sro . (Please note: this link goes to our 2019 Club SRO FAQ; specific additional benefits for the 2020 Club SRO may vary.)

You will be emailed a link to the Club SRO application form upon completion of the JoCo Cruise 2020 booking process. If you're interested in joining, please fill out that form.

Cancellation Policy

  • Bookings made before January 1, 2020 may be cancelled within 7 days of original booking with no cancellation fees.
  • Bookings made on or after January 1, 2020 may be cancelled within 24 hours of original booking with no cancellation fees.

Outside of the above “penalty-free” grace periods, cancellation fees are assessed per the following schedule:

  • Cancellation on or before April 30th, 2019: Full refund
  • Cancellation from May 1 through July 31, 2019: $500 per person
  • Cancellation from August 1, 2019 through January 17, 2020: 50% of the total booking price
  • Cancellation on or after January 18, 2020: No refund

“We're gonna need a bigger boat…”

THO.


Previous Sailings

  • email_archive/email_archive.txt
  • Last modified: 2019/10/03 17:06
  • by nessa