violin on a cruise ship

October 31, 2005 at 04:07 PM · In feburary I am going on a week long cruise with my family. I want to bring a violin, not my nice one, but a cheap school one. By dad says that it would be too loud and too much trouble. Has any one ever brought a violin and practiced on a cruise?

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October 31, 2005 at 04:16 PM · No, I haven't nor would I. In my opinion, the opportunity for catastrophe is just too great. Cruise ships are models of efficient use of space, but there isn't much space to begin with and there are generally a few thousand people all sharing it. Cabins are very small, even the 'luxury' cabins, they can flood, -> they are not even close to soundproof <-, etc. Assuming your violin doesn't take a beating, you may when your drunken shipmates have had their fill of 'that damn violin player in the cabin next door'.

October 31, 2005 at 06:28 PM · Hi,

If you are taking a cruise, why not just take a vacation and leave the fiddle at home?

Just a thought... Cheers!

November 1, 2005 at 04:36 AM · I went on a cruise over the summer, and I used that as an excuse for my parents to get me an electric violin......

November 2, 2005 at 02:12 AM · I think you should bring it. Every here is very concerned, but it's not the Titanic.

Sure the rooms are cramped, but there is plenty of places to put the violin.

I went on a cruise and took my violin along. It was no hassle at all, just carry it on with you and off with you, just in case. You can store it in the large closets provided, next to the bed, on a table....Practicing isn't hard either. It's a cruise ship, people are hardly ever in their rooms. They are off doing one of the many activities, I didn't find practicing to be a problem at all.

And the plus side, the cruise ship I was on had a talent show. I had my violin so I entered it and won!

I'd say definitely take it!

November 2, 2005 at 03:08 AM · There's a great picture of, I believe, Heifetz on a transatlantic crossing standing on deck with his "walking stick" practice violin, which is a tubular violin that doubles as a walking stick. Of course, not everyone sounds like Heifetz...

November 2, 2005 at 04:17 AM · Ha, practicing in a cruise seems to defeat the very purpose of going there in the first place, although I think I would bring mine to one too. Aren't we obsessive.

By the way, Annie, what did you play in your talent show?

November 2, 2005 at 06:44 PM · Bring the violin with a mute and use that if you feel or hear that your practicing causes a problem. I travel with a violin and don't need vacations from practicing because I enjoy playing so much. Who knows,you might meet some nice people because of your playing on the cruise.

November 2, 2005 at 09:34 PM · i totally almost did that! we went ona cruise a couple weeks ago and i almost brought it. i was gonna, but mom w as like NO takes up too much space on the airplane ladeeda

November 3, 2005 at 09:45 AM · I think you should take it. I don't think you'd have a problem with the sound... the other people would probably enjoy hearing you play, but if they don't they'll go and find a games room or something.

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