[caption id="attachment_16733" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clippers guests and crew are always looking forward to the next destination! Photo by Richard A. Auchter.
Michael Palin, the British comedian and writer best known for Monty Python once wrote, "Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life."
It seems the same goes for Star Clippers cruises. A great majority of Star Clippers guests are return passengers, whether returning to their ship of choice or cruising all three tall ships in the fleet. The environment is congenial and a cruise under sail is a unique vacation. We asked fans on Facebook to let us know how many Star Clippers cruises they've been on. Responses ranged, with some guests saying they've been on one and are gearing up for the next, to some truly dedicated sailors -- up to 30 sailings!
Twice is Nice!
In the informal poll 26 percent of guests said they had sailed on Star Clippers twice, with many saying that they couldn't wait to board again. Diane Siegrist, Barabara Pinter, and Melissa Zamora were among guests who said they've been twice and have more trips planned already!
Barbara Pinter: Two times, first Amalfi, second crossing, third will be in September - Venice.
Third Time's a Charm
18 percent of guests had three knots in their rope. Susanne Dixon Bywater said she's sailed once on each ship! Deborah Castillo just completed her third sailing, and Sally Raphael sailed three times and vowed to return soon!
[caption id="attachment_16732" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clipper in the Caribbean. Photo by Birgit Sieliger.
[caption id="attachment_16734" align="alignright" width="225"] Love for Star Clippers is permanent! André M. Piquet shared this photo of his Star Clippers tattoo!
Four is more -- Five's Arrive
Of guests polled 24 percent have sailed with Star Clippers four or five times. That's commitment!
Kathy Mock: 4 times, and loved every minute of them. Can't wait for the next one.
Janet Blair: 5 times. 3 on the Caribbean aboard the Royal and twice on the Star sailing the Eastern Mediterranean. Looking forward to next February when we sail again on the Royal. I think we are addicted!!!!
Some guests sail once and can't get enough! Alice Renier has sailed Star Clippers 12 times, and Christine Koeppe Wickliff has sailed 22 times, covering all three ships! Andre M. Piquet adds another knot to the perimeter of his Star Clippers tattoo each time he sails -- no that's dedication. Anita Brew has been on 15 sailings, but said that April and May bring Star Clippers cruises 16 and 17!
AnnMarie Godwin: April will be my 30th time sailing on the clippers. I started in 2001.