Guest Post: Dream Vacation on Royal Clipper

Thanks to Barbara Molmod for submitting this account of her Grenadine Islands cruise on Royal Clipper.



[caption id="attachment_16727" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Guests reflect on a Star Clippers cruise.








Several friends from the USA had cruised the Treasure Islands aboard the Star Clipper in 2014 and enjoyed it so much we were determined to sail upon the Royal Clipper in 2015. We have just returned from our cruise leaving from Barbados touring the Grenadine Islands, Grenada, Martinique and St. Lucia.



The majestic Royal Clipper was everything we were expecting. It is a magnificent sailing vessel. We did not want to leave.



One of our couples had an anniversary aboard ship and renewed their vows at sea. What an amazing experience this was. The crew made this evening so very special.It will be remembered forever by all of us. As we stepped on land the only thing we could think of was where will we go next!



Thank you for making our dreams come true.



Barbara Molmod

Peoria, Arizona





[caption id="attachment_16728" align="aligncenter" width="550"] One guest carried a bouquet of seashells as she and her husband renewed vows onboard.




[caption id="attachment_16725" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The happy couple before a dinner celebration.




[caption id="attachment_16726" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Regal Royal Clipper.




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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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Mediterranean Memories




Star Clippers' 2014 Mediterranean season has officially come to a close. Tonight Royal Clipper departs Tenerife, Canary Islands, and begins a transatlantic journey to Bridgetown, Barbados.



As the ship sails onward here's to looking back at some lovely photos from summer in the Med. Suzanne Bentlage of Vienna, Austria, sent in her favorite shots from her vacation on Royal Clipper.













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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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Magic Moment on Royal Clipper

These beautiful photos from the tender were submitted by Royal Clipper guest Jackie Reay.










"Captain Sergei, had the tenders out as the sun began to set 27 September 2014, the light was magical. The Tender Drivers and Crew did a magnificent job positioning the ship for great photo opportunities, and an amazing experience.







Thank you Royal Clipper and your wonderful Captain and Crew for another fabulous happy journey, Venice to Venice."



-- Jackie Reay












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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.




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Take a Bow

Thanks to James W. Bottoms of Vest Connection Travel Inc. in Maryland for the photos in this post.





The bowsprit net is one of the elements that sets Star Clippers apart from traditional cruise lines. Guests love the freedom of sailing along suspended 30 feet above the sea. The views are incredible -- you may spot a dolphin chasing the waves below or one of the incredible rainbows that always seem to follow or lead our beautiful tall ships.



Other incredible views from the bow are of the ship itself! It's funny how a little perspective can add another element of interest to your journey. Lay back and look up at the clouds and sails or look down upon the lovely figurehead. Or you could follow her lead and look forward to the course at hand.


















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Words of Wisdom Wednesday




On this date in 1910 Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born. Happy Birthday to the pioneer of the world's oceans, who would have been 104 today!
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Following Summer and the Sunset

Greg George is a world traveler, writer, blogger and "non-hipster foodie" based out of St. Marys, Ontario. He recently sailed on Royal Clipper. Along the journey Greg took so many beautiful photos -- here are some of our favorite sunset moments. To visit Greg's blog, Follow Summer, click here.



"...I happily admit this sun-setting, daily hoisting of the sails, set to the dramatic strains of Vangellis’ ’1492′ brought a tear to my eye each and every sunset."

-Greg George, Follow Summer







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Guests' Photos: Royal Clipper in the Caribbean

Royal Clipper just wrapped up the Caribbean season. We're looking forward to some gorgeous photos from the Mediterranean. Until then, here are some guest photos from the 2013/2014 Caribbean journeys. Enjoy!



[caption id="attachment_15076" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by guest Gerry Smith.




[caption id="attachment_15075" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by guest Frank Stefanko.




[caption id="attachment_15078" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by guest CJ Newman.




[caption id="attachment_15080" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by guest Richard Hanson.




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Golden Hues Fill the Sky in the Caribbean

If you've vacationed with Star Clippers you probably remember the feeling of spending the day ashore exploring, relaxing or enjoying our watersports program, then sailing away into the sunset. That's a day in paradise. Here are a few gorgeous sunset photos shared by Star Clippers guests who recently sailed in the Caribbean.



[caption id="attachment_15064" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Melanie R. Brimhall.




[caption id="attachment_15084" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Richard Hanson.




[caption id="attachment_15091" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Richard Hanson.








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Star Clippers Attention To Detail: On And Off The Ship

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.





The Star Clipper experience we are working through on our Windward Islands itinerary has some common elements, core components of what they do that keeps passengers coming back year after year. Details in the culinary department make each meal an event. Stateroom stewards customize their services for each guest. Marine operations has sailors raising sails with precision timing. No detail is overlooked, including photo opportunities for passengers on board.



We were told that the end of our day on the island of St Kitts, what Star Clippers calls a Photo Tender opportunity would take place, shortly before sunset. This is where passengers could board tender boats, head out to sea then watch as all of Royal Clipper’s sails were raised. It is a sight that draws the attention of others who live on or are visiting the ports of call on our itinerary, every time we arrive.



Prior to the event, passengers (including myself) wondered how they could do that; have all sails raised but not sail off without us. “Surely the tender boats can not keep up with Royal Clipper under full sail,” said one puzzled passenger. “Maybe they set all the sails then put the ship’s engine in reverse to hold it in place,” pondered another. As it turns out, it was the flexibility of the sails combined with some pretty tricky seamanship that allowed Royal Clipper to have all her glorious sails unfurled but move slowly enough that tender boats could outrun and circle around her.



This sampling of photos shows the variety of angles afforded us as well as the changing silhouette of the ship as the sun set. It’s just one example of Star Clippers attention to detail.

































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Celebrating a Birthday Royally

Thanks to Star Clippers Facebook fan Susanne Bentlage from Vienna, Austria, for sharing this Royal Clipper collage from a 50th birthday celebration!



On Star Clippers you can have your cake and eat it too...and doesn't that look delightful?






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Breathtaking Sunsets at Sea

Who could get tired of pretty photos of Royal Clipper sailing into the sunset? Star Clippers' Facebook fans Tom Hewitt and Alan Tolley recently shared these gorgeous photos of the tall-ship sailing away. These were taken off the coast of Martinique in January. Thanks for sharing, guys!









"Sunset and the Royal Clipper -- beauty at its best!" -Tom Hewitt







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Adventure & New Experiences on Star Flyer

A special thanks to Sharon Lumley for writing in about her Star Flyer adventure in Costa Rica, and to Walter and Lori Lumley for the fabulous photographs.





Ninety-four passengers boarded the Star Flyer Clipper ship at Port Caldera, Costa Rica to cruise the southern coastline of Costa Rica and a Port of Call to Isla Parida, Panama. After everyone had settled into their cabins it was an all hands on deck call for crew and passengers to set sail. With Captain Yuriy at the bridge, the crew proceeded to raise the sails as the music drifted over the intercom – Vangelis 1492 Conquest of Paradise. Warm Pacific winds billowed her sails as she leaned gracefully. The bow cut sharply thru the dark blue waters, heading south.



Adventure arouses new experiences and develops character. The first day at sea the clipper ship was under sail and the quest began. For the brave at heart there was an opportunity for a challenge by climbing the mast. Like the pirates of olden days the rope ladder went upward to the crow’s nest. Fear of heights would have to be subdued. A youngster of eighty six years went up with the first daring souls, giving others the courage they needed. Passengers could relax in a deck chair with a good book, listen to music, nap or choose to go on excursions to learn the wonders of Costa Rica. Each port of call offered a new escapade. Isla Parida, Panama: A white sandy beach with calm waters for snorkeling, swimming or hiking thru the island rain forest.







Rescue Center and Gardens, Off-Road Canopy Tour, or the National Wildlife Refuge. If those excursions were not of interest then after a dry landing, a short walk into town and talking with the locals surely would. Explanation: A dry landing is when a smaller boat called a tender brings passengers ashore and they disembark at a dock. A wet landing is when there is no dock and they tender as close as they can and you get off in about knee deep water.



Drake Bay: Corcovado National Park or Horseback Riding. Of course if you chose to stay aboard you could cool off in the crystal clear blue water of the ocean and lounge on a blue float (tied to the zodiac of course so that the waves would not sweep you away and leave you stranded at sea).



Quepos: Savegre River Floating, Manuel Antonio National Park, Titi Canopy Tour or Snorkeling Safari.



Isla Tortuga: Music, bar and barbeque provided by the crew for a beach party. Costa Rica is a mecca for nature lovers. There are an abundance of exotic birds, flora of every color, alligators and either spider monkeys to charm you with their sweet smiles or Howler monkeys to entertain you.






FOOD, FUN AND NEW FRIENDS


Eating seems like such a simple pleasure but trying new foods can in itself be an adventure. The Jamaican Chef and his staff spent endless hours in preparation of meals and snacks. Imagine arising early to see the sunrise and the coffee, juices, sweet rolls and croissants are waiting for you. Lunch buffets were seafood, Italian, Caribbean, South American, Oriental and a barbeque prepared on the beach.



Dining was casual-elegant and you were handed a menu with several choices. In the Tropical Bar you could sit on deck, listen to music and choose an exotic cocktail, beer or wine.



Every day there was no shortage of entertainment. The talented Tamas was frequently in concert in the Piano Bar or playing his accordion on deck in the Tropical Bar. Crew and passengers amused us with a fashion show, a talent show and even a couples’ contest to crown “Mr. and Mrs. Star Flyer." By the middle of the week laughter radiated from port to starboard, stern to aft, echoing throughout the ship as different groups of people gravitated to each other either by similarities or differences and new friendships were created that would last a lifetime.



Debarkation at Purto Caldera, Costa Rica, brought an end to a week of adventure, fantastic cuisine, fun and many goodbyes to new friends and acquaintances. As passengers slowly proceeding up the ramp to board the tourist bus with suitcase in tow there was time for one last glance at the grandeur of the Star Flyer. She rolled with each wave as she awaited the time to raise her sails into the wind with another set of exciting passengers on their journey to paradise.






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Sister Ships Meet in the Caribbean

Several times a season Star Clipper and Royal Clipper sail together. The beauty of two Star Clippers ships side by side against a Caribbean background is breathtaking, and guests have the opportunity to view one ship from the other. It's a chance to step back and take in the whole picture. These photos were taken by Star Clippers' Bill Dwyer on Royal Clipper near Iles des Saintes as the two ships sailed alongside one another toward Dominica.
























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The Quiet Side of the Caribbean

Among the great advantages of sailing with Star Clippers are the off-the-beaten-path destinations. Due to their smaller size and eco-friendly design, our ships are able to pull up to secluded beaches and tender just about anywhere! Here are photos showing Star Clipper approaching a quiet Caribbean beach shared by Wendy Jensen of Star Clippers.











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Words of Wisdom Wednesday




Star Clippers guests are a special breed. We sail with ships full of movers, shakers and makers who make the world a reality.
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BJ's Travels Part 5, Thanksgiving Day at Drake Bay

BJ and her husband work in the travel industry and are based out of Georgia. The couple recently sailed on Star Flyer, exploring Panama and Costa Rica. BJ shared her experience on her blog BJ's Travels, and we'll be publishing excerpts from the journey here. Enjoy!





Passenger's Log, Star Flyer Date 112813 (Thursday - Thanksgiving) Drake Bay


Thursday started with our usual routine. Exercise with Steffi for me, and then breakfast in the dining room. We had not planned an excursion for the day so we found some lounge chairs in the shade and relaxed while all of the excursion-goers boarded tenders for their tours.



For the first time in several days, we were able to get a phone signal so we spent some time answering emails and wishing our friends back home a happy Thanksgiving.






We thought we would take a tender to Drake Bay to look around a bit, but we got caught up in conversation with some other travel agents and missed the first tender. By then, Steffi and Erik had the water sports equipment in the water so we decided to take a kayak out. We were told to stay within 150 yards of the ship so we didn't get to explore much. We circled the ship a few times looking for dolphin without any luck.



After we watched that bit of entertainment, it was lunchtime. In the afternoon, we found another shady spot to relax with our books. We got our usual afternoon rainstorm which delayed the photo excursion of the Star Flyer with all of her sails up by a half hour.

 

We had an impromptu meeting with the captain, the hotel manager and the activities director for a brief information session at 5, then we showered and got ready for the captains dinner.






Tonight, we had dinner with a passenger who had gone on the horseback riding excursion and loved it. She said one man had fallen off of his horse and landed under the horse! He claimed not to be hurt and finished the ride. The captains dinner offered lobster tail and beef tenderloin along with the option of Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing.






Dessert was flaming baked Alaska!

 

The talent show after dinner was entertaining and got everyone up dancing at the end.
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