I’m Booked—Now What? (2017)
Congratulations! You’ve booked JoCo Cruise 2017, and you are going to have an amazing time. Those who have been on previous JoCo Cruises can vouch for this fact, and will probably skip directly to the Travel and Accommodations section, which will have details about the Official hotel and other information.
But if you’re new to JoCo Cruise, we thought you might appreciate some resources to help you get the lay of the land:
- What is the JoCo Cruise? A general overview of the awesome power of this fully-operational battle station.
- The JoCo Cruise 2017 FAQ. Answers to questions that are asked frequently. Perhaps your questions.
- The 2015 SeaMonkey event guide. Of course the performers, hangouts, and events won’t be exactly the same in 2017, but reading through the SeaMonkey will give you a pretty good idea of the sorts of things you can expect.
- The JoCo Cruise 2017 Roommate-seekers Listserv is your best place to start if you’re trying to find roommates for the 2017 cruise. (NOTE: Currently, Hotmail accounts may not work properly with the listserv; we are working on a solution to this problem.)
- The JoCo Cruise Discussion Forums. Discuss whatever you like, provided it’s JoCo Cruise related. You know, like people do on forums.
- The JoCo Cruise 2017 Sea Monkey Facebook group. Fan-run, active group where you can usually find veteran cruisers who are happy to let you know the skinny.
- Holland America has a very thorough “Know Before You Go” guide, which covers a wide range of topics, including cruise preparation, documentation, baggage policy information and packing advice, childcare and youth activities, and much more.
- The Sea Monkey Primer, a document developed especially for new Sea Monkeys (what JoCo Cruise attendees call themselves) by Sea Monkeys, to help acclimate new folks to the whole JoCo Cruise experience.
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS
JoCo Cruise does not directly handle any pre- or post-cruise flights, hotel stays, or ground transportation, but we do offer the following discounts and advice. Read on, intrepid travelers.
Overview | Flights | Hotels | Airport and Ship Shuttles
The Westerdam departs from San Diego, CA on March 4, 2017. If you’re flying in, here’s the general recommended plan:
- Fly into San Diego International Airport (SAN)
Being winter, it’s usually wise to fly in the day before the cruise (March 3) in case weather delays try to ruin your trip. Not required, but STRONGLY recommended. Because even if it doesn’t snow where you live, bad whether in other parts of the U.S. can wreak havoc on national and international air travel.
- Airport to Hotel
Take a shuttle, taxi, or rental car from SAN to your San Diego hotel. We will announce when we have any JoCo Cruise hotel discounts to offer.
- Hotel to Ship
Take a shuttle, taxi, or rental car from your hotel to the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal. We will also announce once we have any special shuttle pricing available for this leg.
- Ship to Airport
When the cruise is over on March 11, disembark and take a shuttle, taxi, or rental car back to SAN (or to your hotel, if you are staying in CA). We will also announce special shuttle pricing for this leg as well, once available.
San Diego International Airport (SAN) is the closest major airport, and services most major airlines. The ship is scheduled to sail at 4 pm on March 4th, so in theory you could fly in that morning. This will, however, be the middle of Winter, and weather delays in any part of the country can affect flights all over. So for safety and peace of mind, you may want to fly in a day early and stay in a nearby hotel overnight. Feel free to take advantage of any special rates we’ve arranged.
On March 11th, the ship is scheduled to dock early (7 am), but disembarking can be a multi-hour process, and weather can affect docking time. HAL suggests that you not schedule your flights home too early—after 12 noon, to be safe. Not a requirement, just a suggestion. And if you decide to stay in San Diego an extra day or more, special hotel rates may also be available post-cruise (subject to availability).
This year we’ve arranged a special discounted rates, exclusively for JoCo Cruise 2017 attendees, at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina and the Wyndham San Diego Bayside.
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
- Book online via our dedicated page; or call (877) 622-3056 (tell them you’re with the JoCo Cruise group)
- Nightly rate: $289 double / $309 triple / $329 quad occupancy (plus taxes and fees)
- Complimentary Basic Wi-Fi access in guest rooms for all Marriott Rewards Members
- Parking: $32/day self-park, $47/day valet
- Must reserve by February 10, 2017
- Rate available for March 3, 2017 (subject to availability), with additional limited availability for March 2, 2017.
See the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina website for full list of amenities and further info.
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
- NOTE: Our block of rooms at the Wyndham is currently sold out, and we do not expect to get any more rooms there. You’re still welcome to try, in case someone drops their reservation; but caveat emptor.
- Book online via our dedicated page (select Guest Type “ATTENDEE”); or call (619) 232-3861 (tell them you’re with the JoCo Cruise group)
- Nightly rate: $189 single & double / $209 triple / $229 quad occupancy (plus taxes and fees)
- Airport shuttle included
- Free wifi
- Hotel is literally across the street from the cruiseport
- Parking: $18/day
- Must reserve by Feb 3, 2017
- Rate available for March 3, 2017 (subject to availability), with additional limited availability for March 1 & 2, 2017.
See the Wyndham San Diego Bayside website for full list of amenities and further info.
AIRPORT AND SHIP SHUTTLES
We will also announce any special shuttle pricing for hotel-to-cruiseport and cruiseport-to-SAN as soon as we have details.
If you’re driving instead of flying, there is parking available near the port.