Jazz and a Journey

Jochem Laabs is a jazz aficionado and former advertising and PR pro who recently sailed on Star Flyer. He sailing was from Cannes with calls at St. Tropez, France; Calvi, Corsica; Rapallo, Italy; and Monte Carol, Monaco. He is also an avid sailor and was kind enough to put together this video to share the experience of a Star Clippers cruise.






To visit Jochem's YouTube page for more travel and jazz videos click here.
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Real or Rendered?




The answer may surprise you! This is a photo taken by Star Clippers' guest Jeffery Rich of Royal Clipper passing through Drake's Channel in the Virgin Islands. Rich added an effect to the photo to give it the appearance of an oil painting.



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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.


















What's your favorite part of relaxing in the bowsprit net? Let us know in the comments below!
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Star Clipper: An Artistic Approach




This photo was taken by guest Steve near Corfu on a Star Clipper sailing from Athens to Venice in 2009. Once home he edited the photo to achieve the sepia tone and shading. With these effects you can appreciate all the lines of the lovely ship!



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Royal Clipper: A Playground at Sea

Mary Stuart-Miller shared some fabulous and fun-loving photos from her recent Star Clippers cruise along the Amalfi Coast on Royal Clipper. In just a few shots she did a great job of capturing life onboard, from the congenial relationship of guests and crew to the excitement of sailing along in the bowsprit or launching the zodiacs for a little fun in the sun! Thanks for sharing, Mary.



[caption id="attachment_15428" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Swimming off the marine deck, Taormina.




[caption id="attachment_15426" align="aligncenter" width="550"] All hands on deck!




[caption id="attachment_15427" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A perfect day to relax in the bowsprit net.




[caption id="attachment_15429" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Who's your favorite bartender?
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Postcards from the Amalfi Coast

Mary Stuart-Miller recently sailed on Royal Clipper's Amalfi Coast itinerary and shared these fantastic shots of the rugged Amalfi Coast. Thanks, Mary!















Have you visited Amalfi? Did you hike the coast? Let us know in the comments below!
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A Michelin Star Chef and Star Clipper in the Med

Star Flyer was pleased to welcome Michelin Star chef David Mottl onboard for the May 17 sailing that called at such fabulous ports as Calvi, Corsica; Portoferraio, Italy; and St. Tropez, France.






Mottl earned the coveted Michelin Star at Marco Polo in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, where he is chef de cuisine.



"Along with the modern yet elegant decor and the friendly service, it is above all the fine aromatic cuisine of Lower Franconia-born chef David Mottl that stands out at Marco Polo. His menu combines many North German as well as international influences and he sets great store by the quality of the produce he uses." - Michelin Inspector







Onboard Star Flyer Mottle prepared such savory treats as Grilled Salmon Fillet over asparagus with hollandaise and micro-chives, Roasted Pork Medallions with jus, mushrooms and yellow rice; and Cornish Hen, flayed and roasted over zucchini.



Fine dining at sea? Yes please!






What dish would you like to see served on your next Star Clippers cruise? Let us know in the comments below!
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Royal Clipper: Postcard from Amalfi

Spotted off the Amalfi Coast -- Royal Clipper under full sail! Thanks to Daryl L. Hunter for sharing.



[caption id="attachment_15391" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Daryl L. Hunter - The Hole Picture







"Stretching about 30 miles or 50km along the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula, most famous for the town of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) is one of Europe’s most breathtaking. Cliffs terraced with scented lemon groves sheer down into sparkling seas; whitewashed and pastel colored villas cling precariously to unforgiving slopes while sea and sky merge in one vast blue horizon. -Daryl L.Hunter - The Hole Picture



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Star Clippers Paradise

A big "thank you" to our talented guest Albert C. M. Weijman for sharing this lovely poem.






Mr. Weijman is a biologist, a travel writer and a poet who will be sailing on Star Clipper from Athens, May, 31, 2014. He said he had studied some of the philosophy behind Star Clippers and this, combined with his vivid imagination, inspired him to compose a poem dedicated to the unique experience.



Are you boarding Star Clipper at Athens as well? If so give Mr. Weijman a hand!
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Guest Chef Martina Kömpel Sails on Star Clipper

Guests on Star Clipper's May 17th Northern Cyclades sailing were treated to a special cooking demonstration by the accomplished chef Martina Kömpel as the ship sailed between Cammilimani Beach and Kusadasi, Turkey.






Kömpel is originally from Germany and worked in television for years before deciding to pursue her dream of becoming a chef. She then moved to the city of lights and trained under chef Alain Senderens, one of the great French masters, at the renowned Parisian restaurant Lucas Carton.



Today, when she's not sailing the Med on Star Clipper, Kömpel cooks for the Ritz in Paris and appears as a judge on the show "The Kitchen Battle."



Onboard Star Clipper she taught guests' recipes and techniques for some of her favorite dishes including Roasted Lamb Chops with feta cheese, kalamata olives and smoked eggplant caviar; and Pain Perdu.



Bon Apetit!






What's the best meal you've had onboard Star Clippers? Lobster, lamb or something in between? Let us know in the comments!
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Champagne Sailaway on Royal Clipper

Mary Stuart-Miller works for Star Clippers in the UK and had some time to step away form the desk and sail away with champagne. Cheers to smooth seas!



"The decks are full of guests enjoying a champagne sail away in the sunshine! Leaving Lipari now en route for an evening sail past Stromboli and a sea day tomorrow." - Mary



[caption id="attachment_15336" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper's champagne sail away.




[caption id="attachment_15335" align="aligncenter" width="550"] All hands on deck!




[caption id="attachment_15334" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Bar tender Sylbert dispenses champagne on deck for the sailaway from Lipari.




What's your favorite part of sail-away on Star Clippers — the views, the champagne or the music? Let us know in the comments below!

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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Captain Balanck on a Successful Crossing

If you've been following along with the blog you may have read about a group of sailing students from Belgium who joined Star Flyer to sail across the Atlantic. Their journey began in Bridgetown, Barbados, and ended two weeks later at Lisbon, Portugal. Along the way they learned a great deal about sailing on the tallest ship in the world. Captain Paul Balanck shared this letter about their experience.





The purpose of the journey was to organize a crossing for interested yachtmen where they could follow preparation courses for the exams of Yachtsmen or Yachtnavigator. At the end the possibility was given to take part in the exams on board.



It was a hell of a job but we succeeded and with a big smile! The 28th April everybody left the vessel with a satisfied impression.



Studying on a rolling sailing vessel is not the same as in a classroom ashore. Thanks to the excellent food & beverage and ship crew the studying went well.



The "slave driving" instructors pushed the enthusiastic candidates forward. Almost everybody succeeded in their exams for Yachtman or Yachtnavigater. Fighting with variation, deviation, current and tides, sun and star sextant positioning, GMDSS, sea survival, rules etc.

The ship crew participated as well with great interest.



In other words, it was an excellent combination between studying and cruising.



As a result, Cruise Travel Antwerp informed us already about a waiting list of new candidates for next year.



In the meantime all the instructors wish the succeeded yachtmen safe and lovely trips over the seas.



Signed on behalf of the Belgian instructors and participators,



Capt. Paul Balanck, Antwerp



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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







Have you ever caught up to a beautiful sunset on Star Clippers? Send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you may be featured on Star Clippers' Social Media!
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Words of Wisdom Wednesday




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Photo Journal: Swimming with the Sting Rays

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 are swimming with the Stingrays on a call at Antigua.
















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Following Summer on Star Clippers

Greg George is a world traveler, writer, blogger and "non-hipster foodie" based out of St. Marys, Ontario. He recently sailed on Royal Clipper. Here's an except of his journey from his blog followsummer.me.







Some Ancient Sea-Dog Superstitions


An earring is said to give sailors good eyesight and an old sea dog’s tattoo of a cross, an anchor and a heart protects against dangers at sea and at port. There was many an earring and tattoo evident on the Concierge Travel sponsored Star Clippers Royal Clipper cruise out of Bridgetown, Barbados on a 7 day excursion to the Western Caribbean in early March. Concierge is generally known for booking bigger party boats but this was a chance for my husband and me to check off one of those proverbial bucket list items, ditch the tuxes and experience some warm Caribbean waters on a smaller, more intimate 5-Master.



Fueled by its romantic barefoot and sun-kissed visions of gliding into a sun-setting, undiscovered bay, sails up, dropping anchor and listening to the gentle lapping of the Caribbean against the hull of the ship, we quickly signed up a contingent of Canadians and booked our passage.






Bucket List, Checked Off!


And indeed, that bucket list is now checked-off! During our 7 day sea-bourne adventures, we tendered into some of the smaller islands and cays: Isla Margarita, in Venezuela; St Georges, in Grenada; Tobago Cays and Bequia, in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Marigot Bay and Soufrière, in Saint Lucia; enjoyed beach days with a full-on BBQ lunch, diving, sailing, kayaking and other water sports.






To visit Greg's blog click HERE.
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Words of Wisdom




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Navigate the Northern Cyclades

This week our fleet arrived in the Med where we'll be sailing through the summer months. Between the three tall ships, there are a number of different itinerary options, each distinct from the next.



[caption id="attachment_15223" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo courtesy of guest Kim Fine.




Star Flyer will mostly concentrate on the Spanish Balearic Islands, Royal Clipper will navigate the western Mediterranean and Star Clipper will sail the eastern Med. The Northern Cyclades is one of Star Clipper's fabulous summer 2014 itineraries






Guests embark at Piraeus, the port of Athens, Greece, and enjoy a day at sea before arriving at Kusadasi, Turkey. At Kusadasi you can take a tour of Ephesus. Ephsesus, once the trade center of the world and the religious center of early Christianity, is a well preserved ancient city located less than 20 miles from Kusadasi.



[caption id="attachment_15228" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Clockwise from left: the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa; the view of Patmos, Greece; Sunset at Mykonos; and Star Clipper at Monemvasia. Photos by Greg Baxter, Star Clippers’ director of incentive sales and national accounts, west and Star Clippers' guest Shirley.




After Kusadasi it's off to Patmos, the small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. There you can visit the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or just take in the view.



Amorgos is known for the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa that protrudes from the side of the cliff, nearly vertical, and for beautiful clear blue waters. It is the eastern-most island of the Cyclades.



Mykonos, one of the best known Greek Isles, features the iconic windmills looking out over the sea, whitewashed houses, and beautiful boats.



The last call of this itinerary is Monemvasia, Greece, known as the Gibraltar of the east. This was the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain.



At each port you're free to take a tour and learn more about the ancient history of the region or to stroll around on your own. The itinerary ends as it began at Piraeus, the port of Athens, rich in history and iconography all its own.



What do you think you'd like to explore when you visit these ports? Do you like to learn about history or prefer to relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery? Let us know in the comments below!
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Photo Journal: Beach Barbecue at Antigua

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. For the first of Jim's photo series, here's the ever-popular beach barbecue at Antigua. Stay tuned for more.



[caption id="attachment_15215" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The view doesn't get much better than this!




[caption id="attachment_15206" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Tendering toward shore, guests take in the white sands and turquoise waters of Antigua.




[caption id="attachment_15207" align="aligncenter" width="550"] No need for a dock -- the tender eases gently into shore.




[caption id="attachment_15208" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The beautiful beaches of Antigua.




[caption id="attachment_15210" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The more the merrier!




[caption id="attachment_15212" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The beach barbecue begins!




[caption id="attachment_15211" align="aligncenter" width="550"] It's all about fun, sun, and feast at Antigua.




[caption id="attachment_15213" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A beautiful ship on a beautiful day.




Stay tuned for Jim's next photo diary, "Snorkel & Swim with the Sting Rays."



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