2020 HELPFUL RESOURCES
Google Drive: Official THO Shared Folder
We’ve consolidated many of the documents in the section below into one folder to make things easier for you to download for offline viewing.
From The Home Office
JUST ADDED 3/5 – This is the booklet you’ll receive during check-in. The Welcome Guide is a slickly designed, easy-to-read guide that covers all the basics aboard the cruise with maps, an outline of the days, bios and much, much more. Download the PDF and get a head start on learning all things JoCo!
JUST ADDED 3/4 – Want to know exactly where we’re docking and when? Check out our super-helpful JoCo 2020 Google Map complete with instructions on how to download offline maps to your phone.
A whole week’s worth of shows, panels, dance parties, gatherings, hangouts, late-night pizza, you know and love – not to mention OVER 200 HOURS of Shadow Events! Dive in and see all the awesomeness!
A good one to add to your phone! This PDF map shows you where public restrooms are, which are designated as all-gender, and which have accessibility accommodations.
JoCo Cruise strives to accommodate the needs of all our attendees to the greatest extent possible. We’ve assembled this page for the benefit of those who avail themselves of the ship’s accessibility features and practices. This includes our Accessibility Guide PDF.
We assembled over one ton (literally, we weighed them) of games into a Game Library in the Main Dining Room, with 24-hour access. Includes games provided by JoCo Cruise, plus contributions on loan from your fellow seafarers.
We’re bringing an ’80s shopping mall’s worth of classic arcade game machines, and they’ll be 100% free to play, all week long! Find them in the Billboard Onboard lounge on Deck 2. Our console gaming “home base”, featuring over 40 consoles, will be up on Deck 10 in the “EXC” area.
A useful collection of the most Frequently Asked Questions about JoCo Cruise.
This is a handy guide for people new to the JoCo Cruise experience, to help you get an overall sense of the event and to find easy ways to dive in and “get into the swing of things,” so to speak.
From Holland America
For a modest fee, Holland America arranges adventures you can share with fellow JoCo Cruisers designed to maximize your time and fun while ashore. Beach and snorkeling trips, off-road Jeep tours, and history and culinary tours are just a sampling. Here’s the 2019 excursions to get idea of what is in store.
Holland America’s comprehensive web page for Cruise Preparation, which covers a wide range of topics, including documentation, baggage policy information and packing advice, dress code, childcare and youth activities, and much more.
Very thorough and covers a wide range of topics, including cruise preparation, documentation, baggage policy information and packing advice, childcare and youth activities, and much more.
see the Ship Specs section below for more facts and documents specific to the ship…
Fan-run, active group where you can usually find veteran cruisers who are happy to let you know the skinny.
The JoCo Cruise Discussion Forums are set up for people to post when they either have a booking and are seeking roommates, or are seeking a booking to join. Head on over to to join up. NOTE: before posting, be sure to read the pinned “Seeking roommates? READ THIS FIRST” topic for general formatting guidelines. This will make things easier both for you and the people seeking such listings.
MARCH 7-14, 2020
2020 will mark JoCo Cruise’s tenth (!) sailing. We’re amazed—happily so!—at how this event has grown and thrived over the years, and we’re thrilled about how many people have made new friends, connected with old friends, and formed our cruise into such a warm, friendly, welcoming and happy community.
But you better hope that you’re not a “stop” in 2020, because we plan to pull out as many of them as possible as we gear up for JoCo Cruise 2020!
- 10/30/18 Mike, Storm & Zip had an idea
<This will become a list of important dates and deadlines -Mike>
We depart on our adventure! For more information on flights, hotels and everything else leading up to this, click below…
HALF MOON CAY
Holland America’s private island in the Caribbean. It’s an all-time favorite beach and relaxation spot for JoCo Cruise that’s also a protected nature preserve; it’s as close to the Castaway experience as you can get! (At least, while still having a bar, beach chairs and a ship to leave on.)
Enjoy the plethora of activities on board (panels, gaming, crafting, and dozens of other options); just chill by the pool or in your stateroom; your day is yours to do as you please; we’re not the boss of you!
Cruise to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for a unique blend of colonial and modern city life plus beaches, waterfalls and rainforest adventures.
Once again enjoy the plethora of activities on board (panels, gaming, crafting, and dozens of other options); just chill by the pool or in your stateroom; your day is yours to do as you please; we’re still not the boss of you!
You’ll find sugar-white sand, brilliant blue waters, and a kaleidoscopic of sea life—and astronauts—on this jem of an island in the archipelago nation of Turks & Caicos. Visit the Turks and Caicos National Museum, the Grand Turk Lighthouse, the Cockburn Town waterfront, and the Splashdown Grand Turk exhibition celebrating astronaut John Glenn’s return to Earth in 1962, just off the coast.
AT SEA SOME MORE
Continue to enjoy the plethora of activities on board (panels, gaming, crafting, and dozens of other options); just chill by the pool or in your stateroom; your day is yours to do as you please; it’s abundantly clear by now that we’re not the boss of you!
We return to port.
BASIC 2020 DATES
Friday, March 6th
It’s not required, but we recommend arriving in Fort Lauderdale the day before sailing.
Saturday, March 7th
Boarding is between 11:30 a.m. (approximately) and 3:30 p.m. For more info on what happens at sea, check out the destinations page and the schedule page.
Saturday, March 14th
We return to port in Fort Lauderdale at approximately 7 a.m., we recommend that no one should book flights before noon the same day.
FLIGHTS, HOTELS & TRANSPORTATION
We have a page dedicated to helping you with everything that comes before you board the ship.
The Nieuw Amsterdam
HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE LINE – SIGNATURE CLASS
This will be our first time sailing on a Signature Class ship, and wow it’s a doozy. Delivered to Holland America in 2010 and refit in 2017, its design and art (valued at more than $3M) are inspired by New York City. Most important: its layout will be fantastic for our events and hangouts, all week long.
Length: 285 m (935 ft)
Beam: 32 m (105 ft)
Draught: 7.9 m (26 ft)
Max speed: 23.9 knots (warp factor 0.00000034)
Decks: 11 passenger decks
Giant Squid Crush Resistance: Maximum