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19 February 2016 @ 12:50 pm
JoCo Cruise - 2017 Edition  
Also for people who aren't on twitter, tickets for the 2017 JoCo Cruise went on sale a couple weeks ago.


Since the ship is sailing out of San Diego next year instead of Florida (as it has been doing since the whole thing started i believe) Avalyn and i finally decided to get in on the action :)

For those unaware (and who don't want to go look at the FAQ on the page) the JoCo cruise is basically a week long SF convention on a boat. It was original started by Jonathan Coulton (hence the name) and thus has more of a bias towards music and other performances than the average con. However there's still going to be authors and boardgaming and the other usual conventiony stuff. Or at least that's the impression i've had as someone who has watched from afar but never attended before this.

The cruise usually happens in February (in fact i think this year's cruise is leaving Real Soon Now?) but in addition to switching ports, and more importantly coasts, the 2017 one is scheduled for the first full week of March. And in addition the event has grown enough that this time they were able to buy out the entire ship. Meaning that everyone on board will either be part of the crew or a fellow geek.

Needless to say, when you add the cost of a convention on top of a one week cruise it doesn't come out cheap. At this point if you wanted to go by yourself it would be about $3000 at the cheapest. If you have someone to share a room with you can still get in for as little as about $1800 each. If you go 3 or 4 people to a room you can get it down to about $1500 each. (And i think there are some people/groups who have bought more space than they need and are looking for people to bunk with, possibly for cheaper than the above prices.)

chalgaryn and steuard were definitely pretty instrumental in convincing us to go. And we in turn were able to convince coraa and jmpava to sign up. However while everyone else decided to go for the cheaper accommodations, Avalyn and i decided to splurge on a room with a balcony, which came out to about $2500 each. Of course when you consider the fact that we don't have to pay for plane tickets to get to the port the price differential isn't _quite_ as extreme.

So anyways, if anyone else i know is interested, you've got the link now.
Current Mood: bouncystill bouncy
Current Music: Jonathan Coulton - Still Alive
Kimchalgaryn on February 19th, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
The first year, it was pretty much just big scheduled events a couple times a day, game room available whenever, and on your own time to mingle or do whatever the rest of the time. It's gotten more SF convention-y over the years with us Sea Monkeys scheduling our own semi-official Shadow Cruise events (everything from knitting get-togethers to swing dance lessons to small concerts) and the more recent Writing Track panels that have evolved as they've convinced Scalzi to be more officially involved than just a dude on vacation with his wife :-) Instead of limited space convention-style coffee klatches, the cruise celebrities have taken to just announcing office hours when they feel like hanging out (John Hodgman usually takes over a hot tub once a day, for example).

I know of three other Mudders who are thinking about coming. At least one is planning on deciding by the end of February to take advantage of the 10% off discount if you pay in full when you book your room. (There's still 5% off for paying in full at time of booking through mid-August, and a $75/person discount for any booking before mid-May.)