Travel Boulevard: Cruising for Non-Cruise Lovers

Nina of travelboulevard.be sailed the Leeward Islands on Star Clipper in Feb. 2014, and is confident that Star Clippers is a cruise for non-cruise lovers and cruise lovers alike. Below is an excerpt from her feature. For the whole story click here.


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Although I had been on a ‘typical’ cruise before there was nothing that could prepare me for the experience of cruising with the Star Clipper. Star Clippers is a smaller cruise liner operating with three tall ships: Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer. They are among the fastest and largest clipper ships ever built.



Cruising with these tall ships has nothing in common with classic cruises. During my days on the Star Clipper (cruising the Caribbean Leeward Island) my experience was that this was indeed a cruise that even non-cruiselovers would love.



[caption id="attachment_15935" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Nina, travelboulevard.be.




I once had the change to talk to Michael Krafft, the owner of the ships, and he told me he wanted to give his passengers the feeling as if they were sailing their private yacht: to be one with the ocean, the ship, the sails and fellow travelers. “Sailing brings people together”, he stated.



When I finally was cruising with Star Clippers myself, I understood what he meant. Star Clipper carries only 170 guests. You’ll never get lost in the crowd, there’s a relaxed atmosphere on board and the other passengers soon become more like friends instead of just fellow-cruisers. You really feel like this is your own private sailing ship, without having to pay a fortune (Star Clipper cruises are very affordable).



[caption id="attachment_15934" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Nina, travelboulevard.be.




Do you agree with Nina's assessment? Let us know in the comments below!



For more fabulous photos and commentary about Nina's experience click here.
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Video: Star Clipper Sailing the Leeward Islands

It's Throwback Thursday! While our ships aren't in the Caribbean this time of year, any time is the perfect time to hop onboard Star Clipper and sail through the Leeward Islands. Thanks to guests Helen and Albert Heinel for this wonderful video.






What's your takeaway from the video, the color of the water, the size of the sails or the wildlife at port? Let us know in the comments below!
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Salute to a Sister Ship

Here's Royal Clipper sailing alongside Star Clipper in Feb. 2013 in the Caribbean. Thanks to guest Maria Nygren of Stockholm, Sweden, for taking the time to share the video.



Says Maria,







"Well, a little more than a year ago we experienced such a moment, on our Leeward Islands cruise with Star Clipper. We all felt like taking part in a feast, and being Swedish, we of course enjoyed the moment even more!"










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A Magical Moment in Dominica

German guests Günter Bielz and Doris Boley-Bilez were sailing on Star Clipper's Leeward Islands itinerary when they had the opportunity to sail alongside Royal Clipper. They were so kind to share their experience, and we look forward to welcoming them aboard once again in July.


"We are some really hopeless Star Clippers fans. To meet the Royal Clipper the 3rd of February 2014 to sail together to Cabrits, Dominica, was one of the best things we've ever got to do - a real magical moment! Many thanks to all in the crew for always doing a perfect job - see you in July!!"









For more fabulous pictures of Regal Royal Clipper visit Star Clippers on Pinterest!



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Ship ahoy: cruising for non-cruise lovers

Nina and Jempi just came off a Leeward Islands sailing on Star Clipper. The duo run the blog Travel Boulevard, whose tagline is "explore the world. and have fun." Here Nina shares the top 7 reasons she believes anyone will become "addicted" to Star Clippers, which she calls a cruise for non-cruise lovers. Enjoy!





Although I had been on a ‘typical’ cruise before there was nothing that could prepare me for the experience of cruising with the Star Clipper...Here are 7 reasons why you too might get addicted to cruising with Star Clippers:



1. It feels like sailing a private yacht (but is so much cheaper)


I once had the chance to talk to Michael Krafft, the owner of the ships, and he told me he wanted to give his passengers the feeling as if they were sailing their private yacht: to be one with the ocean, the ship, the sails and fellow travelers. “Sailing brings people together”, he stated.



When I finally was cruising with Star Clippers myself, I understood what he meant. Star Clipper carries only 170 guests. You’ll never get lost in the crowd, there’s a relaxed atmosphere on board and the other passengers soon become more like friends instead of just fellow-cruisers. You really feel like this is your own private sailing ship, without having to pay a fortune (Star Clipper cruises are very affordable).






2. The ships stop at smaller ports


The ships are smaller so they can stop in ports other cruise chips can’t reach. Think: tropical beaches and small, sleepy islands.



3. There’s no animation team to haunt you


There are no pool games or mister- & miss-cruiseship-contest to keep you busy. But trust me, there are far more exciting things to do on board the Star Clipper.



Think about climbing the ship’s mast or laying in the bow spirit net out in front of the ship, watching the dolphins playing around.






4. You’ll never eat better at sea


I had heard that the food could do with some improvement, but perhaps we had a better chef because the cuisine on our cruise was exquisite. All meals are open seating, the dress code is casual (although during the captain’s evening it’s better if you dress up).



5. You may want to cry (but these are tears of joy)


Imagine traveling half way around the world. Finally you reach your destination: the Star Clipper, waiting for you in a tropical port. The captain and his crew welcome you like you’re their lost and found again friend, and you feel a bit overwhelmed by being on a grand clipper.



It’s already dark when the Star Clipper starts to set sail, and then the music begins: Vangelis soundtrack for ‘Conquest of Paradise, 1492‘...



6. It’s all about romance


Do I really need to explain this one?



It’s the sea, the stunning surroundings, the spectacular sunsets, the stars at night, the clipper, the relaxed atmosphere…






7. It’s a cruise for grownups


...We think kids are great fun and adore them, but if you are a couple looking for a ‘private’ holiday, then this is definitely your kind of cruise.



Our fellow passengers varied in age from 30 till 70, some of them were traveling alone, others with their spouse or friends. We noticed that many passengers were repeat cruisers and/or sailing fanatics.



Did I say there were 7 reasons to go sailing with Star Clippers? Okay, so I lied. There are really 8 reasons I wanted to share with you:






8. Behind Star Clippers is a man with a dream


Meet Mikael Krafft, a Swedish entrepreneur who’s been obsessed with sailing ever since he was a little boy. He was only 6 years old when he worked at a shipyard near Stockholm, and at 12 years he already sailed his 18-foot boat in open seas. When he grew up, he relocated to Belgium in 1986 and became a successful real estate developer.



But his love for the open sea and tall ships never faded. At long last Krafft couldn’t ignore his dream any longer and although people thought he had gone crazy, he took a big risk and began building two tall ships, based on original 19th century drawings but adapted to modern times.



Krafft made his dream come true: Star Flyer and Star Clipper, two four-masted clippers were launched at a Belgian shipyard in 1991 and 1992.



In mid-2000, Krafft launched Royal Clipper, a five-masted clipper inspired by the mythical famed Preussen, a German clipper built in 1902. Royal Clipper is still the largest clipper cruise ship in the world.



I’ve heard that Michael Krafft has plans for building a forth, even more spectacular ship than Royal Clipper. Let’s hope so, I’m sure it will be impressive.



This is an excerpt from Nina's piece that was originally published on Travel Boulevard. To view the article in it's entirety click here.
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Postcards from a Star Clipper Adventure

On Nov. 24, 2012, a group made up of eight couples from Cary Travel Express experienced sailing on the Star Clipper in the Leeward Islands. Escorted by Neelie and Neils Kruse, owners of Cary Travel Express, a travel agency in Cary, IL. Enjoy the pictures of our group. - Kathy Kadlec, Cary Travel Express



A Pirate themed cocktail party that the Star Clipper hosted for us, featuring Captain Peter.





Upon disembarkation in St. Maarten.

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