Star Clippers' ships are known for visiting off-the-beaten-path locales that big cruise ships cannot access, allowing you a more authentic experience in ports around the globe. Our sailing itineraries in Southeast Asia have focused on Indonesia and Thailand over the past few years, but a pair of new itineraries for 2020 will now also visit mystical...
Thailand is one of the most visited countries in the world, drawing millions of tourists each year -- and for good reason. The pristine beaches, year-round sunshine, friendly locals and, of course, the beloved Thai cuisine make it the perfect place to escape the stresses of life. Star Clippers offers four unique, seven-day sailing adventures in Sou...
Sail thru the Panama Canal and the Caribbean, visiting several ports in Panama, Colombia, the ABC Islands and more on one of our 14-night voyages aboard Star Flyer. Enjoy amazing sights from the deck as the ship transits through the Panama Canal, a feat of engineering and hard work. See the locks in operation and spot wildlife from toucans to croco...
Spring fever may be in the air, but it's not too early to start planning for the cold winter days ahead. Star Clippers offers numerous sailings to the Caribbean during the winter season. Two ships—Royal Clipper and Star Flyer—call on the favorite islands of St. Maarten, Barbados and Antigua as well as lesser-known gems such as Isles de Saintes, Nev...
Watching wildlife while sailing in Southeast Asia. It's 6 am on a balmy morning and I am standing on the teak sun deck of the Star Clipper, watching a deep red sunrise over the Andaman sea. The ship left Phuket harbour last night and, this morning, the air is warm with enough breeze to eliminate humidity yet fill the sails.Early mornings are always...
At Star Clippers, we're excited this year for all the new happenings, from the relaunch of this our NEWly designed official blog and our summer 2020 itineraries that include Cambodia as our NEWest destination port, to the upcoming and long-awaited launch of our NEWest ship, Flying Clipper - the subject of a different blog post. For now, we're ha...
If you are looking to explore untouched islands, snorkel in some of the best coral in the world, observe the Komodo dragons, and relax on one of the world's tallest sailing ships, the Bali eastbound itinerary is for you.
The Star Clipper is the only passenger ship doing this Bali eastbound island route, and will be back in Summer 2018.
The sun sets on our last night onboard the Star Clipper. If you are looking to explore untouched islands, snorkel in some of the best coral in the world, observe the Komodo dragons, and relax on one of the world's tallest sailing ship, this itinerary is for you.
The Star Clipper is the only passenger ship doing this Bali route, and will be back in summer 2018 and summer 2019.
Our last stop on Friday before returning to Benoa, Star Clipper's home port for the summer, is the beautiful island of Gili Nanggu.
Gili Nanggu is a serene island paradise where guests enjoyed a beach bbq, snorkeling, swimming and hiking around the island.
One of the best part of sailing on a Star Clippers cruise is the guest participation. Raise the sails, learn how to read a sea chart and participate in passionate discussions on nautical history.
On our tall sailing ships the destinations are only part of the fun, the real adventure is sailing there.
Late morning on Thursday we arrived at the Gili Islands. The Gilis are an archipelago of three small islands: Trawangan, Meno and Air, just off the North West coast of Lombok.
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Gili Memo is the opposite, with quiet beaches and good visibility for seeing large turtles while snorkeling.
Guest enjoyed island hopped on the tenders and were able to spent time on both islands.
Last stop on the itinerary, Gili Nanggu tomorrow before we head back to Benoa.
Enroute to Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno on Thursday morning, guests were given a thrill. The Star Clipper team hoisted the sails and guests were taken in tenders around the ship to get memorable photos of the Star Clipper in all her glory.
Guests woke to a leisurely breakfast and mast climbing on Wednesday morning. The afternoon was spent in Satonda island.
Satonda is a tiny uninhabited island formed millions of years ago by an eruption which rocked the sea bed at 1000 m and projected volcanic rock upwards to a height of 289 meters above sea level. The eruption is said to be the largest and most devastating in human history. Satonda is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs with a large variety of tropical fish.
Guests enjoyed beach time, water sports and snorkeling this afternoon.
Insider tip: Take the short walk to the lake for beautiful views.
After a short one-hour sail from Komodo National Park to the other side of the island, we arrives at Pink Beach on Tuesday afternoon. Pink beach, or Pantai Merah is one of the only seven such beaches on the whole planet. The amazing colors come from microscopic animals called Foraminifera, which leave a red pigment on the coral reefs. Tiny fragments of red stained coral breaks off and combine with silvery sand to produce the glorious pink shade viable from the shoreline. Pink Beach is bounded by turquoise blue sea and offers spectacular views of the surrounding area, including small islands, hills and mountains. It is said to be the best spot for snorkeling in Komodo National Park. Guest snorkel right off the beach.
Insider tip: Don't forget your water shoes for this beach itinerary.
A itinerary highlight for most passengers, Tuesday morning started out with a visit to Komodo island, part of the Lesser Sunda chain of Indonesian islands, and the home of the 3m-long Komodo dragon. Komodo National Park covers the entire region, is home to more than 4,000 dragons, and is made up of rusty-red volcanic hills, savannah and forests. Its surrounding waters of seagrass beds, mangrove shrublands and coral reefs are famous for diving.
The world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon is arguably Indonesia’s best-conserved large animal, protected under Indonesian law.
During the two hour guided tour we were able to see many dragons on the island.
Enroute to Komodo, we enjoyed a day at sea on Monday. Activities included morning aerobic, mast climbing, story time with the cruise director, a talk with the captain, learning to read a sea chart, knot tying, and a treasure hunt.
This week we are live from the Star Clipper as she travels eastbound in Bali. After leaving Benoa early evening on Saturday, we arrive at the small island of Gili Konda midday on Sunday. Gili Kondo is an uninhabited island and is part of the 33 small islands in eastern Lombok. Guests enjoyed snorkeling directly from the beach. The waters are very calm and there are plenty of multi-colored fish and coral to see. Guests also enjoyed complimentary water skiing, kayaking, wake boarding, sailing and kayaking.
Star Clippers offers complimentary yoga, meditation and fitness classes onboard and ashore on select sailings on all three of their ships in 2017. The classes will be open to all fitness levels and will be conducted in English, as well as various languages based on the instructor’s fluency. All classes are open to all guests on a complimentary basis.
Meditation on the beach in Bali. The Star Clipper is based in Bali for the summer season.
With a breathtaking backdrop and tropical climate, transiting the lakes and locks of the 51-mile Panama Canal aboard the Star Flyer is an adventure unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The Star Flyer's December 9th sailing includes an onboard Marine Scientist who will give guests an in-depth look at the building of the Panama Canal, its history, waterway and sea life.