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

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2021 / 2022

[November 11, 2021] JoCo Cruise 2022 and COVID-19 Policy

JoCo Cruise 2022 and Holland America COVID-19 Policy

Over the past few days, the JoCo Cruise Management salied on a Holland America Line cruise. In addition to enjoying Caribbean cruising's return, we felt it was important to see and experience firsthand the cruise line's updated COVID-19 protocols. We know it's of the utmost concern to everyone hoping to join us in 2022.

We were very happy with how seriously HAL (among other cruise lines) is taking their COVID-19 protocols, and how firmly they are prioritizing passenger and crew health and safety. The cruiseport and onboard staff were excellent and supportive throughout our boarding and sailing experience. Not only are pre-sailing COVID-19 tests required for all passengers within two days of sailing, but everyone was tested again upon reaching the cruiseport. And various improvements to onboard protocols (including food service, ship staffing and overall hygienic practices) were evident throughout. Most importantly: we can officially report that cruising still feels, you know, like cruising!

COVID-19 Policy for JoCo Cruise 2022

HAL's COVID-19 Guest Protocols page outlines their current policies and procedures. They also have an extremely thorough FAQ that outlines many details about their vaccination and testing requirements, boarding process, onboard health protocols, and more. JoCo Cruise will adhere to all Holland America COVID-19 guidelines for JoCo Cruise 2022. Although JoCo Cruise has added a COVID-19 section to our FAQ (covering some topics as they specifically relate to JoCo Cruisers), the pages linked above—especially HAL's FAQ—should serve as your main source of information regarding preparations for sailing on JoCo Cruise 2022.
https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/worry-free-promise/travel-well/covid-guest-protocols.html
https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/worry-free-promise/travel-well/frequently-asked-questions/faq-for-cruises-from-usa.html
https://jococruise.com/faq/#covid19
https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/worry-free-promise/travel-well/frequently-asked-questions/faq-for-cruises-from-usa.html

We do want to call your attention to several important aspects of their current COVID-19 policy as of this email (Nov. 11th):

  • All guests must provide proof of vaccination—specifically, that they have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • Additionally, all guests must also provide proof of a negative, medically observed, viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within 2 days of their embarkation.

Again, please consult HAL's FAQ for complete information regarding acceptable forms of proof of vaccination and pre-cruise testing information. Also, please note that while HAL's COVID-19 policies will apply to JoCo Cruise 2022, because we are a charter sailing, Holland America Line’s COVID-19 Protection Program does not apply to bookings on JoCo Cruise 2022.

We have already emailed those bookings that, according to our records, have one or more small children who may not be eligible for full vaccination in time for JoCo Cruise 2022. If your booking faces this situation and you have not received an email from us, please contact booking@jococruise.com immediately.

If you have questions regarding the current policy, please first consult HAL's FAQ; it's extremely thorough and detailed, and should contain answers to most common questions about their COVID-19 requirements and procedures.

What If HAL's Policy Changes?

As noted in their FAQ, HAL's COVID-19 policies currently apply to all sailings through February 28, 2022. Some elements of their policies may change before we sail, but we don't expect there to be any substantial changes to the main policy requirements. Any future decisions we make relating to any HAL policy changes will be made based on the best available information and current science, and with the health and safety of all our passengers as our top priority.

Placement Requests

Per our last email, if you have any 2022 Booking Preferences requests (stateroom placement, bed configuration, and/or dinner seating requests), please get them into us ASAP. Technically, the deadline was November 5th, but we're granting a brief deadline extension for anyone who forgot or whose dog ate their homework, etc.
https://mailchi.mp/6a50676f91b8/2022-cruise-merch-call-for-helpers-shadow-cruise-submissions-and-accessibility-survey-5160093
https://book.jococruise.com/2022/#/account_prefs/

114 days!

THO.


[October 22, 2021] Dinner Seating, Bed Configuration and Cabin Placement Requests; Accessibility Panel Discussions

Booking Preferences: Cabin Placement Requests, Bed Placement, Dinner Seating

2022 Booking Preferences are now available as needed; you can follow that link to go directly to the appropriate page in your User Account (you'll be prompted to log in if necessary), and can always access it via the menu bar at the top of your User Account page.
https://book.jococruise.com/2022/#/account/

Please take special note of the following sections of your Booking Preferences page:

  • Stateroom Placement Requests - If you have any requests regarding where your assigned stateroom is located (near or far from elevators, towards the front/middle/back of the ship, etc.), please check them in this section. THO will do the best we can to accommodate requests, but placement requests cannot be guaranteed.
    Please submit your stateroom placement requests by November 5th.
  • Bed Placement - The two “main” beds in your stateroom (for single and double occupancy rooms, the only beds) can be configured either as two separate beds or joined together as a single, larger bed; you can select your preference in this section.
    Please submit your bed placement requests by November 5th.
  • Dinner Seating - Most days on JoCo Cruise, there are two dinner seatings and two Main Concerts: early and late (tentatively 5 pm and 7:30 pm). The early dinner seating sees the late show, and vice versa. (This is because the both the ship's main theater and the dining room can accommodate roughly half the passengers at any one time.) The Early Dinner/Late Concert group is referred to as the “Red Team,” and the Late Dinner/Early Concert group is called the “Gold Team.” If you have a preference for either option, please indicate it in this section. (NOTE: you're not required to eat in the ship's main dining room; there are plenty of other dining options. These “team” assignments help THO and the ship manage crowd capacity in the theater and dining room.)
    Please submit your dinner seating requests by November 5th. (Sense a pattern forming here?)

Accessibility Panel Discussions

Thanks very much to everyone who completed the Accessibility Survey from our last email. Your feedback is essential to all that we do.

In order to improve the experience for all our attendees, in particular those who may face challenges related to various disability conditions and states of ability, we plan to hold several panel discussions with representatives from the JoCo Cruise community.

If you're interested in taking part in these discussions, please take a moment to complete our Accessibility Panel Submission Form. Participants will be selected randomly from the pool of submissions and will be compensated for their time and participation.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCHg7qd4pJwOSpev4Q4GDPNbLlPK-bl_IZXP30ULbvgn-lcQ/viewform

JoCo Cruise 2022 Merchandise

Don't forget that the JoCo Cruise merch store is now open! Need temporary tattoos? We got you. Low on challenge coins or enamel pins? No problem. Gotta re-up your colorful t-shirt supply? Look no further. Need a hat that's also a (notional) bucket? You're in luck. Operators are standing by*!
https://store.dftba.com/collections/joco-cruise

134 days!

THO.

*they may not be actually standing, and technically your orders are placed via the Internet and not over the phone. But somewhere, for some reason, operators are probably standing by.


[September 28, 2021] 2022 Cruise Merch; Call for Helpers; Shadow Cruise Submissions; and Accessibility Survey

JoCo Cruise 2022 Merchandise

You know what they* say: “The next best thing to being there is shopping at there's online store.”

So until JoCo Cruise 2022 sails, feel free to indulge in the Next Best Thing, as our 2022 merchandise is now available in the JoCo Cruise merch store at DFTBA!
https://store.dftba.com/collections/joco-cruise

As a reminder, this year we've revised our merch process; in previous years, you'd pre-order your items, and they'd be delivered to your cabin on board the actual cruise. Now, we've joined with the awesome folks at DFTBA to handle our merch fulfillment, so all your fun goodies will get delivered right to your doorstep * *, and you won't have to wait until March to get them!

Our artwork this year is by the amazingly talented Ridge Rooms, and we're so thrilled to have finally gotten to work with her. Just look at all the cool stuff we've got this year…so many t-shirts! A zip-up hoodie! The return of the JoCo Cruise polo shirt and bucket hat! Temporary tattoos! Enamel pins and challenge coins and posters, oh my!
https://ridgerooms.com/

Plus, we still have some 2021 Virtual Cruise items available, as well as our popular SOON™ gear. So head on over to the JoCo Cruise merch store and have at it.

Call for Helpers

Every year, JoCo Cruise stays metaphorically afloat thanks to the help of an army of attendees who donate time on board to help monitor events, staff the Info Desk, sell artist merch at shows, and a ton of other tasks. We call these stalwart altruists our Helpers. And you can be one too!

Check out our 2022 Helpers page to see all the different ways you can help out onboard. Once you've looked over the options, if you're interested in joining the ranks, you can fill out our Helper Volunteer Form. (You'll be prompted to login to your User Account if you're not already logged in.) Thanks in advance to everyone who's able to join the ranks!
https://jococruise.com/helpers/
https://book.jococruise.com/joco-cruise-2022-helper-submission-form/

*NOTE: we do not utilize first-time attendees as Helpers. We appreciate first-timers’ willingness to help out, but it’s important to us that people on their first JoCo Cruise spend that time enjoying and familiarizing themselves with the event and the JoCo Cruise community.

Shadow Cruise

As those of you who've been with us before are aware, every year we provide space on board and in the schedule for the attendees to put together and run their own events throughout the week. This program, known as the Shadow Cruise, rivals our official programming in both scale and awesomeness. From gaming to performing to crafting to jamming to stargazing to yoga to…well, you get the idea.

Drop by our Shadow Cruise page for more information, and if you're inspired to submit your own Shadow Cruise event(s), hop on over to our Shadow Cruise Event Submission Form. (You'll be prompted to log in to your User Account if you're not already logged in.)
https://jococruise.com/shadowcruise/
https://book.jococruise.com/joco-cruise-2022-shadow-cruise-event-requests/

Accessibility Survey

We are always working to improve our support for and inclusiveness of all our attendees, including those who may face challenges related to various disability conditions and states of ability.

To help us with this ongoing process, we would appreciate it if you all would take a few minutes to complete the JoCo Cruise Accessibility Survey. This survey is intended to help us gain further insight into the experiences, thoughts and opinions of JoCo Cruise attendees regarding such issues. We greatly appreciate, as always, your help and input with these important issues.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6PVKCNH

157 days!

THO.

*“they” = “extremely smart people who know what's best for you”

* * or doorstep equivalent, depending on your current living arrangement


[July 8, 2021] Reminder: Berth Additions Wait List July 8 Deadline

The below info is copied from our June 18th email as a reminder.

The short version: if you plan to add a berth/berths to your existing booking, today (July 8, 2021) is the last day to sign up on the Berth Additions Wait List in order to avoid incurring an additional fee of $350 per added berth. (You can still sign up after today; but any berth additions for booking signed up after today will incur that fee.)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerU0mCua2nimFnhvJPR2usG0u8VIMlqp-z8RJW4MZ1NyAXgg/viewform

If you have no plans to add berths to your booking, you can ignore the rest of this email; otherwise, full details are below.

Happy mid-July!

IMPORTANT: Adding Berths

Because JoCo Cruise 2022 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 2020 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 8, 2021. (This form is also linked in the “Helpful Links” section of your JoCo Cruise User Account, so you can access it at any time.)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerU0mCua2nimFnhvJPR2usG0u8VIMlqp-z8RJW4MZ1NyAXgg/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 8, 2021 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:

  • Look in the “Your Stateroom” section of the Account Summary tab for where it lists your stateroom type and a number—“VA (Verandah Stateroom) for 2” in the example image below:
  • 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
Quad-occupancy and triple-occupancy staterooms are nearly or totally sold out in most 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 waitlist requests—we want as many guests as the Sea Cops will allow to attend JoCo Cruise 2022. 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 8, 2021. Those on this wait list will be the first to receive updates regarding berth availability. Our goal is to satisfy all requests possible.

240 days!

THO.


[June 18, 2021] 2022 Cruise: Adding Berths, Club SRO, Salutations and Shadow TV Submissions

As 2021 chugs along, we wanted to update everyone on a few items relating to your JoCo Cruise 2022 bookings…

IMPORTANT: Adding Berths

Because JoCo Cruise 2022 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 2020 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 8, 2021. (This form is also linked in the “Helpful Links” section of your JoCo Cruise User Account, so you can access it at any time.)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerU0mCua2nimFnhvJPR2usG0u8VIMlqp-z8RJW4MZ1NyAXgg/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 8, 2021 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:

  • Look in the “Your Stateroom” section of the Account Summary tab for where it lists your stateroom type and a number—“VA (Verandah Stateroom) for 2” in the example image below:
  • 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
Quad-occupancy and triple-occupancy staterooms are nearly or totally sold out in most 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 waitlist requests—we want as many guests as the Sea Cops will allow to attend JoCo Cruise 2022. 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 8, 2021. 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., crowd-averse folks, 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 2022, 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/1FAIpQLSdWPVWnxMEhpiLgYY6_l94rNUdDUaLMo0Or0OhvWn0vOyBmWQ/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/1FAIpQLSf5O0SjC4kknMl-r6sLgEo0Ew9JtiuRsXH5LJ_cyh5HF4ILxA/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.

Shadow TV

Every stateroom TV on the Nieuw Amsterdam has on-demand programming, allowing us to make available rebroadcasts of Mainstage performances and events, some movies and shows of our choosing, and even pictures of cats.

And as with previous years, one of these on-demand “channels” will be dedicated to passenger-created content—“Shadow TV”. Have you made something you think the other attendees would enjoy watching? Use the Shadow TV Channel Content Submission Form to submit original content for broadcast on board.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdill-tMY_YTovFKNmUgwqcVxmS2dQjW2RBS81Eh_jdE4t1Ow/viewform

IMPORTANT: You MUST control all rights to all content (audio and video) in your submission. Don’t submit, say, a “Weird Al” video, or an original video with someone else’s music on the soundtrack.

Please use the above form to submit all media via a download/cloud storage service (Google Drive, Dropbox, box.com, etc.), DO NOT email it directly. No Flash video, and please no obscure/esoteric video formats. No links to YouTube videos, please; all submissions must be downloadable.

The Management will review all submissions and reserves the right to approve or reject submissions for any reason, including (but not limited to) copyright violations and/or violations of the JoCo Cruise Code of Conduct.

260 days!

THO.


[June 4, 2021] Zoom Dance Party - June 11th!

Summer is almost upon us, and everyone's looking for fun stuff to do. Luckily, JoCo Cruise has the perfect solution, coming Friday, June 11th:

The JoCo Virtual Cruise 2021 National Corn on the Cob Day Zoom Dance Partybration*!

The Zoom Dance Party was one of the biggest hits of the Virtual Cruise event, and we knew as soon as it was done that we'd want to do another one. And the US is celebrating National Corn on the Cob Day on June 11th, so we figured the two were an obvious, perfect match! (Rumors that we scheduled the event for June 11th and only afterward realized that it was National Corn of the Cob Day are scurrilous and untrue.)

So on Friday, June 11, 2021, from 10pm - 1am Eastern, please join us on the (virtual) dance floor while DJ Riz Rollins spins for three solid hours, and we celebrate corn on the cob in the appropriate manner—through dance!—by clicking on these words right here.
https://jococruise.zoom.us/j/93486684647?pwd=WXhGaXRuWklScW1CNTh0bUFidHZvdz09#success

This dance party will be held via Zoom, so you'll need to have that installed on your computer or device; feel free to turn your camera on if you'd like to be visible to other participants. No need to pre-register or anything; just show up and be ready to dance! And please remember that the JoCo Cruise Code of Conduct applies to all Virtual Cruise events (re: content, nudity, harassment, etc.).

Dance dance dance!

THO.

*Technically, the full name of the event is “The JoCo Virtual Cruise 2021 National Corn on the Cob Day and National German Chocolate Cake Zoom Dance Partybration”, because June 11th is also National German Chocolate Cake Day. But we felt that was a little too excessive to list out. Nonetheless, please feel free to also celebrate German Chocolate Cake during this event.


[May 25, 2021] Next JoCo Cruise 2022 Deposit Due June 1st

Third JoCo Cruise 2022 Deposit Due June 1st

Your third minimum deposit of $500 per person is due by Tuesday, June 1st.

To date we have received «XXXXX» toward your JoCo Cruise 2022 balance. For your booking to remain up to date, you will need to submit an additional «XXXXX».

Please note that, per our updated Payment FAQ, online payments may currently only be made via ACH transfer from US-based bank accounts, so please have your bank account login information on hand when you are ready to process payment. If you have a US-based bank account but your bank is not listed as an available option during the payment process, please reply to this email. (If you do not live in the US, you should have already received payment information from us by email.)

Guests with US-based bank accounts can submit payments through your JoCo Cruise User Account here:
https://book.jococruise.com/2022/#/account/

(Please note that the complete booking details normally viewable in your User Account—cabin preferences, etc.—may not be currently viewable; they will be viewable again Soon™. For the moment your User Account is configured solely for payment processing.)

For more details on the JoCo Cruise deposit schedule, see
https://jococruise.com/pricing/#deadlines

For details regarding our updated payment process, see
https://jococruise.com/faq/#payment

If you encounter any questions or problems while attempting to process payment, please reply to this email.

The JoCo Cruise Robotic Payment Minions (Beep Blorp)


[April 16, 2021] JoCo Virtual Cruise 2021 Survey

JoCo Virtual Cruise 2021 - Feedback Survey

Thanks again to everyone who attended this past week's JoCo Virtual Cruise event! Don't forget—whether there's an Official Event you missed, or you just want to go back and watch something again, the Official Events will be available for viewing until May 1st. Video stream links for each event can be found in the Sched listings at jocovirtualcruise2021.sched.com, and are also conveniently compiled at jococruise.com/virtualcruise.
http://jocovirtualcruise2021.sched.com
http://jococruise.com/virtualcruise

We also would very much appreciate your thoughts and feedback; when you have three minutes, please take a breeze through our Virtual Cruise survey at:
http://surveymonkey.com/r/VirtualCruise.

Your responses will be extremely valuable as we look toward other Virtual Cruise events in the coming months. Much obliged!

JoCo Cruise 2022 is 90% Sold Out

As previously noted, booking for JoCo Cruise 2022 opened this past Wednesday, and the response was overwhelming. At this point, our 2022 cruise is 90% sold out, and cabins continue moving daily. If you know people interested in booking, let them know they should act sooner rather than later.

THO


[April 13, 2021] JoCo Cruise 2022 Booking Opens TOMORROW - Wednesday, April 14th

2022 Booking Opens Wednesday, April 14th

The wait is over! Starting on Wednesday, April 14th at 1 pm EDT, booking will once again be available for JoCo Cruise 2022. Come join us March 5-12, 2022 aboard Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam and another year of music, comedy, creativity, fun and nerdery at sea.

Our 2022 Overview page has a rundown of our ports of call (Nassau, St. Croix and Half Moon Cay), important dates, ship info and other neat stuff. (There's PDFs!!!) Have a look at the 2022 Pricing Page to see what cabin types are currently available. You can also review the currently available discounts, our deposit deadlines, cancellation policy and more.
https://jococruise.com/overview/
https://jococruise.com/pricing/
https://jococruise.com/pricing/#discounts
https://jococruise.com/pricing/#deadlines
https://jococruise.com/faq/#what-is-your-cancellation-policy

To book, go to https://book.jococruise.com/2022/#/book/
(this link will be active once booking opens at 1 pm EDT tomorrow.)

If you have an existing JoCo Cruise User Account, you'll need to log into that account during the booking process. (If you don't use your correct existing User Account, it won't accurately reflect your cruise history and you may not receive the discounts you might be eligible for. Heavens forfend!) If you don't have a User Account, you'll be prompted to create one. If you don't recall your User Account information, please email booking@jococruise.com.

According to our records, your JoCo Cruise User Account name is <name>.

We strongly suggest you don't wait too long to book; many cabin types sell out very quickly. But don't fret: even if your preferred cabin type is currently unavailable, you can join the Wait List to be notified if and when the cabin type you want becomes available.

(First priority is given to those who are already booked, so completing a booking of any cabin type and joining the waitlist for your preferred cabin type will increase your chances of getting that preferred type. Some fees may apply; see our FAQ re: “downgrading.”)
https://jococruise.com/2022-wait-list/
https://jococruise.com/faq/#can-i-downgrade-my-booking-eg-book

Booking and Forms of Payment - IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and perceived cruise industry risks, PayPal and other financial institutions altered their underwriting policies. Unfortunately, those policies have left JoCo Cruise unable to process credit cards or PayPal transactions at this time. We regret any inconvenience this may cause; we know that many people prefer making these payments via credit card for various reasons, and if there were any way we could currently accept credit card transactions, we absolutely would.

However, JoCo Cruise will now be able to process ACH transfer payments. The ACH transfer process withdraws funds from an existing bank account rather than placing a charge against a credit card account. In this regard, an ACH transfer works somewhat like a wire transfer, but is less complicated and most banks won’t charge any fee for it—for those that do, it’s less expensive than wire transfer fees. (If you wish, you can think of the process as similar to a Venmo transaction.) You will need your login information for your bank account for this process. (The login is handled securely and directly within the JoCo Cruise booking/payment process, via Plaid.) More complete information regarding our booking/payment process will be added to the JoCo Cruise website and FAQ soon, and we will alert everyone when it has been posted.
https://plaid.com/

Plaid supports most major US-based financial institutions, as well as many smaller banks and credit unions (over 2000 institutions in total). However, it’s possible that your particular US-based financial institution may not be supported by Plaid. Additionally, our current Plaid integration (the specific information we require from the bank for transactions) may limit the bank and type of bank account users are able to connect, even if the bank is generally supported by Plaid.

All of this is to say: our online booking process currently can only be completed 
properly via an ACH transfer from a US-based bank account.

Therefore, if any of the following apply: 
*   If you don't have a US-based bank account 
*   If you know for certain your account cannot process ACH transfers 
*   If you know for certain your institution is not supported by Plaid 
...and you wish to book JoCo Cruise 2022, please email us ASAP at booking@jococruise.com. 
(Don't go through the online booking process.)

Similarly, If you attempt to process your JoCo Cruise payment and our Plaid integration 
doesn't support your US-based financial institution, email booking@jococruise.com.

Club SRO

We're once again offering Club SRO on JoCo Cruise 2022, for those passengers who are willing to forego guaranteed seats at the nightly Main Concerts in return for a $125 credit to their onboard account. Complete info about Club SRO can be found in our FAQ. Availability is limited.
https://jococruise.com/faq/#sro

You'll be prompted during the booking process to select the option to be considered for Club SRO. If you wish to join after having completed booking, you can fill out the JoCo Cruise 2022 “I Want to Join Club SRO” Application.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWPVWnxMEhpiLgYY6_l94rNUdDUaLMo0Or0OhvWn0vOyBmWQ/viewform

Stateroom Placement Requests

If you plan to have stateroom placement requests (e.g., a specific cabin number, deck, or general location, etc.), please see our FAQ item regarding placement requests. This will help familiarize you with the potential issues involved, and will greatly assist you when it comes time to book your cabin and make your requests.
https://jococruise.com/faq/#can-i-make-stateroom-placement

(NOTE: placement requests will no longer be a part of the booking process as in previous years, but instead will be found in your User Account once your booking is completed. While Placement Requests in your User Account may not be functional immediately, we promise it will be SOON™, and you can add your placement requests as soon as the option is available. If you email us your placement requests, we will just shrug and point back at this paragraph.)

326 days!

THO.


[April 6, 2021] JoCo Virtual Cruise 2021 Schedule

JoCo Virtual Cruise 2021 Schedule

Here we go—the schedule for the JoCo Virtual Cruise 2021 is now open for business! Tell anyone and everyone you know who might be interested, since it's 100% free to attend!

We've built the Virtual Cruise as a fun collection of many of our “greatest hits.” Concerts, panels, gaming, Shadow Cruise events, dance parties, a Fancy Pants Parade—the many things you love about JoCo Cruise, packed together and streamed over the Netterwebs for your socially-distanced convenience! If you miss being on JoCo Cruise (we certainly do!), hopefully this will tide you over until we're all able to Boat in person again in 2022.

Event Schedule: https://jocovirtualcruise2021.sched.com/
Main Overview page: https://jococruise.com/virtualcruise

As with previous JoCo Cruises, the week's schedule can be found on Sched. Links to an event's livestream and event descriptions can be found in the event's Sched listing; you also can open your own (free) Sched account to track all the events you're interested in on your own “My Sched” page.

Official Events

  • Official Events will be livestreamed via YouTube*. Click on the “Video Stream” button in the event's Sched listing to view it in YouTube and participate in the live chat. They'll also stream live on our Main Overview page.
  • Official Events will be available for later viewing until May 1st, so if you miss one when it's live, you'll have a chance to catch up later.

Shadow Cruise and Sponsor Events

  • Shadow Cruise and Sponsor Events events will be livestreamed via Zoom*. Click on the “Open Zoom” button in the event's Sched listing to join a session.
  • You will need the Zoom app on your computer or device to participate in a Zoom event, but you do not need to have or create a Zoom account.
  • Shadow Cruise and Sponsor Events will not be archived by JoCo Cruise; if the person running a Shadow Cruise Event wishes to record their event, they must notify all participants at the start, and pin a message stating so to the top of the session's chat.

Code of Conduct

  • All participants in the JoCo Virtual Cruise are expected to abide by the JoCo Cruise Code of Conduct. JoCo Cruise Helpers and moderators will be on hand at all events to help monitor and moderate chat sessions. If you have been the victim of a Code of Conduct violation, please contact the event moderator, or email conduct@jococruise.com.

*with one or two exceptions

Comedy Night - Join the Audience!

Comedy shows, as you might guess, work best when there's an actual audience reacting and laughing. Our Comedy Night event will be a Zoom meeting that is then livestreamed to our YouTube channel, featuring not only comedians Myq Kaplan, Jackie Kashian and Joyelle Nicole Johnson, but also a select group invited to take part in the session as the “in person” audience!

To be considered for audience selection, add the Comedy Night event to your My Sched page. (Setting up a Sched account is easy and free.) Audience members will be notified prior to the event with further instructions. If selected, your laughter will be audible to the stream, but you will be only visible to the comedians, not to the main viewing audience.
https://jocovirtualcruise2021.sched.com/event/icu7/comedy-night-with-myq-kaplan-jackie-kashian-joyelle-nicole-johnson

New JoCo Cruise Merch Store—Yup, Still Open

A little bird—or perhaps a fish?—told us that some new merch items will be appearing in the JoCo Cruise Merch Store later this week. Tweet tweet!

Four virtual days!

THO.


[March 29, 2021] Virtual Cruise Helpers; Fancy Pants Parade and Merch Store Reminders

Virtual Cruise Helpers Needed

From the Desk of Cruise Mom Thera:

Would you like to Help (with a capital “H”) during our Virtual Cruise event? We’re in need of moderation help! Some extra hands on some extra keyboards would be a wonderful support, especially if those hands are connected to kind, smart, and empathetic brains.

Participation in the JoCo Cruise Discord is helpful, but not required. We will have a channel there for questions, support, and general merriment.
https://discord.com/invite/dVT3E3raAc

We’re looking for two kinds of help:

  1. YouTube Moderation: Keep an eye on the fast-paced chat during officially scheduled events, answering questions, having fun, and keeping the conversation on track. Previous experience moderating YouTube chats is helpful here, but not required.
  2. Zoom Room Lead/Mod: Our Shadow Cruise events will happen via Zoom. We’ll need folks to act as hosts. Managing the room, handling permissions, and keeping an eye on the chat. We’ll run some practice sessions in advance to ensure that you have the tools you need.

Helpers will be needed between 12 noon - 12 midnight EDT on Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, and from 8 pm - 12 midnight EDT on Monday through Wednesday, April 12-14.

If you're interested in either or both of the above Helper roles, please fill out our Virtual Cruise Helper Sign-up Form. Note: Assignments won't be made until after the schedule is publicly released (happening Soon™), so you’ll have the option to request to Help Shadow Events of your choice.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScs9SZNQQUkImFLMCIaSxvCdOya7BP6ZUJWNVM3hBMR17L-1w/viewform

New JoCo Cruise Merch Store STILL OPEN NOW

In case you missed it in our last email, we have a brand new JoCo Cruise Merch Store open now, chock full o' JoCo Cruise 2021 goodies!
https://store.dftba.com/collections/joco-cruise

Additional items will debut as 2021 progresses, so keep your eyes out for more cool clothing and collectibles.

REMINDER: Virtual Fancy Pants Parade Submissions!

We'll be honest with you, folks: we've only received one single entry so far for the Virtual Cruise Fancy Pants Parade. We have no particular objection to this—a parade is a parade, no matter how long or short it is—but Jonathan has been nigh-inconsolable over it. And as it currently stands, it's not going to be much of a challenge for said entrant to win the Best in Terms of Pants trophy.

So if you're still interested, get us your Fancy Pants videos by March 31st!

  • Film yourself parading around in your fanciest pants.
  • Use a (preferably still) camera/phone filming in landscape (horizontal) mode.
  • Enter from the right side of the screen; exit to the left of the screen. (Whatever you do between those two actions is your business.)
  • Videos no longer than ten seconds, please; we reserve the right to edit videos longer than ten seconds.
  • Submit your video, no later than March 31st, using our Virtual Fancy Pants Parade Form.
    • Please do not send us your video via email, thankyouverymuch.

Updated User Account URL

A quick heads-up, in case you missed it elsewhere: the URL to access your JoCo Cruise User Account has changed recently. It's now https://book.jococruise.com/2022/#/account/

So if you have the old one bookmarked, edit that bookmark!

THO.


[March 16, 2021] Next JoCo Cruise 2022 Deposit Due March 22nd

Note: This e-mail was sent to passengers currently booked for 2022, only.

Second JoCo Cruise 2022 Deposit Due March 22nd

This is a general notification that payment processing for JoCo Cruise 2022 is once again available, and that the second minimum deposit of $500 per person is due by Monday, March 22nd. (Some of you may have already received emails from THO regarding your booking and this upcoming deadline.)

To date we have received $ toward your JoCo Cruise 2022 balance. For your booking to remain up to date, you will need to submit an additional $.

Please note that, per our updated Payment FAQ, online payments may currently only be made via ACH transfer from US-based bank accounts, so please have your bank account login information on hand when you are ready to process payment. If you have a US-based bank account but your bank is not listed as an available option during the payment process, please reply to this email. (If you do not live in the US, you should have already received payment information from us by email.)
https://jococruise.com/faq/#payment

Guests with US-based bank accounts can submit payments through your JoCo Cruise User Account here:
https://book.jococruise.com/2022/#/account/

(Please note that the complete booking details normally viewable in your User Account—cabin preferences, etc.—may not be currently viewable; they will be viewable again Soon™. For the moment your User Account is configured solely for payment processing.)

For more details on the JoCo Cruise deposit schedule, see
https://jococruise.com/pricing/#deadlines

For details regarding our updated payment process, see
https://jococruise.com/faq/#payment

If you encounter any questions or problems while attempting to process payment, please reply to this email.

The JoCo Cruise Robotic Payment Minions (Beep Blorp)


[March 16, 2021] New JoCo Cruise Merch Store! And Livestream Event Thanks

Brand New JoCo Cruise Merch Store OPEN NOW

On previous JoCo Cruises, you'd preorder our merch a few months before each sailing, and you'd receive your order once on board; and sales were limited to only people booked on that particular JoCo Cruise.

Well, no more waiting! We've partnered up with the exceedingly nice people at DFTBA (the distribution company started by Hank and John Green) to present the all-new JoCo Cruise Merch Store! Now anyone can purchase JoCo Cruise merchandise, and you won't have to wait until the actual cruise to get it!
https://store.dftba.com/collections/joco-cruise

In addition to a number of items using our JoCo Cruise 2021 artwork by Annie Wu, we've taken the step—seemingly inevitable, in hindsight—of introducing official Soon™ merchandise. That's right, The Home Office's mantra is now a wearable item!
https://www.anniewuart.com/

Additional items will debut as 2021 progresses, so keep your eyes out for more cool clothing and collectibles.

Did You Watch the “Sail Away…NOT” Livestream?

Thanks to everyone who joined us, along with special guests Molly Lewis and Jean Grae, for the “JoCo Cruise 2021 Sail Away…NOT!!!” livestream. If you missed it, it'll be still available for viewing at bit.ly/SailAwayNOT through March 21st. If you want to know what the heck people are referring to when they say “EGYPE” or “seedless abomination,” the answers can be found there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtM2NvwNYlg

Virtual Fancy Pants Parade Submissions!

You know what they(1) say: it's not a real JoCo Cruise without a Fancy Pants Parade! So even if we can't march around the Lido Deck pool, we can still make a parade!

If you'd like to take part in the Virtual Cruise Fancy Pants Parade, please do the following:

  • Film yourself parading around in your fanciest pants.
    • Use a (preferably still) camera/phone filming in landscape (horizontal) mode.
    • Enter from the right side of the screen; exit to the left of the screen. (Whatever you do between those two actions is your business.)
    • Videos no longer than ten seconds, please; we reserve the right to edit videos longer than ten seconds.
  • Submit your video, no later than March 31st, using our Virtual Fancy Pants Parade Form.
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQBpwHknzDT9vusYLaaSFwcQHZ6_W2DN9tbLjmZhl3IVTxMA/viewform
    • Please do not send us your video via email, thankyouverymuch.

Happy slowly-getting-warmer weather(2),

THO.

(1) “they” = “people who really love Fancy Pants Parades”
(2) your mileage may vary, depending on your specific location/particular hemisphere


[March 5, 2021] March 6th Livestream Reminder; Virtual Shadow Cruise Deadline

REMINDER: March 6th - “JoCo Cruise 2021 Sail Away…NOT!!!”

Don't forget to join The Management tomorrow (Saturday) for our livestreaming event, which will include Q&A, some songs, some special guests and a few extra fun surprises!

JoCo Cruise 2021 Sail Away…NOT!!!
Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 8 pm Eastern

Join us at jococruise.com (or directly on our YouTube channel at bit.ly/SailAwayNOT)
https://jococruise.com/
https://youtu.be/EtM2NvwNYlg

And if you have any questions for the Management Q&A, please submit them via this handy form. See you soon!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSZYAKXsti7QUuh2JZjnT4cquMmkfesGLr5q-y_w_N44Q8qg/viewform

Virtual Shadow Cruise Event Submissions Deadline - March 10

Please note: if you want to host a Shadow Cruise event during JoCo Virtual Cruise 2021 (April 10-14, 2021), you need to submit your event request (via our handy-dandy 2021 Virtual Shadow Cruise Event Request form) by this coming Wednesday, March 10th.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6fIr_LBOrRBmKAUrQ--6BInU77zxt0jZEnK12frQpepUQ7Q/viewform

Per our previous email, please read our “Virtual Shadow Cruise Events - The Basics” for the main details regarding how these events will run before you submit your event request.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hqQCmgcOoaCnZ5d_ge-fd3q4H9k2lK8PpTMgPwX6cJM/edit

UPDATE Re: Balance Payments and Deadlines

Without burdening anyone with the gritty details, online ACH transfer payments for existing bookings will be available Monday, March 15th (a week later than previously announced). Basically, we found a more efficient method of processing these transactions (both for you and for us), but need a few more days to complete testing.

Accordingly, the next deadline for the next minimum payment has also been moved a week later, to Monday, March 22nd. All other payment deadlines remain the same as they have been.

In case you don't know what we're talking about when we refer to “ACH,” please see our previous email—the relevant section is excerpted below:
https://mailchi.mp/c0bd55fc00c2/joco-virtual-cruise-5040798

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and perceived cruise industry risks, PayPal and other financial institutions altered their underwriting policies. Unfortunately, those policies have left JoCo Cruise unable to process credit cards or PayPal transactions at this time. We regret any inconvenience this may cause; we know that many people prefer making these payments via credit card for various reasons, and if there were any way we could currently accept credit card transactions, we absolutely would.

However, JoCo Cruise will now be able to process ACH transfer payments. The ACH transfer process withdraws funds from an existing bank account rather than placing a charge against a credit card account. In this regard, an ACH transfer works somewhat like a wire transfer, but is less complicated and most banks won’t charge any fee for it—for those that do, it’s less expensive than wire transfer fees. (If you wish, you can think of the process as similar to a Venmo transaction.) You will need your login information for your bank account for this process. (The login is handled securely and directly within the JoCo Cruise booking/payment process, via Plaid.) More complete information regarding our booking/payment process will be added to the JoCo Cruise website and FAQ soon, and we will alert everyone when it has been posted. https://plaid.com/

Our system will support ACH transfers from most major US & Canada-based financial institutions, as well as many smaller banks and credit unions (over 2,000 in total); if when you enter our payment process you find that your particular US/Canada financial institution is not supported, please email us at booking@jococruise.com.

JoCo Cruise will be directly contacting all current 2022 bookings with a non-US/Canada home country listed whose balance is not already paid in full. If your booking is in this category and you don’t receive this email in the next 48 hours, or if you otherwise don't have a US/Canadian bank account, please email us at booking@jococruise.com.

THO.


[February 18, 2021] March 6th Livestream Event; Virtual Shadow Cruise; Payment and Itinerary Updates

There's a lot of very important stuff in today's email, so be sure you read it all the way through! Thanks. Away we go…

March 6th - “JoCo Cruise 2021 Sail Away…NOT!!!”

March 6, 2021 is the day that JoCo Cruise 2021 was supposed to set sail. The world had other plans, though.

But we are undaunted, and we shake a defiant fist at circumstance! And that fist will be in the shape of a special live-streaming event—come join us as The Management (Jonathan, Paul, Storm and Drew) host:

JoCo Cruise 2021 Sail Away…NOT!!!
Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 8 pm Eastern

Join us at jococruise.com (or directly on our YouTube channel at bit.ly/SailAwayNOT) for some music, some Management Q&A, some special guests, and maybe a few surprises? (Yes, very probably.) And if you're not available to watch the event live, we'll keep it available for a short while for later viewing.
https://jococruise.com/
https://youtu.be/EtM2NvwNYlg

While you're at it, why not jump on the JoCo Cruise Discord server to coordinate a viewing party with some friends? You can also meet new friends, and explore the wide array of chat channels covering all sorts of topics and interests.
https://discord.com/invite/dVT3E3raAc

Re: the Management Q&A: if you have questions for the Management for this event, please submit them via this handy form.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSZYAKXsti7QUuh2JZjnT4cquMmkfesGLr5q-y_w_N44Q8qg/viewform

Virtual Shadow Cruise Event Submissions are Now Open!

Want to host a Shadow Cruise event during JoCo Virtual Cruise 2021? Submissions are now open!

All Virtual Cruise Shadow Events will be conducted via Zoom, coordinated and hosted via a JoCo Cruise Zoom Account (as in, we'll schedule it and handle the invites, you just have to show up and run the event). Shadow Events will be scheduled 12 noon - 8 pm on Sat. & Sun. (April 10-11), and every late evening (10 pm - 12 midnight) Sat. thru Wed. (April 10-14).

Our “Virtual Shadow Cruise Events - The Basics” covers the main details regarding how these events will run.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hqQCmgcOoaCnZ5d_ge-fd3q4H9k2lK8PpTMgPwX6cJM/edit

Once you've read and understand that document, you can submit your Shadow Cruise Event via our handy-dandy 2021 Virtual Shadow Cruise Event Request form.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6fIr_LBOrRBmKAUrQ--6BInU77zxt0jZEnK12frQpepUQ7Q/viewform

The 2021 Virtual Cruise, including Shadow Cruise event attendance and submissions, is open to EVERYONE; you don't have to be already booked on JoCo Cruise 2022 or have attended a previous JoCo Cruise to take part. So feel free to tell your friends!

Booking Payments: Some Important Updates

We have a few very important updates to our policy regarding payments for your JoCo Cruise 2022 booking…

1. Payment Deadline Change
The deadline for the next minimum payment (an additional $500 per person), which had been March 1, 2021, has moved to March 15, 2021. All other payment deadlines remain unchanged.

2. Payment Reopens March 8th
We have been undergoing a thorough revamping of the booking and payment system's underlying code; we thank you for your patience while this has taken place. (Drew has been typing furiously for weeks on end, and for some reason has taken to wearing a hard hat. But we can attest that he looks very good in safety orange.) But the construction cones are slowly starting to clear, and we expect to reopen our booking payment system on March 8, 2021.

3. Forms of Payment
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and perceived cruise industry risks, PayPal and other financial institutions altered their underwriting policies. Unfortunately, those policies have left JoCo Cruise unable to process credit cards or PayPal transactions at this time. We regret any inconvenience this may cause; we know that many people prefer making these payments via credit card for various reasons, and if there were any way we could currently accept credit card transactions, we absolutely would.

However, JoCo Cruise will now be able to process ACH transfer payments. The ACH transfer process withdraws funds from an existing bank account rather than placing a charge against a credit card account. In this regard, an ACH transfer works somewhat like a wire transfer, but is less complicated and most banks won’t charge any fee for it—for those that do, it’s less expensive than wire transfer fees. (If you wish, you can think of the process as similar to a Venmo transaction.) You will need your login information for your bank account for this process. (The login is handled securely and directly within the JoCo Cruise booking/payment process, via Plaid.) More complete information regarding our booking/payment process will be added to the JoCo Cruise website and FAQ soon, and we will alert everyone when it has been posted.
https://plaid.com/

Our system will support ACH transfers from most major US & Canada-based financial institutions, as well as many smaller banks and credit unions (over 2,000 in total); if when you enter our payment process you find that your particular US/Canada financial institution is not supported, please email us at booking@jococruise.com.

JoCo Cruise will be directly contacting all current 2022 bookings with a non-US/Canada home country listed whose balance is not already paid in full. If your booking is in this category and you don’t receive this email in the next 48 hours, or if you otherwise don't have a US/Canadian bank account, please email us at booking@jococruise.com.

2022 Itinerary Update

FYI, there've been a few changes to our 2022 itinerary—still hitting all the same ports of call, just a few date and time changes.

The updated JoCo Cruise 2022 itinerary is:

  • Sat 3/5 (Day 1): Fort Lauderdale (depart 5 pm)
  • Sun. 3/6 (Day 2): Nassau, Bahamas (8 am – 2:30 pm)
  • Mon. 3/7 (Day 3): At Sea
  • Tue. 3/8 (Day 4): Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI (1 pm – 8 pm)
  • Wed. 3/9 (Day 5): At Sea
  • Thu. 3/10 (Day 6): At Sea
  • Fri. 3/11 (Day 7): Half Moon Cay (8 am – 3 pm)
  • Sat. 3/12 (Day 8): Return to Fort Lauderdale (7 am)

One important note: the continuing uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic makes it impossible to adequately plan for our intended St. Croix land concert event. While we share everyone's sadness that there will be no land concert next year, we assure you that THO will continue working diligently to make JoCo Cruise 2022 as exciting and fun as anyone could hope for. We appreciate your understanding and continued general awesomeness.

THO


[January 21, 2021] 2021 Virtual Cruise - New (and Improved) Dates!

We have to level with you: between January’s events in Washington, DC and the ongoing pandemic surge, the first two-thirds of the month were pretty rough on everyone here at the ol’ Home Office. (We’re pretty sure we’re not unique in this regard.)

The long and the short of it is, in order to give you the awesome Virtual Cruise you truly deserve, we need a little more time to gather up ducks and plop them into neat little rows. (These are not metaphorical ducks; the Virtual Cruise will run on a large series of duck-powered treadmills.)

As such, the 2021 Virtual Cruise will now take place on Saturday, April 10 - Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Working motto: “Same cruise, warmer dates”) We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause anyone.

Otherwise, the general shape of the event remains the same as before. To wit:

  • Official featured events each evening
  • Other official events, hangouts, Shadow Cruise events and gaming all day Saturday and Sunday
  • 100% FREE for anyone and everyone to attend! (Well, you know…“attend.”)

But fret not! To honor the originally-scheduled sailing date of JoCo Cruise 2021, we still have a fun (albeit smaller scale) online event in the works for the evening of Saturday, March 6th. Details on that will be forthcoming, but, you know…save the date.

And wait, there’s more! In answer to the question you may not have even known you had: yes, there will be JoCo Cruise 2021 merchandise! Just because a global pandemic had other plans for our physical sailing this year, JoCo Cruise 2021 still lives inside all our hearts, and will live on in t-shirts, pins, posters and other cool stuff that we can wear outside our hearts(1)! The full store will be opening Soon™, but in the meantime, check out the awesome poster art, by our friend Annie Wu…
https://www.anniewuart.com/

Joined the Discord Yet?

In case you haven’t been there yet, check out the JoCo Cruise Discord server, which has quickly become a hot spot for community gathering and planning. It can be a bit overwhelming if you haven’t used Discord before, but there are moderators and lots of friendly, helpful members who will be happy to see your shiny avatar and text walk through its digital door. And if there are particular parts of the JoCo Cruise shipboard community you miss, chances are you’ll find them there.
https://discord.gg/dVT3E3raAc

To join the JoCo Virtual Cruise Discord server, use this link: https://discord.gg/dVT3E3raAc (It will prompt you to create a Discord account if you don’t have one.) The JoCo Cruise Forums also stand at the ready for all of your planning and collective dreaming needs.
https://forums.jococruise.com/

THO.

(1) JoCo Cruise merchandise is not for internal use. Unless we make a JoCo Cruise edible donut(2). Either way, use as directed.

(2) it is almost certain that we will NOT make a JoCo Cruise edible donut(3).

(3) nor an inedible one


[December 10, 2020] JoCo Virtual Cruise 2021

A worldwide pandemic may have prevented the physical sailing of JoCo Cruise 2021 from happening, but the spirit of JoCo Cruise SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR CONTAINED(1). As such, we at The Home Office have uploaded our collective consciousness to the cloud(2), and JoCo Cruise is going to ride the ones and zeros as JoCo Virtual Cruise 2021.

  • Saturday, March 6 – Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • Official featured events each evening
  • Other official events, hangouts, Shadow Cruise events and gaming all day Saturday and Sunday
  • 100% FREE for anyone and everyone to attend! (Well, you know…“attend.”)

We’ve set up the official JoCo Virtual Cruise Discord server, which will act as our main moderated community space during the event, and it’s ALREADY UP AND RUNNING! (If you haven’t used Discord before, it’s a free, dedicated social space for both text and voice discussions that’s accessible via any web browser, or via its own dedicated app.)
https://discord.gg/dVT3E3raAc

To join the JoCo Virtual Cruise Discord server, use this link: https://discord.gg/dVT3E3raAc. (It will prompt you to create a Discord account if you don’t have one.) The JoCo Cruise Forums also stand at the ready for all of your planning and collective dreaming needs.
https://discord.gg/dVT3E3raAc
https://forums.jococruise.com/

Lots and lots and lots more information (including a more detailed schedule, details for submitting Shadow Cruise events, and much more) coming Soon™. (Early-ish Jan. 2021?) We know many of you will have questions, and we hope/expect our next “big info dump” will answer most of them. You're already on the JoCo Cruise Mailing List, so you'll get the latest info on our Virtual Cruise as soon as it becomes available. Info can also be found at the JoCo Virtual Cruise web page. (This email is, more or less, the current content of that page repackaged in email form.)
https://jococruise.com/virtualcruise/

In the meantime, everyone please have a fantastic and safe holiday season!

THO.

(1) except as otherwise provided by law and/or local custom

(2) it’s surprisingly cold in here, and our consciousnesses are now vulnerable to solar flare activity. But there’s free pizza and snickerdoodles, so all told it’s been well worth abandoning our corporeal forms.


[July 23, 2020] JoCo Cruise 2021 Rescheduled to March 5-12, 2022

JoCo Cruise 2021 is Rescheduled to 2022

The safety and well-being of our attendees, crew and performing guests are of the utmost importance to us in the JoCo Cruise Management. As such, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to reschedule JoCo Cruise 2021 to March 5-12, 2022.

What does this mean to you specifically? As a member of the JoCo Cruise Mailing List, we felt it’s relevant to your interests to know that public booking for JoCo Cruise 2022 will begin much earlier than in previous years. When we launched booking for 2020, half the ship was booked in the first few weeks, and certain cabin categories sold out very quickly, and since the existing bookings for the 2021 cruise are transferring directly to the 2022 dates, cabins will be that much more scarce. So you may want to start to think about your 2022 plans sooner rather than later, as booking early will be your best opportunity to save a spot, for a modest deposit.

The basics:

  • JoCo Cruise 2022
  • March 5-12, 2022
  • on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
  • from Fort Lauderdale to Half Moon Cay, St. Croix, and Nassau

We will give everyone a big, loud heads-up when booking will open for JoCo Cruise 2022. And if you’ve sailed with us previously and have a JoCo Cruise User Account, we’ll send you a specialized link for booking JoCo Cruise 2022 that will automatically carry all applicable booking discounts. But in the meantime, please feel free to see our Pricing Page for prices and availability, discounts, deposit schedule, etc.
https://jococruise.com/pricing/

The Home Office is also brewing up various ideas in the coming months for different shenanigans, hijinks, tomfoolery, and goings-on to help us all pass the time between now and Go Time. And everyone is invited! So watch this space.

590 Days!

THO


[July 23, 2020] JoCo Cruise 2021 is Rescheduled to 2022

JoCo Cruise 2021 is Rescheduled to 2022

The safety and well-being of our attendees, crew and performing guests are of the utmost importance to us in the JoCo Cruise Management. As such, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to reschedule JoCo Cruise 2021 to March 5-12, 2022.

(If you prefer a more “nerdy” metaphor: JoCo Cruise 2021 is stepping into a wormhole, TARDIS, portal, black hole, timequake, Neverwhere, or other timey-wimey device or anomaly, and will be re-emerging on March 5, 2022 with the fresh appellation of “JoCo Cruise 2022”.)

There are a lot of details involved with this event reschedule. The latter portion of this email has more details and links that should address most questions. But here is the TL;DR version of the really important stuff:

  • Our ship (the Nieuw Amsterdam), departure port (Port Everglades, FL) and itinerary (Half Moon Cay, St. Croix, and Nassau) remain the same as before.
  • All existing bookings remain unchanged—besides, obviously, now occurring in 2022 instead of 2021—and can still be accessed via your User Account. https://booking.jococruise.com/2022/account/
  • The next minimum deposit won’t be due until March 2021. (i.e., no longer August 2020)
  • If you can’t join us in 2022, you can convert your existing deposit balance to a 2023 Future Cruise Credit on JoCo Cruise 2023.
  • If you wish to cancel and decline a Future Cruise Credit, you can still cancel for a full refund without penalty through October 1, 2020.

[cue “During these difficult times…” slow piano music]

We would just like to thank you all once again for sticking with us throughout…*waves arms*…all this. Speaking both as members of this wonderful community and as people running a small business during a worldwide pandemic, we cannot overstate how much your collective continued faith, support and enthusiasm means to us all.

We’re also brewing up various ideas for different shenanigans, hijinks, tomfoolery, and goings-on to help us all pass the time between now and Go Time. So watch this space!

Never tell us the odds…

590 days!

The Management

Important Questions You May Have, and Answers to Them

I’m happy to keep my 2022 booking! What do I need to know?

First of all, thanks for being here! We love you so much!

You don’t have to do anything at all to retain your existing booking—POOF! It’s already been auto-magically confrabulized into a 2022 booking! Hooray!

For your reference, your new booking number is «BookingID». (This info can also be found in your User Account.) https://booking.jococruise.com/2022/account/

https://jococruise.com/pricing/#deadlines
https://jococruise.com/faq/#what-is-your-cancellation-policy

I can’t or don’t wish to keep my booking for these new 2022 dates. What are my options?

If you can’t join us for 2022, you can do one of two things:

  • We can provide you with a 2023 Future Cruise Credit (23FCC) to be applied to JoCo Cruise 2023.
    • If you select a 23FCC before August 1, 2021, you’ll receive a credit for the full amount of your existing deposits paid.
    • If you select a 23FCC on or after August 1, 2021, cancellation fees may apply, and will be deducted from your existing deposits paid before your 23FCC is issued.
    • Please see our 23FCC FAQ for full terms, conditions and details on this program. https://jococruise.com/23fcc
  • You can cancel your booking for a refund. If you cancel on or before October 1, 2020, you will receive a full refund; after that date, cancellation fees may apply. See our Cancellation Policy for complete details. https://jococruise.com/faq/#what-is-your-cancellation-policy

Note that per the above, the “window” for a penalty-free 23FCC is nearly ten months longer than that of a penalty-free refund.

Please contact us at booking@jococruise.com in either case, and we’ll be happy to get you sorted. But please do understand that we may be receiving a high volume of inquiries during the next few weeks. We will do our best to get back to you and process your booking changes ASAP.

I have requested a refund; how long will it take JoCo Cruise to process that?

Per our Cancellation Policy, refunds should be processed within 45 days of initial request. https://jococruise.com/faq/#what-is-your-cancellation-policy

I purchased travel insurance for my 2021 booking. What happens with that?

Whether you choose to sail with us in 2022 or cancel (either for a 23FCC or a refund), you should contact your travel insurance provider directly to review their policies and terms regarding transferring your policy or canceling and getting a refund on your premium.

Your booking page for 2022 is currently not active. What’s up with that?

We’ve temporarily closed new bookings for several reasons; primarily, we expect to be very busy for the next few weeks managing this change, as we answer questions and process booking updates. We want to dedicate ourselves fully to helping existing attendees; we’re also taking this time to complete the changeover of the many pages and elements of our website, and are doing some long-deferred “under the hood” maintenance. Once all that has been taken care of, we’ll open up for new 2022 bookings. (And we’ll give everyone plenty of notice, so that you can tell all your family and friends to come join us!)


[June 23, 2020] JoCo Cruise Community Nickname

JoCo Cruise Community Nickname

After our 2020 cruise, we solicited feedback from the JoCo Cruise community regarding JoCo Cruise’s “Sea Monkey” nickname, in light of the troubling history of “monkey” as a racial slur. We thank the hundreds of community members who shared their feedback.

Based on this feedback and internal discussions, the JoCo Cruise Management has decided to no longer use “Sea Monkey” and other monkey-themed nicknames when referring to JoCo Cruise community members going forward. Regardless of their origin or intent, these names hold hurtful racially-charged connotations for many in our community. After considering all the feedback and consulting with a diverse range of people, we’ve concluded that to ignore this issue would prevent JoCo Cruise from being a safe and welcoming space for all attendees.

We’ve already begun work to remove this language from our website and future official materials, and appreciate your patience as this process continues.

We don’t have a new “official” nickname for JoCo Cruisers—in fact, we’re not certain it’s our place to assign one, nor to “bless” one of the several that have been in circulation since we began addressing this issue.

JoCo Cruise has changed and evolved in many ways over the years—including the very name of the event—and it will continue to do so. One thing that has remained consistent throughout is the thoughtfulness and enthusiasm of the JoCo Cruise community. Thank you for contributing to this spirit year after year.

Jonathan, Paul, Storm and Drew (The Management)

The above statement can also be found on our website; if there are any further updates regarding this issue, they will be posted on that page.
https://jococruise.com/community-nickname/


[May 13, 2020] Revised Schedules for Cancellation Policy and Deposits

Hi again, pax. (“Pax” is travel business lingo for “passengers.” And we sure do love using lingo, so…) News time again.

Cancellation Policy and Deposit Schedule Changes

As COVID-19 continues to morph everyone's schedules, plans and situations into large, amorphous question marks, we continue to monitor the situation and remain in regular communication with our associates at Holland America and other travel industry partners and contacts.

In the meantime, we also continue to all navigate together toward JoCo Cruise 2021. (“Navigate?” Get it? …nautical.) And as a part of that process, in order to give folks additional “breathing room” during the Current Uncertainty, we have revised our cancellation policy schedule and our deposit schedule.

1. Cancellation Policy

Most importantly, we have extended our “penalty-free cancellation” window: you can now cancel your JoCo Cruise 2021 booking at any time without penalty through October 1, 2020. We've also delayed the dates at which increased cancellation fees apply.

The full, revised cancellation fee schedule, which can also be found in our FAQ, is as follows:
https://jococruise.com/faq/#what-is-your-cancellation-policy

  • Cancellation on or before October 1, 2020: Full refund
  • Cancellation from October 2 through November 30, 2020: $500 per person
  • Cancellation from December 1, 2020 through January 15, 2021: 50% of the total booking price
  • Cancellation on or after January 16, 2021: 100% of the total booking price (no refund)

2. Deposit Schedule

Below is the revised minimum deposit schedule for JoCo Cruise 2021 (it can also be found on our Pricing Page):
https://jococruise.com/pricing/#deadlines

  • Due at time of booking: $500 per person
    • For those who qualified for a reduced initial deposit or who booked while onboard JoCo Cruise 2020, a total of $500 per person is due by May 28, 2020
  • by August 1, 2020: an additional $500 per person (i.e., a total to date of $1000 per person)
  • by October 1, 2020: an additional $500 per person (i.e., a total to date of $1500 per person)
  • by January 15, 2021: remaining balance in full

Thank you all again for believing in JoCo Cruise over the years. It literally continues to support us as planning for 2021 (and beyond!) goes forward. As noted above, we also remain in constant touch with our cruise industry contacts, and continue monitoring their plans and progress toward the necessary measures required to ensure a safe and healthy return to the seas for everyone.

All that said, we absolutely understand the many and serious ways the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting people, including financially. So if you’re currently experiencing financial hardship due to the effects of this pandemic that may affect your ability to make upcoming deposits, but still definitely wish to attend JoCo Cruise 2021, please email us at booking@jococruise.com.

297 days!

THO.


[April 9, 2020] Some Revised Deadlines; #CruiseInPlace

Hello, all! We know JoCo Cruise 2021 is still quite far away, but we wanted to alert you to a few items of note. Viz:

Some Revised Deadlines

The deadline for cancelling your JoCo Cruise 2021 booking for a full refund (previously April 30, 2020) has been moved to May 28, 2020.

Additionally, the following deposit deadlines have also been moved to May 28, 2020:

  • Deposits due for people who filled out 2021 Onboard Booking forms while on the 2020 cruise
  • Additional $400 per person due for 2021 bookings made by JoCo Cruise 2020 passengers on or before March 6th

(NOTE: the existing May 28th deposit deadline of an additional $500/person still remains in place; in other words, by May 28th you will need to have deposited a minimum of $1000/person toward your booking.)

You are, of course, still encouraged to make deposits at any time; but to the extent we can, we wanted to give a little more “breathing room” those who may need it—particularly for anyone whose work and/or financial situations have been made more difficult by the COVID-19 outbreak.

#CruiseInPlace

We know people are looking for ways to feel connected while we collectively “ride out” this situation. We'll be using the hashtag #CruiseInPlace on our various social media accounts to note JoCo Cruise-related events, performances, fundraising efforts, etc.—particularly (though not exclusively) fundraisers and events in reaction to the pandemic. Keep an eye out for them if you're looking for hangouts, things to do, ways to help, and so forth.

Here's just a few current examples:

  • Vance Gilbert has been holding an ongoing “Vance Gilbert’s Monday Night Acoustic Pajama Party” series, with a portion of proceeds from each event going to help various charities. Check Vance's Twitter feed for info. https://twitter.com/vancegilbert
  • Charlie Jane Anders has been working with SF Bay-area book lovers to hold a series of online readings and conversations to collect funds for area local bookstores - https://welovebookstores.org/.
  • The Thrilling Adventure Hour—created by 2014 alums Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, and featuring JoCo Cruise alums Janet Varney, Hal Lublin, Mark Gagliardi, Paul F. Tompkins and Craig Cackowski—is doing a live streaming show this coming Saturday (April 11) to benefit food banks in LA, NY, Seattle, Detroit, NOLA, & more. Tix: http://bit.ly/TAHLive411.
  • Jim Boggia has a Facebook Live streaming concert this coming Sunday (Apr. 12). https://www.facebook.com/events/2842572609193300/
  • Comedian Maria Bamford has an ongoing series of “New Material” shows, helping to raise funds for L.A.'s Downtown Women's Center. See her Twitter feed for details. https://twitter.com/mariabamfoo
  • The Doubleclicks have an ongoing series of streaming concerts and gaming sessions, including appearances by Molly Lewis and other JoCo Cruise alums. https://www.thedoubleclicks.com/
  • John Hodgman hosts a daily event, “Get Your Pets”, on his Instagram feed, chatting with pets and their owners. https://www.instagram.com/johnhodgman/

This is by no means a comprehensive list; keep an eye on the JoCo Cruise social media accounts for additional #CruiseInPlace mentions—or feel free to post your own!

331 days!

THO.


[March 19, 2020] Special Updates Regarding 2020 and 2021

Special Updates Regarding 2020 and 2021

We at the Home Office haven't stopped playing “catch-up” since disembarking this past weekend. Busy as it's been, we're sensitive to the fact that many people have questions regarding our 2020 and 2021 cruises.

In the interest of creating a central source for answers to some of the more common questions we've received, and to highlight some important new information, we've created our Special Updates Regarding 2020 and 2021 web page.
https://jococruise.com/updates/

It includes our most current information regarding the following topics:

We'll update this when there are changes to share. We thank you, as always, for your continued patience and understanding as we all roll with this unprecedented and evolving world situation.

Thank you all,

THO.


[February 25, 2020] Revised JoCo Cruise 2021 Itinerary

We have revised our JoCo Cruise 2021 itinerary. The ports of call are now Half Moon Cay, St. Croix (USVI), and Nassau (Bahamas).

St. Croix replaces our original port stop in Falmouth, Jamaica. After learning of the particularly troubling legacy of LGBTQ+ discrimination and violence in Jamaica, we considered all of your feedback, and consulted with cruise industry experts and with J-FLAG, Jamaica's largest LGBTQ+ rights organization. Although we received assurances that tourist groups visiting Jamaica have historically been physically safe, our concerns remained. Furthermore, it’s against our values that LGBTQ+ individuals would feel jeopardized in Falmouth if they expressed their identities.

We should have been aware of these issues with Jamaica before we announced, and we are very sorry that we were not. This was a blindspot on our part, and we will work to do better in the future when vetting ports.

We’re currently working on plans to hold our Land Concert in St. Croix, and we’ll update you when we have more information.

The JoCo Cruise Management


[February 14, 2020] A Message from Jonathan Coulton

Hey everyone, this is Jonathan.

After we announced our 2021 itinerary yesterday, we heard from many people who have serious concerns about visiting Jamaica—specifically, its especially problematic track record on LGBTQ+ issues. I want to let you know that we hear you loud and clear. I’m ashamed to say that despite our extensive due diligence while choosing this itinerary, we were unaware of the anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment and laws in Jamaica. I want to own and apologize for this blindspot right now: we should have done better, and we will work to learn from this and do better in the future. I’m sorry.

Right now, we are listening to and reading the feedback we've received, evaluating our options, and figuring out what our next steps are. But I want to assure you that it’s extremely important to all of us that JoCo Cruise remains a safe and fun event where everyone can fully express who they are—especially the many members of the LGBTQ+ community who embrace JoCo Cruise and are a core part of our collective identity. We won’t always get things right, and we rely on all of you to let us know when we don’t. So thank you, as always, for your clear and thoughtful responses.

The JoCo Cruise 2021 ship and sailing dates remain unchanged, and booking remains open. We’ll update you as soon as we have more information.

Thank you,

Jonathan and the JoCo Cruise Management


[February 13, 2020] JoCo Cruise 2021 Itinerary

JoCo Cruise 2021 Itinerary

We're very, very happy to announce our ports of call for JoCo Cruise 2021:

  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Half Moon Cay

We last visited Jamaica back in 2014; for 2021, we're planning for the Falmouth cruiseport to be the site of this year's Land Concert event. Literally two minutes from the gangway to the stage! Plus, during the day you can explore Jamaica's beautiful north shore, have an adventure on land or water, and partake in Jamaica's best export: relaxation.

Nassau is a brand new destination for us. In the quaint-yet-bustling capital city of the Bahamas, you can enjoy shopping in the historic town, have a fun beach day on Paradise Island, or trace the footsteps of the legendary pirate Edward Teach a.k.a. Blackbeard. (Which is easy to do, because he tracked sand around EVERYWHERE.)

For our final port of call, we return to Half Moon Cay, consistently one of our Sea Monkey(Δ)s' favorite destinations. Here on HAL's private island—that’s also a protected nature preserve!—enjoy snorkeling, horseback riding and many other fun excursions; belly up to the pirate ship bar (add as many r's to “bar” as you deem appropriate); or just chill and enjoy the gorgeous white sand beaches.

JoCo Cruise 2021 Itinerary

  • Sat. 3/6 (Day 1): Fort Lauderdale (depart 4 pm)
  • Sun. 3/7 (Day 2): At Sea
  • Mon. 3/8 (Day 3): Falmouth, Jamaica (10 am - 12 midnight)
  • Tue. 3/9 (Day 4): At Sea
  • Wed. 3/10 (Day 5): Nassau, Bahamas (2 pm - 12 midnight)
  • Thu. 3/11 (Day 6): At Sea
  • Fri. 3/12 (Day 7): Half Moon Cay (8 am - 3 pm)
  • Sat. 3/13 (Day 8): Arrive Fort Lauderdale 7 am

Booking is Open NOW - Cabins Going Fast!

If you've already booked for JoCo Cruise 2021, we thank you very much for joining us!

For everyone else, booking is open now, and we recommend you don't delay; JoCo Cruise 2021 is already 60% sold out. (And that's with NO general public announcement or marketing. Thank you, Sea Monkey(Δ)s!) Neptune and Signature Suites are already entirely sold out, and both Interior and Ocean-view Staterooms are almost gone as well.

So for the best current selection of cabin type, it's best that you act now! Use the following PERSONALIZED link, which will automatically connect you to your JoCo Cruise User Account (please don't share it with others):

<Personalized booking link here>

Discounts

Complete information about pricing and discounts can be found on our 2021 Pricing page. https://jococruise.com/2021pricing
Below is a brief summary of the discounts https://jococruise.com/2021pricing#discounts available this year:

  • Early Booking Discount - $75 per person (Bookings made on or before April 1, 2020)
  • Returning Monkey(Δ) Discounts
    Returning Monkey(Δ) Discounts come in two flavors this year:
    • MonoMonkey(Δ) Discount - $50 per berth if your booking's Primary Contact has sailed on one previous JoCo Cruise
    • MultiMonkey(Δ) Discount - $125 per berth if your booking's Primary Contact has sailed on two or more previous JoCo Cruises.
  • 4% Pay in Full Discount
  • Discounts for the littl'uns (as 3rd or 4th passengers of a booking):
    • Toddler/Infant Discount - $400 per toddler/infant (under 3)
    • Child Discount - $250 per child (ages 3-12)

Again, please see the 2021 Pricing page for complete details and terms for the above discounts. https://jococruise.com/2021pricing#discounts

And as a reminder, if you have an existing JoCo Cruise User Account, you must log into your account when booking to make sure all applicable discounts get applied to your booking. Alternately, use thie personalized link here:

<personalized booking link here>

Wait List

Reminder: if your preferred cabin type is sold out, you may add yourself to the wait list for any cabin type. “Sold Out” cabins may occasionally become available due to cancellations, inventory adjustment, etc.; we will notify you if any cabins in your desired category (or categories) become available.
https://jococruise.com/2021-wait-list/

  • NOTE: first priority goes to those on the wait list who are already booked on JoCo Cruise 2021, but are seeking to switch to another cabin category.

387 days!

THO.


[December 12, 2019] JoCo Cruise 2021: Booking Confirmation jc11_XXXXXX

Hello! Thank you for joining us on JoCo Cruise 2021! This email confirms that your booking was successful. We can't wait to have you aboard!

Your JCC2021 Booking ID is jc11_XXXXXX

You've reserved a XX (Stateroom) stateroom for the following passengers: NAME AND NAME

Your JoCo Cruise User Account:

You can access your account at https://jococruise.com/2021/account/

Your payment:

This email constitutes our receipt of your initial JoCo Cruise 2021 payment of $$$$. You will be able to check your payment status, view the deposit schedule, and make additional payments through your User Account page.

Discount eligibility

Please note that the “Returning Monkey(Δ)” and other discounts are subject to eligibility requirements. If discounts have been applied for which you're ineligible, we will update your balance due and notify you. If you did not receive a discount for which you are eligible, please email us at booking@jococruise.com and we’ll get it straightened out for you!

Wait list

If your preferred cabin type was sold out, you may add yourself to the wait list for any cabin type. “Sold Out” cabins may occasionally become available due to cancellations, inventory adjustment, etc.; we will notify you (on a first-come, first-served basis) if any cabins in your desired category (or categories) become available.
https://jococruise.com/2021-wait-list/

What happens next?

Later this year, you'll receive instructions to complete the Holland America Online Check-In process (including a Holland America Booking Number, which is different from your JoCo Cruise Booking ID), which will allow you to print your boarding documents, set up your Onboard Expense Account, and so forth.

Passport/travel documents

Please make sure all parties traveling have passports (or equivalent proof of citizenship/travel documentation—visit the Holland America FAQ (under “Cruise Preparation”) to see what type of travel documentation will be required for you) valid for the duration of the cruise. DO NOT WAIT until the last minute to get your travel documentation in order.
https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/faq.html

Travel arrangements: flights, hotels, shuttles, and getting to the ship

In the coming weeks/months, we'll provide detailed and and helpful information for planning ahead for the 2021 JoCo Cruise. If you need to see options in the meantime, The 2020 Pre-Cruise and Post-Cruise Planning Page (for the cruise sailing in March of 2020, not 2021!) can provide a good baseline of things to expect (the dates are different though). NOTE: for 2021, JoCo Cruise will be not be arranging any special pre-cruise hotel rates/rooms for our passengers.
https://jococruise.com/pre-cruise/

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is not included in the JoCo Cruise 2021 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, which aggregates plans from many providers.
https://www.insureyonder.com/affiliate/JoCoCruise

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 travel insurance policies require purchase within one day of booking in order to be covered for pre-existing conditions.

If you use our link to Yonder, you can select the United States as your destination; if you’ve used the above link, on the next screen it’ll automatically select “Cruise” for your type of trip further in the quote process.)

Get excited!

You know what? It's going to be great. Follow us on social media at @jococruise, on the website at www.jococruise.com, and via our reasonably-regular emails. One of our favorite parts about the cruise is watching the whole thing take shape as people like you get involved and make even more fun things happen. We'll alert you via email as exciting things come together, but we'll try not to be too spammy about it. Please respond to this email with any questions about your booking. If you have other questions or concerns, you can always reach us at info@jococruise.com, or you can call us at (256) 3-GO-JCCC ((256) 346-5222).

We'll be in touch soon. Thank you for booking!

Beep Bop Boop Blorp,

The JoCo Cruise Automated Response Robot


As a reminder, booking for JoCo Cruise 2021 opens today (December 12th) at 12:12 pm EST.

JoCo Cruise 2021 - March 6-13, 2021
on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
Sailing from Fort Lauderdale, FL

Complete pricing, discount and deposit/payment schedule info can be found on our 2021 Pricing page. You can also check out our 2021 FAQ, cancellation policy, Code of Conduct and Terms & Conditions.
https://jococruise.com/2021pricing/
https://jococruise.com/2021faq/
https://jococruise.com/2021faq/#what-is-your-cancellation-policy
https://jococruise.com/2021faq/#the-joco-cruise-code-of-conduct
https://jococruise.com/terms-and-conditions-2021/

Once booking opens and you wish to book, you can use the following PERSONALIZED link—please don't share it with others:

BOOKING LINK FOR <NAME>

The above link is customized to your existing JoCo Cruise User Account. It should automatically log you into your account, which in turn should automatically fill in some of your personal information during the booking process, and apply any relevant discounts to your booking, including any Returning Monkey(Δ) discount you may qualify for (assuming your account’s “Past Cruises” information is accurate).

The booking process will walk you through the necessary steps of choosing a cabin type, entering passenger information (yours should be pre-filled based on the information in your User Account), and submitting payment.

A Few Booking Notes

  • If you don't have complete information for the passengers in your booking, the system gives you the option to enter that information later, and/or to invite others to fill out their information on your booking.
    • PLEASE note that, to qualify for applicable discounts, you must submit deposits for all planned passengers in your cabin. For example, if you purchase a single occupancy cabin and later decide to upgrade to double occupancy, your added passenger may not be eligible for any or all of the currently-applicable discounts.
    • If others in your booking have an existing JoCo Cruise User Account, pretty please invite them to connect and log in via that account; doing so will keep their JoCo Cruise history accurate.
    • If they cruise with us regularly and do not yet have a User Account, please invite them to create one.
  • If your preferred cabin type is sold out, you may add yourself to the wait list for any cabin type. “Sold Out” cabins may occasionally become available due to cancellations, inventory adjustment, etc.; we will notify you if any cabins in your desired category (or categories) become available. https://jococruise.com/2021-wait-list/
    • NOTE: first priority goes to those on the wait list who are already booked on JoCo Cruise 2021, but are seeking to switch to another cabin category.
  • Finally, if you encounter any problems or issues during booking, or don't receive a discount you believe your booking qualifies for, please email us at booking@jococruise.com.

“Sea” you soon? (Nah; never mind. Ignore that, it's bad.)

THO.


[December 10, 2019] JoCo Cruise 2021 - One Followup Note

One Minor Correction

The pricing table below lists prices per CABIN, not per person as described in the previous email.

The 2021 Pricing page still provides a complete breakdown of cabin types and prices. (And please note that on the Pricing page, prices are listed per person)
https://jococruise.com/2021pricing

Fill, o fill the pirate glass,

THO.


[December 10, 2019] JoCo Cruise 2021 - On Sale December 12th!

JoCo Cruise 2021 - On Sale 12/12 at 12:12!

Booking for JoCo Cruise 2021 will open in just a few short days. BUT…we're not yet publicly shouting this fact far and wide (on social media, in the streets, etc.). For now, we're only notifying you, the folks on our JoCo Cruise mailing list, so that you can get the “first crack” at booking before we announce it to the wide, wide world in early 2020.

Be forewarned: when JoCo Cruise 2020 booking launched, over half the ship was booked in the first few weeks, and certain cabin categories sold out VERY QUICKLY. And this will only increase once we more widely announce booking.

Here's the salient details:

JoCo Cruise 2021 - March 6-13, 2021
on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
sailing from Fort Lauderdale, FL
ports of call TBA
*

*We're still finalizing our 2021 itinerary, which will be announced in early 2020. But for now we can tell you:

  • We’re sailing from and returning to Fort Lauderdale. (Which I guess we just told you above. But still.)
  • We’ll visit three ports of call, which will offer a mix of beaches, cultural experiences, and a good host venue for our Land Concert.
  • The itinerary will not be a “carbon copy” of any recent JoCo Cruise sailings.

Your initial deposit is as low as $100 per person, and is fully refundable through April 30, 2020 (see below). So there's truly no risk, and every reason to jump on this opportunity!

JoCo Cruise 2021 Booking Opens Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 12:12 pm EST

If you already have a JoCo Cruise User Account, we will email you a customized link on Thursday morning 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 2021 booking page:

https://booking.jococruise.com/2021/book

Prices and Discounts

Visit our 2021 Pricing page https://jococruise.com/2021pricing
for a complete breakdown of cabin types and prices. But here's the 2021 cabin pricing in handy-dandy, compact table form. All prices listed are per-person per CABIN, and reflect our “all-in” pricing—they include cruise fare, government taxes/fees, and pre-paid gratuities:

Complete information about pricing and discounts can be found on our 2021 Pricing page. https://jococruise.com/2021pricing
Below is a brief summary of the discounts https://jococruise.com/2021pricing#discounts available this year:

  • Early Booking Discount - $75 per person (Bookings made on or before April 1, 2020)
  • Returning Monkey(Δ) Discounts
    Returning Monkey(Δ) Discounts come in two flavors this year:
    • MonoMonkey(Δ) Discount - $50 per berth if your booking's Primary Contact has sailed on one previous JoCo Cruise
    • MultiMonkey(Δ) Discount - $125 per berth if your booking's Primary Contact has sailed on two or more previous JoCo Cruises.
  • 4% Pay in Full Discount
  • Discounts for the littl'uns (as 3rd or 4th passengers of a booking):
    • Toddler/Infant Discount - $400 per toddler/infant (under 3)
    • Child Discount - $250 per child (ages 3-12)

Again, please see the 2021 Pricing page for complete details and terms for the above discounts. https://jococruise.com/2021pricing#discounts

Initial Deposits - as Little as $100 Per Person

Anyone currently booked on JoCo Cruise 2020 qualifies for the following special, reduced initial deposit amount if you book on or before March 6, 2020:

  • Bookings made on or before March 6: $100 per person
  • An additional $400 per person (total of $500 per person) is due by March 31, 2020

All other bookings (i.e., anyone not currently booked on JCC2020, and/or JCC2020 passengers who book after March 6) require an initial deposit of $500 per person.

The 2021 Pricing page has the complete deposit schedule. All deposits are 100% refundable until May 1, 2020.

Club SRO

We're once again offering Club SRO on JoCo Cruise 2021, for those passengers who are willing to forego guaranteed seats at the nightly Main Concerts in return for a $125 credit to their onboard account. Complete info about Club SRO can be found in our FAQ. Availability is limited.
https://jococruise.com/2021faq/#what-is-club-sro

You'll be prompted during the booking process to select the option to be considered for Club SRO. If you wish to join after having completed booking, you can fill out the JoCo Cruise 2021 “I Want to Join Club SRO” Application.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWPVWnxMEhpiLgYY6_l94rNUdDUaLMo0Or0OhvWn0vOyBmWQ/viewform

Stateroom Placement Requests

If you plan to have stateroom placement requests (e.g., a specific cabin number, deck, or general location, etc.), please see our FAQ item regarding placement requests. This will help familiarize you with the potential issues involved, and will greatly assist you when it comes time to book your cabin and make your requests.
https://jococruise.com/2021faq/#can-i-make-stateroom-placement

Pour, o pour the pirate sherry, and we'll see you on Thursday!

THO.


[November 21, 2019] JoCo Cruise: 🚨2020 Last Chance🚨, 2021 dates 📅, & JoCo Carbon Roadmap 🌱

<Editor’s note: Please note that this email was sent to folx not currently booked for JoCo Cruise 2020.: “You are receiving this email because you elected to join the JoCo Cruise mailing list, and/or were a passenger on a previous JoCo Cruise.”>

Hi there, mailing list members. We've got various bits of news we thought might be relevant to your interests…

JoCo Cruise 2020 - Lineup

In case you haven't seen us talking about it on the various social media, here's the current lineup for JoCo Cruise 2020:

  • Jonathan Coulton
  • Jim Boggia
  • Quelle Chris
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • Tybee Diskin
  • Matt Fraction
  • Vance Gilbert
  • Jean Grae
  • John Hodgman
  • N. K. Jemisin
  • ZoĂ« 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!

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. https://jococruise.com/guests/

NOTE: a small handful of cabins remain available for JoCo Cruise 2020. Just, you know, mentioning it. https://booking.jococruise.com/2020/book/describe-your-party/

JoCo Cruise Carbon Road Map

After numerous months of researching the topic and consulting with experts, JoCo Cruise is proud to announce The JoCo Cruise Carbon Roadmap, our new initiative to mitigate our event's carbon footprint. https://jococruise.com/carbon/

Our Carbon Roadmap page provides an overview of the current steps we're taking and plan to take in the future, as well as a link to our comprehensive Carbon Strategy Roadmap whitepaper, which details a thorough breakdown of our strategy and the reasoning and science behind it.

The page also includes a link to a fundraising page where Sea Monkey(Δ)s (or anyone!) can donate to The Conservation Fund’s Upper Ouachita National Wildlife project, with the aim of mitigating the carbon cost of Sea Monkey(Δ) air travel to and from current and previous JoCo Cruises. https://tcf-businesspartnerships.everydayhero.com/us/joco-cruise-2020

JoCo Cruise 2021 - Save the Date!

Some Qs and some As:

Q: Will there be a JoCo Cruise 2021?
A: YES! 2021 will also be our 10th anniversary sailing, for the record.

Q: When will it be?
A: March 6-13, 2021.

Q: Where will it be sailing from?
A: Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Q: Wait—isn't 2020 the 10th sailing? So how can 2021 be the 10th anniversary?
A: Well, the day you get married isn't your first anniversary. Same thing with cruises: the 11th sailing (2021) is the 10th anniversary.

Q: Oh, I get it. Numbers are weird, huh?
A: Sometimes, yes.

Q: When will we find out about the itinerary and pricing and when booking opens?
A: Soon™.

Q: Okay, good talk. Thank you.
A: That's not really a question, but you're very welcome.

Happy end-of-the-year,

THO.


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