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JCCC5 Initial Performer Lineup Announced

We’re very happy to announce the initial Performer Lineup for JoCo Cruise Crazy 5!

Plus Featured Guests*:

Pretty sweet, right? And we’re still not done! We’ll be announcing more Performers and Guests in the coming weeks.

*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.

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JCCC5 – Hotels and Shuttles

The JCCC There and Back Again: Travel and Accommodations page has been updated with complete booking information for the two “official” JCCC5 hotels, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina and the Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale Hotel, including special JCCC5-exclusive rates. The page also now has information for booking shuttles to/from these hotels to the cruiseport and FLL Airport.

We expect our hotel room blocks to sell out, so be sure to act fast!

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JCCC5 Early Booking Deadline – Extended to Tuesday, May 27

Hello Sea Monkeys Actual and Potential! Just a quick notice to let you know that we have extended the deadline for the JCCC5 Early Booking Discount to this coming Tuesday, May 27 at 11:59 pm EDT.

So if you haven’t booked your cabin for JCCC5 yet, you have a little extra time to qualify for the Early Booking discount of $75 per person. But not much; so act soon!

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BOOKING NEWS

Two very important bits of news:
  1. “Firsties” JCCC5 cabin selection for the JCCC4 Onboard Bookers begins May 6th. (We have just sent an email with more details to everyone who signed up via Onboard Booking. If you don’t receive it for some reason, please let the Home Office know ASAP.)
  2. General Public booking for JCCC5 begins on May 12th at 12 noon EDT. We expect many cabin types to sell out quickly, so don’t miss out!
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JoCo Cruise Crazy 4 Official Main Events Schedule

This has been emailed to all passengers, and posted in the JCCC4 discussion forums; but just to be thorough, here is a link a PDF the JCCC4 Main Events Schedule.

That is all.

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JOCO CRUISE CRAZY 5!

It’s true! In addition to getting ready to set sail on JCCC4, The Home Office also been hard at work locking down the details for JCCC5. General public booking won’t open until a few weeks after JCCC4 ends, but here are the basics:

JoCo Cruise Crazy 5
Saturday, January 31 – Sunday, February 8, 2015
on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas
8-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico and Labadee

Complete JCCC5 pricing will be announced on JCCC4, and published here at jococruisecrazy.com after we return.

IMPORTANT: JCCC5 can only be booked here at jococruisecrazy.com (unless you’re sailing on JCCC4; see below). you MAY NOT purchase from anyone else (a travel agent, Royal Caribbean’s website, some guy on the street, etc.) and still participate in JoCo Cruise Crazy’s exclusive entertainment and activities. No exceptions.

And if you are going to be on JCCC4, congratulations; because this year, the ONLY opportunity to “pre-book” JCCC5 (before booking opens to the general public) will be for JCCC4 Sea Monkeys, during JCCC4 itself. (There will be no secondary, post-cruise pre-booking period.)

 Here’s a few details on how it will work:

  • We’ll be sending a JCCC5 Onboard Booking form to every cabin, which carries benefits only available to JCCC4 crusiers:

    • Early access to JCCC5 room selection

    • A new incentive this year: a $100 per cabin room credit on your JCCC5 room account (courtesy of RCI; applies only to JCCC4 onboard bookings)

    • Additional JCCC discounts totaling $110 per person will be automatically applied to your booking:

      • $35 per person Returning Monkey discount (for all Sea Monkeys from any previous JCCC sailing)

      • $75 per person Early Booking discount (for all who book before May 23, 2014)

  • Our Onboard Booking form will collect basic personal information and your desired stateroom type (suite, balcony, exterior, interior; this can be changed later if desired). Wifi Temperance Brigaders rejoice: no Internet or technology beyond a pen is necessary to book JCCC5.

  • A $250 per cabin deposit will be charged to your room account or to another credit card of your choice by the time JCCC4 ends.

  • An email confirmation will be sent to your email address on file.

  • Additional per person deposits will be due and specific cabin selection will take place post-JCCC4, when the JCCC5 booking engine opens (currently scheduled for April 15).

  • All deposits will be fully refundable through May 23, 2014.

Of course we’ll have more details later; but that’s hopefully enough for you to be prepared, should you decide to book onboard. And now that you know, we return you to your previously scheduled dreams of white sand beaches and gatherings of Sea Monkeys…

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Sea Monkey Shore Excursions!

It’s Official:  for JCCC4, we’ve arranged through Royal Caribbean to have Sea Monkey-only shore excursions! Hit the beach, do some snorkeling and/or scuba diving, ride a zip line 500+ feet over a beautiful beach, and/or encounter ocean wildlife, surrounded by your fellow Sea Monkeys to enjoy it with you! See below for a complete list of the Sea Monkey excursions you can purchase.

Once you’ve decided which excursion(s) you’d like to join, go to the JCCC4 Shore Excursions booking page to register. (You will be prompted to log in to your JCCC User Account if you are not already logged in.) A few additional notes:

  • No payment is required during registration. Once officially booked, your excursion(s) will be billed to your room account on board the Independence of the Seas. You will NOT be billed through the JCCC4 booking engine/user account system.
  • If there’s an excursion you’d like to take as a Sea Monkey trip that’s not on our list, let us know. Even better: go to the Forums or Facebook group to see if there’s a lot of interest in the excursions, since it’ll likely need to have a minimum of participants to qualify as a Sea Monkey-only trip.
  • Cabana/beach amenity bookings on Labadee will be run through a lottery that will be held separately from this excursion booking system.

Of course you’re free to explore all of the ports of call on your own, or sign up for the “regular” Royal Caribbean excursions. But for those who just want to step off the ship and know that everything is already pre-arranged and calibrated for the optimal amount of fun—and in the company of your fellow Sea Monkeys—the excursions listed below are a great way to go.

Georgetown, Grand Cayman — Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Seven Mile Beach Break with Lunch

Departures:  11:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes
Tour Includes:  reserved area of lounge chairs at beach, a complimentary drink or open bar (see above), and buffet lunch. Cabana rentals will also be available, for those who are into that sort of thing.
Price:  $69 per person - includes one complimentary drink from the bar;
$114 per person - includes open bar (domestic beers, rum punch, fruit punch, soft drinks/sodas and water)

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Relax and enjoy your day on one of Grand Cayman’s most famous beach destinations, Seven Mile Beach. Once you arrive, you will be given a refreshing complimentary drink from the bar and a lounge chair. Soak up some sun and swim in the crystal-clear water. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.

You will have access to restrooms, changing rooms, and fresh water showers. For those who prefer a more active day, kayaks, snorkel equipment, and beach floats are available for a rental fee at the Watersports Centre.


Dolphin Push, Pull & Swim and Turtle Farm

Departure: 10:00 AM
Duration:  3 hours 45 minutes
Price:  $109 per person

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Visit Dolphin Discovery for a 45-minute encounter with a bottlenose dolphin, where you will be pushed by a dolphin while riding a boogie board, then glide across the water holding the dolphin’s pectoral fins. You will also have the unique opportunity to touch the sleek and playful animal and pose for a dolphin kiss. Professional photographers will capture the excitement as you enjoy your experience with the dolphins and photos and a DVD will be available for purchase.

After your dolphin program, you will have free time to explore the Cayman Turtle Farm, where you can see, learn about, and touch some of the 11,000 turtles that live there.

RESTRICTIONS: minimum age: 3 years.


Turtle, Stingray Land & Sea Adventure

Departure:  9:00 AM
Duration:  4 hours
Price:  $85 per person

Board a motor coach and drive north to visit the Turtle Farm, a sea turtle nursery where green and hawksbill turtles are bred and raised. Next proceed to Tortuga Rum Cake Outlet and the small town of “Hell”. Then take a boat ride to the Stingray City Sandbar, where you will have 1 hour to interact with the tame southern stingrays.

RESTRICTIONS: minimum age: 3 years.


Discover Scuba Diving

Departures:  10:30 AM; 12:30 PM
Duration:  3 hours
Price: $109 per person

If you have ever had an interest in scuba diving, this excursion provides you the introduction to the sport that you have been looking for. You will receive a safety orientation and familiarization time in the pool with the dive equipment. Move into the Caribbean Sea for a guided dive over the Casuarina Reef, descending to a depth of 20 to 40 feet. All equipment is included. NOTE: Medical restrictions apply.

RESTRICTIONS: minimum age: 12 years; maximum age: 70 years.


Scuba Dive Two Tank Boat with & without Equipment

Departure:  11:30 AM
Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes
Price: $119 per person with equipment; $99 per person without equipment

Enjoy a two tank boat dive that is operated on the famous west side of Grand Cayman, and begins with one of Cayman’s world class reefs, followed by a second location, allowing you to discover why Cayman is rated as one of the best dives sites in the world. The tour includes PADI instructor guides and all essential equipment.

RESTRICTIONS: minimum age: 12 years.


Stingray City & Barrier Reef Snorkel

Departure:  11:30 AM
Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes
Price:  $77 per person

This tour is a combination of two of the most popular excursions in Grand Cayman. You will enjoy a mesmerizing snorkel experience at Coral Gardens Reef and swim with stingrays at Stingray City. HIGHLIGHTS: Snorkel the Coral Gardens Reef and view an array of tropical fish and marine life. Next, you can swim and interact with friendly stingrays at Stingray City. Mask, fins, and snorkel are provided. NOTES: Medical restrictions apply. The average water depth is approximately 10 – 12 feet.

RESTRICTIONS: minimum age: 3 years.


Shipwreck Snuba

Departure:  11:30 AM
Duration:  2 hours
Price:  $69 per person

Snuba is a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving and allows you to experience the amazing underwater world without previous experience or the cumbersome equipment and certification with scuba diving. HIGHLIGHTS: After a brief walk to the facility and equipment briefing, you will enter the crystal clear waters and being your snuba experience. Your certified guide will lead you to a coral reef and large shipwreck that are teeming with marine life. NOTES: Medical restrictions apply. Approximate depth is 12-30 feet. Guests must be able to swim but do not need any previous snorkeling experience. Expectant mothers are not permitted on this excursion.

RESTRICTIONS: minimum age: 8 years; maximum weight: 330 pounds.

Reef & Wreck Snorkel

Departure:  12:00 PM
Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes
Price:  $44 per person

This snorkel tour is a delightful way to spend your day in Grand Cayman and is suitable for beginner and experienced snorkelers! Board a motor cruiser for a short scenic cruise out to two snorkeling locations. The first is a majestic reef system, where you will swim with colorful tropical fish and marine life. The second stop is over a shallow ship wreck. Restrooms, shade, and snorkel equipment are included.

RESTRICTIONS:  minimum age: 3 years.


Cayman Pirate Encounter

Departure:  2:00 PM
Duration:  2 hours
Price:  $47 per person

Be a pirate and relive the swashbuckling days of long ago. This cruise is great for kids of all ages. HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy a two hour costal cruise on the Jolly Roger, an 80-foot square-rigged sailing galleon, watching the crew scramble up the rigging and hoist the sails. Explore the crystal-clear Cayman waters during a swim stop and then enjoy a complimentary rum punch on the sail back to the pier. NOTES: Not recommended for guests who suffer from seasickness and those with mobility challenges.

Falmouth, Jamaica — Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Irie Mon Beach Break

Departure:  9:00 AM
Duration:  5 hours 30 minutes
Trip includes: Welcome rum punch, complimentary bar, BBQ lunch buffet, beach lounge chairs
Price:  $89 per person

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Quietly soak up some sun, relax under an umbrella, or learn the latest dance moves with our play-makers. On arrival, a refreshing rum punch awaits, along with music from the steel-pan as the fun begins. Enjoy a clean white sand beach, ideal for swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing with reggae and soca music in the background. Complimentary Red Stripe beer on tap, rum and fruit punches, sodas, and bottled water will be available, along with a Jamaican BBQ lunch buffet.

Join in beach activities, enjoy a relaxing massage in the gazebo by professional therapeutic masseurs, or get your hair braided Jamaican-style. Shop for local crafts at the souvenir/gift shop, along with several craft vendors (straw weaving, leather, wood carving, etc.).

Additional activities (including a catamaran snorkeling expedition) and amenities (including beach umbrellas) are available at an extra cost.


Chukka Horseback Ride N Swim

Departure:  9:30 AM
Duration:  4 hours 45 minutes
Price:  $99 per person

Saddle up for a ride through two of the oldest sugar plantations on the island, Richmond and Llandovery. Then head to Chukka Beach where you’ll feel the rush as you ride into the Caribbean Sea on horseback. Highlights: Enjoy the amazing bareback ride into the Caribbean Sea. See the locations of several movie shoots. Notes: Wear your bathing suit. Lockers are available to rent. Guests with chronic back problems or expectant mothers should not participate.

RESTRICTIONS: minimum age: 5 years; maximum weight: 250 pounds.


Rio Bueno River Rafting Adventure

Departure:  9:30 AM
Duration:  4 hours
Price:  $87 per person

Enjoy a great family adventure as you explore the many moods of the Rio Bueno River in an inflatable water raft. Your tour begins on arrival as you meet with your captain, who will be with you for the full duration of your tour. You are given safety instructions by your captain before you cross the “Irie Bridge” and head into the rain forest. Take your seat and wait for the crew to give the ready signal before your captain launches your raft into the swift moving water. As the current s begin to fade, you arrive at a calm section of the river for a chance to swim in the cool water and try out the tarzan rope swing.

RESTRICTIONS: minimum age: 5 years; maximum age: 65 years; maximum weight: 250 pounds.

Labadee, Haiti — Thursday, February 27, 2014


Dragon’s Breath Flight Line

Departures:  11:30 AM; 12:00 PM
Duration:  1 hour 15 minutes
Price:  $94 per person

Experience a view that only the birds have enjoyed as you soar over the beaches on the flight line for spectacular views of Labadee. Soar over 500 feet above the beaches at speeds of 40-50 mph.

NOTES: Not recommended for guests with back or neck problems. Shirt and shoes required.

RESTRICTIONS: minimum height 60 inches; minimum weight 75 pounds; maximum weight: 250 pounds.


NEW – Labadee Snorkel Safari

Departure:  1:00 PM
Duration:  1 hour 15 minutes
Price:  $54 per person

Hop aboard a double deck catamaran for a scenic cruise along Haiti’s breathtaking coastline on your way to snorkeling reefs. Your professional snorkel instructors will provide a guided snorkel tour and fish feeding for a fun and interactive marine life experience. All snorkel equipment is provided along with instructions to ensure snorkelers of all experience levels have a fun filled snorkel safari. After an hour of snorkeling, come back onboard for complimentary rum or fruit punch and some great island tunes. Whether you come aboard to snorkel, sunbathe or swim, you’re sure to enjoy yourself!

RESTRICTIONS: maximum weight: 350 pounds; minimum age: 3 years.


NEW – Labadee Wave Jet Tour – Driver

Departure:  1:00 PM
Duration:  1 hour
Price:  $95 per person

Guided by a SeaTrek instructor, this 50-minute adventure takes you zooming along Labadee’s coast for the ride of a lifetime on a personal watercraft! This is an adventure you don’t want to miss!

NOTES:

  • What to bring: SeaPass card; towel; sun protection and sunglasses; valid driver’s license (if under 21).
  • No alcohol can be consumed before the tour.
  • Minimum age to drive is 16 years with a valid driver’s license. If under 21 years, you must show your license.
  • Maximum 1 driver and 1 passenger per personal watercraft. This booking is valid for driver only. Passengers need to reserve separately.
  • Guests should consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Guests with cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition should take particular caution when selecting a tour with snorkeling/swimming elements. Guests who have concerns should consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them.
  • All participants on the wave jet tour must speak and fully understand English for safety reasons.

RESTRICTIONS: minimum age: 16 years.


NEW – Labadee Wave Jet Tour – Passenger

Departure:  1:00 PM
Duration:  1 hour
Price:  $29 per person

Guided by a SeaTrek instructor, this 50-minute adventure takes you zooming along Labadee’s coast for the ride of a lifetime on a personal watercraft! This is an adventure you don’t want to miss!

NOTES:

  • What to bring: SeaPass card; towel; sun protection and sunglasses. (Driver’s license not needed for jet ski passengers.)
  • No alcohol can be consumed before the tour.
  • Minimum age to drive is 16 years with a valid driver’s license. If under 21 years, you must show your license.
  • Maximum 1 driver and 1 passenger per watercraft. This booking valid for passenger only. Drivers must reserve separately. A passenger between the ages of 10-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Guests should consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Guests with cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition should take particular caution when selecting a tour with snorkeling/swimming elements. Guests who have concerns should consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them.
  • All participants on the wave jet tour must speak and fully understand English for safety reasons.

RESTRICTIONS: minimum age: 10 years; combined weight of driver and passenger must not exceed 375 pounds.

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UPDATE: Grant Imahara! Also: Merch Store Now Open!

We’re excited to finally announce our new addition to the JCCC4 performer lineup, Mythbuster Grant Imahara! He’s worked for Industrial Light & Magic. He’s personally repaired R2-D2 units. He’s fought on BattleBots. He’s built the robot skeleton sidekick Geoff Peterson for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. And he’s been a Mythbuster since 2005. We are thrilled to have him on board, and pray that he doesn’t blow up anything while we’re at sea (jk NSA overlords).

Second: the JCCC4 Merchandise Store is now officially OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

We’re really excited about the products that we’ve lined up this year! ThinkGeek has designed an awesome T-shirt; we found a way to make custom die cut flip-flops that leave a “JCCC” impression IN THE SAND AS YOU WALK; we’ve got a mug featuring a picture of Captain JoCo holding a mug featuring a picture of Captain JoCo holding a mug; we have an even better towel. And SO. MUCH. MORE!

We’ve also got some sweet bundles set up in the store…and…listen: you should just go check it out.

MERCH STORE INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. The store link is below. If you’re not logged into your JCCC User Account, you will be taken to the login screen and then to the store. (You must be logged in to your JCCC User Account to purchase items in the store.)
  2. Select your items and/or bundles, add them to your cart; you can view your cart using the navigation on the top bar.
  3. When ready to check out, go to your cart; there is a button there to check out via Paypal.
  4. Once your payment is submitted you will receive an email receipt detailing your order. A line item for the order will show up on your JCCC billing statement and a payment of that same amount will be applied against your JCCC balance. Your billing statement will show merch was purchased, but not which merch. (Perfect for gifts to others in your cabin!)
  5. Your merch will be available for pickup at registration onboard the Independence of the Seas. (As in previous years, we cannot ship orders to anyone ahead of time.)
  6. If you have any questions, email [email protected].

OK… enough talking. Here’s the link!
jococruisecrazy.com/jccc4/merch/

The store will be open through December 25th, 2013. Make sure you get your orders in by then!

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Entertainment UPDATE: Ben Acker and Ben Blacker

We’re excited to announce one more addition to our already chock-full-of-awesome roster of entertainers: Ben Acker and Ben Blacker from Thrilling Adventure Hour . In case you don’t know, Thrilling Adventure Hour is a staged show in the style of old-time radio that is also a podcast on the Nerdist network. Ben and Ben are the creators and writers, and they’ve agreed to come up with something specially written for our cruise, to be performed by a cast made up of our other performers. A murder cruise musical? A madcap, hilarious pageant of nautical history? Who knows! While we were unable bring the whole cast of talented Workjuice Players, Paul F. Tompkins is an indispensable regular at these shows, so we’ve got that going for us. John Hodgman has guest-starred many times, and Paul and Storm, and even wee little Jonathan Coulton have been allowed to say some words on stage sometimes. We’re big fans of what the Bens do, and we know they’re going to make something unique and wonderful. So welcome aboard Bens!

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New/Updated JCCC4 Hotel Information

Well, you guys are pretty crazy; you essentially bought up all our rooms at the Embassy Suites the day we announced them. On the one hand, that’s quite impressive; on the other hand, it’s frustrating for the many folks who couldn’t get rooms in time.

As such, we have been working for the past couple weeks to get new hotel rooms available to you. We can now announce the following new hotel information:

1. Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel

We now have a block of rooms available to us at the Renaissance on the nights of Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 for a discounted rate of $259 per night (plus taxes and fees) for single- through quad-occupancy. Rooms are single-King bed or two Queen beds. Daily parking is available ($25 self-park, $30 valet), and long-term parking while on the cruise is available for $10 per day.

The Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel is less than ½ mile from the Embassy Suites (Google Maps says it’s an 8 minute walk); so you can still easily come hang out with the larger group of Sea Monkeys at the Embassy Suites if you wish; in addition to the general informal gathering, the Embassy Suites has a nightly 2-hour open bar (with cocktails, beer, wine, soft drinks and light snacks) from 5:30-7:30 pm; non-Embassy guests may join for only $20.

To book at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel at the JCCC4 Sea Monkey $259/night rate:

  • Book online via this link:  bit.ly/JCCC4Renaissance
  • Call Renaissance reservations at (800) 468-3571; tell them you are with the “Joco Cruise Crazy group”

Shuttle service is also available via Quick and Safe (954-234-7856) for the following travel legs:

  • FLL to Renaissance – $15 per person
  • Renaissance to cruise port – $6 per person
  • Cruise Port to FLL – $15 per person

2. Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale – UPDATE

The Embassy Suites has just made an additional small number of rooms available on Saturday, March 1 at the existing JCCC4 discounted rate of $239 per night. Get ‘em while they’re hot.

Otherwise, as of this writing, there are no more rooms available at the Embassy Suites at the JCCC4 rate on any nights. The hotel is completely booked on Feb. 21 and 22; there are some rooms available at the hotel on Feb. 18, 19 and 20 at their standard rates (which vary according to room type).

 

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