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The Banjo Cruise - FAQ

How did you come up with the idea for the Banjo Workshops Cruise? Seemed like a perfect combination of elements, Great scenery, warm weather, great food, learning and teaching bluegrass music, and the spouses can come too! A win-win all the way around!

What is a Banjo Workshops Cruise?
Within the time frame of the 4, 5 or 7 day cruise, you get a full three day workshop and plenty of time to make new friends and relax too.

What's the difference from a Banjo Workshop Cruise and a Banjo camp?
The food, the scenery, the services, the attention and not only that, I run a darn good workshop.

Can friends or family members go on the cruise?
Yes and they don't have to pay for the workshop, so that expense is saved, and they will have plenty to keep them busy while you are learning more about and improving your banjo playing, it's a big ship too, they can get away a room full of banjo students scares them.

Are there any private lessons given on the Cruise? There is time for one on one lessons during the workshop. Over the course of the three day workshop and optional jamming hours there is a lot of opportunity for individual tips and assistance.

Is this cruise for beginners? The cruise is for all levels.
The most common level is beginning intermediate, intermediate, and more advanced intermediate. Beginning intermediate means you can play some chords, rolls and are learning songs.

What if someone doesn't want to bring their banjo? Will there be any provided on board the ship?
I've worked out an arrangement with the president of Goldtone Banjos, Wayne Rogers. Last year it seemed that a lot of students were uneasy about flying with their banjos. In case students would prefer not to travel with their banjo this year, students can rent a Goldtone CC-100R or CC 100 Open Back model at the same price for the entire cruise. Email me if you are interested in that.

Is there any time to jam with others on the cruise?
Yes, there will be, we will have both organized jams and informal ones. I have plenty of lounge space reserved for picking and this will be a great opportunity and environment to pick and learn by experience.

I've never been on a cruise, what's that like?
Good food, lots of smiling people and nothing like home!

If I don't have someone coming to room with me are there any arrangements to help me find someone?
Yes, we have a system for matching students coming alone to have a roommate to save costs for them.

Do I need a passport to go on this cruise?
Yes, or a valid original copy birth certificate. When booking the cruise with Royal Caribbean be sure to get any clarification needed.

How do I book the Banjo Cruise?
Here is a link for our registration and prices page. Registration and Prices


Check out these pictures from past cruises!

Banjo Rentals with Goldtone. Leave your banjo at home and rent a Goldtone banjo for the entire cruise. Details

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