We've Arrived!

[caption id="attachment_16214" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Flyer transits the Panama Canal.




Star Clippers' Caribbean season has begun!



After two weeks at sea Star Flyer arrived yesterday at Bridgetown, Barbados, and is now en route to the Panama Canal with some amazing calls along the way including Kralendjik, Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao and Oranjestad, Aruba.







Star Clipper and Royal Clipper will arrive in the Caribbean soon, and the fleet will spend the coming months sailing from island to island enjoying beach barbecues, pirate parties and warm, crystal waters.



Will you be joining us in the Caribbean this season? Let us know in the comments!
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Video: Port to Port in the Eastern Med

Thanks to guest Christoper Mark Rowntree for sharing his love of Star Clippers and taking the time to create this lovely video!





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Royal Clipper at Motril

Today the Port of Motril, Spain, welcomed Royal Clipper and shared their enthusiasm on their blog. Below is a translated excerpt. To view the original, visit their blog.


[caption id="attachment_16184" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Puerto de Motril.




The largest sailing ship right in the world has now docked in the port of Motril. This is Royal Clipper, of Star Clippers, a luxurious five-masted, 42 sail ship.

  



       

While Royal Clipper is docked at the pier 115 passengers have come to hike the Alhambra Alpujarras and Granada City, while the remaining 70 are visiting the mall shuttle thanks to Motril Granada has hired Motrilport. Onboard is a crew of 106 people, which equates to almost one crew member per cruiser. This data indicates the level of the ship and the purchasing power of their tenants. From Ibiza, the boat sailed at six this evening bound for the Moroccan port of Safi. 

      

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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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And We're Off!




And we're off!



Star Flyer begins a transatlantic adventure today and is set to arrive at Bridgetown, Barbados, Nov. 9, 2014.







The very same day that Star Flyer arrives at Bridgetown Star Clipper will begin the ocean crossing journey, landing, and Royal Clipper will follow a few days later. Both Star Clipper and Royal Clipper are scheduled to arrive at their Caribbean destinations Nov. 22, 2014.



Have you ever sailed across the ocean?

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Postcard from Porto Vecchio

Instagram user @asiebert93 shared this beautiful photo of Royal Clipper at Porto Vecchio, Corsica.





A beautiful fall day in the Med!



The countdown is on! Royal Clipper has just a few weeks left cruising the Mediterranean before making the transatlantic journey to the Caribbean Sea.







Do you have a favorite photo from the 2014-15 Med season? Send your pictures and stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you might be featured on social media.
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Sailing with a Sommelier




Star Clipper guests were treated to a fabulous event when Sommelier Cécile Montout, joined the ship sailing the eastern Mediterranean. Montout, who represents Louis Jadot winery, joined Michelin-star chef Daniel Schönberger onboard for a week of culinary delights.



As Chef Schönberger produced fabulous food for the guests Montout was available to discuss all-important pairings. Wines were chosen to compliment the flavors of the dishes.







[caption id="attachment_16140" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Chef Daniel Schönberger presented a fabulous menu.




[caption id="attachment_16147" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Cécile Montout, sales manager, Louis Jadot, expertly pairs wines with Chef's courses.




"Our aim is to express the true nature of Burgundy through our wines, a terroir that can be both proud of its past and optimistic about its future." -- Louis Jadot







Louis Jadot winery was founded in 1859 in Burgundy, France. Today the winery produces more than two dozen distinct wines concentrating on just a few varietals, pinot noir for red wines, chardonnay for whites, and gamay for beaujolais.

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The View From Here

Thanks to guests Francois Emond and Camille Bourque for sharing this fabulous photo of Star Clipper at Santorini!



We asked guests on Facebook to fill in the blank:



The view from here is ______________.



Here's what they had to say!



Mieke Tuijn: Stunning!



Adam Scott: Very familiar.



Miriam Kalaminksy: Maslanik: Classic!







Heather Ellis: Enticing!



Justin Schoeberlein: Inspiring.



Joanna Shorey Bradeen: Amazing.



Mimi Mary Skinner Auchter: Awesome!



Janet Blair: Beautiful!



Kristina Kaye Stockton: Serene.



AnnMarie Godwin: perfect in every possible way.



Linda Younger Walker: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh ...



Maria Nygren: Breakthaking!



Ann Bjurmalm: Among the best in the Greek Islands!



Laurence Jacks: Forever.



How would you fill in the blank? Let us know in the comments below!
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Sunsets at Sea in the Med

A special thanks to Star Clipper Hotel Manager Steve Adamson for capturing these beautiful sunset photos.






Sunsets at sea are very special. After a long day at shore or in the sun it's time to wind down and reflect on the day.







These photos were taken from Star Clipper's deck as the ship sailed the last few weeks of the season in the Mediterranean.



Star Clipper begins the westbound ocean crossing Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.






Do you have pictures to share of your Mediterranean sailing? Send your favorites to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you might be featured on social media.
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Port Spotlight: Athens, Greece

[caption id="attachment_16115" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Acropolis in Athens. Photo courtesy of UNESCO and F. Bandarin.




Star Clipper calls at Athens, Greece, this Saturday, Oct. 18. The ship currently is enjoying it's final Greece & Turkey sailing of the season before it begins the journey to the Caribbean for the winter. But it's never too early to book your summer holiday for next year. Many of the sailings begin and end at Athens, so read on to see why this port is a fabulous addition to any itinerary.



The second you step off of the ship you will instantly become immersed in over 2,500 years of epic history and architecture. A fascinating juxtaposition between the old and the new, Athens has become urbanized while still preserving its centuries-old architecture.



The magnificent times of the Greek Classical Age come to life as you traverse the city of The Acropolis, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Housing the largest temple of Acropolis, the great Parthenon looms above in all its glory, just as it did in 438 B.C.







Besides offering one of the most incredible views of Athens, The Acropolis also boasts The Temple of Athena Nike, the first temple of the city built in Ionic style.



Just north of The Acropolis you will find Plaka, a quaint historical village where you can take a pleasant stroll while viewing restored Neoclassical homes among scenic ruins that showcase more of Athens’ legendary history.



If you are looking to do a little retail damage, the district of Kolonaki should be your next stop. Home to many foreign embassies and Athens’ wealthiest citizens, Kolonaki features the city’s poshest boutiques and restaurants.



These are just but a few of Athens' highlights. Join us to discover all of the wonders of the ancient city.

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Peeking at Patmos




Sommelier Cécile Montout joined Star Clipper in the Mediterranean the second week of October, 2014, to share her vast knowledge of wine and pairings.



At Patmos Mountout captured these shots of Star Clipper from St. John the Theologian Monastery. The Monastery is a popular stop at the port and offers beautiful views of the bay of Patmos and surrounding region.



Stay tune for more information on Cécile's journey!






Have you visited Patmos or St. John the Theologian? Let us know in the comments!
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Chef Schönberger Wows on Star Clipper

Thanks to Star Clipper Hotel Manager Steve Adamson for sending in these great photos from Chef Schönberger's visit.


[caption id="attachment_16089" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Guests watch as Chef David Schoenberger prepares a dish.




Daniel Schönberger joined Star Clipper sailing out of Athens as a featured guest chef and "wowed" guests with his fabulous culinary displays.



Between stops at fabulous Greek ports, including Patmos, Amorgos, Mykonos, and Monemvasia, guests sampled expertly prepared dishes and fresh flavors.







[caption id="attachment_16091" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Chef and fans pose for a photo op.




[caption id="attachment_16087" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Bright and light food reflects the environment.




Demonstrations were held both on the deck and in the dining room and dishes echoed the bright and light style of Mediterranean cuisine as the ship sailed along the coast. Chef Schönberger even took time to answer questions and pose for photos as he dined alongside the guests.



[caption id="attachment_16083" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Chef introduces a dish before dinner.







[caption id="attachment_16086" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Plates were cleaned at every table as Chef Schönberger chatted with guests.




[caption id="attachment_16085" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Not too fancy to do a dish! Chef Schönberger washes up in the galley.




Stay tuned for more guest chefs and culinary experts throughout the year!



Have you sailed on an itinerary with a special culinary guest? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!
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Royal Clipper at Rovinj




Found on instagram, user "Rurhpoet" shared this gorgeous shot of Royal Clipper sailing near Rovinj, Croatia. While the sun went down the sails went up and "Conquest of Paradise" floated through the air.







Do you have a pretty picture of one of the Star Clippers sailing? Send your favorites to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
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Cheers to the Crew!




The Star Clippers crew is considered to be among the friendliest at sea!



From the captain of each ship to the water sports crew and from the bartenders to the men and women raising the sails, this team is full of warm, welcoming and passionate individuals.



Below is an excerpt from a Cruise Critic review of the Star Clippers crew.











Ship: Star Clipper

Sail date: June, 2015

Destination: Greece

Embarkation Point: Athens (Piraeus)



The Captain of the ship was extremely passenger-attentive and allowed us deck access during sailing and, to some extent, during port entry and exit. We could help hoist sails if we wanted to and my, what a hard job that is even with 20 passengers pulling the sail lines. Land trips - all optional but with extra, reasonable cost - were very informative and led by good local guides. When steps or uneven ground could be a problem for those with walking or balance difficulties we were warned beforehand. Every member of the crew was absolutely accommodating and totally delightful to sail with. Other passengers are very collegial and many seemed like old friends by the end of the trip.






Did you have a great experience with the Star Clippers crew? Let us know about it in the comments!
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Postcards from Venice: Royal Clippers Sails In




Could sailing into Venice, Italy, be any more lovely?



The city is among the most romantic in the world.



Tien-Lun Yao spotted Star Clippers' flagship, Royal Clipper at the port as he was sailing away and again a week later.












Do you have a favorite port in which to sail? Let us know in the comments below!
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