Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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Video: The Joys of a Tall Ship Cruise

Thank you to Susanne Müller of Welcome Aboard for sharing this fabulous video of Star Clipper.





On Star Clipper the crew raises the sails as music fills the air and regal Royal Clipper cruises into view from the starboard side. Ladies order rum cocktails at The Piano Bar and the crews exchange salutes from the bow. Later, darkness falls and the music turns up. People of all ages and places of origin join in dancing on the deck and cheer when the captain arrives to join the fun. This is a snapshot of the joys of sailing a tall ship.



What do you find most joyful about a Star Clipper cruise? Share your opinion in the comments below!

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Small World

Kristen of the blog Camels & Chocolate recently sailed Royal Clipper in the eastern Med. Nearly a week after she disembarked she was delighted to spot the ship off the coast of Italy!









"Small world: We passed this lovely lady three times today! Funny, we disembarked the Royal Clipper a full week ago and are running into her on the other side of the Med. She's clearly following us..." -@lunaticaatlarge via instagram







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Postcard from St. Tropez




Star Clipper, the tallest ship in the world (tied with sister-ship Star Flyer) sits against the silhouette of the coast of St. Tropez and purple-gray skies, June 27, 2014.



This fabulous photo was captured by Dr. Regis Michel of the Académie des Arts & Sciences de la Mer.

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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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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: Hiking to Trafalgar Falls at Dominica

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, guests of Royal Clipper hike to Trafalgar falls and enjoy isolated beaches on a call at Dominica.






Look for more fabulous photos after the jump!









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Mamma Mia! Star Clipper at Skopelos

Star Clipper guest Sten E. Ranwald sent this lovely memory from a May 10 voyage from Istanbul to Athens. At Skopelos he enjoyed the MammaMia! tour that visits the sites of the beloved film.


[caption id="attachment_15548" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Mamma Mia Chapel at Skopelos.




Skopelos is the largest of the Sporades islands and the capital of the archipelago. Its wealth is derived principally from the fine locally produced wine.



The “chora” or main town of Skopelos is considered by many to be one of the prettiest harbor side towns in the Greek islands: the houses are built in tiers ascending the hillside and the port is lined with mulberry and plane trees.



Most of the town’s taverns and cafés are located on the waterfront; relax and enjoy traditional Greek refreshment as you watch the world go by.



It is fun to wander down narrow cobblestone streets, discovering hidden courtyards filled with flowers and Byzantine churches, or just browse around the small craft shops and boutiques.



At Skopelos Star Clippers features a half-day Mamma Mia! Tour featuring Ag Ioannis Chuch, which was used for the wedding scenes in the film adaptation starring Meryl Steep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. The church stands high on a cliff with spectacular views of the Skopelos coastline and Alonissos. After visiting the church the tour heads to Kastani beach where the Mamma Mia! crew filmed for 10 days. There guests have time to relax and enjoy the pristine beach and crystal blue water.



[caption id="attachment_15549" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clipper off the coast of Skopelos.




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Cliff Diving in Croatia

Magazine journalist Kristin Luna has been sailing the Med on Royal Clipper with some friends and family. Here she captured some footage of her sister's boyfriend taking a dive off the cliff in Croatia.






Would you take a leap like that? Let us know in the comments below!

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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 Nominated for Best Niche Cruise Line




We are pleased to announce that Star Clippers has been nominated for the 2014 Virtuoso Award for "Best Niche Cruise Line." The award winners will be announced at evening events during Virtuoso Travel Week, August 9-15, 2014. Virtuoso is a luxury travel network that includes more than 340 agencies with 8,900 elite Advisors in 20 countries throughout North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand.



We look forward to the results in August.



Is Star Clippers your favorite niche cruise line? Let us know why in the comments below!

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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.



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Words of Wisdom Wednesday




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Jazz and a Journey

Jochem Laabs is a jazz aficionado and former advertising and PR pro who recently sailed on Star Flyer. He sailing was from Cannes with calls at St. Tropez, France; Calvi, Corsica; Rapallo, Italy; and Monte Carol, Monaco. He is also an avid sailor and was kind enough to put together this video to share the experience of a Star Clippers cruise.






To visit Jochem's YouTube page for more travel and jazz videos click here.

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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.



Do you have a special photo of a Star Clippers sailing that you'd like to share? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

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Take a Bow

Thanks to James W. Bottoms of Vest Connection Travel Inc. in Maryland for the photos in this post.





The bowsprit net is one of the elements that sets Star Clippers apart from traditional cruise lines. Guests love the freedom of sailing along suspended 30 feet above the sea. The views are incredible -- you may spot a dolphin chasing the waves below or one of the incredible rainbows that always seem to follow or lead our beautiful tall ships.



Other incredible views from the bow are of the ship itself! It's funny how a little perspective can add another element of interest to your journey. Lay back and look up at the clouds and sails or look down upon the lovely figurehead. Or you could follow her lead and look forward to the course at hand.


















What's your favorite part of relaxing in the bowsprit net? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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Royal Clipper: A Playground at Sea

Mary Stuart-Miller shared some fabulous and fun-loving photos from her recent Star Clippers cruise along the Amalfi Coast on Royal Clipper. In just a few shots she did a great job of capturing life onboard, from the congenial relationship of guests and crew to the excitement of sailing along in the bowsprit or launching the zodiacs for a little fun in the sun! Thanks for sharing, Mary.



[caption id="attachment_15428" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Swimming off the marine deck, Taormina.




[caption id="attachment_15426" align="aligncenter" width="550"] All hands on deck!




[caption id="attachment_15427" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A perfect day to relax in the bowsprit net.




[caption id="attachment_15429" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Who's your favorite bartender?

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Postcards from the Amalfi Coast

Mary Stuart-Miller recently sailed on Royal Clipper's Amalfi Coast itinerary and shared these fantastic shots of the rugged Amalfi Coast. Thanks, Mary!















Have you visited Amalfi? Did you hike the coast? Let us know in the comments below!

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A Michelin Star Chef and Star Clipper in the Med

Star Flyer was pleased to welcome Michelin Star chef David Mottl onboard for the May 17 sailing that called at such fabulous ports as Calvi, Corsica; Portoferraio, Italy; and St. Tropez, France.






Mottl earned the coveted Michelin Star at Marco Polo in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, where he is chef de cuisine.



"Along with the modern yet elegant decor and the friendly service, it is above all the fine aromatic cuisine of Lower Franconia-born chef David Mottl that stands out at Marco Polo. His menu combines many North German as well as international influences and he sets great store by the quality of the produce he uses." - Michelin Inspector







Onboard Star Flyer Mottle prepared such savory treats as Grilled Salmon Fillet over asparagus with hollandaise and micro-chives, Roasted Pork Medallions with jus, mushrooms and yellow rice; and Cornish Hen, flayed and roasted over zucchini.



Fine dining at sea? Yes please!






What dish would you like to see served on your next Star Clippers cruise? Let us know in the comments below!

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