JoCo Cruise 2018 Itinerary Announced

Events Travel

Even though we’re just now entering the heat of summer, it’s never too early to start thinking about how to escape winter. Especially when that escape is on the nerdiest cruise that ever sailed.

Bookings are now open for JoCo Cruise 2018, so if you’re thinking about taking the plunge and getting on board, you might want to start looking into cabin availability now.

If you’re curious about what’s involved with a JoCo Cruise, might I recommend my many recaps of this year’s cruise? I wrote about the highlights from Days 1-3, highlights from Days 4-7, a guest spotlight, a spotlight on Shadow Cruise events, and a podcast roundup.

Seriously, if you want to know what to expect or just how awesome the experience is, go read those posts. You won’t be sorry.

This week, though, the fine folks from the Home Office have announced the itinerary for the 2018 sailing. The JoCo Cruise will be returning to Loreto, Mexico, where they’ll also once again host their “JoCo Cruise on Land” music and food festival (JoCoachella). They’ve also added the additional port destinations of La Paz and Cabo San Lucas.

In addition to the music festival, ports of call, and all of the amazingly geeky on-ship events, there are a few other bits of new shiny newness to expect in 2018.

The 1st Annual “Sea Monkey Send-Off” is a one-of-a-kind exclusive festival in the famed San Diego Comic Art Gallery / IDW Publishing Headquarters featuring hand-selected local craft beer, authentic Mexican street tacos, live music and large format video games. It will take place on February 17 – the night before the cruise ship departs. Best of all, proceeds for the event benefit Traveling Stories, a San Diego non-profit that provides books and reading experiences for children in need.

But wait… there’s more!

JoCo Cruise has once again partnered with Worldbuilders, a charity founded by Pat Rothfuss, and a portion of the profits from the 2018 cruise will benefit the organization. A cabin on the 2018 cruise is featured as part of the “Geeks Doing Good” fundraiser. Donate to a good cause for a chance to win a cabin or a ton of other geeky goods. You can also preorder a signed copy of the upcoming 10th Anniversary Edition of The Name of the Wind. Visit for your chance to win!

But if you just can’t wait to book your week-long, geeky vacation now (and really, who could blame you?), JoCo Cruise cabins are available for purchase now from

JoCo Cruise 2018 sails February 18-25 on Holland America’s ms Oosterdam from San Diego with ports of call throughout the Sea of Cortez.

For future updates, follow @JoCoCruise on Twitter & Instagram and at

Liked it? Take a second to support GeekDad and GeekMom on Patreon!