Star Clippers: USA Today's "10 Best," One Week to Go!
On the subject of cruise industry awards and voting, I would easily give full marks to any specialist voyage arranged by the Star Clippers organisation team, even when at home in Yorkshire or with the majestic Royal Clipper now basking in sunnier climes currently anchored off Grenada.
With my first involvement dating back to July 2000 sailing aboard the then new fleet flagship Royal Clipper during her London to Monte Carlo - Maiden Voyage - Shakedown Delivery Cruise.
After two days of living aboard ship in total luxury as guest of the Kraft family under the command of Master Mariner Capt. Gerhart Licksett with daily lunch invitations to join captains table dressed to the 9's becoming disruptive to my steadily increasing list of rigging work assigned by the Bosun.
Trying to complete safety checks of both standing and running rigging at sea at heights above 190ft, is not helped by having to desend tall masts mid-task. Rushing to a cabin two decks below, just to change from overalls to shirt and tie, in order to break for lunch. After courteously and respectfully declining lunch on the third day choosing to eat with regular workmates in the crew mess. Cordon bleu or michelin-star decorative styles of catering may look, taste and smell appetising but is rarely served in adequate portions to sustain the energy levels required by topmen, riggers and deck crews engaged in manual, labour-intensive, physical duties at any level, let alone aloft at height amongst the masts and spars of a fully squaresail-rigged tall ship... Two days passed enjoying large bowls of pasta and other working mans fare only to arrive in the mess on the 5th day to catch both Fleet Owner and Captain taking lunch, therefore gaining instant respect from the whole of their 27 country multi-national crew. (firstname.lastname@example.org).