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"The Banjo Cruise" 19th Annual Banjo Workshop Cruise

Don't miss this 6 day 5 night Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to the Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel Mexico

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines - Independence of the Seas


Sail Dates: February 22nd to February 27th, 2021

6 day 5 night Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to
The Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel Mexico

...The cruise exceeded all expectations. I was particularly impressed with your informal yet no nonsense style. I am planning to return...

All Level of Students are Welcome
The average skill and experience level for students is between six months and three years total of playing and practicing experience. This is a workshop for students who want to improve. Resist thinking you are not good enough or be intimidated. If you do, you could miss out on this valuable opportunity to improve. Everyone in the class will be there to learn and be supportive of each other. What ends up happening to all students is they realize they are just like everyone else in the learning process. That becomes a great source of comfort and encouragement in of itself. If you have concerns on either end of the skill perspective, please call Ross at 1-866-322-6567

Banjo Cruise Student Comments:

.....Hi Ross.,
I write to thank you for the effort you put into teaching at the recent Caribbean Banjo Cruise.  For me, it was spot on.  The emphasis on basics is exactly what I needed.  I was almost ready to give up trying to improve given the non-stop frustration of being unable to get through a memorized tab as soon as anybody was listening even though I had played it hundreds of times.  So the emphasis on the process of improving technique and having a rational approach to learning new material has already made a significant difference in my playing.  Also a new look at rolls.  i had always counted them as 12312312- now it is 1+2+3+4+.  This explains why I had so much trouble with chord changes or melody changes in mid-measure. Charles Hodge

.......Hi Ross: I just wanted to send you a note of appreciation for your direction during the Carribean Banjo Cruise this year.  You have driven me to ascend from my plateau of mediocrity and move forward in my journey to learn the banjo. You gave me a whole new vision on the correct way to practice and how to efficiently work out a new song.  Prior to you straightening me out, it was clear that I was learning the banjo backwards, which led to much frustration and my inability to gain much progress.  Many thanks for your patience and understanding and your undivided interest in helping others to be better musicians.  You are a true teacher!"  John Glassman Russell, Kansas

More Cruise Details

  • The Banjo Cruise Workshop is held in a large private conference room that is essentially sound proof and separate from all other passengers.
  • The workshop takes place during the days we are at sea so you can visit all ports and still have plenty of time for fun with your spouse, family or friends while on the cruise.
  • The class sizes are small ensuring that each student receives the assistance and encouragement they need.
  • The learning experience Ross Nickerson offers is always intended to be an enjoyable and supportive environment for all.
  • If you have any questions about the Banjo Cruise Workshop call Ross on his direct line at 1-866-322-6567.
  • Rooms Available for Night Jamming

Flyer for this years Cruise

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Read Reviews, Articles and Student Comments

Sail Dates 2021: February 22nd to February 28th

PRICES AND REGISTRATION
Don't miss this 6 day 5 night Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Cayman and Cozumel Mexico

DOWNLOAD A FLYER FOR THIS YEARS CRUISE

...The cruise exceeded all expectations. I was particularly impressed with your informal yet no nonsense style. I am planning to return...

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Booking the Banjo Cruise

We've put deposits on a number of rooms and locked in these low prices.
P
rices after November 24th, 2021 are based on Cruise Ship availability.

  • Superior Ocean View Balcony $524
  • Ocean View State Room $426
  • Promenade State Room $411
  • Interior State Room $371

Add 105.81 port fee and tax per person
Prices based on double occupancy
Each room includes $50 Onboard Credit

To Book: Call Royal Caribbean at 1-800-465-3595 - Provide our Group # 956447
Questions about the Cruise Workshops and general questions, call us at 1-866-6567

The Banjo Cruise - Prices and Registration Information Page
PRICES AND REGISTRATION

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Tailored Instruction and Private Mentoring

Banjo Player - Ross Nickerson
Ross Nickerson: Director of The Banjo Cruise

Student Comments:

"Hi Ross: I just wanted to send you a note of appreciation for your direction during the Carribean Banjo Cruise this year.  You have driven me to ascend from my plateau of mediocrity and move forward in my journey to learn the banjo. You gave me a whole new vision on the correct way to practice and how to efficiently work out a new song.  Prior to you straightening me out, it was clear that I was learning the banjo backwards, which led to much frustration and my inability to gain much progress.  Many thanks for your patience and understanding and your undivided interest in helping others to be better musicians.  You are a true teacher!"  John Glassman Russell, Kansas

The workshop with covers these topics and more:

  • Right and Left Hand Techniques
  • Backup Playing
  • Practice Habits and Priorities
  • Mixing Styles
  • Up the Neck Work
  • Jamming with Others
  • Rhythm and Timing
  • Playing in Different Keys and Tunings
  • Playing by Ear
  • Learning to Play Without Tablature and much more

Workshop Details

Reviews

The cruise exceeded all expectations. I was particularly impressed with your informal yet no nonsense style. I am planning to return!

Thank you so much for creating such a positive learning experience and atmosphere. I can't say enough good things about what I learned at the workshop.

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Registration and Booking Information

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Booking the Banjo Workshop

Workshop cost is for students only, not friends, spouses or family members.
Booking the workshop can be done after booking your cabin.
Call us at 866-322-6567 or book online with the link below.

To book the Workshop portion of the Banjo Cruise, click the price link below or call 1-866-322-6567
Banjo Cruise Workshops $329.00
Returning Students Workshop $299.00
Optional Gold Tone Banjo Rental $80.00 rental details

Banjo Rentals Available

Banjo Rentals with Goldtone

Leave your banjo at home and rent a Goldtone banjo for the cruise.
I've worked out an arrangement with the president of Goldtone Banjos, Wayne Rogers
Email us if you have questions about the banjo rentals or call 866-322-6567.
Goldtone Banjo Rentals - $80.00

Cruise Itinerary

Video from The 2016 Banjo Cruise

Read an article about the Banjo Cruise written by Peter McKay of London's Newspaper, The Daily Mail


FREE - Banjo Cruise Attendees Receive 3 Year Access to the BanjoTeacher.com
Gold Members Banjo Lesson Site Free - Details

During our 2015 cruise we even found a banjo picker in Labadee

Students Vicki MarkAnthony jamming with the Jamaicans

I even get a little time off too!


If you have workshop questions or need any assistance booking,
please call us anytime at 1-866-322-6567 Booking the Banjo Workshop Workshop cost is for students only, not friends, spouses or family members. Booking the workshop can be done after booking your cabin. Call us at 866-322-6567 or book online with the link below. It's important to Book early. Prices can go up based on availability.

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