Words of Wisdom

That's as good a reason as any to travel!

If your routine has got you down how about sailing away and leaving it behind?

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Star Clippers: By the Numbers

Today is March 13, 2014, or 3.14, also known as Pi Day! It also happens to be Albert Einstein's birthday. So in honor of the never-ending mathematical constant that we all remember from geometry and the genius physicist here we'll break down the Star Clippers fleet by the numbers.

Royal Clipper:

Length:439 feet

Beam:54 feet

Draft:18.5 feet

Sail Area:56,000 Square feet

Mast Height:197 feet

Total Staff:106

Passenger Capacity:227

Masts:5 Masts, 42 Sails

Star Clipper & Star Flyer:

Length:360 feet

Beam:50 feet

Draft: 18.5 feet

Sail Area:36,000 Square feet

Mast Height:226 feet

Total Staff:72

Passenger Capacity:170

Masts:4 Masts, 16 Sails

While our ships are tall (the tallest in the world, in fact) they are small in size compared to the industry average. What do you see as the advantages of sailing the small-tall ships? Let us know in the comments below!
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Smaller Ships can Stop Twice A Day

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.

Taking advantage of the ship’s small size, Royal Clipper often makes two port calls in one day. Visiting St Kitts, for example, we first stopped at Basseterre for a couple hours then went on to a different location for a day at the beach. It’s all a part of the Star Clippers cruise line experience that draws attention to the flexibility of their itineraries.

Stopping first at one port early in the morning, passengers on shore excursions get off the ship and get deep into the destination. On a standard ocean cruise experience, time getting to and from points of interest chew up a lot of the day. Repositioning the ship, often on the other side of any given island, allows more immersion into the destination. This is where Royal Clipper passengers who might want to shop, get cash or just do some people watching. If there is a crowd, this is where we see it.

Interestingly, in St Kitts, taxi drivers and tour operators pitched their services as we had seen when visiting before. But for the most part, once they found that we would be there a brief time, we were left alone…with one exception. One aggressive cab driver started a rumor that our ship would be staying in port a bit longer, allowing more time to employ his services. We quickly found out that the scam here was to lead us into believing that, taking them up on a short tour then, when the ship sails away without us needing their services to get to the next stop, for an additional fee. Pretty clever really.

The second port of call in the day is the longer of the two and happens at a beachfront location. Running continuous tender operations all day, those coming off an excursion can spend time at the beach or go back to the ship upon completion of their tour. On our Windward Islands itinerary, that meant a day at a variety of beaches throughout the Caribbean and many passengers took full advantage of the opportunities.

Interestingly, the only big ship we encountered was Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas, there for the day in St Kitts. Later, after repositioning, we could still see Independence in the distance but were at a nearly-private beach with few other travelers around. That’s also a key ingredient in the Star Clippers experience; few other travelers vying for a destination’s resources and few lines to stand in makes for more quality time off-ship.

Back at the ship with sails, a cocktail hour from five to six in the afternoon became more popular as the itinerary continue, a way for passengers to reunite and discuss what they had done during the day. Normally. On our day in St Kitts, the off-ship events ended with what Star Clippers calls a Photo Tender. This is where those passengers interested board tenders and head out to sea, followed by Royal Clipper under full sail. It’s something we can’t see while on the ship and allows some wonderful photo opportunities of our magnificent ship.

That’s next.

To visit Chris' blog click here: www.chriscruises.com
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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?

Have you celebrated a milestone with Star Clippers? We'd love to hear your story! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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Sailing Sisters

Camille from Toronto shared these beautiful photos from her 2012 Star Clippers Spain & Northern Africa sailing. She tells us that her sister, Laura convinced her to take the trip.

Thanks for sharing, Camille, and thanks, Laura, for getting your sister on a Clipper!

"My sister Laura convinced me to go with her on the Mediterranean 2012 sail.

Soooo glad she did. Laura's so been many times aboard sailing ships and I had never been.

Best trip ever even with days of rough water off of North Africa on the way to Spain. Great crew and nice bunch of fellow passengers.

Me looking out as we dock in Trapani and the other is my snap of the perfect view of Valletta as we left the first night!

Working on going to the Caribbean next. Your facebook page photos keep reminding me of what I'm missing. Love it."

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Q & A with Mike from BlackBlueGreen

According to their site, BlackBlueGreen, Mike is a photographer and a journalist and Véronique is trying to be one. Véronique is a hippie and a professional tourist and Mike is trying to be one.

Last spring the two sailed the Caribbean on Star Clipper, and came back with some amazing photos and stories. We caught up with them recently and asked a few questions. We previously posted Véronique's quick interview, now here's Mike.

Star Clippers: What's your favorite memory from your Star Clippers sailing?

Mike: the sunset moment when the two of us were laying in the net at the bowsprit.

Star Clippers: Did you learn anything about sailing?

Mike: I have been sailing on 35 ft yachts for many years, and it is good to see how here, too, you can feel the effect of the wind.

Star Clippers: What was your favorite Caribbean port?

Mike: Iles de Saintes (he and Véronique agreed on this)

Star Clippers: If you two were to join the crew, what would you do and why?

Mike: ship’s photographer! (job to be created)

Star Clippers: Why did you choose to feature Star Clippers?

Mike: For me it was all about the authentic feeling of being at sea, not in floating resort.

Mike and Véronique took the lovely photos in this post. For a more complete look at their portfolio please visit www.louagie.be
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Star Clippers' Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Star Clippers is all about adventure, and traveling the world on tall ships is what dreams are made of. Are you taking on life's biggest adventures?

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Star Clippers' Sails Glow from Dusk to Dark

Star Clippers' sails glow at night! Thanks to guest Willem Gouws for sending in these photos from dusk to dark!

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Star Clippers' Quote of the Day

George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by Dubrovnik, Croatia, after his visit in 1929, and it's not hard to see why.

Dubrovnik is one of the best preserved examples of a medieval walled city existing today.

The city's varied history can be observed in its buildings. There are over 80 religious buildings in Dubrovnik representing a range of architectural periods from Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic styles. Today the port city has been featured as a fantastical background on such shows as HBO's Game of Thrones.

People continue to fall in love with the city, as George Bernard Shaw once did.

Guests can sail to Dubrovnik on Royal Clipper and Star Clipper during their summer seasons in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Photos are courtesy of Paul Vandevelder from his recent Mediterranean sailing on Royal Clipper. Paul VanDevelder writes for SAIL, the NYT's, the LA Times, and Audubon, and is the author of Savages and Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire through Indian Territory (Yale University Press) and Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial that Forged a Nation (Little,Brown). He has been been a contract photographer for Star Clippers since 1992. You can visit Paul at his web site for more pictures and stories: http://www.elbowoodscafe.com
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