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garyg
02-11-2013, 07:39 AM
Although I've never been on one before, due to family exigencies I see myself taking a 5 day Caribbean cruise in the next six month. Of course I'll bring a uke along so I can sit on a deck chair and play while the ocean streams by. But that made me think about "cruise etiquette" and what other musicians do to relax and play on a cruise. Somewhere in the back of my mind was a post where someone was actually told he/she couldn't play outside of their room on a cruise. So I'd be curious to hear about others experiences on cruises. Now I'm talking about just sitting in a chair playing for myself - not talking about competing with cruise musicians or trying to attract an audience. Your thoughts? g2

hoosierhiver
02-11-2013, 07:44 AM
I remember a thread about cruises and someone mentioned a "no instrument" policy on one of the cruiselines, but I also remember someone else saying it wasn't a big deal. Personally, I wouldn't take no (uke) for an answer.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
02-11-2013, 07:47 AM
if it's an extended cruise, perhaps you'll be permitted to 'advertise' in a newsletter about an informal sing-along or song-circle or jam session if permitted by the Captain, Purser, any of the Authorities on Board.

Or, perhaps one of the crew might make a suggestion re: where on the ship (unfortunately, possibly indoors) such an event, even your own playing, might be allowed to take place.

I'd ask first. That way, if permitted, I'd have some kind of authoritative answer for anyone who might comment on the propriety of my ukulele-playing activities. :)

Go for it! Hey, a uke on a cruise... c'mon man! :)

keep uke'in',

Shazzbot
02-11-2013, 07:56 AM
I've taken my uke on both Holland America and Celebrity with no problems, although I never played outside my room.
The Celebrity was small (90 passengers) and I was encouraged to play on "talent night."
But in keeping with my skill level, I continue to maintain the policy of never inflicting myself on others.

strumsilly
02-11-2013, 08:03 AM
I've probably taken a dozen cruises, and brought a uke most of the time. never had a problem, and have played outside many times, never had anyone say a bad thing. on many ships there are out of the way places to play outside , I wouldn't go to a crowded place and start banging away though.

Cooper Black
02-11-2013, 08:10 AM
I cruised with Holland America last December and played on our deck area every day, and sometimes on the beaches. When crew took notice they always commented nicely about it, some of them played uke themselves.

dismount
02-11-2013, 08:10 AM
Gary, took mine on Norwegian Alaska cruise. I played everywhere no problems.phil

Barbablanca
02-11-2013, 08:13 AM
A friend of mine was on a cruise where one of the options offered to passengers was a "learn the ukulele" session! So some lines or routes are Uke friendly, that's for sure. Indeed, on a thread here I remember someone mentioning having started their Uke career on a cruise line.

PS Just did a search on Google (that I limited to UU) on the words "lessons on a cruise ship" and discovered several threads (http://www.google.co.uk/cse?cx=006086160372685481724%3Ay43bmh-bwgc&ie=UTF-8&q=lessons+on+a+cruise+ship+&sa=Search&siteurl=www.google.co.uk%2Fcse%2Fhome%3Fcx%3D00608 6160372685481724%3Ay43bmh-bwgc&ref=&ss=102j10404j2#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=lessons%20on%20a%20cruise%20ship&gsc.page=1) that mention this possibility.

quiltingshirley
02-11-2013, 08:13 AM
48706We've always taken ours and never had a problem. Usually we just play in our room and sometimes I'll play on our balcony though if folks are out on either side, I'll lean around (sort of) and ask if it's okay if I play. Once when the ship was at a tender port and we didn't want to hit the rush going ashore, I went to the deck where no one was around and played. The window washers came and started cleaning and I got up to leave. They asked if I minded playing a couple of songs for them as they worked. Cleaned an area for me to sit and I played. (made me feel good since I'm not a very good player). I have asked if it's okay for us to jam with others and never been turned down if we can find a quiet place --empty lounge or such and we leave when the speaker or whatever shows up. Have fun.

garyg
02-11-2013, 08:20 AM
Thanks everyone, that's great information, and I'm really just talking about playing for myself (no singalongs or audience-seeking or learn how to play the uke tutorials), but that post about "no instruments" must have been the one stuck in my head. Glad to hear that no has really had problems. Discretion is everything when doing this but I've played successfully in many "public" places (airports, on planes, etc.) and not had any problems.

hoosierhiver
02-11-2013, 08:37 AM
Thanks everyone, that's great information, and I'm really just talking about playing for myself (no singalongs or audience-seeking or learn how to play the uke tutorials), but that post about "no instruments" must have been the one stuck in my head. Glad to hear that no has really had problems. Discretion is everything when doing this but I've played successfully in many "public" places (airports, on planes, etc.) and not had any problems.

and if you get stranded at sea or hijacked by pirates it could save your life.

garyg
02-11-2013, 08:46 AM
Mike, whatever happened to that uke cruise you were talking about setting up? cheers, g2

Shazzbot
02-11-2013, 08:55 AM
Sounds like a fine argument to get a boat paddle uke?

hoosierhiver
02-11-2013, 08:56 AM
Mike, whatever happened to that uke cruise you were talking about setting up? cheers, g2

I don't have the time to get it going, but still love the idea and would be interested in contributing if anyone else gets one together. Being in Indiana, I felt like I was too far away from water to be the frontman for such a venture.

garyg
02-11-2013, 09:11 AM
understood

wickedwahine11
02-11-2013, 01:34 PM
I have taken a uke onboard both Princess and NCL, with no problem. I often (almost daily) find a quiet spot to play in one of the lounges and have never had a problem, as long as I am not playing loud enough to interfere with musicians, lecturers or those reading.

dkpianoman21
02-11-2013, 04:01 PM
The last time I was on a cruise I hadn't started playing the ukulele yet, otherwise I would have brought one with me for sure. Hope you have fun on your trip!

Steedy
02-11-2013, 04:15 PM
This reminds me of an old Chet Atkins story. Supposedly, Chet and his wife were on a cruise, and while Chet was playing his guitar on deck one evening, a fellow passenger told him: "You're good, but you're no Chet Atkins!"

So take your uke and play the heck out of it. If anyone doesn't like it, they doesn't have to listen to it. :)

remy26
02-11-2013, 05:16 PM
A Princess cruise was where I got hooked on ukulele. I had actually taken my guitar along and played a little in my room and on my balcony, but a couple of days in to the "learn to play" class started, I was hooked and didn't look much at the guitar for the rest of the cruise. It was a hawaii cruise, so I ended up picking up a new Islander on Oahu. The guitar hasn't been touched since the cruise, either!

MGM
02-11-2013, 05:26 PM
I've taken ukes on several cruises with no problem....just don't start flailing away where your playing might bother others.....I usually take a kala travel tenor....and the salesman I have in my blood made me sell it to the bartender at one of the open deck areas....lol

Louis0815
02-12-2013, 01:31 AM
I don't have the time to get it going, but still love the idea and would be interested in contributing if anyone else gets one together. Being in Indiana, I felt like I was too far away from water to be the frontman for such a venture.You could jump on the boat of Ukulele Mike for a starter.... He's actually offering a Ukulele Cruise (http://www.ukulelemikelynch.com/news.htm#hawaii) departing 27 Feb from L.A.


A Princess cruise was where I got hooked on ukulele. I had actually taken my guitar along and played a little in my room and on my balcony, but a couple of days in to the "learn to play" class started, I was hooked and didn't look much at the guitar for the rest of the cruise. It was a hawaii cruise, so I ended up picking up a new Islander on Oahu. The guitar hasn't been touched since the cruise, either!Was this one of Mike's cruises by coincidence?

remy26
02-12-2013, 02:28 AM
You could jump on the boat of Ukulele Mike for a starter.... He's actually offering a Ukulele Cruise (http://www.ukulelemikelynch.com/news.htm#hawaii) departing 27 Feb from L.A.

Was this one of Mike's cruises by coincidence?

I don't believe so. The cruise was last October.

Mim
02-12-2013, 02:31 AM
Went on a Disney Cruise and they had a talent show, so they allowed instruments. I played on deck, but I played to myself in a corner and it was so loud no one could hear me but myself. Which I think is generally good etiquitte unless someone specifically asks you to play for them. Plus, it would have clashed with all the other music and sounds going on at the time. They are small, bring it, the worst they can do is tell you to only play in your room. But I think as long as you are mindful of people around you, you should be all good!

sukie
02-12-2013, 03:01 AM
I don't believe so. The cruise was last October.

I went on that 5 years ago. Still playing.