available now: free cabins on JoCo Cruise 2018

Update, Monday January 15: JoCo Cruise donated 10 cabins, which will all be filled from existing requests.

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following is available now, first-come first-served:

JoCo Cruise 2018, February 18th-25th, 2018, departing from San Diego, CA, USA (@jococruise). JoCo Cruise 2018 is a whole cruise ship (Holland America’s ms Oosterdam) full of music, comedy, and general nerdery, departing from San Diego, CA for a 7-night adventure along the Mexican Riviera.

JoCo Cruise has donated at least five cabins, which accommodate two to four people, and which come with lodging, meals and drinks (except not alcohol or soft drinks), and access to all programming. See their FAQ for more details. Travel to San Diego is NOT included, and because of the timing, Con or Bust cannot provide monetary assistance for those costs. (The type of cabin is to be determined; if you have accessibility needs, please let us know.)

You must have a current and valid passport. In addition, you must be CERTAIN that you will go on the cruise before you request a cabin: canceling these cabins is logistically complicated and expensive for JoCo, and we’d like to keep working with them in years to come.

Use the “request a membership” form on the Request Assistance page, and in the section about your identity of a fan of color, please also include how you know you can commit to going on the cruise, including confirming that you have a passport. Examples: “I’ve asked my boss for the week off and she said yes, I live nearby, and my passport expires in 2020; I freelance, the kids are on school vacation, we can afford the road trip to get to San Diego, and we all got passports last year.”

These must be claimed by February 4, 2018.

Thanks, and please spread the word!


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  1. (Mod note: off-topic comment removed.)

  2. I would love to go on a free cruise.

  3. The instructions for requesting a cabin are in the post!

  4. Wow!! This is RAD!!

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