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#920334 - 02/15/04 05:03 PM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
JIMBOB Offline
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Registered: 11/18/02
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Frank... this is a great idea. My wife has been chomping about going on a cruise. This could be a tax deductible seminar/convention/training event . Several of the members of my PTG chapter have been talking about this idea. There are some guidelines to making it legitimate for a tax deduction. I would also like to see an inclusive
prices so that children can come. Might be able to get a good deal if the technicians agree to tune and regulate the pianos. May even be able to get some of the big name companies to provide some pianos just for the cruise. It would be good advertising for them. I have been on cruises to Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Us Virgin Islands and Tahiti.
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#920335 - 02/15/04 10:49 PM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
gryphon Offline
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Registered: 08/09/01
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I would go but I doubt my wife would be open to the idea. \:\(
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#920336 - 02/17/04 10:15 AM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
apple* Offline

Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
maybe I could get a job on the ship at the same time PianoWorld travels. I could verk in ze kitchen.
accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

#920337 - 02/20/04 01:47 AM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
Norbert Offline
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Registered: 07/03/01
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Loc: Surrey, B.C.
Cabin sharing?

Close quarter encounters?


If worst comes to worst..... there could even be some serious "fooling around" going on!

That's why only the really steadfast and reliable need apply...... \:D

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#920338 - 02/21/04 01:42 PM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
aznxk3vi17 Offline
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Registered: 01/13/02
Posts: 701
Loc: Johns Hopkins University
If this was set up, and the price was decent, I'd DEFINITELY be attending! Only if there were to be pianos present. I'd take my entire sheet music collection.

Apple, I vant to verk in ze kitchen! All ze beautiful morsels, zey vuld be my pleasure to serve to ze piano dvellers!

#920339 - 02/21/04 08:21 PM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
jgoo Offline
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Registered: 07/23/01
Posts: 3974
Loc: Seattle, Washington, USA
So, Frank, any new news on the subject yet?
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#920340 - 02/21/04 08:27 PM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
Diarmuid2 Offline
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Registered: 07/24/02
Posts: 871
Loc: London
Seriously, I'd consider it, it sounds like fun \:\)

#920341 - 02/21/04 10:52 PM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
Piano World Offline

Registered: 05/24/01
Posts: 6029
Loc: Parsonsfield, ME (orig. Nahant...
I have more information then I know what to do with:-)

I need to weed through it all, will post an update soon.
Obviously, the more people we get to go, the better the "group" rate.

If we could interest some folks from the PTG, all the better. We might be able to put on some seminars, do a little playing, and have some fun!
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#920342 - 04/21/05 09:02 AM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
Elle2002 Offline
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Registered: 03/31/05
Posts: 101
Loc: Spain
Well, I think it was a wonderful idea...

This summer hubby and I will be joining a Mediterranean cruise (we already had the Caribbean cruise experience). Unfortunately not organized by Piano World.

Any other member joining a cruise this summer? \:D

An extremely lucky beginner (LOVE My C.Bechstein) so excuse me, need to go practice.....

#920343 - 04/23/05 10:56 AM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
markallen Offline
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Registered: 12/28/04
Posts: 460
Loc: Stanwood, WA
Frank, I think this is a great idea and a wonderful way to help support PW. When you get the specifics, I'll make every effort to attend.

New sig line in the works....

#920344 - 05/01/05 06:49 AM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
leebea Offline
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Registered: 01/20/05
Posts: 173
Loc: Peoria, Arizona (formerly MA)
I'm not to the level where I would play piano in public, but I'd definitely be interested in the cruise. I very much enjoy listening to good piano music as well as meeting more of the PW members.
Lee B.

#920345 - 06/22/05 09:03 AM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
gaucho Offline
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Registered: 06/15/05
Posts: 12
Loc: South Florida
Guys, I am new to the Forum, a piano and music lover and an adult that did not persued the love of his life, to become a concert pianist, although I still practice about 2 hours a day or three.
I have been around the cruise industry for about 20 years. No, I'm not a lounge lizard as they call them. I do mostly a one hour comedy show in the main thater which includes some piano playing (parts of pieces I can play which I either learned when I was rather young or recently).
Given my extended experience, aloud me to humboldly tell you what you could expect in the real world of cruising. If you need a Model D, unless someone ships it to the specific vessel and preps it after it arrives, you will not have that. You will find Yamahas model C in relatively good shape, sometimes pretty much in tune. Some of them are rather new, depending on the ships age or how recently they have been totally refurbished. Only some of the better cruise lines with the most expensive world cruises which sometimes feature an unknown concert pianist, and I don't mean this in an irreverent way at all, might have a decent instrument but doubtfully a D.
Depending on how many of you manage to go, once you are there you might be able to gather some of the people that (although unaware of your plans) to come to your gatherings and truly enjoy what you all can do and love. For this to happen, you can only book a cruise where the people are somewhat older, 35/ 40 and up, maybe older than that. I only mention this because the kind of passengers that would be on the vessel with you will have an impact on your experience one way or the other. You do not (trust me) want to be subjected to a large group of youngsters and not so young having "Snoop Dog" (a rapper, for the ones of you that have not been polluted) as a role model, rather than Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (or any other of the greats).
Either gather a large group enough that you can go and have your functions in a closed door situation, very privately, or make sure you take a cruise to Alaska or Europe. You will have to share cabins if you travel alone, unless you are well to do, there is no other way. My personal favourites speaking of routes are, Alaska, any of them, and the cruises that depart from Barcelona in Spain and go thru France, Italy (Venice...you will never want to come back...)etc. It's not as expensive as you might think considering it could be truly an unforgettable experience. Trust me, I have done it plenty and I'm just an artist, I get no retribution for this recommendations, nor will I tell you the name of the company. There are many out there doing it.To drink hot chocolate wrapped in a blanket while watching the gorgeous views of the Inside Passage in Alaska and be able to go to a room with a great concert grand and hear or play a Chopin Nocturne it would be my definition of Heaven. Make sure, if you decide to do it, you think about this very carefully and choose wisely.
Your project is a bit unrealistic but extremely close to my heart. Go for it and do it, but do it right. I personally think it's a wonderful idea. If I can be of any help informing you of details I may have, just ask. And excuse the possible error in my writting. English is not my first language.
Have fun!!!

#920346 - 09/18/05 06:39 PM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
DantheMan Offline
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Registered: 07/23/05
Posts: 62
Loc: Chicago
Wow, that's an awesome idea! I don't know if I, a minor, could go, or if I have the money to go, but it's a neat thought!
"Life is a thirty-second note. Live it Forte!"
Quote by me,

#920347 - 09/18/05 07:19 PM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone?
Piano World Offline

Registered: 05/24/01
Posts: 6029
Loc: Parsonsfield, ME (orig. Nahant...
Thanks for the info gaucho...

As you can see, I've been tossing this idea around for a while now.

The challenge is to get enough people to agree on the timing, and departure/destinations, and of course they need to agree on the pricing.

Still, I think it would be a great time!

My sister worked in the cruise business for a number of years (meet and greet in Fort Lauderdale). She and her husband have taken lots of cruises and always have a wonderful time.

If we could get a gang of Piano Forums members together to share the experience and play some music... How much fun would that be ? :-)
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#1667797 - 04/28/11 02:07 AM Re: Piano Forums Cruise Anyone? [Re: Piano World]
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Registered: 12/15/09
Posts: 34
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My wife feels that way too...claustrophobia on a ship
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