Video: From Athens to Venice

From whitewashed Greek islands to narrow Venetian canals, this video by Helen and Albert Heinel captures the magic of a Star Clippers cruise. Take a look!






Mr.and Mrs. Heinel have taken many Star Clippers cruises and have been kind enough to share their wonderful videos. If you liked this one check out their other videos including Star Flyer Sails Southern France and Italy and Star Clipper Sailing the Leeward Islands!
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The View From Here

In another edition of photos by Jim Bottoms, Jim climbs the mast on Royal Clipper and shares the view from the top!






























Do your feet tickle at the thought of a climb that high or are you excited by the adrenaline rush that comes with climbing the mast? Let us know in the comments below!
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Photo Journal: Iles des Saintes

Jim Bottoms is a travel consultant based out of Annapolis, Maryland, who recently sailed on Royal Clipper's Windward Islands itinerary. Along the way he took some fabulous photos. In this edition of Jim's photo journal we take a look at the Iles des Saintes.






























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Photo Journal: Arr! A Pirate Party!

Everybody loves a pirate party! Patches and parrots and planks, oh my! These photos from travel agent Jim Bottoms show the Royal Clipper crew dressed to impress for a night of festive fun at the Tropical Bar.


















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Refits Revitalize Décor on Star Flyer and Star Clipper




As part of its ongoing program to keep the tall ships of Star Clippers looking fresh, Star Flyer and Star Clipper recently underwent refurbishments that revitalized the décor and furnishings in all cabins.



All bed linens have been replaced, and new bed covers and throw pillows introduce deep tones of gold and navy to the cabins. The rich, yachtlike woodwork has been brightly polished throughout cabins and en-suite bathrooms.



[caption id="attachment_15705" align="aligncenter" width="550"] New flat-screen tvs and linens keep the ships looking fresh.




New LED bedside reading lights designed to not disturb a sleeping cabin mate, and Category One cabins also received new side lamps have been installed for guests to read in bed without disturbing their cabin-mates. New flat-screen TVs in all cabins except Category Six provide a more vivid viewing experience.



In addition to the cabin décor enhancements, during the transatlantic crossing at the start of the Mediterranean season Star Clipper had a complete facelift, with all cabins and public areas receiving a fresh coat of paint and varnish, as well as new upholstery in the dining room.



[caption id="attachment_15704" align="aligncenter" width="550"] New upholstery and carpeting in Star Clipper's dining room.




The revitalizations are part of Star Clippers' rolling refurbishment program -- Royal Clipper received the same treatment and more in 2013, with new carpeting throughout and all bathrooms rejuvenated, while the public areas on Star Flyer were refurbished in 2012.



The shipboard décor has a nautical theme throughout, with polished wood, brass, wall-mounted prints and original paintings of the world's most famous classic sailing vessels.



What do you think of Star Clipper's facelift? Let us know in the comments below!
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Photo Journal: Martinique

Jim Bottoms is a travel consultant based out of Annapolis, Maryland, who recently sailed on Royal Clipper's Windward Islands itinerary. Along the way he took some fabulous photos. In this edition of Jim's photo journal we take a quick look at the colors and culture of Martinique,, Fort de France.






























Have you visited Martinique with Star Clippers? Let us know about your experience in the comments below!
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Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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Video: The Joys of a Tall Ship Cruise

Thank you to Susanne Müller of Welcome Aboard for sharing this fabulous video of Star Clipper.





On Star Clipper the crew raises the sails as music fills the air and regal Royal Clipper cruises into view from the starboard side. Ladies order rum cocktails at The Piano Bar and the crews exchange salutes from the bow. Later, darkness falls and the music turns up. People of all ages and places of origin join in dancing on the deck and cheer when the captain arrives to join the fun. This is a snapshot of the joys of sailing a tall ship.



What do you find most joyful about a Star Clipper cruise? Share your opinion in the comments below!
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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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Postcard from St. Tropez




Star Clipper, the tallest ship in the world (tied with sister-ship Star Flyer) sits against the silhouette of the coast of St. Tropez and purple-gray skies, June 27, 2014.



This fabulous photo was captured by Dr. Regis Michel of the Académie des Arts & Sciences de la Mer.
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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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Happy Independence Day U.S.A.!

[caption id="attachment_15558" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Beach BBQ photos by James Bottoms, Chris Owen and Royal Clipper Hotel Manager Klaus Franz.




The 4th of July in the U.S. means barbecues, boating, friends and family! Anyone who has sailed with Star Clippers knows that our crew knows their way around a grill!



Will you be celebrating today? Let us know in the comments below!
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Photo Journal: Hiking to Trafalgar Falls at Dominica

Jim Bottoms is a travel consultant based out of Annapolis, Maryland, who recently sailed on Royal Clipper's Windward Islands itinerary. Along the way he took some fabulous photos. In this edition of Jim's photo journal, guests of Royal Clipper hike to Trafalgar falls and enjoy isolated beaches on a call at Dominica.






Look for more fabulous photos after the jump!









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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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Cliff Diving in Croatia

Magazine journalist Kristin Luna has been sailing the Med on Royal Clipper with some friends and family. Here she captured some footage of her sister's boyfriend taking a dive off the cliff in Croatia.






Would you take a leap like that? Let us know in the comments below!
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Underwater Adventures in the Caribbean

[caption id="attachment_15505" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photos by Michi & Daniela.




Water sports are a huge part of the Star Clippers experience. From kayaking to waterskiing guests love to get in touch with the crystal seas of the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Today we plunge into the waters of the Caribbean. Star Clippers are able to access quieter ports which means guests can snorkel in remote regions where the tropical fish outweigh the human population.



These photos are from an underwater adventure in the Caribbean that was captured by German photographers Michi & Daniela as they sailed on Royal Clipper through the Windward Islands.



[caption id="attachment_15509" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Michi & Daniela.




[caption id="attachment_15506" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Caribbean waters are teeming with life! Photo by Michi & Daniela.




[caption id="attachment_15508" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Michi & Daniela.




[caption id="attachment_15507" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper keeping watch. Photo by Michi & Daniela.




A special thanks to Michi and Daniela for the underwater adventure photos. To visit their website click here.



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Star Clippers Nominated for Best Niche Cruise Line




We are pleased to announce that Star Clippers has been nominated for the 2014 Virtuoso Award for "Best Niche Cruise Line." The award winners will be announced at evening events during Virtuoso Travel Week, August 9-15, 2014. Virtuoso is a luxury travel network that includes more than 340 agencies with 8,900 elite Advisors in 20 countries throughout North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand.



We look forward to the results in August.



Is Star Clippers your favorite niche cruise line? Let us know why in the comments below!
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Star Clippers' Fun with Photos




This fun enhanced photo was submitted by artist Gary Harkrader and was taken on a Star Clippers cruise on Royal Clipper in January, 2014, in the Caribbean with the Roanoke Ski Club.



Gary and his wife, Ellen, are planning another Star Clippers cruise in the eastern Mediterranean for summer, 2015.



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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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Words of Wisdom Wednesday




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