Jambands Find An Audience At Sea

With the young crowd and music known for an anything-goes attitude, the question of drug use comes up. Even Jam Cruise promotional material says "anything is possible in international waters" and people on an Internet message board make veiled references to drugs on board.

But Imperial Majesty President Arthur M. Pollack said that the policies were in place to monitor drug use, which he said is a possibility on any cruise. Organizers are also taking a risk at a time when tourism is still recovering from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and a tough economy for jobs. Andy Levine, who manages Sister Hazel and organizes the Rock Boat, said it costs about $1 million to charter a cruise ship.

Levine said he broke even the first year and has begun to make money. Josh Moore, who helped Jam Cruise creator Mark Brown organize the trips, said they hoped to at least break even.

The three cruises range from about $500 to $2,900 per person, depending on cabin size, and include meals. But partiers beware: alcoholic drinks and gambling are not included, so bring extra money to indulge.

The next Blues Cruise leaves Feb. 7 from Tampa and the Rock Boat departs Oct. 7 from Miami. No date has been set for next year's Jam Cruise.

If You Go…

"ROCK BOAT" CRUISE: Oct. 7 to 11, Miami to Grand Cayman. Cabins starting at $499. For details, visit www.therockboat.com. BLUES CRUISE: The Feb. 7 cruise is sold out. For information about the 2005 cruise or for more information, contact (888) BLUESIN or visit www.bluescruise.com. JAM CRUISE: Contact (303) 544-0191 or visit www.jamcruise.com.

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