Jam Cruise 11: A First Timer's Perspective
Words By J-man
Photos By Carly Marthis & J-man
When we thought 10 was the highest, Cloud 9 Adventures turned Jam Cruise up to 11. We all expected greatness with returning cruisers and "Repeat Offenders" going into it with a clearer picture, but for us first timers, we had a small idea. Much like an iceberg, we had seen the tip of its enormity through pictures, however, the truth of Jam Cruise was much larger and hidden from sight. There was a circus, zebras, rock stars and more, with best friends and family gathering to celebrate one of the greatest musical events on the planet, Jam Cruise. What follows is a first-timer's perspective from someone who has wanted to attend from the beginning, who has seen the pictures and heard the stories. This is the story of one of the best weeks of my life...
Pre-Party at The Bahia Cabana:
Day One: Exploring The Ship
Day Two: Blue Lagoon Bugaloo
Day Three: Turks & Caicos
After some wandering through gift shops and duty free, we made our way back to the MSC Poesia. At around 6:00 PM the ship set sail and we found ourselves in the disco at the back of the boat for the Brews at Sea Workshop featuring a handful of brewers that included Kyle Hollingsworth. To our delight there were coolers full of heady beers for all to taste as the folks on the panel discussed the ins and outs of brewing. An added bonus came in the form of a surprise set from the Kyle Hollingsworth Band! It was a great way to kick off the evening as the boat sailed into open water. Next on the agenda for us was Greensky Bluegrass in the Purple Room. Michigan's own played well as they picked for a packed theater! Their instrumentation and song-writing clearly appealed to their dedicated fanbase who turned out in full force.
Day Four: Cirque Du Funk
Day Five: Coco Cay, Bahamas/Turning It Up to 11
The funk was thick that night and the musical guests too many in number to count, for it was their last shot at the action as well. Eventually, through all of the euphoria, the lights were raised in the lounge but the music continued. When the music ended, folks made their way to a location on the lower deck that had taken on the name "The Spot." What followed was a frantic attempt to pack as much party into as short of time as possible. I headed back to our cabin for an hour of sleep before having to stare down a U.S. Customs official. I laid in bed, smacked in the face by the whirlwind that was Jam Cruise. Nothing could have prepared me for it and nothing I say will come close to doing it justice.
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