Last year, instead of a NYE resolution, I asked a question: “What do I need?” I answered:
I need to:
- Experience love.
- Get out more.
- Less Planning, More Doing
I’m proud to say that I’ve accomplished all 3. (all though I need to be better at #3)
Going on the Jonathan Coulton JoCo Cruise Crazy 4 trip was one of the trips that I said “Why not?”
I’ve heard of the cruise through several mentions during w00tstock events and when Jonathan Coulton and Paul and Storm attended Dragon Con in 2012. A 6-day cruise is an expensive trip, but I’ve never been on a cruise and I wanted to do it. I’m glad my girlfriend Misty said yes to going on the cruise.
Overall, the Joco Cruise Crazy was great. So many friendly, smart and creative people all in one space. The cruise was 6 days – Sunday and Monday were on the water, Tuesday – Grand Cayman, Wednesday – Jamaica, Thursday – Labadee Haiti, Friday on water. On location days, you would go on an excursion if you paid for one and get back to the boat in the late afternoon. 6 to 8 was dining and after 9 were the performances.
For a list of events, you were giving a Sea Monkey newsletter as well as the app CruiseMonkey that utilized the ship’s wifi without you paying for wifi access. The Twit-Arrr feature on the app was a Twitter like service that did the same functionality -that was genius.
JCCC 4 had about 1,000 attendees from what I gathered, about 1/4 of total amount of cruise guests. A majority of the attendees hailed from either Boston, Washington DC, Portland or Seattle. Los Angeles and New York was lacking – I never met anyone from there (although most of the entertainers live in those two locations.) From meeting people, I did find a total of 9 from Dallas/Fort Worth TX – where I’m located.
I’m writing this three days separated from the cruise. The vacation was very much welcomed and needed. I was looking for inspiration and I got it. I was going to write more about the event in detail (I might later) but I’ll let the pictures explain for now. If you get the chance, go. This was a great experience.
This was the registration bag for the cruise.
I will use this bag of holding for grocer shopping.
Conference Room – People brought their own games on board for communal play. This room was a great place to learn a game and to make a new friend or 10.
Entertainers. Here’s a list of all of the performers.
Independence of the Seas – That was a very nice ship.
A group of attendees made this card set for the cruise. Misty and I met one of the people who made these cards and gave us a deck. That was generous and awesome.