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This is an archive of e-mail sent out from The Home Office - official communications.
Hello again from JCCC! (Sat, 03 Mar 2012)
There really aren’t enough words to adequately describe how thrilled we were with JoCo Cruise Crazy 2. Everyone seemed to have a tremendous time, and the whole week was filled with the sense of community, enthusiasm, goodwill and camaraderie that we had hoped for when we first dreamed up the idea of putting our silly little show on a cruise ship. So we will simply say: thank you. Thank you all for being a part of this event, and we hope it meant as much to you as it did to us.
Speaking of how you felt about it…
JCCC2 EXIT POLL
We’d like to ask you to please take part in the JCCC2 Exit Poll. Feedback from the JCCC1 was instrumental in shaping JCCC2, and we expect this year’s poll to be just as important. So if you want to help us create the most awesome experience possible (or if you want to vent about what you felt were shortcomings on JCCC2), please take a few minutes to participate:
NOTE: if you were the main contact for your stateroom, please make sure to forward this information to the other parties in your cabin, so that we can get as thorough a response as possible (though we have tried to contact Sea Monkey(Δ)s directly when possible).
TIME-LIMITED OPPORTUNITY TO PRE-REGISTER FOR JOCO CRUISE CRAZY 3
As discussed on the Westerdam, you can pre-register for JoCo Cruise Crazy 3 now through March 15, 2012. For a deposit of $100 per cabin, and as a previous Sea Monkey(Δ) (attendee of either JoCo Cruise Crazy), you will have the opportunity to book your JoCo Cruise Crazy 3 stateroom before the rest of the general public does. Everyone who pre-registers will also receive a $25/person discount on their Entertainment Pass fee at the time of booking.
When you pre-register, you can also tell us your general cabin category preference (Inside, Ocean View, Balcony/Verandah, Suite) and tentative size of your party, which will give us a better idea of what cabin mix we need to request from the cruise line. Your pre-registration cabin preference does not commit you to that cabin type/party size, nor does it guarantee availability of that cabin type/size at the time of your actual booking.
Once we have finalized the details, we’ll email you an official announcement of the JCCC3 dates and itinerary. Your $100 deposit is 100% refundable for any reason, at any time, until 14 days after we send you that email. (After that 14-day period, deposit refunds will be subject to a $30 processing fee)
An additional per person deposit amount (TBD) will be required at the time of your actual booking. Pre-registration will be open through March 15, 2012.
To begin the pre-registration process, go here:
OPT-IN FOR THE JOCO CRUISE CRAZY MAILING LIST
Of course we have no intention of spamming anyone, so we’re asking at this point, RIGHT NOW, if you’d like to be notified about future JoCo Cruise Crazy cruises (including JCCC3). JCCC emails will be infrequent, and we will not send you emails about anything else, ever.
If you choose not to opt in, then this will be the last time you hear from us, ever. Promise.
Thank you for your time, and hope to see you next year!
The JCCC Home Office
JCCC2: Get Ready! (Thu, 09 Feb 2012)
We can hardly believe that JCCC2 is less than two weeks away. And yet, here we are! Holy crap!
Although it would be great to have everyone just magically appear on the ship at the right time, unfortunately our prototype transporter is still only capable of transmitting fist-sized chunks of flesh, necessitating a few extra steps between now and then. More precisely…
BEFORE YOU GO
Holland America's website has a pretty extensive FAQ covering a range of topics, including documentation, baggage, safety, currency, health and medical questions, and many more. It's a good first stop for general questions you might have, especially if you've never cruised before.
If you have not done so already, please be sure to go to hollandamerica.com and complete the Online Check-in process, so you can print out your Boarding passes, print out luggage tags, and otherwise expedite your boarding process.
EMBARKATION AND REGISTRATION
So you’ve checked in online, packed all the essentials (Passport! Sunscreen! Your liver! 20-sided dice!), and got yourself down to Fort Lauderdale. What next?
Step 1: Know when to board! Your boarding documents indicate your earliest boarding time, and we recommend boarding the Westerdam as soon as you can. Food and booze will be available from minute one, so why wait?
Step 2: Get to the ship! If you don’t have a pre-arranged transfer or shuttle to the Westerdam, don’t worry: cabs and shuttle services are plentiful from either the airport (FLL) or area hotels. Cost with tip for a taxi should be $20-25 from the airport; many shuttle services are less. And if you are staying at a hotel the night before, check to see if your hotel provides a shuttle service–most do, either for free or for a small fee. Just tell your driver you’re on the Westerdam and they’ll take you to the correct terminal within Port Everglades. You may need to present your passport/travel documents as you enter Port Everglades, so keep it/them handy.
*NOTE: Sea Monkey(Δ)s staying at the Springhill Suites either before or after the cruise, please see the special section below.
Step 3: So long, baggage! When you arrive at the Westerdam’s terminal facility in Port Everglades, porters will be on hand to take your bags. You don’t have to give them your bags, but it’s mighty nice not lugging them around–and then having them MAGICALLY APPEAR in your cabin later. (Just be sure to print the special HAL luggage tags with your cabin information during the Online Check-In process, and affix them to the bags you want to drop off once you're at Port Everglades.) There’s no charge for the service, but a buck or two per bag for your hard-working porters is always appreciated. Then you’ll proceed into the embarkation lobby, where…
Step 4: Best line ever! Holland America personnel will help direct you to the proper check-in line. You’ll present your passport/travel documents and boarding documents (because you’ve already checked in online, RIGHT???), and they’ll take your picture and give you your identification card, which you’ll also be able to use to charge things to your room while on board. More details about the embarkation process can be found on Holland America’s website here: http://www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-planning/PlanningAndAdvice.action?tabName=General+Information Once the formalities are complete…
Step 5: Get ye on the ship! Holland America personnel will direct you up the Westerdam’s gangplank, where you’ll sup on thick, savory anticipation. Keep your spanky-new identification card handy, as you’ll need it to board. Once aboard, you’re free to stop by your cabin, explore the ship, or do whatever you want. Because THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. Regardless of what you do first, we recommend not waiting too long before you…
Step 6: Pick up your JoCo Cruise Crazy badge and claim your swag! We’ll have our own registration area set up on Westerdam Deck 3 (Promenade) in the Hudson/Half Moon/Stuyvesant meeting rooms, towards the front of the ship on the port (left) side. Registration will be from noon until 4 p.m.; if you’re running late, of course you’ll still get your badge and swag, but it will probably take more time. Yes, we said “swag,” as in YOU GET SUPER-COOL FREE THINGS! Your badge will be required for all JCCC official events, so keep it safe (my precioussss…)
Everyone will also get a copy of “The Sea Monkey(Δ)” newsletter, which will have information about the week’s exclusive JCCC festivities, including a complete JCCC schedule grid for you to carry around and treasure always.
Not everyone from a booking is absolutely required to be present to register–for example, if you're bringing your family, you don't have to make the kids stand in line with you while you wait to get your badge–but we do ask you only register for others who are within your same booking/cabin. (As in, no “one person picking up all the badges for four different rooms”)
If you’re a member of Koko’s Kittens–the group of people who booked their cabins on the first day–you’ll also receive your bonus swag at this time. All Koko’s Kittens should have recently received an e-mail reconfirming their status; if you believe you are a Koko’s Kitten and have not received said confirmation, let us know ASAP.
And that’s it! The Sea Monkey(Δ) will have further details, and the complete Official schedule can also be found here:
- Google Calendar: http://bit.ly/JCCC2Events
…but here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening the first evening/night, just to whet your appetite:
- - Registration: noon-4 pm - Hudson/HalfMoon/Stuyvesant rooms (Deck 3 - Promenade forward)
- - Mandatory shipwide safety drill - approx. 4 pm (NOTE: this drill is MANDATORY; if you do not attend, HAL reserves the right to PUT YOU OFF THE SHIP. They are NOT kidding around about this.)
- - Shove-off: 4:30-5:30 pm - informal gathering at the Sea View Pool area while the ship leaves port (Deck 9 - Lido - aft)
- - JoCo Cruise Crazy orientation session: 5:30 pm - Vista Show Lounge (Decks 1, 2 & 3 - forward); JCCC badge required.
- - “The First Transport Is Away!” Cocktail Reception: 6:45-7:45 pm - Sea View Pool area (Deck 9 - Lido - aft); open bar and snax! (JCCC badge required)
- - Dinner: 8 pm - Vista Dining Room (Decks 2 & 3 - Lower Promenade & Promenade - aft)
- - Game Room opens by 8 pm (or as soon as they get the chairs and tables set up)
- - Hudson/HalfMoon/Stuyvesant rooms (Deck 3 - Promenade - forward)
- - Dance Party with DJ Flans (aka John Flansburgh): 11 pm - 2 am - Queens Lounge/Culinary Arts Center (Deck 2 - Lower Promenade - midships)
*SEA Monkey(Δ)S STAYING AT THE SPRINGHILL SUITES (either before or after JCCC2)
Getting form the Airport to the Hotel: The Springhill Suites provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport upon request. You may also take a taxi; fare is approx. $15 one-way to the Springhill.
Getting from the Hotel to the Ship: The Springhill Suites also provides free shuttle service, via KSA Tours, from the hotel to the Westerdam on the morning of Feb. 19th. Because there are a lot of you (87 rooms worth!), KSA will have shuttles scheduled for the following times: 10 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:15 pm. You can sign up for your desired shuttle when you check in at the Springhill. Availability is limited, so act quickly to get your desired shuttle time. Again, if you prefer, you may schedule a separate shuttle service or taxi on your own.
Getting from the Ship Back to the Hotel: If you are staying at the Springhill Suites the night after the cruise (Feb. 26th), shuttle service is available from the port back to the hotel via KSA Tours for $10/person. If you're also already staying at the Springhill Suites on the 18th, you can sign up for your return shuttle when you check in on the 18th. If not, you can contact KSA directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a shuttle. Alternately, you can just grab a taxi when you disembark.
If anyone has late flights home on the 26th and has time to kill during the day, KSA also has tours available to occupy your time while you wait. (This is not a paid endorsement; many other companies offer similar Ft. Lauderdale and area tours) Again, contact KSA at email@example.com if interested.
JCCC2 ONBOARD COMMUNICATION
Last year we were surprised by how many activities magically sprung up as the cruise went along–both Official activities, and those self-organized by Sea Monkey(Δ)s. So this year we’re making it easier to keep everyone updated as things evolve–and to provide a way for Sea Monkey(Δ) event organizers to let people know what they’re planning. Here’s a look at ways beyond word-of-mouth to find out what’s happening.
Pre-cruise, we encourage you to visit the JCCC2 Discussion Forums, where people are already self-organizing various activities and events, including dance lessons, an a cappella group, coordinating shore excursions, Rock Band sessions in individual cabins, and much, much more. So if you’re interested in joining in, or starting an unofficial group/event of your own, dive on in and join the discussions at: http://www.jonathancoulton.com/forums/index.php?p=/discussions BONUS: everyone there is super-friendly!
The Sea Monkey(Δ)
Pre-planned Official JoCo Cruise Crazy events will be listed in the newsletter you’ll receive at registration. It’s highly unlikely that any of these events will change place or time, so think of them as the JCCC2 anchor points (so to speak).
Before each Vista Show Lounge (main theater) event, we’ll make brief announcements about any Official Schedule changes, additions, or other bits of data that will be useful for planning your days.
Master Control in the Game Room
Did we mention that JCCC2 will have an exclusive 24/7 Game Room (Hudson/Half Moon/Stuyvesant - Deck 3)? Well, we do! And we’ll have an area set up with a constantly-updated Official Schedule, plus tools for Sea Monkey(Δ)s to organize and communicate.
Specifically, there will be dry erase boards that any Sea Monkey(Δ) can use to notify everyone about their plans. (e.g., “Underwater D&D - Sea View Pool - Friday 10 am; bring goggles”) We’ll also have a table or two where Sea Monkey(Δ)s can leave flyers or other notices–or just leave notes for one another (manual Twitter). Exactly how will it work? We don’t know yet! But we trust that everyone is smart and considerate enough to help us figure out the best way to share the resources. Kind of like a cooperative version of Catan–we can do this, folks!
Real Live People!
If all else fails, you can always ask the following Friendly JCCC2 Organizers: “Dammit” Liz, Scarface (Drew), Paul, and Storm. We’ll point them all out to you on the first day so you’ll recognize ‘em. They may not know every last detail at every moment, but can certainly help make sure you don’t miss any of the “big stuff”.
Molly Lewis is interested in assembling her a Ukulele Army of the Seas (aka The Ukulele Navy). If you own a ukulele, and have room to bring it along, please do so.
Unofficial Activity Calendar
In addition to the aforementioned forum discussions, some intrepid Sea Monkey(Δ)s have already put together a Google Calendar for scheduling unofficial events. You can find it exactly here: https://www.google.com/calendar/b/0/embed?src=NnIwYzFmM2x0bmhkbHBidHBxbDc5Y29sb3NAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ&gsessionid=OK
Tango Dancing Group
FYI, another small group of 50 tango dancers will be on board with us. They will have a section of the Crow's Nest Lounge reserved during most days, and will be holding (so we are told) open dancing sessions there in the evenings (10-midnight) as well. So use of some areas of the Crow's Nest during the day might be limited, and/or be subject to your tolerance of (possibly loud) tango music.
As a reminder, on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and Friday (Feb. 24), there is a Formal Dress code in the Vista Dining Room for dinner. HAL's dress code policy is listed here:
…and here's the relevant section:
“Evening dress falls into two distinct categories: Formal or Smart Casual. Smart Casual can be defined as slacks and collared shirts for men and casual dresses, slacks and informal evening wear for women. T-shirts, swimsuits, tank tops and shorts are not allowed in the restaurants or public areas during the evening hours. On festive Formal evenings, ladies usually wear a suit, cocktail dress or gown and gentlemen wear a jacket and tie, dark suit or tuxedo.”
The final decision as to “what's formal enough” will rest with the maitre d' and restaurant manager(s) that evening. We (JCCC management) will not intercede, and will abide by the HAL staff's decision(s). If you are planning to wear something more “costume-y,” make sure it leans more towards “dressy/nice” and less towards “Optimus Prime/Balrog.”
Note that the above policy applies only to the Vista Dining Room, and only on these two nights. While formal wear is encouraged at the Paul F. Tompkins Moustache Formal, it is NOT required.
Many of the performers will have merchandise for sale during the week, available through the ship's store. We'll also have a LIMITED supply of the Official JCCC2 T-shirt, (which you can see here: http://bit.ly/ugMJAE ), and the official JCCC2 poster (which you can see here: http://t.co/S3nDxCwz ) If you are interested in purchasing a poster, you may want to bring along a small poster tube (at least 11“ long) to keep it safe in transit, as we won't be providing any.
See you really soon!
The Home Office.
P.S. For your reference and ours, your JCCC2 Booking ID is XXXXXX
Hello, Koko's Kittens! (Thu, 07 Feb 2012)
This email is to confirm that you and everyone in your cabin are official members of Koko's Kittens (the group of people who booked, or attempted to book, their cabins on the first day of JCCC2 booking).
First of all, congratulations!
Second of all, once you get on board the Westerdam and go to registration (the complete process will be explained in an upcoming email to everyone), make sure you slide on over to the “Koko's Kittens” table to pick up your exclusive Thank-You Gift! It is a trinket of immense sentimental (if not actual) value!
And thank you again for joining us this year!
The Home Office
P.S. For your reference and ours, your JCCC2 Booking ID is XXXXXX (note that your HAL Booking ID is different–please see other emails from this address for your HAL BookingID)
JCCC2: Onboard Internet & Fixed Seating Requests (Sat, 21 Jan 2012)
Ahoy Sea Monkey(Δ)s,
It should go without saying that we are incredibly excited for our impending voyage, so we'll get straight to the important updates:
DISCOUNT INTERNET PRICING
We've just learned that we will indeed have special discounted rates for internet usage on the cruise! Hooray!
Internet packages can be purchased from the Internet Manager in the Explorations Cafe once you're on board, at the following rates:
250 minutes - $90, plus $3.95 activation fee
500 minutes - $140, plus $3.95 activation fee
They won't, unfortunately, be available for purchase ahead of time; you'll just have to head up to the Explorations Cafe anytime after you board, and they will be able to take care of you. You should also automatically receive the above special rates (since their system will have a record of all room numbers and passengers in the JCCC group); if you have any problems at the time of purchasing, let us know.
DINNER SEATING ARRANGEMENTS
Just like last year, our whole group will be assigned the 8 pm dinner seating in the main dining room. There will be large areas in both the upper and lower dining areas (the dining room has two floors, and there's too many of us to all fit on one floor) marked with JCCC2 tent cards, and Sea Monkey(Δ)s can sit at any of those tables so tent-carded.
We know from last year's survey responses, however, that some folks may prefer to have fixed seating, rather than have to potentially change things up every night. We totally understand; diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, etc. So here's what we'll do:
If you wish to have fixed, reserved seating for the duration of the cruise, follow this link and complete the form located there, BEFORE FEBRUARY 1:
As prompted, please include the total number in your party, and the names, cabin numbers and HAL booking IDs of everyone in your dining party–you are welcome to coordinate with Sea Monkey(Δ)s from other cabins, but please just designate one of you to be the “main contact.” We will assign you a table and send you a confirmation email regarding your reservation when completed. Groups of 4-6 can be most easily accommodated, but there may be limited availability for larger or smaller groups. Please note that odd-numbered groups may be paired with others to fill out their assigned tables.
If you submit for reserved seating, you will be committed to staying at that table for the duration of JCCC2. (Not to worry, your table will still be within the greater JCCC2 seating area) Reserved tables will be table-tented accordingly, so that no other Sea Monkey(Δ)s can steal your table. (If they try, you can tell on them and we'll have them pitched overboard)
To be clear, this is NOT mandatory; if you don't care to have an assigned seat, then just ignore the past four paragraphs, and show up in the dining room, find an available seat in the JCCC section, and start eating. (The chairs, we are told, are made of delicious sourdough bread)
P.S. For your reference and ours, your JCCC2 Booking ID is XXXXXX (note that your HAL Booking ID is different–please see other emails from this address for your HAL BookingID)
January JCCC2 Update! (Tue, 03 Jan 2012)
Hello Sea Monkey(Δ)s!
We hope you’re all getting as excited as we are about this cruise. It’s cold enough now here on the East Coast that a trip to the Caribbean in February is started to make an awful lot of sense, not that it ever really seemed like a BAD idea. This email is going to be very long, but there’s a bunch of important information in here, so don’t fall asleep.
We had a couple of last minute additions that we wanted to make sure you were aware of.
1) John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants has signed on to DJ a couple of dance parties, so bring your comfortable shoes and your shimmyin’ hips.
2) Molly Lewis is coming! Molly Lewis is coming!
3) Joseph Scrimshaw, who some of you may remember from last year for his performance in “My Monster” with Bill Corbett, will also be coming back this year, with a performance of his hilarious show “The Comedy of Doom”.
4) At the very last possible moment, we somehow convinced Chris Collingwood from Fountains of Wayne to join us. He will play some songs while accompanying himself on the guitar.
So many of you were disappointed that we didn’t have anything for you to buy from us last year, and so we are making sure to have some of those things this year. For instance, there’s this official JoCo Cruise Crazy 2 T-shirt designed by our old friend Len Peralta:
Please note that these are going to be available only through Topatoco, and they are only accepting orders until January 13th. We’re taking care of this ahead of time because we don’t anyone to go away disappointed that we didn’t have their size on board. We may end up having some small quantities with us for those of you who waited too long and then became sad, but ordering ahead of time is the best way to make sure you’ll get the size and style you want. Please don’t wait too long and become sad!
CHECKING IN ONLINE WITH HOLLAND AMERICA
If you have not done so already, you should check in on the HAL website as soon as possible. Have your HAL booking number handy and go to the following web page:
The page will prompt you to log in to your Holland America account; if you don't have an account yet, it will walk you through the process of setting up one. Once logged in, you can enter your HAL booking number and last name, and it will walk you through the process of checking in online. You can check in any or all of the guests in your booking (you can always go back and check in the remainder of your party at any time), and will need the following information for each guest to complete the process:
Full Legal Name (as appears on passport/travel documents)
Country of Citizenship
Country of Residence
Home Address and Phone
Passport information (Country of Issuance, Country of Birth, Passport Number, Issue Date and Expiration Date)
Pre-cruise and/or Post-cruise Flight Info (optional)
Emergency Contact Information (Name, Relationship, Address, Phone Number)
Online Check-in will also ask you how you wish to secure payment for your onboard expenses (gratuities, purchases charged to room, etc.). You can do this either by pre-authorizing with a credit card, or by saying you will bring a cash deposit when getting on board. If using a credit card, the system will pre-authorize $60/day, or $420 total (the amount HAL estimates the average cruiser will spend), on your card. (Please note that, if using a debit card, HAL will place a $420 hold on your debit account) Each passenger can pre-authorize using different cards/methods (for cases where unrelated people are sharing cabins), or the same card can be used for multiple/all passengers' pre-authorizations. NOTE: If you choose to bring a cash deposit, you MUST bring at least $420 to cover your estimated expenses. In either case, you can always change the card being charged, or split your charges among different payment options, at any time while you are on board. If your expenses at the e nd of the trip are less than the estimated $420, you will only be charged the total amount of your expenses.
Once you have completed this process, you will be able to print out your Express Docs and Boarding Passes, which you can bring with you to embarkation. You can also print out luggage tags, which you can print and attach to your luggage to help HAL staff get your bags to your stateroom after check-in.
Trip insurance is not included in the cruise or entertainment pass price, but you may wish to purchase it through a third party.
One option we recommend is Travel Guard. Travel Guard provides coverage in the event of unforeseen trip expenses due to: trip cancellation, interruption and delay; involuntary job loss; emergency medical treatment and/or evacuation; lost, stolen or damaged baggage or travel documents; or baggage delay. A complete listing of coverage, pricing and conditions can be found when you follow the Travel Guard link here:
Another advantage is that Travel Guard will cover the cost of your travel (airfare, hotel, etc.) and entertainment fee(s), not just the cost of the cruise itself. You may also call Travel Guard at 1-800-454-7107.
NOTE: when following the link, after entering your country and state/province of residence, choose “CARIBBEAN” in the destination drop-down menu. When entering your trip cost, include the cost of your travel and entertainment fee(s). You will also need to know the date of your initial trip payment (i.e., the date of your first deposit) to complete the process.
Also: some pre-existing medical conditions require you to have purchased trip insurance within 7 days of making your initial trip payment. If you have such a pre-existing condition, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will work to get them to waive this restriction.
VISIT THE JOCO FORUMS
Like last year, in addition to the star-addled array of entertainment we’re planning, many Sea Monkey(Δ)s are organizing activities. To see what madness is brewing, to brew some of your own, or just to connect with your fellow Sea Monkey(Δ)s ahead of time, visit:
That’s all for now, though you can bet that we’ll bother you again with more things in the coming weeks. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the above stuff or anything else at all, email us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help.
Have we mentioned that we are excited? Can’t wait to cruise with you!
JoCo Cruise Crazy 2 Home Office
P.S. For your reference and ours, your JCCC2 Booking ID is XXXXXX
Cabin Assignment and HAL Booking Number for JCCC Booking ID XXXXXX (Wed, 17 Aug 2011)
Ahoy Sea Monkey(Δ)s,
We are happy to report that we've assigned cabin numbers to the first batch of bookings and received the associated Holland America Booking Numbers!
Your HAL Booking Number is XXXXXX.
Your cabin number is zero, which means you have what's called a “guarantee” cabin. This means that Holland America guarantees you at least a 'XX' level of cabin, but may upgrade you to something higher depending on availability. HAL will assign you a specific cabin number sometime close to the sail date. In the meantime, your HAL Booking Number will still allow you to book shore excursions and such. If you wish to make any particular, unusual and/or special arrangements regarding shore excursions (such as coordinating a large number of people on the same excursion), please contact us directly, and we can work directly with our HAL contacts to take care of it.
If your booking currently has a “dummy name” for one or more passengers, that name may not be reflected in your booking when you log in to purchase shore excursions. (HAL doesn't enter names for a booking until they are “confirmed,” non-fake names) You may rest assured that your booking is still for the correct number of people, and as you confirm through us the “actual” passengers to replace the dummy names, your booking will be updated accordingly in HAL's records.
We tried to accommodate all the requests we received, but we're limited by what the ship has available–reply to this email to tell us if we've missed something, and we'll do our best to fix it.
You can see exactly where your cabin is located by going to the Westerdam Deck Plan here: http://www.hollandamerica.com/main/DeckPlansFull.action?ship=we&deck=m
If you are happy with your cabin assignment, you can start using your HAL Booking Number to purchase shore excursions, make spa and Pinnacle Grill reservations and more. To do so, go here: http://www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-planning/ConfirmShoreExcursions.action
…and enter your HAL Booking Number and Last Name.
After December 6th, 2011, you will be able to check in online with your Holland America Booking Number: login or register for a new account at http://www.hollandamerica.com, click on “My Reservations” and then “Check In Online.”
For general questions about JoCo Cruise Crazy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about your booking, email@example.com can help.
JoCo Cruise Crazy Booking Confirmation! (XXXXXX) (Fri, 17 Jun 2011)
Hello! Thank you for booking on JoCo Cruise Crazy II in 2012! We can't wait to have you aboard.
This is an automated email from the JoCo Cruise Crazy booking engine letting you know that your booking was successful, at least by machine standards. Shortly, a human will review your booking and make sure everything looks good, and if you've made any special requests we'll attempt to accommodate you at that time. In the meantime, here's what we have for you:
Your booking ID is XXXXXX
You've requested a XX stateroom for the following people:
You've paid us an initial deposit of $XX. This means you have an unpaid balance of $XX. This balance must be paid according to the following schedule:
- a second deposit of $350 per person is due on or before August 4, 2011
- your remaining balance must be paid on or before November 19, 2011
(This schedule can also be found in the JoCo Cruise Crazy FAQ - http://jococruisecrazy.com/faq/#install)
In a future email, we will forward you a link you can use to make these payments. If you wish to make additional payments ahead of time (i.e., pay in additional installments, pay off your remaining balance, etc.), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens next?
We'll review your booking, make sure everything looks good, and assign you a stateroom on the Westerdam. Once that happens, we'll pass along the Holland America confirmation number, and approximately 75 days prior to sailing (December 6) you'll be able to go to the Holland America website and go through their Online Check-In process (where you will submit your Immigration, Disembarkation and credit card registration forms). At the end of this process, your Express Docs (comprehensive, up-to-date information on all aspects of your cruise) will be available online and/or to be printed.
Things to Do Now
Please make sure all parties traveling have passports (or equivalent proof of citizenship/travel documentation) valid for the duration of the cruise. You will need the following information for each person in your party for the Online Check-In process: Full legal name (as appears on your booking/reservation); birth date; passport, visa or permanent resident card information; home address and telephone number; emergency contact information; return flight information (if aplicable); and credit card you wish to use for onboard purchases.
The ship sails at 5 pm on Feb. 19; so in theory, you could fly into Ft. Lauderdale that morning and have plenty of time to get aboard. This will, however, be the middle of winter, and winter weather delays in any part of the country can have an affect on numerous other airports, causing unexpected delays. So for safety/peace of mind (and if you are willing to pay the extra expense), you may want to fly in on Feb. 18th and stay at a nearby hotel overnight. Feel free to take advantage of the special rate we’ve arranged with the Springhill Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port. (see below) Alternately, you can make your own hotel arrangements; but note that, due to a big honkin’ boat show that weekend, hotel availability may be limited.
On Feb. 26, the ship is scheduled to dock at 7 am; but disembarking can be a multi-hour process, and weather can affect docking time. It’s suggested that you schedule your flights home for 1 pm or later. Not a requirement, just a suggestion.
Many area hotels have shuttles to/from the airport and/or ship; and there should be plenty of taxis available (especially upon disembarking). You can also arrange rides ahead of time through Holland America; you'll find options when you go through their Online Check-In process.
Ft. Lauderdale hotel pre-/post-cruise
We’ve arranged for a special JoCo Cruise Crazy rate at the Springhill Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port of $175/night plus taxes (a savings of $54-74 off their usual rates) for the night before (Feb. 18) and/or night after (Feb. 26) the cruise. The Springhill Suites also will provide FREE shuttle transfer from the airport to the hotel, and from the hotel to the cruise port, but not returning from the ship, unless you are booked for a room there the night of Feb. 26th.
If you’re interested in taking advantage of our discount, call the Springhill Suites at (954) 920-9696; when reserving, use our Group Code “JOCT” if reserving for Feb. 18th, or use “JCCT” if reserving for Feb. 26th. You must make your reservation before January 21st to be guaranteed the rate; you mightstill get it of you reserve after then, but it will be based on availability.
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