Postcard from Jost Van Dyke

Thanks to travel photographer Diane Persephone for sharing this fabulous photo of Star Clipper on Instagram.


[caption id="attachment_16792" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clipper at Jost Van Dyke by Diane Persephone.








"Tall Ships!...just too hard to resist! Spotted while high above Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I. #starclippers." - @diane_persephone



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Postcards from the Caribbean: Shared by Sailors

[caption id="attachment_16751" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Pitons of St. Lucia. Shared on Instagram by @burlesque1989.




As Star Clippers sail throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean guests and crew alike share photos of their experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It's hard to say which are more photogenic -- the ships or destinations! We'll call it a tie. Here's a roundup of some fabulous recent social media posts from the Caribbean.






[caption id="attachment_16746" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Looking out on Star Clipper from Royal Clipper. Shared on Instagram by @burlesque1989.




[caption id="attachment_16754" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Regal Royal Clipper. Shared on Instagram by @natnhouston.




[caption id="attachment_16752" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A view of the beautiful blue waters as Royal Clipper sails into Antigua. Shared on Instagram by @burlesque1989.
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Photo Roundup: A Star Clippers Adventure in the Caribbean

[caption id="attachment_16614" align="aligncenter" width="511"] Star Clipper at sea. Photo shared on instagram by @burlesque1989.




Star Clippers is quite the photogenic fleet! Guests from all over the world share gorgeous photos of the ships and their vacations onboard on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here's a roundup of beautiful Instagrams shared this week!







[caption id="attachment_16618" align="aligncenter" width="511"] Alice at Tobago Cays. Photo shared on instagram by @burlesque1989.




[caption id="attachment_16617" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Under full sail! Photo shared on instagram by @burlesque1989.




[caption id="attachment_16616" align="aligncenter" width="510"] A boathouse in the Caribbean. Photo shared on instagram by @burlesque1989.




[caption id="attachment_16615" align="aligncenter" width="511"] Caribbean colors at Iles des Saintes. Photo shared on instagram by @burlesque1989.




[caption id="attachment_16620" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Royal Clipper sails into port. Photo shared on instagram by mj1848.




[caption id="attachment_16622" align="aligncenter" width="511"] The sun shines through Royal Clipper's rigging. Photo shared on instagram by kreuzfahrten.de.




[caption id="attachment_16621" align="aligncenter" width="510"] The crew takes a bow. Photo shared on instagram by vadim_novikov.




Join the conversation! Follow Star Clipper on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, or tag your Star Clippers photos #starclippers on Instagram. Happy posting!
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The Joy of Star Clippers




Guest Josefine shared this fabulously joyous photo of Star Clippers crew on the bow, with Royal Clipper sailing by in the background. We think it perfectly captures the spirit of Star Clippers sailings, don't you?
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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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Memories Come Full-Circle for Orlando Chris

Chis Owen of the popular blog Chris Cruises boarded Royal Clipper in Barbados. Chris is a travel-writer who focuses primarily on the cruise industry and he began live-tweeting, instagramming and blogging his experience aboard the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world. Follow along with Chris' journey here, or join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, or his own blog, www.chriscruises.com.





We first saw Royal Clipper docked in Barbados a decade ago, then visiting the port off an 8-day Southern Caribbean sailing of Carnival Legend. Walking by the ship with sails that day, I casually admired the vessel but did not really think much about it; only that it would have been of great interest to my father, at one time fascinated by sailing. But then he had a passing fancy with a number of interests and often brought us along for the ride. Funny how things come full circle sometimes.



First it was golf and we joined a country club. Everyone in the family got a set of clubs, took golf lessons and we learned to love a sport. Then it was flying so dad bought an airplane, we all took flying lessons and learned how to soar. Along came sailing and a sailboat owners we became, learning the basics of seamanship and how to survive the elements. As the sails unfurled aboard Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper, on our first night heading out of Barbados, I thought of my dad and how much he would have enjoyed the experience



And an experience it was.












We talk a lot in this space about the current focus of cruise lines on the experiential element of what they do, regardless of the line. Big ocean ships, once the exclusive domain of the masses doing mass things are honing in on allowing us to step out of our comfort zone and into a new experience, no easy undertaking with thousands of souls aboard. Smaller ocean ships come by it naturally, going to places big ships can’t get close to. On the river, it’s an up close and personal experience with iconic destinations we may have only read about or seen in films or on television.



Just one day into our Windward Islands sailing of Royal Clipper and we see yet another totally unique experience ahead of us.



The largest fully rigged ship that the planet has ever seen, Royal Clipper’s numbers speak for themselves. In this world, it’s not how many tons the ship displaces but how many square feet of sail that counts. And count it does.










As Captain Sergey Tunikov ordered Royal Clipper to sea, music that otherwise might have been coined the soundtrack to Pirates of the Caribbean played to a deck full of well-traveled guests. Random conversation was overheard while we waited for that event to happen, but was silenced as the Royal Clipper’s canvas was unfurled one by one, small sails feeding life into larger ones.



Sailing aficionados on board threw around sailing jargon, most of which had a familiar ring to it. As Royal Clipper moved farther and farther away from shore, sailing off into the night, I couldn’t help but think of my father and how much he would have enjoyed this. I was glad I had that sailing experience as a boy, happy that I could share it with Whitney, along with me on this sailing and humbled by what looks to be quite a unique travel experience, right from the start. Dad would have especially liked that thought.



Stay tuned as we go through the ship and onboard experience as well as the various ports of call seen along the way. This is going to be one amazing ride.



To visit Chris' blog click here: www.chriscruises.com
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Cruise Maven Aboard Royal Clipper

We've been following along with travel writer Sherry Laskin of Cruise Maven on instagram and twitter as she sails Royal Clipper in the Mediterranean. Here are some fun snapshots of a week in the life of a Star Clipper's guest.



[caption id="attachment_13847" align="alignnone" width="550"] Fully-rigged and ready to sail away from Amalfi. @StarClippers #RoyalClipper








[caption id="attachment_13846" align="alignnone" width="550"] Positano in the morning sun. #italy #liveyourdream @StarClippers #royalclipper




[caption id="attachment_13843" align="alignnone" width="550"] Wine tasting and brunch in Sicily at VillaGrande. Built in 1727 by Spanish royalty on the slopes of Mt. Etna.




[caption id="attachment_13844" align="alignnone" width="550"] Sunset on the Amalfi coast. @StarClippers #RoyalClipper #beautiful #Italy




[caption id="attachment_13845" align="alignnone" width="550"] Aboard #RoyalClipper @StarClippers - full-rigging and a full moon leaving Italy. #sailing #instabeautiful




[caption id="attachment_13842" align="alignnone" width="550"] Bye bye @StarClippers #RoyalClipper It was an awesome week aboard the largest fully-rigged sailing ship in the world. #cruise #travel #instamemories
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