Exploring the Caribbean with Star Clippers

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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, Nevis, Dominica and Anguilla. 

On Royal Clipper, sailings to the Caribbean include seven-night Windward Island and Grenadine Island sailings, seven-night Antigua to Barbados, and even a few 14-night Panama Canal sailings. On Star Flyer, you can also enjoy 14-night Panama Canal sailings, or seven-night Treasure or Leeward Island itineraries. A highlight of these sailings is the opportunity to visit UNESCO-listed places such as the Naval Dockyard in Antigua; historic cities like Willemstad in Curacao, Panama Viejo in Panama, Cartagena in Colombia, or Bridgetown and Garrison in Barbados; or exciting sites like the Brimstone Hill Fortress in St. Kitts and The Pitons in St. Lucia. 

Visiting the Caribbean on board a clipper ship is a unique and unrivaled experience. These ships are true sailing vessels, using wind power whenever possible to navigate between islands. Gliding into port under full sail is a thrilling experience, and one that allows you to imagine what it must have been like for the early explorers who arrived in this exotic region on very similar vessels (minus, of course, the onboard luxuries like a full-service spa and multiple swimming pools). And while larger cruise ships disembark their passengers into busy ports filled with aggressive tourist shops, Star Clippers ships cast anchor in remote harbors populated with local businesses and housing private yachts. Small tender boats take guests to and from shore—often to visit charming towns or off-the-beaten-path beaches where it's not unusual to be one of only a handful of snorkelers or sunbathers. As a bonus, we offer complimentary water sports on all sailings, if the weather permits, which includes skiing, paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, sail boating and snorkeling. 

On future posts we'll delve further into some of these destinations and the must-see places to visit there. But, tell us, which is your favorite Caribbean port of call?

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Sunday, 20 October 2019