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2021 / 2022

[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 Monkeys' 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 Monkeys!) 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 Discounts
    Returning Monkey Discounts come in two flavors this year:
    • MonoMonkey Discount - $50 per berth if your booking's Primary Contact has sailed on one previous JoCo Cruise
    • MultiMonkey 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” 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 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 Discounts
    Returning Monkey Discounts come in two flavors this year:
    • MonoMonkey Discount - $50 per berth if your booking's Primary Contact has sailed on one previous JoCo Cruise
    • MultiMonkey 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 Monkeys (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 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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