Written by Maria Ekaterina
Photos by Roger Gupta
Sailing from Miami, Florida the Norwegian Jade is filled with music lovers and makers ready to get groovy for the next 6 days out at sea. Bringing live music on board a cruise ship for 6 days, letting thousands of people partake on the highly anticipated event of the year and letting everyone socialize without boarders is the experience of a lifetime. Throughout the ship you’ll find George Porter Jr. grabbing a bite to eat while members of Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds high five Lyle from The Motet as they pass each other in the halls. Free to grab a drink, shower or a quick nap at any time changes the whole music experience a land festival has to offer.
What’s great about Jam Cruise is the laid back atmosphere of everyone being able to socialize with who ever they want. Artists inviting you to fill the open spot at the table next to them is commonly found throughout the cafeteria and restaurants on board. This whole week is one giant adventure and there is plenty of it wherever you step. From elevators filled with musicians making music to a drum line out on the boat deck there is something happening everywhere you look. Jam Cruise is packed with activities for everyone. From chilling in the pool to getting a poster or two signed by members of Sister Sparrow or TAUK to grabbing some ice cream between sets, it’s all here.
Belize City, Belize was the first stop which included excursions and relaxing beach opportunities which most people took part in throughout the day. The second stop on our trip came to Cozumel, Mexico which opened its beautiful doors to opportunities such as drinking out of coconuts while walking down a sandy beach and soaking in the warm rays. What a great time to be in the tropics while listening and chilling with members of Leftover Salmon and Umphrey’s McGee. This experience changes the way music makes us feel and we are only half way there!