Star Clippers Named Among Top Holidays in Spain & Greece

[caption id="attachment_16559" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clippers' Balearic Island and Greek itineraries were named among the best in the Med!




Star Clippers was featured in not one but two countdown lists of top cruise holidays by The Daily Telegraph. Jane Archer included Star Clippers eastern Mediterranean cruise to Momnevasia on the list of top 10 cruise holidays in Greece, and John Wilmott featured Star Flyer's western Mediterranean cruise to Menorca on his list of top 10 cruise holidays in Spain. Read on for excerpts from both stories!








This photo of Minorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor



Star Clippers cruise to Menorca
by John Wilmott







Tall-ship cruising is a rare chance to cruise, wind permitting, under sail. Star Clippers’ ship, Star Flyer, has 16 sails on four lofty masts and plenty of nimble-footed crew to handle the ropes. Designed to replicate a tea clipper the ship is a majestic sight when in full flow and has copious creature comforts including comfy cabins (some with balcony), a small pool, bar, library and plush dining room, all for just 170 guests.



The itinerary is very Spain-intensive, beginning in Barcelona and calling at Menorca (quite a rarity), Majorca, Cartagena, Motril – the closest port to Granada and its Alhambra – chic Puerto Banus and Málaga.



[caption id="attachment_16556" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Star Clippers cruise includes a visit the old square in Monemvasia. Photo courtesy of The Daily Telegraph.




Star Clippers cruise to Monemvasia
by Jane Archer







Known as the Gibraltar of the East, Monemvasia sits on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, connected by a causeway. The name comes from the Greek mone and emvasia, which means single entrance. When you enter through the fortress gate you’ll see it’s the perfect moniker. The town one was sizeable; today just a few hundred people live in the beautifully-restored houses crowded around narrow streets and placas filled with tavernas and cafés. Star Clippers brings you here under sail on the last day of a cruise around the Greek Islands that also visits Patmos, said to be where John received a vision from Jesus, and Amorgos, where the dazzling white monastery of Hozoviotissis is the main attraction.



Which holiday would you prefer, the Eastern Mediterranean or the Western Mediterranean? Let us know in the comments!
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Family Fun on Star Clipper

[caption id="attachment_15804" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Kavi & Tejas helping to raise the sails. Photo by Heidi Sarna.




Travel writer Heidi Sarna recently enjoyed a family sailing on Star Clipper. Heidi, her husband and their two kids, Kavi and Tejas, sailed through the Med calling at beautiful ports in Greece and Turkey. Highlights of the cruise included hiking at Monemvassia and climbing the mast for a gorgeous view of the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea.



Kavi and Tejas weighed in on their Star Clippers experience, saying:







"It's different than all the other ships, it's better. You feel free, there aren't so many guidelines and rules." -Kavi



"I liked that we could climb the masts, crawl down into the bowsprit net and experience what a ship was like from a long time ago. Plus I liked the Greek ports and the food was really good on board, especially the pastas and tea time snacks." -Tejas







[caption id="attachment_15807" align="aligncenter" width="550"] One for the history books: the call at Ephesus. Photo by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15803" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "How else could we have gotten to gorgeous Amorgos?" Asks journalist Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15806" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Foodie pics! Kavi loving the belgian waffles and delicious lobster. Photos by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15809" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Climbing the mast is an event!" said Heidi.




[caption id="attachment_15811" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Approaching lovely Monemvassia and Tejas, 11, climbed the mast with his dad! Photos by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15812" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The family hiked up the mountain at Monemvassia - what a view! Photo by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15810" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Beautiful Mykonos. Photo by Heidi Sarna.




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Port of the Week: Amorgos, Greece







Amorgos, Greece, is one of the popular Greek Islands of the Cyclades. Located near Naxos and Ios, a few hours from Piraeus, Athens, its the island chosen by filmmaker Luc Besson for the scene of “The Big Blue.”



This Greek island has a lot to offer: beautiful beaches in crystal waters, whitewashed houses and windmills. The island’s trademark is the beautiful monastery of Hozoviotissa which is wedged into a huge precipice at 300m from the sea.



While at Amorgos cruisers may want to rent a bike and explore many of the small villages making up the island. At Chora, the capital, guests will find Greece's smallest church large enough to accomodate three! This is truly a place where the time has stopped, and thanks to local regulations, the architecture is kept in the traditional style.



In Potamos you can stroll around in the little winding streets that were built that way to confuse the pirates. Katapola, another village next to the sea, features the monastery Chozoviotissa which according to tradition was built in the 9th century after a ship had sunk just outside Amorgos carrying an icon of the Virgin Mary. With a little luck the monks will offer you some local liqueur.



Another option while at Amorgos is snorkelting, especially at Mourou but also at Agia Anna. You can also enjoy long walks through the harsh but impressive nature. A lot of people enjoy fishing here, and there are various donkey rides offered.



Before leaving guest may want to visit the local bar in Katapola that every night shows "The Big Blue", fitting while at this Greek paradise.
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