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Cruise Review: Four Stars for Star Clipper!

A Star Clippers guest shared this fabulous review on Cruise Critic. Whether you've sailed with Star Clippers in the past, or are planning a future vacation, it's nice to hear about the experiences of others. Read on!





The finest sailing vacation ever, the Star Clipper cruise from Athens to the Greek Islands and several ports in Turkey afforded fabulous food, rest and sightseeing plus water sports and historical/cultural backgrounds during on-ship talks. My husband and I shared a cabin on deck 3 - more than roomy and well cared after by housekeeping staff. The Captain of the ship was extremely passenger-attentive and allowed us deck access during sailing and, to some extent, during port entry and exit. We could help hoist sails if we wanted to and my, what a hard job that is even with 20 passengers pulling the sail lines. Land trips - all optional but with extra, reasonable cost - were very informative and led by good local guides. When steps or uneven ground could be a problem for those with walking or balance difficulties we were warned beforehand. Every member of the crew was absolutely accommodating and totally delightful to sail with. Other passengers are very collegial and many seemed like old friends by the end of the trip.







Most passengers are retired or nearing retirement age with adult children. Some brought their 10 to 18-year-old children who seemed to enjoy themselves, but there are no special programs for kids, just fun sailing that kids enjoy, too.



If you tend toward sea sickness (as I do) over-the-counter tablets taken daily and those elastic wrist-bands that promise relief can counter any queasiness.



Don't let another day go by without checking out the trip offerings from this wonderful 3-sailing-ship company. You will never forget Star Clipper cruises and hope to book another soon.



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Port Spotlight: Corfu, Greece

[caption id="attachment_16569" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Kathi King.




The lushest (and some say the loveliest) of all the Greek Islands, Corfu lies just a stone's throw from the Albanian coast. Nowhere is the stunning natural beauty of Corfu more evident than in the small village of Paleocastritsa, where legend says Odysseus was washed ashore to be rescued by Nausicaa.







Corfu is studded with white washed houses, Byzantine architecture and gorgeous beaches with gin-blue waters. Compared to other Greek islands Corfu is very green, due to the winter rains. Summers are hot and dry, making it a perfect beach holiday and fabulous tourist destination.






Beyond tourism, Corfu is known for an abundance of olive trees -- over 2 million olive trees cover the island in cool groves, some even date back 400 years to the Venetian rule of Corfu!



You can visit Corfu on Star Clipper's 10- and 11-day Greece, Montenegro & Croatia sailings! For more information on Star Clippers' easter Mediterranean sailings click here.



Have you visited Corfu, Greece, before? Let us know what you thought in the comments!
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Star Clippers Named Among Top Holidays in Spain & Greece

[caption id="attachment_16559" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clippers' Balearic Island and Greek itineraries were named among the best in the Med!




Star Clippers was featured in not one but two countdown lists of top cruise holidays by The Daily Telegraph. Jane Archer included Star Clippers eastern Mediterranean cruise to Momnevasia on the list of top 10 cruise holidays in Greece, and John Wilmott featured Star Flyer's western Mediterranean cruise to Menorca on his list of top 10 cruise holidays in Spain. Read on for excerpts from both stories!








This photo of Minorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor



Star Clippers cruise to Menorca
by John Wilmott







Tall-ship cruising is a rare chance to cruise, wind permitting, under sail. Star Clippers’ ship, Star Flyer, has 16 sails on four lofty masts and plenty of nimble-footed crew to handle the ropes. Designed to replicate a tea clipper the ship is a majestic sight when in full flow and has copious creature comforts including comfy cabins (some with balcony), a small pool, bar, library and plush dining room, all for just 170 guests.



The itinerary is very Spain-intensive, beginning in Barcelona and calling at Menorca (quite a rarity), Majorca, Cartagena, Motril – the closest port to Granada and its Alhambra – chic Puerto Banus and Málaga.



[caption id="attachment_16556" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Star Clippers cruise includes a visit the old square in Monemvasia. Photo courtesy of The Daily Telegraph.




Star Clippers cruise to Monemvasia
by Jane Archer







Known as the Gibraltar of the East, Monemvasia sits on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, connected by a causeway. The name comes from the Greek mone and emvasia, which means single entrance. When you enter through the fortress gate you’ll see it’s the perfect moniker. The town one was sizeable; today just a few hundred people live in the beautifully-restored houses crowded around narrow streets and placas filled with tavernas and cafés. Star Clippers brings you here under sail on the last day of a cruise around the Greek Islands that also visits Patmos, said to be where John received a vision from Jesus, and Amorgos, where the dazzling white monastery of Hozoviotissis is the main attraction.



Which holiday would you prefer, the Eastern Mediterranean or the Western Mediterranean? Let us know in the comments!
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Postcard from the Aegean Sea




Chef Daniel Schönberger shared this photo of a relaxing afternoon in the bowsprit net off the coast of Greece via Instagram.



You can follow along with Chef Schonberger's culinary and travel adventures on instagram @BU11ETZ.
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Words of Wisdom

[caption id="attachment_16225" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Kathi King at Corfu, Greece.
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Photo Diary: Scenes from Corfu

Kathi King recently sailed on Royal Clipper in the eastern Mediterranean and shared some fabulous photos. This is the first in a series of photo diaries. Stay tuned for more photos from her trip!

















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The View From Here

Thanks to guests Francois Emond and Camille Bourque for sharing this fabulous photo of Star Clipper at Santorini!



We asked guests on Facebook to fill in the blank:



The view from here is ______________.



Here's what they had to say!



Mieke Tuijn: Stunning!



Adam Scott: Very familiar.



Miriam Kalaminksy: Maslanik: Classic!







Heather Ellis: Enticing!



Justin Schoeberlein: Inspiring.



Joanna Shorey Bradeen: Amazing.



Mimi Mary Skinner Auchter: Awesome!



Janet Blair: Beautiful!



Kristina Kaye Stockton: Serene.



AnnMarie Godwin: perfect in every possible way.



Linda Younger Walker: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh ...



Maria Nygren: Breakthaking!



Ann Bjurmalm: Among the best in the Greek Islands!



Laurence Jacks: Forever.



How would you fill in the blank? Let us know in the comments below!
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Port Spotlight: Athens, Greece

[caption id="attachment_16115" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Acropolis in Athens. Photo courtesy of UNESCO and F. Bandarin.




Star Clipper calls at Athens, Greece, this Saturday, Oct. 18. The ship currently is enjoying it's final Greece & Turkey sailing of the season before it begins the journey to the Caribbean for the winter. But it's never too early to book your summer holiday for next year. Many of the sailings begin and end at Athens, so read on to see why this port is a fabulous addition to any itinerary.



The second you step off of the ship you will instantly become immersed in over 2,500 years of epic history and architecture. A fascinating juxtaposition between the old and the new, Athens has become urbanized while still preserving its centuries-old architecture.



The magnificent times of the Greek Classical Age come to life as you traverse the city of The Acropolis, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Housing the largest temple of Acropolis, the great Parthenon looms above in all its glory, just as it did in 438 B.C.







Besides offering one of the most incredible views of Athens, The Acropolis also boasts The Temple of Athena Nike, the first temple of the city built in Ionic style.



Just north of The Acropolis you will find Plaka, a quaint historical village where you can take a pleasant stroll while viewing restored Neoclassical homes among scenic ruins that showcase more of Athens’ legendary history.



If you are looking to do a little retail damage, the district of Kolonaki should be your next stop. Home to many foreign embassies and Athens’ wealthiest citizens, Kolonaki features the city’s poshest boutiques and restaurants.



These are just but a few of Athens' highlights. Join us to discover all of the wonders of the ancient city.

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Cheers to the Crew!




The Star Clippers crew is considered to be among the friendliest at sea!



From the captain of each ship to the water sports crew and from the bartenders to the men and women raising the sails, this team is full of warm, welcoming and passionate individuals.



Below is an excerpt from a Cruise Critic review of the Star Clippers crew.











Ship: Star Clipper

Sail date: June, 2015

Destination: Greece

Embarkation Point: Athens (Piraeus)



The Captain of the ship was extremely passenger-attentive and allowed us deck access during sailing and, to some extent, during port entry and exit. We could help hoist sails if we wanted to and my, what a hard job that is even with 20 passengers pulling the sail lines. Land trips - all optional but with extra, reasonable cost - were very informative and led by good local guides. When steps or uneven ground could be a problem for those with walking or balance difficulties we were warned beforehand. Every member of the crew was absolutely accommodating and totally delightful to sail with. Other passengers are very collegial and many seemed like old friends by the end of the trip.






Did you have a great experience with the Star Clippers crew? Let us know about it in the comments!
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Sunrise and the Soúnio Peninsula

Guest Gerry Lewis joined Star Clipper in the eastern Mediterranean and had this special experience to share.









"Last week we sailed on Star Clipper from Istanbul to Athens. On Wednesday evening as we sailed between Skopelos and Poros, Captain Yuriy advised us to be on the bridge the next morning at 0700 for something special. Just at sunrise on Thursday morning we sailed past the Temple of Poseidon on the Soúnio Peninsula. Captain Yuriy stopped the ship for 15-20 minutes so we could take photos. Amazing to look up from our ship and see the same sight that sailors have seen for almost 2,500 years." -- Gerry Lewis


















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A Bird's-Eye View of Hydra, Greece

When Star Clipper called at Hydra, Greece, Thomas Weiss climbed to the top of the mount to capture this fabulous video of the island and the tall ship nestled in port. The amazing bird's-eye view was shot using a DJI Phantom Vision+.



Hydra/Greece by DJI Phantom+ from Thomas Weiss on Vimeo.








Here a short video of the lovely Hydra in greece - it´s a small island without an airport or even streets - but do you need such things?







Getting to the point where i filmed the video was not so easy - going up the small mountain during the heat of midday ... i think the output was worth it. -Thomas Weiss



If you want to see the beauty of Hydra for yourself check out Star Clipper's Southern Cyclades itinerary.
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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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Photo journal: Star Clipper in the Med

Journalist Steve MacNaull spent the last week of July,2014, sailing on Star Clipper in the Mediterranean and shared these fabulous photos of his experience.


[caption id="attachment_15789" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Stephen MacNauill climbs the fore mast of the Star Clipper while sailing from Mykonos to Kos, Greece. Photo by Scott Lechner.




[caption id="attachment_15794" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Rigger Jose Calando from Goa, India coils ropes after hoisting sails upon departure from Kusadasi, Turkey. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




[caption id="attachment_15778" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Rigger Marvin Aluarado from Honduras puts away the spanker sail after the wind dies down south of the Greek island of Kos. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




[caption id="attachment_15795" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The forward deck pool is one of two tucked beneath masts and sails on the Star Clipper. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




[caption id="attachment_15797" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Cabin 326 on the Star Clipper is compact, but comfortable. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




[caption id="attachment_15796" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The island of Mykonos is one of the quintessential Greek stops on the Aegean itinerary. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




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Family Fun on Star Clipper

[caption id="attachment_15804" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Kavi & Tejas helping to raise the sails. Photo by Heidi Sarna.




Travel writer Heidi Sarna recently enjoyed a family sailing on Star Clipper. Heidi, her husband and their two kids, Kavi and Tejas, sailed through the Med calling at beautiful ports in Greece and Turkey. Highlights of the cruise included hiking at Monemvassia and climbing the mast for a gorgeous view of the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea.



Kavi and Tejas weighed in on their Star Clippers experience, saying:







"It's different than all the other ships, it's better. You feel free, there aren't so many guidelines and rules." -Kavi



"I liked that we could climb the masts, crawl down into the bowsprit net and experience what a ship was like from a long time ago. Plus I liked the Greek ports and the food was really good on board, especially the pastas and tea time snacks." -Tejas







[caption id="attachment_15807" align="aligncenter" width="550"] One for the history books: the call at Ephesus. Photo by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15803" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "How else could we have gotten to gorgeous Amorgos?" Asks journalist Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15806" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Foodie pics! Kavi loving the belgian waffles and delicious lobster. Photos by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15809" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Climbing the mast is an event!" said Heidi.




[caption id="attachment_15811" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Approaching lovely Monemvassia and Tejas, 11, climbed the mast with his dad! Photos by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15812" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The family hiked up the mountain at Monemvassia - what a view! Photo by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15810" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Beautiful Mykonos. Photo by Heidi Sarna.




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Nothing But Blue Skies in the Med

Thanks to journalist Steve MacNaull for sending in these fabulous shots from his Mediterranean cruise on Star Clipper.


[caption id="attachment_15776" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Crew waves from the bowsprit of the Star Clipper just off the coast of the Greek island of Patmos. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




Star Clippers ships are so beautiful, but it's hard to get a great perspective shot while onboard. That's why guests are offered the opportunity to hop in a zodiac or tender boat, cameras in tow, and take their best shot from the sea!



The crew hams it up on the bowsprit net and guests snap away. No matter what souvenirs you pick up along the way, a few photos can be the best keepsake of all to remember your Star Clippers journey.



It looks like Steve had some luck with the weather in the Med -- have you ever seen skies so blue? Look our for more of Steve's photos in coming posts.



[caption id="attachment_15777" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The 360-foot, 16-sail Star Clipper looks regal sailing the Aegean Sea just off the coast of the Greek island of Patmos. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




Have you got a great photo from sea of Royal Clipper, Star Clipper or Star Flyer? Send us your best shot! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be featured on social media.
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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







Have you spotted one of the Star Clippers ships while you weren't a guest on board? Send your stories or photos of Star Clippers spottings to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be featured on social media!
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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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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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