Words of Wisdom

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Words of Wisdom

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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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Today is 'International Talk Like A Pirate Day'




Arrrr! It be "International Talk Like a Pirate Day" mateys!



What's a pirate's favorite cruise line?



Staaaarrrr Clippers!







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Favorite Place

Helen Heinel-Szesch and Albert Heinel are loyal Star Clippers guests. You may have seen some of the videos they've produced from numerous Star Clippers journeys. Of all the beautiful beaches and landscapes they've explored, Helen says she's most contented on the open sea.

[caption id="attachment_15945" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Here is a photo of me sitting at my favorite place in the world!" -- Helen Heinel




Helen and Albert have been sailing with Star Clippers for years -- even celebrating their honeymoon on Star Clipper in the Caribbean. They've shared some beautiful photos and videos through the years. If you have not seen them follow the links below!



[caption id="attachment_15946" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Helen relaxing with two other guests.




Video: Star Flyer in the Med


Video: From Athens to Venice


Video: Star Flyer Sails Southern France & Italy


Video: Scenes from a Star Clippers Sailing


Do you have a favorite photo or video from your Star Clippers vacation? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you could be featured on social media.
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Travel Boulevard: Cruising for Non-Cruise Lovers

Nina of travelboulevard.be sailed the Leeward Islands on Star Clipper in Feb. 2014, and is confident that Star Clippers is a cruise for non-cruise lovers and cruise lovers alike. Below is an excerpt from her feature. For the whole story click here.


[caption id="attachment_15936" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Nina, travelboulevard.be.




Although I had been on a ‘typical’ cruise before there was nothing that could prepare me for the experience of cruising with the Star Clipper. Star Clippers is a smaller cruise liner operating with three tall ships: Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer. They are among the fastest and largest clipper ships ever built.



Cruising with these tall ships has nothing in common with classic cruises. During my days on the Star Clipper (cruising the Caribbean Leeward Island) my experience was that this was indeed a cruise that even non-cruiselovers would love.



[caption id="attachment_15935" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Nina, travelboulevard.be.




I once had the change to talk to Michael Krafft, the owner of the ships, and he told me he wanted to give his passengers the feeling as if they were sailing their private yacht: to be one with the ocean, the ship, the sails and fellow travelers. “Sailing brings people together”, he stated.



When I finally was cruising with Star Clippers myself, I understood what he meant. Star Clipper carries only 170 guests. You’ll never get lost in the crowd, there’s a relaxed atmosphere on board and the other passengers soon become more like friends instead of just fellow-cruisers. You really feel like this is your own private sailing ship, without having to pay a fortune (Star Clipper cruises are very affordable).



[caption id="attachment_15934" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Nina, travelboulevard.be.




Do you agree with Nina's assessment? Let us know in the comments below!



For more fabulous photos and commentary about Nina's experience click here.
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Facebook Fans Reflect: What Makes Star Clippers Special

If you've sailed with Star Clippers before chances are you quickly realized that this is a cruise line that's far from ordinary. Maybe that's the exact reason you found yourself booking a sailing with us. Whatever the case, fans recently shared the qualities that make a Star Clippers vacation truly unique.


[caption id="attachment_15913" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Maria Nygren: Sailing alongside a sister ship, I would say. Although Oscar Nygren, above, probably agrees that climbing the mast is an outstanding experience!




Gaby Hracek: Transatlantic Crossing: the endless ocean, the great cuisine, the stars at night, yoga on deck, lying in the bowsprit, the friendly staff.



Jackie Reay: The wonderful Crew!







Carol Denton Hintermeier: Lunch on the beach!



[caption id="attachment_15914" align="aligncenter" width="550"] David Daniels: The view from the Widow's net!




Pamela Lee: Playing Vangelis 1492 when the sails are raised.



Janet Rusin: Talent show night!



[caption id="attachment_15916" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Scott Schnabel: Star Clippers is the most unique sailing experience ever.




Linda Kirchner Griffin: Evenings enjoyed at the Bar....



Magdalene Leicester: The whole experience, roll on February!



James Treadway‎: Star Clipper, Treasure Islands, March 2014, a life changing experience for us. When we got home we booked passage on Royal Clipper for the Grenadines, followed by a transatlantic passage on Royal Clipper too.



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These are just a few of the comments left by Star Clippers' past, present and future guests!



Let us know what you think makes Star Clippers special in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook!
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Looking Forward to Stunning Caribbean Sunsets




With summer coming to an end, are you dreaming about joining us in the Caribbean this coming season? Guest Jim Bottoms captured this gorgeous sunset during his Caribbean sailing. It's time to see one for yourself!















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Travel Channel Names Royal Clipper "Best Caribbean Cruise"

The Travel Channel has named a cruise on Royal Clipper the best in the Caribbean!


[caption id="attachment_15760" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper sailing by the pitons of St. Lucia.




The Travel Channel just published their list of Travel's Best Cruises 2014 and Star Clippers took the cake for Best Caribbean Cruise!



The article cited Star Clippers sophisticated travelers, fine wine, fabulous destinations and laid back beach barbecues among the reasons that a cruise on Royal Clipper topped all others:



Best Caribbean Cruise, Star Clippers, Royal Clipper
You'll find a very different tropical seagoing experience aboard Star Clippers' 227-passenger Royal Clipper, the world's largest and only 5-mast, full-rigged sailing ship.



The elegant tall ship frequents small exclusive ports like Bequia, Tobago Cays and Iles des Saintes. “Attracting sophisticated travelers (roughly half are European), Royal Clipper offers open-seating, dining on sumptuous fare and fine wine. After dinner, guests gather around the grand piano or on deck to watch the enormous sails unfurl in the wind,” adds Anne Campbell. Don’t miss the beach-side barbecue on a deserted beach.



[caption id="attachment_15763" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper's Windward Islands itinerary.




Royal Clipper -- along with 4-masted sister ships Star Clipper and Star Flyer -- will return to the Caribbean Nov. 2014 where the ship will resume the popular Windward Islands and Grenadine Islands itineraries. The Windward Islands itinerary departs Bridgetown, Barbados and calls include Rodney Bay, St. Lucia; Cabrits & Roseau, Dominica; Falmouth Harbour, Antigua; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Terre de Haut, Iles des Saintes; Fort de France, Martinique;



[caption id="attachment_15764" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper's Grenadine Islands itinerary.




The Grenadine Islands itinerary also departs Bridgetown, Barbados, but follows an alternate route first calling at the Captain's choice, Grenadines, followed by calls at St. George's, Granada; Tobago Cay, Grenadines; St. Vincent, St. Vincent and Bequia; Fort de France, Martinique; and Marigot Bay, St. Lucia.



Both itineraries are fabulous and life at sea on a tall ship brings the beauty of sails to these already stunning destinations. To learn more about departure dates as well as Star Clipper's Caribbean itineraries and Star Flyer's Panama Canal Crossing visit the website.






Have you sailed on one of these Royal Clipper itinearies before? Let us know about your experience in the comments below!
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Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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Photo Journal: Iles des Saintes

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. In this edition of Jim's photo journal we take a look at the Iles des Saintes.






























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Photo Journal: Martinique

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. In this edition of Jim's photo journal we take a quick look at the colors and culture of Martinique,, Fort de France.






























Have you visited Martinique with Star Clippers? Let us know about your experience in the comments below!
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Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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Underwater Adventures in the Caribbean

[caption id="attachment_15505" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photos by Michi & Daniela.




Water sports are a huge part of the Star Clippers experience. From kayaking to waterskiing guests love to get in touch with the crystal seas of the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Today we plunge into the waters of the Caribbean. Star Clippers are able to access quieter ports which means guests can snorkel in remote regions where the tropical fish outweigh the human population.



These photos are from an underwater adventure in the Caribbean that was captured by German photographers Michi & Daniela as they sailed on Royal Clipper through the Windward Islands.



[caption id="attachment_15509" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Michi & Daniela.




[caption id="attachment_15506" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Caribbean waters are teeming with life! Photo by Michi & Daniela.




[caption id="attachment_15508" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Michi & Daniela.




[caption id="attachment_15507" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper keeping watch. Photo by Michi & Daniela.




A special thanks to Michi and Daniela for the underwater adventure photos. To visit their website click here.



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Star Clippers' Fun with Photos




This fun enhanced photo was submitted by artist Gary Harkrader and was taken on a Star Clippers cruise on Royal Clipper in January, 2014, in the Caribbean with the Roanoke Ski Club.



Gary and his wife, Ellen, are planning another Star Clippers cruise in the eastern Mediterranean for summer, 2015.



Do you have an interesting Star Clippers photo or story you'd like to share? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be featured on social media.
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Real or Rendered?




The answer may surprise you! This is a photo taken by Star Clippers' guest Jeffery Rich of Royal Clipper passing through Drake's Channel in the Virgin Islands. Rich added an effect to the photo to give it the appearance of an oil painting.



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Following Summer on Star Clippers

Greg George is a world traveler, writer, blogger and "non-hipster foodie" based out of St. Marys, Ontario. He recently sailed on Royal Clipper. Here's an except of his journey from his blog followsummer.me.







Some Ancient Sea-Dog Superstitions


An earring is said to give sailors good eyesight and an old sea dog’s tattoo of a cross, an anchor and a heart protects against dangers at sea and at port. There was many an earring and tattoo evident on the Concierge Travel sponsored Star Clippers Royal Clipper cruise out of Bridgetown, Barbados on a 7 day excursion to the Western Caribbean in early March. Concierge is generally known for booking bigger party boats but this was a chance for my husband and me to check off one of those proverbial bucket list items, ditch the tuxes and experience some warm Caribbean waters on a smaller, more intimate 5-Master.



Fueled by its romantic barefoot and sun-kissed visions of gliding into a sun-setting, undiscovered bay, sails up, dropping anchor and listening to the gentle lapping of the Caribbean against the hull of the ship, we quickly signed up a contingent of Canadians and booked our passage.






Bucket List, Checked Off!


And indeed, that bucket list is now checked-off! During our 7 day sea-bourne adventures, we tendered into some of the smaller islands and cays: Isla Margarita, in Venezuela; St Georges, in Grenada; Tobago Cays and Bequia, in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Marigot Bay and Soufrière, in Saint Lucia; enjoyed beach days with a full-on BBQ lunch, diving, sailing, kayaking and other water sports.






To visit Greg's blog click HERE.
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Words of Wisdom




That's as good a reason as any to travel!



If your routine has got you down how about sailing away and leaving it behind?



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Guests' Photos: Royal Clipper in the Caribbean

Royal Clipper just wrapped up the Caribbean season. We're looking forward to some gorgeous photos from the Mediterranean. Until then, here are some guest photos from the 2013/2014 Caribbean journeys. Enjoy!



[caption id="attachment_15076" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by guest Gerry Smith.




[caption id="attachment_15075" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by guest Frank Stefanko.




[caption id="attachment_15078" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by guest CJ Newman.




[caption id="attachment_15080" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by guest Richard Hanson.




Will you be joining us in the Mediterranean this season? Send your favorite photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be featured in a post!
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A 'Travel Bucket List' Adventure

Many guests check sailing Star Clippers off their "travel bucket lists," and Melanie checked off three important tasks on her list in one vacation! See what she had to say and photos of the group's ziplining expedition below. If you look closely you can see Royal Clipper in the background!





"My husband and I recently checked off three items on our "bucket list"... sailing the Royal clipper, snorkeling, and traversing the forest on a zipline. Now, I am hooked on all three!" - Melanie R. Brimhall








What's on your travel bucket list? Let us know in the comments below!
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