Star Clippers Brings Back Legendary Captain Klaus Mueller As a Guest Speaker

[caption id="attachment_16872" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Captain Klaus Mueller was known to pull out the bagpipes and entertain the crowd during his time onboard.




Do you hear that ... could it be ... bagpipes?



Star Clippers has announced a special guest speaker on three of its Mediterranean sailings this summer, the legendary Captail Klaus Mueller! Captain Mueller, now retired, is one of the company’s best-loved characters, having taken Star Clippers’ ships all over the world during a long and illustrious career at sea.





[caption id="attachment_16877" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Captain Klaus Mueller performs a vow renewal ceremony on Star Flyer.




The charismatic captain will give talks to guests, many of whom sailed with him in the past. Lectures will cover varying subjects including tall ship history, celestial navigation and the challenges of sailing big ships today.



You can join Captain Mueller onboard Star Flyer for three Balearics sailings roundtrip from Palma, Mallorca: July 11, 18 and 25.



A week starts at $1,575 per person for a category 6 cabin based on double occupancy including all meals on the ship, entertainment and all talks. Port charges and flights are extra.

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Star Flyer's Balearic Islands Itinerary Named Among the World's Best Intimate Cruises

The Points Guy listed Star Clippers' Balearic Islands itineraries as one of the best "intimate cruises" in the world. Check out an excerpt from that story below!









Star Clippers. Spread off the Spanish coast like fragments of a shattered shell, the Balearics include islands both well charted (Mallorca, Ibiza) and less explored (Menorca, Formentera). A new Balearic Islands summer itinerary from Star Clippers visits each on the four-mast, 16-sail, 170-passenger Star Flyer. Visit ruins and ancient monasteries, graze at beachside seafood shacks, dance all night and splash in sheltered Mediterranean coves. As a bonus, this cruise also docks on mainland Spain, with a day to explore the gorgeous city of Valencia.







Have you sailed the Balearic Islands? Let us know what you think in the comments!




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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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Playing tourist in Bonifacio, Ajaccio and Calvi

Debbra Dunning Brouillette sailed a fabulous Balearic Islands itinerary on Star Flyer. Take a look at an excerpt from her feature in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram!


[caption id="attachment_16510" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Calvi’s picturesque palm-lined harbor is the starting point for exploring the town and its 15th century Citadel. Photo by Debbra Dunning Brouillette.




Passengers congregated on the top deck as we neared Corsica’s southern tip into Bonifacio.



Its chalk-white limestone cliffs, separated from the Italian island of Sardinia by a seven-mile-wide strait, are among the island’s most distinctive sights, in contrast to its mountainous granite interior.



Leaving the ship, we walked past an impressive row of yachts to the tourist train, which transported us from Bonifacio’s Old Town to the upper part of the city, built on the site of a ninth-century citadel. We walked through the battlements of the reconstructed fortress, and then along the wall of the medieval city, where buildings appeared to teeter on the edges of the cliffs.







After seizing the opportunity to descend to ocean level via the legendary King Aragon’s steps, a steep stairway of 187 steps cut into the limestone cliffs, we stopped at a cafe near the fortress for a glass of wine and a fortifying snack of local cheeses, crusty bread and fig preserves before walking back to the harbor down a sloping set of steps.



The star of our second Corsican port is Napoleon Bonaparte, born in Ajaccio in 1769.



Bonaparte’s name graces everything from the airport to a hotel, street, shops, bars, and even a gelateria. The French first gained control of Corsica the year of Bonaparte’s birth. Before that, it had spent more than 500 years as an Italian Genoese republic. A brief period of independence followed, but since 1796, when Napoleon moved in with his army, Corsica has been a department of France.



From the top of a double-decker sightseeing bus, we passed multiple monuments to the ex-emperor and military leader on our way out of the city. Soon, we reached the nearby Sanguinaires Islands, a popular resort location for vacationers from the French mainland, then toured his birthplace, a Bonaparte family home until the 1920s and now a national museum.



While Bonaparte left his mark on Ajaccio, our final Corsican port claims another major historical figure as its own. Although still in dispute, Calvi is widely believed to have been the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. A statue at the site of his presumed home commemorates his birth in 1436, with one wall remaining within the 15th-century citadel.



Given a full day in port, we explored the town and citadel, then toured two medieval villages in the Balagne region north of Calvi, which is known for its figs, olive oil, and wine.



The first was Sant’Antonino, a ninth-century village said to be the oldest inhabited village in Corsica and officially classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Its hilltop location at an elevation of 1,800 feet is often compared to an eagle’s nest, as it offers bird’s-eye views of the Balagne plain and the bay of Calvi.



Pigna, one of several villages on the Balagne Craft Trail, was our second all-too-brief stop.



Its distinctive blue-shuttered stone buildings line narrow streets branching out from a central courtyard, and we spied several artisans’ workshops offering pottery, music boxes, woodcarvings and other traditional crafts. I purchased a small ceramic plate incised with a fish design as a memento of our day.



For more of Debbra's story, including calls at Menorca, St. Tropez and Monaco, click here.
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Flying High at Ibiza




Here's a great shot of Star Flyer at Ibiza by Helen Heinel-Szesch.



Ibiza is known as a beautiful beach town by day and party place by night. The island also has a rich history and beautiful architecture, including medieval walled city and its Gothic cathedral became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.







Check out Ibiza and the rest of the Balearic Islands on Star Flyer's 2015 itineraries!



Have you sailed to the Balearic Islands? Let us know what you thought about the destination below!

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Port Spotlight: Ibiza, Balearic Islands

Nestled away in the western Mediterranean off the coast of Spain is a group of islands so mesmerizing and enchanting that we’ve devoted an entire itinerary to showcase their allure. Each with its own distinct personality, the four Balearic Islands are as diverse as they are similar. Here we take a look at Ibiza.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



As far as personalities go, Ibiza is the wild-child of the Balearic Islands as the party capital of the Balearic Islands! That's not to say the island is all party and no substance -- Ibiza is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Phoenician architecture, protected wildlife, plentiful coral reefs and a fortified acropolis all make Ibiza a location that is to be protected and preserved. You can spend the day relaxing by the crystal waters and watching the motorboats and yachts cruise by, exploring the ancient architecture, or enjoying the natural wonders of this gorgeous island.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



What would you most like to see at Ibiza? The beaches, the architecture or the parties? Let us know in the comments below!
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Port Spotlight: Formentera in the Balearics

Nestled away in the western Mediterranean off the coast of Spain is a group of islands so mesmerizing and enchanting that we’ve devoted an entire itinerary to showcase their allure. Each with its own distinct personality, the four Balearic Islands are as diverse as they are similar. Here we take a look at Formentera, the smallest island of the Balearics and Star Flyer's first call on this special itinerary.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



Star Flyer will call at Sabina, Formentera, in the Balearic Islands beginning June 6, 2014. The smallest of the archipelago, Formentera is characterized by its emphasis on ecology and eco-tourism. 20 km of pristine beaches line the coast giving way to transparent waters. It's no wonder the small island has been likened to a Caribbean retreat.





A popular yachting destination, Formentera is only accessible by boat, lending it an air of exclusivity. One might even call it the best kept secret in the Med. Unlike sister island, Ibiza, Formentera is not known for its nightlife presence. Water sports provide the high-energy entertainment here. The crystal waters and nearby coves are dotted with fit vacationers kayaking, biking and paddleboarding.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



The sea is visible from nearly any point on the island, with a surface area of just 90 square kilometers. All around the island you can find "lonely bays" and beautiful beaches -- many with incredible grottos.



The average summertime temperatures range from 70° lows at night to 78° highs during the day with little rainfall, so guests can expect to look forward to a beautiful day at the beach when visiting Formentera.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



Stay tuned for more information on the ports of Star Flyer's Spain & Balearic Islands itinerary.



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Port Spotlight: Palma de Mallorca in the Balearics

Nestled away in the western Mediterranean off the coast of Spain is a group of islands so mesmerizing and enchanting that we’ve devoted an entire itinerary to showcase their allure. Each with its own distinct personality, the four Balearic Islands are as diverse as they are similar. Here we take a look at Palma de Mallorca, Star Flyer's homeport during this special itinerary.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



The commerical and cultural center of Mallorca, Palma has a little bit of everything. Gorgeous coastlines, fresh seafood, a vibrant nightlife and rich history characterize this fabulous city. The origins can be traced back to Roman times and residents of the old quarter continue to report findings of ancient Roman artifacts. Today guests will find a landscape of coves, beaches and cliffs on the coastline and Spanish architecture with Northern African influences peeking through.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



Historically, Palma was the seat of the island's monarchy, aristocracy and ecclesiastical hierarchy – which is why there is an abundance of churches, convents and palacios. Highlights of a visit include the Mallorca Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, the Lonja fish market and Plaza Mayor.



El Paseo de Born is a tree-lined lane that has been called the town's "social axis." Expect to find posh eateries, art galleries and boutiques.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



The Soller Railway is an iconic image of the city and a popular way to see the island of Mallorca. Likened to a time machine for its turn of the century charm, the train runs 27 km from Palma to the town of Soller along fabulous landscapes. This railway was built in 1912 and has completely retained its yesteryear charm.



Further inland the island opens up to rugged mountains, and groves of olives and almonds. The scenery is diverse and spectacular.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



For more information on Star Flyer's sailing to Spain and the Balearic Islands, summer, 2014, click here.



In the meantime, stay tuned for information on more of these fabulous Balearic ports.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



We're looking forward to this gorgeous itinerary in summer 2014. If you join please let us know what you think! Send your photos, stories and insights to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter!
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