Port Spotlight: Bodrum, Turkey




A glistening ocean surrounding a towering castle. Pristine beach after beach. Mediterranean nightlife that could even make Las Vegas a bit jealous. This can all be found at Bodrum, one of Turkey’s most magical cities, found on Star Clipper's Southern Cyclades itineraries.



If history and architecture are more your style, Bodrum also offers a great deal of wonderful places to see.







The Castle of St. Peter has a long history dating back from the 15th century. Serving as a refuge for Christians in the Asia Minor, the castle came under attack during the rise of the Ottoman Empire. In 1894, it became a military base for the Turkish army during the Greek Revolt. In 1962 part of the castle became a museum for underwater archeology. Other sights of interest inside the castle include the French Tower, where Queen Ada is rumored to be buried, and a spectacular museum of ancient glass pieces. At the northern end of the castle lie the world’s oldest shipwreck and the formerly tortuous dungeons at Gatineau Tower.



Bodrum also houses one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum, where ancient stairways, tomb chambers and a drainage system built in the late 300 B.C. are still intact.



Have you sailed to Bodrum? Let us know what you thought in the comments!
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Video: Port to Port in the Eastern Med

Thanks to guest Christoper Mark Rowntree for sharing his love of Star Clippers and taking the time to create this lovely video!





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Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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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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Wine Tasting with a Guest Sommelier Aboard Star Clipper




Celebrity German Chef Bea Schulz, a private chef, instructor and food coach who specializes in gluten- and lactose-free dishes and Sommelier Natalie Lumpp are currently sailing on Star Clipper's Southern Cyclades itinerary. Along the way guests are treated to some delightful wine tasting and food pairing chats on deck.



And just in case guests haven't had enough fabulous wine to drink onboard, the itinerary sails through Greece and Turkey, a region that has been producing great wine since ancient times. Despite the long history of wine production, greek wines are less well-known than other old world varietals. Here's a list of seven fantastic Greek wine varietals to know if you're planning to sail there and want to brush up!*



1. Agiorgitiko
(ah-gee-or-gee-tee-ko): This grape produces lush, velvety reds with black-cherry flavors.



2. Assyrtiko
(ah-sir-tee-ko): A source of minerally, bone-dry, citrus-edged white wines.



3. Athiri
(ah-thee-ree): Wines from this white variety often have a scent of stone fruits, like nectarines.



4. Malagousia
(mah-la-goo-see-ah): This melony, jasmine-scented white was on the brink of extinction before winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou began growing it again.



5. Moscofilero
(mos-ko-fi-ler-oh): A primarily Peloponnesian white, its wines have tangerine and blossom scents.



6. Roditis
(ro-dee-tis): Elegant and light-bodied, this pink-skinned grape produces crisp whites and rosés.



7. Xinomavro
(zhee-no-mav-ro): This red has floral and spice aromas, firm tannins, and vibrant fruit.



















Will you be joining Star Clippers in Greece this summer? If so, will you be sampling the region's wines?



*Source: Food & Wine
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Navigate the Northern Cyclades

This week our fleet arrived in the Med where we'll be sailing through the summer months. Between the three tall ships, there are a number of different itinerary options, each distinct from the next.



[caption id="attachment_15223" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo courtesy of guest Kim Fine.




Star Flyer will mostly concentrate on the Spanish Balearic Islands, Royal Clipper will navigate the western Mediterranean and Star Clipper will sail the eastern Med. The Northern Cyclades is one of Star Clipper's fabulous summer 2014 itineraries






Guests embark at Piraeus, the port of Athens, Greece, and enjoy a day at sea before arriving at Kusadasi, Turkey. At Kusadasi you can take a tour of Ephesus. Ephsesus, once the trade center of the world and the religious center of early Christianity, is a well preserved ancient city located less than 20 miles from Kusadasi.



[caption id="attachment_15228" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Clockwise from left: the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa; the view of Patmos, Greece; Sunset at Mykonos; and Star Clipper at Monemvasia. Photos by Greg Baxter, Star Clippers’ director of incentive sales and national accounts, west and Star Clippers' guest Shirley.




After Kusadasi it's off to Patmos, the small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. There you can visit the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or just take in the view.



Amorgos is known for the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa that protrudes from the side of the cliff, nearly vertical, and for beautiful clear blue waters. It is the eastern-most island of the Cyclades.



Mykonos, one of the best known Greek Isles, features the iconic windmills looking out over the sea, whitewashed houses, and beautiful boats.



The last call of this itinerary is Monemvasia, Greece, known as the Gibraltar of the east. This was the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain.



At each port you're free to take a tour and learn more about the ancient history of the region or to stroll around on your own. The itinerary ends as it began at Piraeus, the port of Athens, rich in history and iconography all its own.



What do you think you'd like to explore when you visit these ports? Do you like to learn about history or prefer to relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery? Let us know in the comments below!
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