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Sea Monkey

A person who has attended at least one JoCo Cruise
Background: Prior to the first cruise, a poll on the official website was used to determine how the Monarch should address her “subjects”. The winning term was Sea Monkeys, which has since the cruise become the default term to refer to anyone who went on JoCo Cruise Crazy.
First mention online - about October 2010


The Home Office (THO)

Folks who are responsible for organizing the cruise.


Name Change

JoCo Cruise Crazy to JoCo Cruise

Originally, the cruise was named “JoCo Cruise Crazy” or “JCCC” in reference to the Jonathan Coulton song “Tom Cruise Crazy”.

This changed in 2014:

FINALLY, A NOTE RE: OUR NAME

Some of you may notice that the new merchandise is labeled “JoCo Cruise” and “JoCo Cruise 2015” and that there's no “Crazy” there. This is because we are officially altering the name, mostly to reflect what most people call it anyway. (The official changeover won't occur until we roll out our new and improved website, which is happening Soon™.)

But please rest assured: the JoCo Cruise will still have the same wonderful people and fun and inclusive atmosphere and community, and will still be way awesome. And of course it will continue to clock in at the optimal amount of crazy. Reference


Shadow Cruise

… every year, we (THO) set aside a ton of space and time in the schedule for the passengers (i.e., the Sea Monkeys, i.e. you folks) to organize and present their own events. Video gaming sessions, meetups to show off tattoos, book clubs, Zumba classes, song circles and jam sessions, mini-concerts…you name it. If it's doable on the ship (and it keeps to our Code of Conduct (https://jococruise.com/faq-2018/#the-joco-cruise-code-of-conduct) ), we welcome it!

If you're interested in putting together a Shadow Cruise event, fill out our Shadow Cruise Event Request Form.

NOTE: unless specifically requested, Shadow Cruise events will never be scheduled during Main Concerts or while the ship is in any port of call.

See also Shadow Cruise


Monarch of the Seas

This title entails special seating at every concert, a royal regalia (the contents of which were undetermined prior to the cruise), and official declaration that the rest of the attendees had to treat the Monarch as royalty whenever they wore the official regalia. For 2011, this was a benefit to entering the 250 Club.

The 2011 winner of this draw was Aileen, who later wrote a blog post about the experience.

2017 brought the introduction of a whole boat and two groups of shows. What was formerly known as the Monarch of the Seas will now be known as Red Leader and Gold Leader, a similar representative of their respective groups.

If this sounds like an experience that you would rather not win, you may opt out of the drawing.


Red Leader and Gold Leader

2018: As in previous years, each team will be randomly assigned a leader. Red Leader and Gold Leader will each receive an appropriate “crown,” front row seats to the Main Concerts for them and their “wingpersons,” and the praise and approbation of their fellow Sea Monkeys.

If you prefer to opt out of the Red Leader/Gold Leader random drawing pool, just fill out the Red Leader/Gold Leader Opt-out Form (You'll need to be logged in to your JCC User Account.)

And to be clear: these “teams” are not rivals. Rather, just like in the original Star Wars, they are allies working together towards a common goal: creating the best JoCo Cruise ever. (And destroying any Death Stars we might encounter.)

See also Monarch of the Seas.


Paul F. Tompkins Memorial Moustache Formal and Fezstravaganza

Deep-Sea WiFi Temperance Brigade

Helper Monkey

2018: JoCo Cruise is a big, big event. (Like, a whole cruise ship's worth.) And one of the reasons it can properly function at all is the army of volunteers who donate time on board to help monitor events, man the Info Desk, sell artist merch at shows, and a ton of other tasks. We call these stalwart volunteers our Helper Monkeys. And you can be one too!

If you're interested in becoming a Helper Monkey for JCC2018, fill out our Helper Monkey Application (https://jococruise.com/joco-cruise-2018-helper-monkey-application/) . We also strongly suggest you look over our list of Helper Monkey Departments (https://jococruise.com/joco-cruise-2018-helper-monkey-departments/) to get an idea of the different things you can help out with this year.

Please note: we do not use first-time Sea Monkeys as Helper Monkeys. 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 getting familiar with the event and the Sea Monkey community.

See also New Monkey Resident Associates (RA)

first reference in 2012 newsletter


New Monkey Resident Associates (RA)

2018: As noted in last week's email, a number of our experienced volunteers will be serving as “New Monkey RAs” during the week. The New Monkey RAs will be wearing pink sashes throughout the week; even when not “officially” working at events as Helper Monkeys, they are still happy to answer any questions you may have, and generally are there to help. Keep an eye out for them, and say “hi!”


"Silverback" Sea Monkey

A Sea Monkey that is not a first-timer (first referenced in 2012 newsletter).


Morning Announcements

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. And to the degree we’re able, we’ll also mention Sea Monkey-organized events. (2012 newsletter)


Principal Sabourin

A running gag on JoCo Cruise is the school setting, with Sea Monkeys as the students and various official performers as the faculty. The only thing you really need to take away from this is that when Paul says “Good morning class”, the appropriate response is “Good morning Principal Sabourin” in an adequately cheesy manner.


Twit-Arr

2019: Twit-arr

Back in the early days of JoCo Cruise, a group of enterprising Sea Monkeys, lamenting the loss of ready and inexpensive access to social media while at sea, created an onboard social network called Twit-arr. It continues to this day as an onboard email/forum/social media server that runs on the ship's wifi network but does not require an Internet connection. It's accessible via any computer or mobile device, and free to use.

While The Home Office doesn't produce or provide tech support for Twit-arr—it's maintained and updated voluntarily by a stalwart group of your fellow Sea Monkeys—we help facilitate its setup.

In an upcoming email, we'll be sending everyone a registration code to create an account (if you want to use Twit-arr you'll need to create a new account even if you've had one previously) and any other necessary Twit-arr information. In the meantime, you can have a look at and/or download this overview of this year's edition of Twit-arr. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tg-METl-8BrV9fsGCFHil0md5IAGv1hA/view (PDF)


2018: Twit-arr is an onboard server that works over the ship's wi-fi (without requiring an actual Internet connection) for onboard social media communication; you can connect to it using any device with a web browser. You'll receive a handout with complete Twit-Arr instructions on Day 1. (While it is not “official” (i.e., not generated by the Home Office), many folks have found these apps useful.))

Twit-arr handout PDF (2018)


2012: Twit-Arr! The Sea Monkey online communication system (aka StatusNet), will be up and running during the cruise. Think of it as a localized Twitter-y/Facebook-y system, just for JCCC2 people. To be 100% clear: the system will NOT provide Internet access (which you can purchase at a special discounted rate, see above), but will allow JCCC2 Sea Monkeys to post messages to one another from wifi-enabled devices as the cruise progresses (“Anyone up for cosplay shuffleboard? 4 pm on Deck 10 forward!”) You’ll be able to use your laptop or any wifi-enabled device with a web application to connect; and you do NOT need to have purchased any Internet plans (or pay any other fee) to use Twitt-arrr. (2012 newsletter) (see additional content from JoCo wiki 2012)
https://wiki.jonathancoulton.com/Cruise:Onboard_Twitter
https://wiki.jonathancoulton.com/Cruise:Onboard_Twitter/StatusNet

Onboard Twitter - One of the most common fan complaints from JoCo Cruise Crazy was the difficulty in contacting other Sea Monkeys for events that were not on the official schedule. A group on the forum took it upon themselves to create a non-internet based messaging system and announcement board to be used aboard JoCo Cruise Crazy 2.
A read-only archive was put online March 15, 2012. (broken link: http://twit-arrrchive.jococruisecrazy.com/statusnet/)


CruiseMonkey

2018: CruiseMonkey is an app that integrates Twit-arr, the JoCo Cruise online calendar, and has the complete list of songs for Sea Monkey Karaoke. It's free and is available in most platforms' app stores. (While it is not “official” (i.e., not generated by the Home Office), many folks have found these apps useful.))

CruiseMonkey App, includes official and unofficial calendars, search for locations, and view the deck plans.


"F@$! Jamaica"

Sagal: Here's the last question, in this round “What will be the cruise route of JoCo 10? Cruise route - where will it go?”

Wheaton: “It will also stop at Jamaica, so that we can give a lot of tips to people, to express our pleasure at being harassed by them, as we attempt to cross the street.
Hodgman: Yeah, fucking Jamaica
Phirman: … fucking Jamaica [gesture]
Hodgman: I'm glad I gave that island the middle finger as we floated away [gesture]
Phirman: If you haven't seen it, that's just painted on the back of the boat, by the way. So, whenever we leave, it's [gesture]
https://youtu.be/bX7RgCZNIBM?t=18m30s


Towel Monkey of Doom

Towel Monkeys


2012 Exit Poll, March 2, 2012


Snorks

In the past, Sea Monkeys have not taken up the entirety of the cruise ship. Any non-Sea Monkey on the ship was referred to as a Snork. Snork is purely a term of identification, and does not have any derogatory nor positive connotations by itself. Some Snorks have loved us, some Snorks have hated us, but when we share these stories, we will know how to refer to them.

Starting in 2017, when we transitioned into the whole ship format, there are no longer Snorks! Since Sea Monkeys now occupy the entire ship, this term only has use for stories of the past.


JoCoTel


Fancy Pants Parade

ShutterMonkey

ShutterMonkeys are a voluntary group of Sea Monkeys who are charged with the task of photographing the cruise experience. These photos are then used for purposes such as the official JoCo Cruise Photobook. ShutterMonkeys are organized by Sea Monkey Steve Petrucelli, who is commonly known as BatSteve. Keep an eye on Steve’s social media if you’re interested in volunteering to be a ShutterMonkey.


Midnight Cookies or Midnight Pizza

The Midnight label is used to refer to on board services that are available 24 hours a day, which make for great Sea Monkey gathering spots during late night hours. In previous years, this has specifically referred to free cookies and free pizza that has been available on Royal Caribbean ships. These two factions have been known to be in conflict with each other over which free service is superior. The uncomfortable truth is that any free food available to thousands of people at all hours of the day is not of any notable quality.

Other Midnight gatherings have included Midnight Hot Tub and Midnight Mini Golf. The transition to the whole boat format may introduce many other activities under the Midnight label.


Paper Yelp

Food is a pretty big part of any cruise experience. Tragically, we don't always have access to useful tools like Yelp to assist us in these experiences. Fear not, for the Sea Monkey community is a clever community. Paper Yelp is one such clever idea of the clever community, driven by Sea Monkey Jill Shaul. In past years, paper forms have been available for the purpose of reviewing cruise food, which were then posted to the game room wall for other Sea Monkeys to view and help make food based decisions. Paper Yelp examples from previous years can be found here.


Hug Me Tag

Hug Me Tags are a creation by Sea Monkey Jon Riley. Made of durable chainmail armor, Hug Me Tags were created as a means of identifying Sea Monkeys who are comfortable with being hugged as a default state. They are also rumored to protect you from arrows that are fired directly at the spot behind the relatively tiny tag. They are inexpensive and come in a variety of colors.


Mystery Brewing Company

Thanks to efforts from Mystery Brewing Company, JoCo themed beers have been served at the open bar events and cash bars between 2014 and 2017.


Ball pit

Soon(tm)

We love Home Office, but punctuality just isn't always among their best points. So when we talk about when things are going to happen, the time frame is often described as soon™, usually meaning sometime in the future but most likely not actually “soon”.


Sorrento’s

On Royal Caribbean ships, Sorrento’s was the name of the 24 hour pizza establishment. The quality of readily available pizza was, let’s say, questionable. In 2016, it became a running gag to turn this into an amusing slogan, surrounded by the name of the establishment.

Sorrento’s. When you have literally no other choice. Sorrento’s.


Meow

This concept was originally put into practice in 2014. A year later, Jim Boggia explicitly called attention to the fact that any lyric, background vocal, or instrumental part of any song is more entertaining when replaced with the syllable ‘meow’. Some would argue that The Doubleclicks are responsible for this practice with the use of their cat keyboard. You’re welcome to believe either side of the debate.


Shake It Off

During the 2015 dance party, DJ David Rees played Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off a total of 12 times. It’s the kind of experience that you cannot forget even if you wanted to. This was ultimately followed by an on stage performance.


Toddler Pit

It has been pointed out that younger children tend to congregate and play towards the back of the standing room concerts. This area of the crowd, rather than a mosh pit, has been designated as the toddler pit.


Warm Bread

Royal Caribbean’s dining crew in 2014 was particularly enthusiastic about opening dinner with a serving of warm bread. We quickly decided that if they could nerd out over warm bread, then we could nerd out over it too. The ceremony has since been discontinued.


Mike Phirman's Birthday

Every day is Mike Phirman's birthday. Rumor has it that his actual birthday may have fallen at some point during the first cruise, but that is currently irrelevant.


Sex Party

So this happened. And now various happenings among Sea Monkeys can be described as a sex party. Any gathering of Sea Monkeys on Deck 6 has also come to be known as a Six Party.


Glee

If you are unfamiliar with what happened between Jonathan Coulton and Glee back in 2013, you can catch up on all the details here. You are allowed to like Glee. Just be aware that its mention is frequently met with a negative response.


Paul and Time Zones

Holland America adjusts their ships’ clocks when the ship travels across time zones. In 2012, it was frequently announced by Paul that clocks would be set forward an hour on one particular night. This turned out to be false, and an hour of sleep was lost by many a Sea Monkey. Paul will try to point fingers at other members of The Home Office, but we all know who is really to blame. Always trust the captain over Paul when it comes to time adjustments.


Sadness Pie

The key lime pie on Holland America (as of 2012) was horrendous. Key lime pie enthusiasts were disappointed by this and referred to the dessert as Sadness Pie.


Cheese Plate

Royal Caribbean’s cheese plate has also been known to be horrendous. While good cheese plates have been found first hand on various Royal Caribbean venues, the wild inconsistency and worst cases make the cheese plate a dangerous gamble. In response to this madness, Sea Monkeys have been known to host their own cheese parties throughout the week, which may or may not also include blackjack and hookers.


Wang Wang

A Wang Wang is a ridiculously alcoholic drink that is popular on Holland America cruises. Some have described it as a tropical version of a Long Island Iced Tea. Sea Monkeys took a liking to it, so we make efforts to keep the tradition alive, especially as we make the return to a Holland America ship.

This is said to be the drink: 1/4 oz Vodka, 1/4 oz Gin, 1/4 oz White Rum, 1/4 oz Scotch, 1/4 oz Bourbon, 1/4 oz Tequila, 1/4 Triple Sec, 1/4 oz Brandy. Top it off with Pineapple and Orange Juice. Add a splash of Grenadine.


Sluice Box Mucking

This one throws back to 2012. During the performer Q&A, John Roderick shared the story of his gold mining job in Alaska. This was later followed up with a pleasantly unexpected twist on the JoCo classic First of May. More commonplace, Outdoor Hugging has also been used to replace the line in question.


Friends of Bill W.

A notice of a meeting of the Friends of Bill W. on your cruise ship daily schedule indicates an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=2971


First 250 Club aka Koko's Kittens (2011, 2012)

The first 250 passengers who signed up for the cruise were to be granted priority seating at the nightly concerts and admission to a cocktail reception with the performers on the opening night. These privileges were likely meant to encourage fans to sign up quickly and ensure the cruise had enough enrollment to be profitable.

In practice, there were few enough fans beyond the initial 250 that the priority seating was abandoned, and a secondary reception was scheduled for anyone without an invite to the Crow's Nest.

June 17, 2011: UPDATE: The Management has made an executive decision: because of today's overwhelming response, we've decided that even though we've already passed the 250 berth mark, all berths in bookings made by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time today (Friday, June 17) will be included as Koko's Kittens. This includes those who selected “Special Payment Options” and didn't receive a confirmation e-mail; our records will confirm the day and time that you booked.

Thank you all again for your continued patience as we organize ourselves to respond to the several score special request e-mails we've received so far. Our monkeys have been fitted with intravenous caffeine tubes for the task ahead.

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