Epic indeed. Blissful beyond expectations.
I saw the funk sets almost exclusively this cruise, unintentionally missed out on most of the bluegrass/world/etc sets, so read this with that in mind.
Picking a favorite set is always hard.... but I'm gonna go with the Everyone Orchestra. The EO set is always one of the things I most look forward to on the ship, and they never disappoint. I ADORE improvisation, and they just crushed this one. Extra special bonus points for MikeD's punk rap extravaganza, not often I get to headbang on Jam Cruise - KILLER
Also very very glad they got a later and more mainstream timeslot this year. I am hoping they will get to return to the pool deck next year!!
Other personal highlights:
MagicGravy - oh hell yes. I had been waiting to see this again since Jam Cruise 6 when they pulled out the spontaneous and now infamous jam room set.
MarchFourth - these guys seriously embody the spirit of the ship. The costumes and acrobatics and such are so much fun, but most importantly IMHO they are truly SUPERB musicians (please, go listen/buy their CDs, they are not only eye candy, they play really really great music!)!
The Motet set in the zebra bar on day 1.
FunkyMETERS in the theatre. Pretty much knew this would be awesome before going to it. Art was in much better shape than the last couple times I've seen them, the energy was high through the whole set (Brian seems particularly charged up - yeah!) and the bit where Art, Ian and Ivan were all on stage together just makes me happy. ♥ family.
MikeD's jam room. Yeah I like the heavier stuff a lot, and Mike really did it for me this year. Public Enemy and Dead Kennedys covers FTW, that's how a late night should be.
Nigel Hall. Nigel always takes it to 11.
Kickball. Oh how I love you guys. We are SO winning.
No awards show this year, but I think that's OK. Too few people get into it, and some of the past award categories were just dumb IMHO
though I am curious as to who won the door decoration contest this year!
Cloud9 does so much above and beyond for us, THANK YOU. Our littlest Repeat Offender's RObe could not be more awesome. And Congrads to the second class of Lifers, I'm jealous
The food continues to improve, lots of good choices available in the cafeteria this year. Still lots of crap, but plenty of good stuff too
I never made it to a sit down dinner this year.
I am JamFlu'd. Sigh. I started getting a sinus infection the first day on the ship. I went to sleep after the Funk is Dead set on Tuesday and slept for 12 hours, missing blue night completely, but it was worth the sacrifice to be able to rage - I mean jubilate
! - for the next three days. Now it's cough cough sniffle refresh wait for pictures and videos to get posted time