Jam Cruise is filled with fun and excitement both day and night, on and off the stage! Every year there are Jam Cruise staples like the Poker Tournament, Autograph Signings, Game Shows, Door Decorating Contest, and Yoga, but there are also new and evolving activities that take place on the ship as well. Artist workshops and seminars, trivia challenges, and so much more make Jam Cruise such a unique and special experience. Also  count on artist involvement in many of these activities! 

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements for Jam Cruise 14, read on for more info from Jam Cruise 13…

Pickin Party with Fruition, Elephant Revival, Tim Carbone, Anders Beck, and Paul Hoffman

Jam Cruise’s Pickin’ Party is an incredible event staged in the acoustically rich atrium of the MSC Divina, with 4 levels of pickers ascending the magnificent golden staircases!! Bring your own pickin' strings and some fast-paced fancy fingering to this year’s party!

Jam Cruise Wedding Officiated by Charles Bradley

Bond together with your Jam Cruise soulmate with the master of soul himself; Charles Bradley's powerful message will ignite passion for love, music, and shared memories, brimming with the essence of your life. "When the world gives you love, it frees your soul."

The Drummer in You w/ Bobby & Adam Deitch

This workshop will be a bang as Adam & his pops Bobby demo Bobby's book, The Drummer in You, that teaches non-drummers how to play beats without the need to read traditional music!  His innovative method, which is featured in music schools across the country will be demonstrated as they invite audience participants to the stage. This will be one smashing time as father & son jam out with cruisers alike!

Moe's Original BBQ Sauce Contest

Compete head to head with fellow cruisers for the Sauce Boss title, using only the ingredients provided!! Following a timed dash to create the most delectable saucy sauce, the discerning and soulful taste buds of Mississippi-born Chris Chew along with Moe's Original Bar B Que founder Mike Fernandez will select a winner in the first ever Jam Cruise cook-off! Drop by before the contest to drop your name in the hat for a chance to show what you’re made of.

Repeat Offender Party

Is this your 4th Jam Cruise? We cordially invite you to a party in your honor! Repeating Offenders will enjoy a specially-curated live music ensemble as well as some tasty brews and the company of other fine offenders. If it’s your 9th cruise you will be honored and inaugurated as a Jam Cruise Lifer!! Please note the Lifer perks take effect on your 10th cruise.

Shine On Fashion Show

Jam Cruisers that gleam and glimmer will want to come up to Pool Deck to shine their way down the aisle!! A panel of artist judges will crown Jam Cruise Metallic Night’s most polished look!

Boogie Off

Come get down and bust some moves at the Very Superstitious Boogie Off! The last groovy disco freak left on the dance floor will be honored Jam Cruise style! 


Percussion Workshop w/ Jason Hann, Mike Dillon & Congo Sanchez

Three masters of their trade will be dispensing their wisdom on all things percussion! The combined energy and talent of Jam Cruise veteran Mike D, String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann, and Thievery Corporation's Congo Sanchez will most certainly culminate in a unique, interactive, and lively experience.

The Jam Cruise 13 Bar Mitzvah

We turn 13 this year, and you know what that means: We’re celebrating the Jam Cruise BAR MITZVAH! We'll be doing the world’s largest HORAH on a ship since EXODUS as Jam Cruise is raised up on a chair to the tunes of the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars. Dan Lebowitz will even be joining in on the fun, leading us through party games such as Scotch and Soda and the tie dance! Come be a mensch and make a note on the signing board, this will be one CHALLA of a good time!

Get in on the action early by sharing your own Throwback Bar/Bat Mitzvah Photos. Click Here to Submit your Pictures or upload them to Facebook and Twitter with the tag #JCBarMitzvah, and you just may see yourself on Jam Cruise TV around the ship!

BINGO - Name That Tune w/ The Motet and George Porter, Jr.

Join in as The Motet and George Porter, Jr. take us through a journey of music with both live performance and curated playlists! Match songs to names on your BINGO card for the chance to win tickets to some Super Summer Music Festivals!

$5 per game - All proceeds benefit Positive Legacy.

Door Decorating Contest Judged by Kung Fu 

Bring your funkiest decor and turn your door into a work of art! Creativity is key – Kung Fu will be funkin’ down the halls looking for the most creative and inspired space. One winner will receive a limited edition JC 13 poster autographed by all the artists. Group participation is encouraged, but only 1 prize will be given. Be sure to use non-permanent décor. Turn this ship upside down!

The Ivan Neville Texas Hold ‘em Tournament 

Funk Master Ivan Neville is your host for this high stakes tournament. There’s a bounty for anyone who can get Ivan or any of the other musicians playing knocked out of the game. Beware of the river – she’s a mighty beau that will temp you into poverty. First come first serve seating, $60.00 buy in.

Jampardy with Joel Cummins (lit up by Jeff Waful)

Join Joel for a hilarious take on the classic game show! Come and be a contestant, if you think you’ve got the skillz, but beware as this game got funkified when it stepped aboard Jam Cruise 13! Special guests and musical performances will abound.

Karl Denson’s BaDuanJin Center your Qi on the High Sea

Promote longevity, youth, energy and health with the master of the Tiny Universe, Karl D! BaDuanJin is broken down into eight separate fluid movements, each focusing on a different physical area and qi meridian. This Qigong centering developed by the ancient Chinese (dating back to Circa 1000!) was passed down for thousands of years and now comes to you fresh as morning dolphin with sea breeze kisses. Learn and practice as Karl D shines a light on this ancient exercise, and balance your Chi for the long nights ahead.

Shipwreck Snorkel w/ Tim Carbone

Join Tim Carbone for an unforgettable day that combines relaxation and adventure! After a short transfer you cross a private bridge and reach Fantasy Island Beach Resort, located on a private island that offers a tropical white sand beach surrounded by lush mangroves, palms and pine trees and untouched coral reefs. The snorkeling sites in the area are amazing: a mysterious shipwreck, a beautiful shallow reef and a dramatic snorkeling reef! The snorkeling equipment (fins, snorkel, mask and snorkel flotation vest) is included. While on the beach take the nature walk around this small island and look for the monkeys and iguanas!

Excursions on Jam Cruise 13

In addition to this featured excursion, MSC offers several other options on the days we are in Port. When boarding the Divina, stop by the Shore Excursion Desk located on Deck 6 center of the ship. Here you can see all the options they offer such as Snorkeling trips, Catamaran boat rides, Dune Buggies, trips to the Mayan Ruins, Jeep Tours, and more... 

Jam Talks Featuring Charles Bradley

In our 2nd edition of the series, join Charles Bradley as he shares love and powerful insights into the man he is today, and what he sees for tomorrow. This is Jam Talks: bringing in ideas worth sharing from musicians with something to say.

Green Will Costume Exchange Program

In the spirit of awesomeness the Jam Cruise Greening Team is announcing a Costume Exchange Program! Bring your old favorites in and exchange them for new eye-popping fun, or just find that awesome accessory that really makes the outfit. Upcycle and get creative!

Ninja Ping Pong Battle: Lettuce vs. Kung Fu

Who’s the King of the Court, the Master of the Paddle, and the Table Tennis Triumphant? This Battle Royale will be one spicy game as Lettuce, Kung Fu, and fans challenge their skills and PING it up! And of course there will be some surprises thrown in to take it up a notch – Jam Cruise Style!

Lip Sync Contest judged by Jennifer Hartswick, Tim Carbone, and Skerik

This will be a SPECTACULAR show as Jam Cruisers take the stage and parody their favorite artists of all time! All those showers and car rides have finally paid off... you’ve got the moves, the stage presence and the skills to bring home the Jam Cruise 13 Lip Sync Trophy. Prepare for some serious belly laughs. SIGN UP NOW!

Live Paintings by Scramble Campbell

We’re proud to welcome Colorado visual artist Keith “Scramble” Campbell Jam Cruise 13, where he’ll be capturing the vibes of various sets throughout the ship with his paint brush and easel! Watch in awe as he transforms a blank canvas to a Jam Cruise masterpiece right before your eyes through his bold use of color, powerful compositions, and highly energetic technique. Cruisers will then have the opportunity to bid on those very paintings while onboard, with 100% of the proceeds of one of the paintings benefitting Positive Legacy!

Nightly “played-on-through” parties, hosted by Benjy Eisen (Rolling Stone)

Beginning at 3am every morning, Benjy will spin live tracks from Phish, the Grateful Dead and other giants of our scene, Bar Mitzvah DJ style, until breakfast is served. Can’t stop / won’t stop? Instead of staring at your walls, save the last dance for us. Come chill with all your friends, have a nightcap, relive your favorite “Fuego,” and watch the sun rise on a new day before calling it a night...or, more likely, calling it a nap.

Autograph Signings

This is a yearly event not to be missed - not only do you get to turn your limited edition JC 13 poster into a prized autographed masterpiece, but you also get some face time with your favorite artists.