Chances are if you’re already a Shiprocker, you may have met some of us Shockwave Shiprockers. If not, we thought we’d do a little introduction via Tips for the Ship, from us to you with love.
Don’t worry too much about the schedule. Make sure you know where and when to be for the stuff you don’t want to miss. You’re never going to make it all. Pace yourself … marathon … not sprint.
Set time aside to socialize with people! We only get to do this once a year. You don’t want to leave thinking you never got to see people.
I always start a note on my phone with people’s names to add on social media, Like Instagram or twitter handles, or name as it appears on Facebook.
Don’t forget to eat! You need fuel for this bender 😜
Keep in mind some of the artists are sober. If you offer them a drink and they say no, respect that.
Be nice to the bartenders! I’ve seen people being assholes every year and it kills me. Being a former bartender, I can promise being a dick will not get you any favors. We remember you.
Don’t be butt hurt when shows have to be moved from the deck stage due to weather. Safety of the artists and fans is number one.
Most importantly, leave all your worries at the port. Have fun!
Be respectful of the artists’ space and the other guests. Don’t interrupt.
Ginger pills [to combat seasickness]! The whole time.
Don’t overpack. Plan some outfits and leave it at that.
Don’t be a jerk. We are all there to have a good time. No, we will not all agree on everything but that’s part of the fun. No need to get all twitterpatted.
Drink water so you don’t look squishy in all of the pics you’re tagged in later.
Don’t assume the drink handed to you is water. It’s never water.
You are not too cool for sunblock.
Leave all your super valuables at home. You don’t need to bring your great great great grandmother’s wedding ring that she smuggled in her armpit through hostile territory.
Don’t be “that” guy.
Chill out when you see artists! They are normal just like us so be cool. If you see them eating don’t disturb them. They are on vacation just like us!!
Always wash your hands! Norovirus is not a fun thing to have.
Coordinate with your cabin mates on essentials and toiletries. It’s unlikely you’ll need four hair dryers. Someone volunteer to pack a power strip for your four flat irons. Another of you bring Poo-Pourri or V.I.Poo (that’s a small bathroom in a small cabin).
Pack earplugs. Either you’ll need them, or you’ll gift them.
Pack a sharpie. Aside from autographs on the fly, it’s handy to write “If drunk or lost, please return to cabin 8634” on your forearm. Also, per Emilie Rae, sharpies are great for writing on other people.
Tip, darnit. If you can’t afford to tip your servers, you can’t afford to order drinks from them.
Photocopy your passport and keep it separate from your passport in case you lose said passport in a drunken stupor.
Mary Ogden Fersner
Be nice to the staff. A “please” and “thank you” never killed anyone. No staff, anywhere, gets enough of those.
Naps!!! Ensure you can go all night.
Don’t forget to put your cell phone on airplane mode because you don’t want it to roam while we’re out to sea. Searching for signal could charge you major on your bill.
Discuss Hook Up 101 Etiquette with cabinmates prior to embarkation. Make sure you’re all in agreement on how that’s gonna work. No one wants to be locked out of their cabin all night while you’re getting lucky. No one getting lucky wants to be interrupted. Figure it out.