A Guide to Dining on Star Clippers

[caption id="attachment_16693" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper's dining room by Holger Leue.

Guests new to Star Clippers might not be exactly sure of what to expect as far as dining goes on a tall ship cruise. Unlike many mega cruise ships, Star Clippers ships have one dining room but that's not to say they're short on options! Star Clippers guests are treated to a variety of choices onboard, from a fresh and casual breakfast to lobster entrees prepared by culinary experts.

Breakfast is served from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with an early bird option in the Piano Bar, made-to-order omelets in the Main Dining Room and buffets full of fresh fruits and pastries. At noon the lunch buffet rolls out in the main dining room with a different thematic option each day. For instance, if you're traveling near Italy the theme might be Italian, with different prosciutto options, cheeses, and pastas and perhaps a caprese salad. There are always fruit and vegetable options available.

[caption id="attachment_16694" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Italian buffet lunch in Atrium dining room aboard sailing cruise ship Royal Clipper. Mediterranean, near Italy. © Holger Leue / www.leue-photo.com

A highlight of Star Clippers' food and beverage program for many guests is cocktail hour at The Tropical Bar. With a wide open-air portion of the deck and views of the sea all around, The Tropical Bar is the social hub of Star Clippers. Guests congregate there to share a cocktail and wind down after a day of exploration or mast climbing. Cheerful servers and live music add to the ambience, and many could say that The Tropical Bar is the reason guests of Star Clippers get to know one another so well.

[caption id="attachment_16697" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Tropical Bar is the social hub of Star Clippers thanks to congenial guests and cheerful servers like Manolito (pictured in a photo by Holger Leue / www.leue-photo.com).

Dinner begins at 7:30 with open seating available until 10 p.m. Menus are available in English, French and German. Dinner is sit-down, and the tables are formally set, however the dress code is casually elegant. Ladies typically wear sundresses or blouses, gentlemen lean towards golf shirts and pants. A selection of appetizers and entrees and wines are available.

[caption id="attachment_16701" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Star Clippers dining experience is elegant and casual.

When you sit down to dinner don't forget to save room for dessert! Popular options include creme brûlée, warm bread pudding and flan. Sometimes the servers even put on a song and dance!

If you've got a late night appetite don't worry! After dinner Star Clippers serves a midnight snack in the Piano Bar from 11:45 until 1 a.m., and guests often enjoy treats, cocktails and tunes.

[caption id="attachment_16703" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Have you got a sweet tooth? Don't forget to save room for dessert on Star Clippers!

In addition to Star Clippers regular food and beverage programming, from time to time guest chefs and sommeliers join a cruise to prepare special menus, and (weather permitting) guests are treated to beach barbecues or beach-themed barbecues at The Tropical Bar. Follow Star Clippers on Facebook and Twitter to stay current on guest chef information.

Are you preparing for a Star Clippers sailing? Let us know if you have any questions about dining below!
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Happy Independence Day U.S.A.!

[caption id="attachment_15558" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Beach BBQ photos by James Bottoms, Chris Owen and Royal Clipper Hotel Manager Klaus Franz.

The 4th of July in the U.S. means barbecues, boating, friends and family! Anyone who has sailed with Star Clippers knows that our crew knows their way around a grill!

Will you be celebrating today? Let us know in the comments below!
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Photo Journal: Beach Barbecue at Antigua

Jim Bottoms is a travel consultant based out of Annapolis, Maryland, who recently sailed on Royal Clipper's Windward Islands itinerary. Along the way he took some fabulous photos. For the first of Jim's photo series, here's the ever-popular beach barbecue at Antigua. Stay tuned for more.

[caption id="attachment_15215" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The view doesn't get much better than this!

[caption id="attachment_15206" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Tendering toward shore, guests take in the white sands and turquoise waters of Antigua.

[caption id="attachment_15207" align="aligncenter" width="550"] No need for a dock -- the tender eases gently into shore.

[caption id="attachment_15208" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The beautiful beaches of Antigua.

[caption id="attachment_15210" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The more the merrier!

[caption id="attachment_15212" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The beach barbecue begins!

[caption id="attachment_15211" align="aligncenter" width="550"] It's all about fun, sun, and feast at Antigua.

[caption id="attachment_15213" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A beautiful ship on a beautiful day.

Stay tuned for Jim's next photo diary, "Snorkel & Swim with the Sting Rays."

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Dining on Star Clippers

Dining with Star Clippers is a casual yet elegant experience. Whether in Royal Clipper's dining room or at a Caribbean beach barbecue, passengers bond over options like fresh fruit, premium wines and just-caught seafood. We asked our guests on Facebook about their favorite dining experiences on Star Clippers voyages and here are some of the results.

[caption id="attachment_14947" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo of the beach barbecue food by Chris Owen www.chriscruises.com.

First, here's an excerpt of what Chris Owen of www.chriscruises.com had to say:

Breakfast and Lunch are served buffet-style and include a nice variety of entrees. At breakfast, a chef on duty at made omelettes and cooked-to-order eggs. The lunch buffet provided more of a culinary experience with a different theme every day, including Italian, Seafood, Caribbean and Oriental styles. Also, one day (weather permitting) is a Beach Barbecue and another is served on deck in the ship’s Tropical Bar, a meeting place for all passengers, all the time.

Many of our guests had a tough time choosing, but lobster seemed to take the lead! Here's the guest take on favorite dishes and meals on Star Clippers voyages.

Peter Dyke: Anything served on Royal Clipper, yum!

Marie-therese Geday: Asking me to chose, is torture

Sabine Wohler Suter: Grilled shrimps at a bbq on deck, served by Hotel Manager alain

[caption id="attachment_14951" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Svetlana Suter

Svetlana Suter: Lobster. Yummi !

Rachel Price: Def the lobster!

Jack Pennington: Lobster in Antigua!

International Railway Travelers: Christmas dinner on board the Star Flyer. What a blast.

Fred Parle: The Beef Carvery on board the Clipper was my favourite every time , in Capt Lichfelds time.

[caption id="attachment_14956" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Paul Vandevelder.

Mary Murray: Paul VanDevelder's photo above would top my list also. Who knew you could have an incredible lunch in an abandoned medieval village. Loved it!

Mike Davis: Dubrovnik plate in Dubrovnik, but every meal I've had on your ships was outstanding!

[caption id="attachment_14949" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by André M. Piquet

[caption id="attachment_14958" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by André M. Piquet

André M. Piquet: There have been many memorable meals...

Gaby Hracek: Everything was delicious, even as the waves were high.

[caption id="attachment_14948" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Chris Owen, www.chriscruises.com

Michaela Siebenhaar I look forward to testing it and will advise beginning of June!

What do you think? Do you have a favorite dish or memory of a meal from sailing on Star Clippers?
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Royal Clipper Panoramic Postcards from Tobago Cays

Thanks to Star Flyer Hotel Manager Klaus Franz for these beautiful photos of Royal Clipper’s beach barbecue at Tobago Cay Jan. 30, 2013. Enjoy!

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A Fun Beach Barbecue at Tobago Cays: Part 2

Thanks to Hotel Manager Klaus Franz aboard Royal Clipper who sent in this second batch of fabulous photos of the beach barbecue at Tobago Cays. Enjoy!

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