Jam Cruise 10 | Photos | Special Mentions

Words by: Dennis Cook | Images by: Chad Smith and Brad Hodge

Jam Cruise 10 :: 01.09.12-01.13.12 :: MSC Poesia :: Ft. Lauderdale, FL/Labadee, Haiti/Falmouth, Jamaica

Brad Hodge's photo gallery and our picks for MVP's here!

It’s a pretty big understatement to say there’s nothing quite like Jam Cruise, and the 2012 edition only cemented this impression in major ways. Beyond the mix of talent aboard – simply one of the best assemblages of pure players out there once again – there are myriad ephemeral elements that grow stronger and more pervasive each year. The community that gathers for the five days aboard the ship is becoming less temporary, infiltrating one another’s lives throughout the year, scheming and dreaming together, puzzling over how to make the next Jam Cruise even bolder, delightfully weirder and just plain MORE. Everywhere one wandered on the MSC Poesia this year signs of this oddly interwoven dynamic were apparent – gaggles of matching costumes, cryptic but charming door decorations, the nigh endless outbursts of hail ‘n’ good cheer that make progress from Point A to Point B a slow but happy crawl. And with a blast of volume and bright colors, great music awaited one at every turn, too, sweeping in from New Orleans, San Francisco, New York and many other hubs, combining in new ways and delivered with undisguised vigor - alive, fragrant, amazing.

You can pull out more of the specifics of this year’s voyage in our day-by-day entries (linked below), and we’ve also included our picks for MVPs on Jam Cruise 10. In many ways, the tale of this annual celebration of life and creativity is captured in the many, many grinning, utterly awake and engaged moments ensnared by our photographers Chad and Brad this year. Take a look and see if you don’t immediately want to pre-book a cabin for Jam Cruise 11. We know we wouldn’t miss it for the world!

Continue reading for Brad Hodge’s photo gallery and our MVP picks...

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