Postcard from Dominica

[caption id="attachment_15927" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Carol & Richard Hintermeier pose in front of Royal Clipper.




Carol and Richard Hintermeier sent this fabulous shot from Dominica where they sailed on Royal Clipper in 2011.



A wonderful couple, Royal Clipper and beautiful blue waters -- what could be better?



Star Clippers will be returning to the Caribbean soon! Will you be joining us this winter season?







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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!



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Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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Video: Star Clipper at Sea

We recently shared Thomas Weiss' video taken from the highest point at Hydra, Greece -- if you have not seen it take a look! Thomas uses a DJI Phantom Vision+ camera, which is controlled remotely allowing him to achieve these spectacular birds-eye views.



Star Clipper - the tallest sailing ship worldwide from Thomas Weiss on Vimeo.








"I made the videos during a short trip with the wonderful ship - with her sister ship Star-Flyer, Star Clipper is the ship with the worlds highest mast height and the second largest sailing ship on earth. Only the 5 mast Royal Clipper is larger than her.







The production of the video has no connection to the ship-holding company - i only made it because it was a really beautiful trip. The flight scenes have been made with my phantom Vision+.



Music in the Film is, Vangelis: Conquest of Paradise."



-- Thomas Weiss



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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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Nina Sails the Leewards

Nina of Travel Boulevard sailed the Leeward Islands on Star Clipper and shares her fabulous experience. To read her story in its entirety click here.

[caption id="attachment_15931" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Nina, travelboulevard.be.



Day 1: Philipsburg – Saint-Martin



Our first cruise day started in busy Philipsburg, where the Star Clipper was waiting for us to embark along the new pier, about a kilometre from the town center. We’ve already spent some time exploring Saint-Martin (read about it here) and Philipsburg was definitely the most touristic place on island. Looking at the large number of restaurants, pubs and duty-free shops it’s obvious this is a very much a place for sun-seeking tourists and bargain hunters. We didn’t mind all the hustle and bustle and enjoyed watching the crowds, but if you’re looking for a more relaxed atmosphere it may be a good idea to take a taxi to the beaches on the western side of the island.







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Cruise Diary: Under the Volcano; Fun Erupts on Star Flyer Cruise to Nicaragua

Kevin Wierzbicki of antimusic.com shares his experience visiting Nicaragua on Star Flyer in today's cruise diary. To Kevin's original article click here.


[caption id="attachment_15953" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Clockwise from left: A Nicaraguan folk dancer performs aboard Star Flyer; The ship under full sail; and a welcoming band.




It's not very often that you get a chance to stand almost right on the edge of an active volcano as steam rising from deep inside the caldera swirls around you. Amazingly that's something you can safely enjoy when you take a cruise to Nicaragua on the Star Flyer, one of three wind-powered tall ships operated by Star Clippers Cruises. There's no denying that a sea cruise of any type is an exciting adventure, but Star Clippers specializes in unique opportunities, both on board and ashore.



Star Flyer is a small cruise ship (some call her a mega yacht) that navigates its course serenely and silently when her sails are up, which is most of the time; the ship rarely uses engines except for docking maneuvers. Part of the fun of being aboard a sailboat of this type is watching the crew manipulate the sails or actually helping with that chore, and for the truly adventurous there's a chance to climb up into the rigging to a "crow's nest" to get a view of the ship that most will never see. While these are things that make Star Flyer very different from most ships, some things are the same, like the availability of fine food and drink and a wide variety of on board activities. But because Star Flyer is so small compared to giant cruise ships she can sail into shallow-water ports where the big ships can't go. And that brings us to our volcano!



[caption id="attachment_15956" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Masaya Volcano




Star Clippers Cruises take place all over the world and one popular itinerary is Star Flyer's excursion along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The port of call in Nicaragua is San Juan del Sur, and here upon disembarking passengers are serenaded by a band playing traditional Nicaraguan folk music before boarding a coach and heading for the Masaya Volcano, about 1 ½ hours away. The route is a largely rural one, passing through humble villages and skirting massive sugar cane fields and offering glimpses of Lake Nicaragua, at the northern end of which lies the volcano. The facility at the Masaya Volcano includes a nice visitor's center with a mini museum focusing on how the volcano has affected the area's indigenous peoples over the millennia; yes there was a time when virgins were sacrificed here! Then at the volcano itself you can walk right up to the rim of the crater where a safety wall, not high enough to block your view, keeps you from getting too close to the edge. Since the volcano is active there is steam rising constantly along with the distinct odor of sulfur. If the sulfur is really bad the park rangers will limit the amount of time you can spend here but generally that doesn't happen (neither do eruptions, but you'll be briefed on an emergency plan just in case.) So there's ample time to get photos and if you choose to hike the stairway up the adjacent hill you can get some magnificent shots.



[caption id="attachment_15958" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Clockwise from top left: Stone sculpture in Granada; a traditional Nicaraguan lunch; a refreshing brew and the craft mart.




After leaving the volcano the tour continues in the city of Masaya at the large Masaya Market where vendors offer everything from hand woven hammocks to Cuban cigars (smoke 'em before coming back to the States) to local delicacies like Nicaraguan honey. The vendors here are not aggressive and are open to bargaining, within reason. And there's not a lot of touristy-type stuff at Masaya Market; if you want a trinket you can find it here but Masaya is known as a village of artisans and all the handmade items on offer are of obvious quality and make for a good souvenir of your visit.



Next stop is in the scenic colonial city of Granada. Here tour participants get a real taste of Nicaragua with a plate lunch featuring beef, shredded chicken, beans and rice and plantains both baked and fried, all washed down with an ice cold Victoria beer if you choose. The meal is a warm up for something quite spectacular you'll see afterwards: a large gallery of ancient stone sculptures that came from an island in Lake Nicaragua.



There's a real mystery surrounding the sculptures; nobody knows who made them and to top it off, the type of stone they're made from doesn't occur naturally on the island on which they were found! While in Granada there's also a chance to visit some of the photogenic buildings that date back to colonial days (oh, and there's a volcano lurking in the distance!)



All in all the Masaya Volcano shore excursion lasts about eight hours. Back aboard Star Flyer, with the sun setting on San Juan del Sur, you might think it's time to say goodbye to Nicaragua. But not yet! As a special treat the ship presents a Nicaraguan folklorico show where young men and women in traditional clothing demonstrate a variety of folk dances. Shortly thereafter the sails go up and Star Flyer is off seeking the next adventure.



Star Flyer's itineraries vary from season to season. One thing is for certain, they are always exciting! Have you sailed an interesting itinerary on Star Clippers? Share your experience with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you might be featured on social media.

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Camels & Chocolate Cruise the Med

Kristin Luna of the blog "Camels & Chocolate" recently sailed the Mediterranean on Royal Clipper with family and friends. After a great deal of planning, a trying flight and lost luggage debacle, the group set sail on a long-awaited voyage on Royal Clipper.


[caption id="attachment_15903" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The author and her sister (left) jump for joy in front of Royal Clipper.




Eventually, we were on the road—24 hours awake at this point—and our driver dropped us right off at the port. This time, we would be on the Royal Clipper, the largest of the fleet of three tall ships, which also includes the Star Clipper and the Star Flyer.



Having been on the Star Clipper (170 passengers max) before, I didn’t think that size mattered (sorry, had to), but I will admit that I liked being on a marginally larger vessel like the Royal Clipper, which holds 227 plus crew, as there were more decks and nooks and crannies in which to hide out.



When we arrived, the ship wasn’t ready for boarding yet, so we had moseyed on into the port town for sustenance (pizza, duh…when in Italy).



Well-fed—and OK, well-boozed up—we returned to the ship and were finally able to settle into our cabins, as all our previous travel woes seemed to melt away.



To read more about Kristin's experience click here.



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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


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Wisdom Wednesday

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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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From Corfu With Love




Spyros Mouzakitis shared these photos of Royal Clipper at Corfu, Greece.







"From Corfu with love!" - Spyros Mouzakitis






The 5-masted flagship is sailing the Mediterranean Sea this summer. Guests enjoyed a day at port before heading out around 10 p.m. under song and sail.



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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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Photo Diary: Under the Sea at St. Lucia

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 the Sea Trek Helmet shore excursion at St. Lucia.






From the surface they might just look like buoys bobbing along but look closely and you might see that those are guests exploring the under water in the bay of St. Lucia. The Sea Trek Helmet excursion is a fun chance to take a look under the sea. The training is not extensive as it would be with scuba diving but the helmets allow guests to stay submerged longer than they could with a traditional snorkel experience. Read on for underwater shots!






Guests discover underwater treasures ...






... including sea urchin!






Even the relatively shallow bay is teeming with life!






Does the Sea Trek Helmet excursion interest you? What other types of shore activities would you like to do in the Caribbean? Let us know in the comments below!

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Star Clippers Spotted!

Social media can really make the world feel smaller! These guests spotted Star Clippers in the Med and shared their fave photos on Instagram. Keep an eye out for Star Clippers when you're at a popular port!



[caption id="attachment_15855" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper spotted at Piran, Slovenia, Aug. 20, 2014. Photo shared on instagram by @banepfc.




[caption id="attachment_15858" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Flyer spotted in the Balearic Islands. Photo shared on instagram by @mapicc.




[caption id="attachment_15857" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clipper spotted at the Port of Monaco. Photo shared on instagram by ttomonaco.




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Royal Clipper Glows




Here's an excerpt of a glowing review from a guest, Tim, posted on Cruise Critic:



"Boarding the Royal Clipper in Venice, we knew we were in for a voyage of a lifetime, such a magnificent sailing ship with its 5 masts standing tall and erect. Champagne to welcome us as we made our way to our cabin on level 3 ... The cabin was superbly fitted out and a bottle of champagne and petite fours awaited us while unpacking. The Lounge, Dining area, Library and Bar areas are superb. The staff were great and always willing to help and put on a smile. The food was excellent and you were never left wanting.



Sailing out of Venice down the Grand Canal to the sounds of The Conquest of Paradise by Vangellis taken from the soundtrack of the film Vangellis 1492 was itself a memorable experience conjuring up all sorts of emotions within the passengers."



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