Jam Cruise 14 Programs & Projects

Saving the Deer Dance

The Deer Dance is an important heritage practice of the Maya communities of southern Belize. The Maya have been intimately connected to the rainforests for hundreds of years. This connection is reinforced through the ecological practices of daily life, as well as through the celebrations and rituals that mark the changing of the seasons, the passing of time and the traditions of Maya heritage.  The Deer Dance tells the story of the relationship between Maya people and the land. Inevitable changes are sweeping through indigenous communities in Belize and around the world; many community leaders are concerned that the young people will not have an opportunity to learn the Deer Dance. The number of young people who know how to dance and play the music for this elaborate tradition is dwindling, and passing on the Deer Dance is vital to this vibrant culture. A $13,750 grant from Positive Legacy will fund not only the Deer Dance in Santa Cruz, Belize this coming year, but also the documentation of the dance in audio, video and workbook form. 
For more information on Positive Legacy’s Deer Dance Project, please visit the website. You may make a tax-deductible donation to this project until December 2nd via CauseVox by clicking here. After December 2nd you can contribute to this project here. 

Day of Service & Cultural Connection

Day 3 With Matt Butler, Eddie Roberts, Pete Shand, Nicki Bluhm and Zach Deputy 
Location: Belize City
Cost: $60 in advance, $70 on the boat
Time: 9am-3pm
In partnership with Belize Audubon Society, Belize City Council, Drums Not Guns and Tumul K’in Center of Learning, we invite you to join us for a meaningful day of service, intercultural exchange, music, and celebration. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities, including park beautification, a Drums Not Guns performance by local youth, a Deer Dance performance and community jam with JC artists. A mural painting led by Belizean artist Jill Burgess will culturally represent Belize and promote the Audubon Society’s mission to protect and restore the environment. The Audubon Society will lead a park beautification and planting project designed to draw more native birds to the area. Lunch and transportation are included in the ticket cost. Advance tickets available until December 31st. Tickets are limited so purchase yours now! 

Charity Auctions

Silent Auction: Day 4, 5:00-8:00 PM, Positive Legacy HQ: Deck 7 (La Luna Piano Bar) | Live Auction: Day 5, 8:30pm, Atrium
Come bid on autographed photos, concert tickets, and unique Jam Cruise memorabilia at the live and silent auctions. 100% of auction proceeds support Positive Legacy’s humanitarian and environmental projects. Enjoy refreshments and live music by special guests while you check out some of the beautiful items up for auction. 

Musical Bingo w/ New Mastersounds & Snarky Puppy

Date and time TBA. While enjoying your afternoon, join Positive Legacy and some of your favorite artists in a game of bingo! As the songs play you guess the name and fill in your card. There are two games, $10 donation per game. Play with your friends, have fun and listen to some of your favorite songs! 100% of the proceeds go to funding Positive Legacy’s environmental & humanitarian efforts. 

Celebration with Everyone Orchestra

Day 5, 3:30p-5:00pm in the Pantheon Theatre
Join us for the Positive Legacy Celebration with Everyone Orchestra to celebrate all that we were able to accomplish with the Jam Cruise 14 Positive Legacy and Greening programs! Matt Butler has organized another all-star lineup of musicians to take us on an improvisational journey deep into the soul. This unique collaborative triumphant performance deeply encourages and requires audience interaction. 

Offset Your Carbon Footprint

In partnership with award winning environmental nonprofit Trees, Water & People (TWP), we encourage cruisers to offset their portion of the MSC Divina’s carbon emissions, which total approximately 2,300 tons for the Jam Cruise 14 voyage. Our goal is to offset 100% of the ship’s emissions! Cruisers are also asked to consider their carbon footprint from their air travel to/from Miami. Do your part and offset now! 

Note: No Donation Drive

Due to several years of challenges with customs clearance Positive Legacy will NOT host a donation drive on Jam Cruise 14. For cruisers that would like to support our Belize based project please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Deer Dance Campaign in lieu of bringing school supplies. See above for more information on the Deer Dance project. We thank everyone for their year's of donations!