Anybody Take a Guitar on a Cruise Ship?

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  1. draggindakota

    draggindakota Tele-Meister

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    Apparently I have to go in 4 day cruise next year for my brother-in-law's wedding. I was looking at what can can can't be brought and noticed that musical instruments are allowed, so I'm thinking about taking an acoustic with me.

    Had anyone else done this?
     

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  2. Chunkocaster

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    I haven't but it sounds like a great idea. Take a Taylor gs mini or similar travel guitar.
    I have done the cruise thing before. Great times, cheap drinks, cigs. Stagger in to the cabin at 4am, head for a late breakfast and when you get back your bed is made etc. You'll love it.:)
     
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  3. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's

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    I do always. I usually take a Tele and my iPad and iRig. Even on vacation I awake early so I go get a couple cups of coffee and retreat to the balcony and jam till wifey is awake. I recommend a backpack style gig bag.
     
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    Don't forget to give the guitar some Dramamine.

    You wouldn't want it to get sick:eek:
     
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    Or experience different things on vacation. Take 4 days away from the guitar.
     
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    verify bag fees on the flights. might buy something near the dock for big savings.

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    A few years ago m wife and I went on an Alaska cruise. W went a couple days early so we could fool around in the mountains in Seattle. By chance, I happened to check out the local Craig’s List and to my surprise, there was a Collings D3 listed at a very reasonable price. Think fire sale! I called the guy up and he was pretty desperate and ended up selling me he guia for 2/3rds it value. I truly felt bad for the guy and didn’t want to take advantage of him but you know how it is when you 3,000 miles from home and only have a night to put the money together

    He ended up driving us 2.5 hours all the way to the port in Canada where our shipped departed from. The smartest thing I should have done was just ship it back home but I wanted it with me. I was petrified that it was going to get damaged but it made it through with flying colors. Thankfully I am a million mile member with Delta and there was no problems getting it home.

    Playing I In The room was a no go, but the midnight croud on the stern loved me for bringing it and playing a bucch sing slongs and that was a lot of fun. All in all the experience was great but, if I were going to do it again it would be with a $500 guitar rather than a $5000 guitar.
     
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    When I travel I always buy something local and then either ship it home or else unload it before departing. Air travel is bad enough these days, you don't want to deal with an instrument as well. You could also ship an instrument to the local FedEx office and pick it up on the way to the ship. I used to have all of my luggage shipped to my hotel when I travelled, it was often cheaper than paying baggage fees on the airlines and I never had to lug them around.

    Just leave the electics at home, you will find no place to use them without complaints. Take an acoustic and expect to locate an isolated place on deck to play it, not in the cabin, unless you are a Jimmy Buffett type.
     
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    I've been on many cruises and I would never think of doing it. Regardless of how good they are, the ship hires professional entertainers. There's no place you can really hang out to play without looking like a pretentious doofus. If you can't be without your guitar for 4 days on a cruise, book one of those blues cruises where everybody gets to jam.
     
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    I would, but my guitar gets sea sick???,,, wuss:rolleyes:
     
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    If you absolutely have to take something along it would be easier to break down a solid body bolt on and fit it in your suitcase with an irig and headphones. Just remember to take the screwdriver to put the neck back on.
     
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    Rainsong would be the guitar to bring.
     
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    Any air travel might be the biggest killer, if any.
    Musicians bring instruments on cruise ships all the time, for gigs that they play on the ship. Are you sure you want a guitar with you as a passenger?
     
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    No i haven't yet but my tele is overdue a nice holiday so i'll consider it.
     
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    3/4 size nylon string acoustic guitars are fun to play/ easy to carry.. and the strings won't go rusty....:)
     
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    I knew a guy who used to play stand up base on cruise ships
     
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    Yep- A Traveler Speedster and a Blackstar Fly or an I-rig.
     
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    Take an old LP with no weight relief, then if things go awry you can use it as a boat anchor...:lol::lol:

    Sorry, I'll leave now.
     
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    If you're on the ship for a wedding, I'm thinking it's not likely you're going to have a lot of time to play anyway. Seems to me like more trouble and worry than it's worth.
     
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    4 day cruise for a wedding, RUNNNNNNN.
     
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