In order to have an enjoyable experience with a cruise gig, you need to be able to read well, play in tune, if you are playing second, improvise well, if you play lead - PLAY LEAD! Remember, this is a GIG first, anything else second. My experiences have been very good, but then again, this will vary from person to person. Each person will make it what they want it to be. The bands I've been on have been VERY good, and the music has never been soo easy that I was bored. I wish I could take every one of you back and show you just what a great experience it has been for me. I believe that any playing experience you can get will only make you better, not only as a player, but as a teacher too. Playing every night like this will put a lot of things into perspective for you. "Oh, that's why we practice (_____)!" Now you know how to relate things to students and other musicians. To sum up what could potentially be a very long post, I wouldn't trade my experience for anything, and I'm going out for more. I can't wait! Cheers TM!