Postcard from Dominica: Golden Sunset

Thanks to Star Clippers' guest Carol Hintermeier for sharing this fabulous Dominican sunset.



...here's a photo taken leaving Ile des Saintes. My goodness the sunsets were totally amazing. We still love looking at the beautiful pictures and remembering the wonderful ship we were on!



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Photo Journal: Visby, Sweden and at Sea

A big thank you to Star Clippers’ guest Paul for sharing fantastic photos from his northern European tour on Star Flyer. In this chapter Paul shares photos from Visby, Sweden. Visby has a colorful history and is one of the best preserved medieval trading centers of northern Europe. Afterward it's off to sea as Star Flyer sails to its next destination





The local Tourist people met the Star Flyer passengers on the quay and handed each a map of Visby.



It was worth spending a few moments to study. A little bit of pre-cruise study of the attractions in Visby yields dividends. In a way, Visby prepares for Tallinn, both being old cities with historic buildings. The local beer is nice too.



Mary and I felt it was the kind of place we would like to live in.
















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Nancy Navigates Croatia

Nancy has been writing about her summer travels. Celebrating 46 years of marriage, she and her husband Joe left the city of brotherly love and landed in Venice, Italy, to begin their journey. She is sailing the Mediterranean aboard Royal Clipper, and was kind enough to share her experience with us. Below are some excerpts from her blog. For her whole story you can visit her personal blog Nancy Near Philadelphia.






When I did the research on Rovinj, Croatia, THE main attraction was the church of St. Euphemia. A young Christian woman, martyred in 307, her miracle at Chalcedon, I think, needs to be taken with several grains of salt. But who am I to judge? If St. Euphemia was the major thing to see in Rovinj, I knew I was going to see it, come hell or high water.










Behind the altar was another chamber telling Euphemia's story, how she was tormented by Diocletian and ultimately martyred in an arena.



Encased in stone are some relics of the saint.






When we were making our way down that hill, away from the church, we encountered a fellow shipmate climbing up. "Is it worth it?" she asked me. "Yes," I told her. If only for the windows. I've never seen anything like them."






In Rovinj we saw the first of several performance artists. This man's entire costume as well as his visible skin was covered in gold paint. He posed motionless until a young person, unable to stand the suspense, would touch him and then he would grab the child's hand and pretend he wasn't going to let go! The golden vase was for contributions.



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The Sun Sets Over Royal Clipper

Carol Hansen submitted this beautiful photo of Royal Clipper sailing into the sunset, taken from Star Clipper Dec. 14, 2012. Star Clipper and Royal Clipper met Southwest of Iles de Saintes and sailed side by side to Cabrits, Dominica.



Thanks, Carol!



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Photo Journal: Star Clipper at Stockholm

A big thank you to Star Clippers' guest Paul for sharing fantastic photos from his northern European tour on Star Flyer. These pictures are from Sweden as his journey begins. Stay tuned, as there are more to come from northern Europe and Russia!



Our Holiday began on the evening of the 5th July when we arrived in Stockholm allowing us time to see some of Gamla Stan, visit the Vasa Museum and the Skansen open air park before embarking on the Star Flyer on Saturday afternoon.

















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Cruise Journal: Settling in on Royal Clipper

Nancy has been writing about her summer travels. Celebrating 46 years of marriage, she and her husband Joe left the city of brotherly love and landed in Venice, Italy, to begin their journey. She is sailing the Mediterranean aboard Royal Clipper, and was kind enough to share her experience with us. Below are some excerpts from her blog. For her whole story you can visit her personal blog Nancy Near Philadelphia.



On at least two occasions, passengers were offered the opportunity to climb the mast. Here goes Joe up once again!










I'm not much of a sailor myself, but I always enjoyed watching the folks who man the sails. There is a certain beauty in their work.













One day the passengers were offered the opportunity to go out in the tenders to photograph the ship under full sail. A group of the deck hands posed for this shot.














Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style, with a different theme for the lunch each day. In the morning there was an omelette station in addition to hot and cold offerings at the buffet. Lunch usually included a carving station. Sometimes the lunch buffet is served at the Tropical Bar on the main deck. Dinner was served beginning at about 7:30 in the evening. Around 7:00 we'd make our way to the Piano Bar where the menu, in three languages, would be posted.










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Sailors at Sea

Thanks to Reinhard Berlin for sending this great shot of Star Clippers crew hard at work manning the sails of Royal Clipper.






With 42 sails, Royal Clipper has the distinction of being the largest and only 5-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century.



Look closely and you'll see Star Clipper! Must mean a race! Wonder which ship won...?

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Nancy's Not Near Philly Anymore

Nancy has been writing about her summer travels. Celebrating 46 years of marriage, she and her husband Joe left the city of brotherly love and landed in Venice, Italy, to begin their journey. She is sailing the Mediterranean aboard Royal Clipper, and was kind enough to share her experience with us. Below are some excerpts from her blog. For her whole story you can visit her personal blog Nancy Near Philadelphia.












Venice is a charming city. Everywhere there is water, and there are millions of narrow alleys and small footbridges over waterways. There are no cars; we took a water-bus from the airport to the hotel and a boat-cab later when we were ready to move on...There are police boats, ambulance boats, commercial delivery boats and although we didn't see one, hearse boats.










We left downtown Venice by water-taxi for a fifteen-or-twenty-minute ride. When we got to the pier, look who was waiting for us: Royal Clipper!








Before very long, we were settled into our lovely cabin. And then it was time to go up on deck for Sail Away -- as lovely music played, the sails were raised and we bid farewell to Venice.






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Ellie's Journal: Riding Bikes in Corfu, Greece

Hello, my name is Ellie! Some of you may remember me from three years ago... That's when I blogged last, when I was on Star Flyer in Costa Rica. I'm fifteen years old now, and I'm back again, just on a different ship, Royal Clipper, and having more fun than ever. I'm from Oregon (in the USA) and my favorite sport is sailing, so this is a really fun experience for me.


[caption id="attachment_12686" align="alignnone" width="550"] Our mountain-bike excursion on Corfu was too amazing for words, and our guides took great care of us.




I've had two very packed days while I wasn't blogging! I didn't have the time to sit down and compose a piece that would be coherent because at the end of every day I've been soooo tired from all the activities; on shore, and on the ship. Now I'm settled in my bed, being rocked by the happy swells of the Mediterranean. A lot of people don't like it when the boat rocks or jostles about, but over the years of sailing that I've had, I've come to the conclusion that the swells are just these gentle things, almost like animals, who have to come and say "hi!" and rock me to sleep - so now I love them. Whenever I get nervous I tell myself, "Ellie, the ocean is happy. The boat is happy. Be happy!"



Yesterday was crazy. We were in Corfu, Greece. Again, I felt that same culture shock as I have everywhere else I've gone on this trip. I got up at 9:58 a.m. (breakfast closes at 10) and literally ran down to the dining room to grab a bite to eat. At 11 a.m. we walked down the gangway (we were on a pier) and found our bus driver. My friend Ryan and his family went on the excursion, too, so he and I had fun being able to talk to each other because we're near the same age. The drive was relatively short, and before I knew it, the bus stopped at the bike store where we were to begin our 27-kilometer long bike ride.







The first bit of the ride was insane. I live in a pretty small town, so when I bike around I don't really have to worry about cars and mopeds whizzing by me at a million miles an hour, so that first mile was a little bit overwhelming. We were riding single file on the side of a thoroughfare, and it was very difficult to focus on the road because the beach was literally two meters away and it was beautiful.



We rode about five kilometers up a huge mountain, and stopped for water at several little villages as the road climbed toward the top. Ryan and I were pretty tired, and were very hot, more than 40* centigrade (100+). The group continued journeying upward, through very mountainous and hilly land. After catching our breath, the guides told us all about a monastery that was 2 kilometers farther up the mountain. My dad and a few others rode up to see it, but I stayed back with my friend and my mom. We were all much too tired to ride anymore - at least, for a while.



One of the guides gave us a small tour of the tiny village, and when we arrived back to where our bikes were, there were a few tables full of food for us to eat. Oh my gosh, it was the most amazing food I've ever tasted: fresh baked bread, just-picked tomatoes with just-picked oregano on top, homemade goat cheese! And the best part of it, for me, was the lemon Fanta. We were all so thirsty we drank a river of water and lemonade when we were at the little restaurant.






But when you ride up, the reward is the ride down, and ours was glorious. Ryan and I raced all the way down the mountain, and we could hear our moms yelling at us from behind "Kids don't be crazy! You'll crash! Be careful!" Yeah, right! You know, the normal mom stuff. The end of the road brought us back to the beach and we got to swim for an hour. When our parents told us to get out we hollered back "Noooo!!!!"



We knew we'd have to get out at some point, so we climbed out and went to the freshwater shower. If you'd have seen us, you'd think we'd never seen a shower before. We just stood there in our bathing suits, cleaning off all of the salt water. It was amazingly awesome. I have to go now! Goodnight!!

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Having Fun Aboard Star Clipper

Special thanks to Star Clipper guest Virgie Vuylsteke for sending these photos of her recent trip.


Here are a few photos from our fun cruise aboard the Star Clipper.






















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