Port Spotlight: Athens, Greece

[caption id="attachment_16115" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Acropolis in Athens. Photo courtesy of UNESCO and F. Bandarin.




Star Clipper calls at Athens, Greece, this Saturday, Oct. 18. The ship currently is enjoying it's final Greece & Turkey sailing of the season before it begins the journey to the Caribbean for the winter. But it's never too early to book your summer holiday for next year. Many of the sailings begin and end at Athens, so read on to see why this port is a fabulous addition to any itinerary.



The second you step off of the ship you will instantly become immersed in over 2,500 years of epic history and architecture. A fascinating juxtaposition between the old and the new, Athens has become urbanized while still preserving its centuries-old architecture.



The magnificent times of the Greek Classical Age come to life as you traverse the city of The Acropolis, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Housing the largest temple of Acropolis, the great Parthenon looms above in all its glory, just as it did in 438 B.C.







Besides offering one of the most incredible views of Athens, The Acropolis also boasts The Temple of Athena Nike, the first temple of the city built in Ionic style.



Just north of The Acropolis you will find Plaka, a quaint historical village where you can take a pleasant stroll while viewing restored Neoclassical homes among scenic ruins that showcase more of Athens’ legendary history.



If you are looking to do a little retail damage, the district of Kolonaki should be your next stop. Home to many foreign embassies and Athens’ wealthiest citizens, Kolonaki features the city’s poshest boutiques and restaurants.



These are just but a few of Athens' highlights. Join us to discover all of the wonders of the ancient city.

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Cheers to the Crew!




The Star Clippers crew is considered to be among the friendliest at sea!



From the captain of each ship to the water sports crew and from the bartenders to the men and women raising the sails, this team is full of warm, welcoming and passionate individuals.



Below is an excerpt from a Cruise Critic review of the Star Clippers crew.











Ship: Star Clipper

Sail date: June, 2015

Destination: Greece

Embarkation Point: Athens (Piraeus)



The Captain of the ship was extremely passenger-attentive and allowed us deck access during sailing and, to some extent, during port entry and exit. We could help hoist sails if we wanted to and my, what a hard job that is even with 20 passengers pulling the sail lines. Land trips - all optional but with extra, reasonable cost - were very informative and led by good local guides. When steps or uneven ground could be a problem for those with walking or balance difficulties we were warned beforehand. Every member of the crew was absolutely accommodating and totally delightful to sail with. Other passengers are very collegial and many seemed like old friends by the end of the trip.






Did you have a great experience with the Star Clippers crew? Let us know about it in the comments!
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Sailing and Star Gazing on Star Clipper

As Star Clippers guest Hilary Casey prepares for an upcoming voyage she reflects with fondness on the people and ports that make the trip so special.





My husband and I have many friends who cruise very regularly, upwards of 3 or 4 per year and without exception they always told us 'we would simply adore cruising'!



We were determined that there must be something in the way of cruising for us as we love the sea and had dinghy sailed for many years.



Research indicated that Star Clippers might be for us and we duly booked our first trip to and from St. Maarten aboard Star Clipper and can honestly say that there was not a single thing that we would have changed.





The cabin, although small was very well furnished and extremely comfortable. The crew, from the Captain downwards were simply delightful and through my time laying on a lounger even on the middle of the night while under sail simply star watching I made many friends amongst the crew with whom I am still in touch.



[caption id="attachment_16035" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clipper's dining room.




The food was excellent and although we don't eat lunch or the late night snacks, breakfast and dinner was first class with a wonderful choice on the menu and reasonably priced wines.



The ports of call on the Leeward Islands cruise were excellent. St Barts was probably our favourite but they were all superb.



We stayed at Grand Case Beach Club for a week before our cruise and for 5 days afterwards so just under 3 weeks in all and felt that was a good decision for us.



We decided very early on that we would do this again but wanted more actual sailing time and tried to book an Eastward bound transatlantic crossing last year only to be informed that the Star Clipper was going to undergo a refit whilst crossing so was not taking passengers much to our regret.



However we decided upon a trip again on Star Clipper this October from Athens on the 11th and after the cruise we are staying on in Athens for a few days so had our return flight delayed.



We have also already booked and paid the deposit for a a Westbound transatlantic crossing from Malaga to St Maarten at the end of October 2015.



I am sure Star Flyer is also as good as Star Clipper but we feel that we want to go back in the hope that many of the crew will be the same.



This year has been a busy one for us as we celebrated our Golden Wedding at the end of July with a long weekend of many events culminating in a large dinner and dance and as I am writing this we are still in France, returning to the UK on October 5th just a week before flying to Athens.



We would book more but have a beautiful home in South West France and also spend several months there a year.



Family and friends asked what we were going to do in our retirement?? For the foreseeable future having superb holidays aboard Star Clipper features large.
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Sunrise and the Soúnio Peninsula

Guest Gerry Lewis joined Star Clipper in the eastern Mediterranean and had this special experience to share.









"Last week we sailed on Star Clipper from Istanbul to Athens. On Wednesday evening as we sailed between Skopelos and Poros, Captain Yuriy advised us to be on the bridge the next morning at 0700 for something special. Just at sunrise on Thursday morning we sailed past the Temple of Poseidon on the Soúnio Peninsula. Captain Yuriy stopped the ship for 15-20 minutes so we could take photos. Amazing to look up from our ship and see the same sight that sailors have seen for almost 2,500 years." -- Gerry Lewis


















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Video: From Athens to Venice

From whitewashed Greek islands to narrow Venetian canals, this video by Helen and Albert Heinel captures the magic of a Star Clippers cruise. Take a look!






Mr.and Mrs. Heinel have taken many Star Clippers cruises and have been kind enough to share their wonderful videos. If you liked this one check out their other videos including Star Flyer Sails Southern France and Italy and Star Clipper Sailing the Leeward Islands!
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Guest Sommeliers Host Wine Tastings on Star Clipper

[caption id="attachment_15586" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Wine with a view!




July 9, 2014, Star Clipper will arrive at Venice, Italy, wrapping up back-to-back culinary cruises under the direction of world-class sommeliers.



[caption id="attachment_15580" align="aligncenter" width="550"] French sommelier Olivier Assire directs a wine tasting on Star Clipper.




The first itinerary featured Olivier Assire and sailed from Athens, Greece, to Kotor, Montenegro. Along the way guests enjoyed wine tastings, expert suggestions for pairings in the dining room and a sunset champagne reception, among other events. Assire disembarked at Corfu, Greece, the final sailing day before guests reached Kotor, Montenegro.



[caption id="attachment_15579" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Guests enjoy a wine tasting under the direction of Olivier Assire.




Saturday, July 5, 2014, Bruno David and a new crop of guests boarded Star Clipper at Dubrovnik, Croatia. As the ship sails along the coast of Croatia with calls at Korcula, Hvar and Mali Losinj, David is available to chat about wine-making, pairings and to offer tastings of spectacular Bordeaux wines from vineyards including Château Durfort-Vivens and Pessac Léognan.



[caption id="attachment_15585" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Featured wines included Champagne Brut Premier Louis Roederer and Jeroboam Rosé Couer de Grains 2013 -- Chateau de Selle.




These wine-themed sailings are part of an ongoing series of culinary cruises featuring onboard insights from renowned chefs and wine experts. The guest chefs and sommeliers work hand-in-hand with Star Clippers crew to create menus and tasting experiences that reflect Star Clippers easy elegance.



[caption id="attachment_15584" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Apertif tastings on the deck with views of shore.




Are you a foodie who dreams of a culinary adventure under sail? Click here for more information on upcoming Star Clippers' culinary cruises.
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Star Clipper: An Artistic Approach




This photo was taken by guest Steve near Corfu on a Star Clipper sailing from Athens to Venice in 2009. Once home he edited the photo to achieve the sepia tone and shading. With these effects you can appreciate all the lines of the lovely ship!



Do you have an artistic photo or drawing you'd like to share? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
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Star Clippers Paradise

A big "thank you" to our talented guest Albert C. M. Weijman for sharing this lovely poem.






Mr. Weijman is a biologist, a travel writer and a poet who will be sailing on Star Clipper from Athens, May, 31, 2014. He said he had studied some of the philosophy behind Star Clippers and this, combined with his vivid imagination, inspired him to compose a poem dedicated to the unique experience.



Are you boarding Star Clipper at Athens as well? If so give Mr. Weijman a hand!
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