JoCoCruise/JoCo Cruise 8

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Announced: February 24, 2017

Dates: Sunday, February 18 - Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ship: Holland America's ms Oosterdam

Capacity: 1,964, double occupancy (maximum passenger capacity 2,587)

Ports: San Diego, California; Cabo San Lucas, MX; Loreto, MX; La Paz, MX

Attendance: "80 percent capacity", per the Management Q&A session, 2018. (calculates to 1,571)

Registration

Note: All bookings must be made through the JoCo Cruise website.

Initial Booking: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Milestones:

Itinerary announced: Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Initial Lineup announced: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Shadow Cruise event submission window open: Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Thursday, January 18, 2018

Helper Monkey Application window open: Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cabin numbers assigned: Thursday, November 9, 2017

HAL booking numbers assigned: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Shore excursions on sale: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Loreto Food Festival tickets available online through: January 31, 2018

Booking closes: February 10, 2018

Itinerary

Official Schedule: http://jococruise2018.sched.com/

Released February 8, 2018 (10 days prior to departure)

Date Location Arrival Departure
Sunday 18 February 2018 Depart San Diego 4:00 pm
Monday 19 February 2018 At Sea
Tuesday 20 February 2018 Cabo San Lucas 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Wednesday 21 February 2018 Loreto (*departs late night) 8:00 am 1:00 am*
Thursday 22 February 2018 La Paz (accessed from the walk-off port of Pichilingue, free shuttle to La Paz) 10:00 am 6:00 pm
Friday 23 February 2018 At Sea
Saturday 24 February 2018 At Sea
Sunday 25 February 2018 Arrive San Diego 7:00 am

About the Shadow Cruise - Some scheduling stats:

93 distinct Shadow Events

131 Shadow Event sessions

183.5 hours of Shadow Events on the schedule

358 total public sessions of things to do

493.75 total hours of things to do scheduled

166 hours on board the ship (if you managed to board by noon and were among the last people off)

Entertainment

This cruise features nightly entertainment by Jonathan Coulton and friends, as well as a host of social events and adventures suggested by fans.

Performers and Featured Guests†

Announced July 20, 2017:

Announced August 3, 2017:

Announced September 14, 2017:

Announced October 12, 2017:

Announced December 7, 2017:

Announced January 11, 2017:

Cory Doctorow: "Unfortunately, due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict, Cory Doctorow will be unable to attend the 2018 cruise. He wished us to convey his "enormous regret and chagrin" (that's a direct quote) that he can't make it this year, and we will all be sure to raise a delicious frozen drink his honor while on board." Ted Leo: "Unfortunately, Ted Leo has to cancel his appearance with is for 2018. We've loved having him aboard, and look forward to having him back in future years. Huan, the Hound of Valinor has spoken for an unprecedented fourth time to express how much he will miss Ted this year.

†Featured Guests will not have their own main stage performances; but they will host events, hold Office Hours, and will very likely appear as guests during other performers’ shows and/or other Main Stage events.

Onboard Internet Availability

THO E-mail (January 25, 2018): Onboard Internet Internet on the Oosterdam is offered on a "per-minute" basis. You can either pay as you go for $0.75 per minute, or purchase various blocks of time at a discount: 100 minutes for $55 ($0.55/min.) 250 minutes for $100 ($0.40/min.) 500 minutes for $175 ($0.35/min.) 1000 minutes for $250 ($0.25/min.)

You can sign up for any of the above options once on board directly on your device.

Please note, especially to those new to JoCo Cruise: Internet on the ship is slow at best. You will definitely not be able to stream video, and are advised against depending on streaming audio or sending and receiving large files. Even on a "regular" cruise, connections are slow compared to what you're probably used to; and our group will have FAR higher Internet demands than a "regular" cruise. In our various ports of call, there will be restaurants, cafes and other establishments that offer free or low-cost wifi if you require a higher speed connection.

Also, when planning to use onboard Internet, it will be extremely helpful for both you and everyone else to turn off automatic backups (iCloud, Backblaze, etc.), and other programs that automatically update (such as iTunes). Doing this will greatly lower overall bandwidth usage, and will save you both time and money.

Gaming Library

Library Spreadsheet, List of Games

Informational Video by Twogether Studios

Theme Days and Dress Code

Theme Days Per an e-mail from THO (November 20, 2017):

Here are the Theme Days for this year's cruise. Passengers are encouraged to embrace each day's theme as they deem appropriate—theme-appropriate dress/cosplay is welcomed, but never required:

- Day 1 (Sun. Feb. 18): Welcome New Monkeys!

We'll be holding events specifically designed to make our first-time Sea Monkeys feel welcome and to help them ease into the swing of things. Make a particular effort on this day to seek out new Monkeys and help show them what a great decision they've made by joining us!

- Day 2 (Mon. Feb. 19): Space! Day

It's like the ocean, but drier and somewhat larger. Cosplay as your favorite alien/space pirate/astronaut/astronomer/etc.; take some time to stargaze tonight; and generally Get Excited About Space!

- Day 3 (Tue. Feb. 20): Cosplay Day

We have a bunch of terrifically talented cosplayers every year, and today is your day to really pull out all the stops. Sky's the limit; show off your best!

- Day 6 (Fri. Feb. 23): Formal Night

See note below.

- Day 7 (Sat. Feb. 24): Jammies Day

Everyone's running out of clean clothes anyway, so today is one big day-long celebration of the fact that nobody can make us put on "real" clothes if we don't want to!

Formal Night "Rules":

Formal wear is encouraged, but not required, at dinner.

"Formal wear" is defined VERY flexibly. Tuxedo and cocktail dress? Fine. Sport coat and slacks? Sure. Starfleet uniform? Awesome. Full Scottish regalia? Bonnie. You get the idea.

Fezzes and tiaras are encouraged—but not required. (The wearing of fezzes and tiaras on Formal Night has become a sort of JCC tradition for many.)

The only restriction: no full face masks (HAL regulation).

Beverage Information

This was valid for the 2018 sailing:

Excerpt from Holland America Line Introduces New Beverage Packages press release:

Seattle, Wash., April 24, 2017 - The Elite Beverage Package features any premium spirits, cocktails, wines, beers, coffees, nonalcoholic beverages, bottled water and sodas up to a value of $15 each. On ms Koningsdam, the package also includes the Coca-Cola Freestyle program, where guests can enjoy more than 100 unique Coca-Cola flavors. The price for the Elite Beverage Package is $54.95 per person, per day.

Holland America Line has also introduced discounted pricing for its existing Signature Beverage Package... is priced at $49.95 per person, per day. The Signature Beverage Package includes standard selections of wine, beer, spirits, sodas, coffees and cocktails up to a value of $8 each.

In addition to the Elite and Signature beverage packages, Holland America Line also offers two nonalcoholic beverage options and a Water package.

Quench Beverage Package features unlimited nonalcoholic beverages that include any juices, bottled water, nonalcoholic cocktails, nonalcoholic beers and specialty coffees for a price of $17.95 per person, per day.

The Coca-Cola Package includes unlimited fountain sodas for $8.00 per person, per day. On ms Koningsdam this package also includes the Coca-Cola Freestyle program with more than 100 unique Coca-Cola flavors.

The Water Package offers 12 liter bottles for a price of $32.

Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the Cellar Master Package, consisting of a choice of five wine bottles, a standard and a premium winetasting, one Pinnacle Grill dinner, a wine accessory gift set and a Holland America Line commemorative bottle of wine. Cellar Master Package prices begin at $252 per person.

Unless otherwise noted, beverage packages must be purchased for the duration of the cruise and for all occupants of a stateroom. A 15 percent service charge is automatically added to all beverage purchases.

The new package brings the total beverage package options to five, including the Signature Package, Quench Beverage Package, Coca-Cola Package and Cellar Master Package.

Per The Home Office via e-mail (December 28, 2017): Beverage packages can't be bought online, but can be pre-purchased by calling HAL Ship Services at (800) 541-1576.

Holland America FAQ: Can I Bring Alcoholic Beverages Onboard?: Each guest 21 years and older may bring one bottle of wine or champagne (no larger than 750ml) onboard in carry-on luggage at the beginning of the voyage. (See more at link.)

Beverage Selections: photo album from sailing

Karaoke

Per The Home Office via e-mail (January 11, 2018): As usual, there will be karaoke events on board this year. And we're once again using the massive song library of our friend Joel Stitzel (thanks, Joel!), and the events will once again be hosted by Sea Monkey Randy Parcel (hi, Randy!).

Because this library is far too extensive to print out physically, we're making it available for you to download to your own mobile devices. If you're interested in doing karaoke this year, we strongly recommend you grab the song list now.

Download the JCC2018 Karaoke Song List

External links