Sail to Westeros with Star Clippers

[caption id="attachment_16868" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photos shared on Instagram by @dubrovnik_tour_guide_denis.




HBO's Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on television today. Audiences around the globe are enchanted by the surreal scenery from the lush greens of Winterfell to the icy tundras North of the Wall and the incredible walled city of King's Landing.



Many fans know that filming locations include Ireland, Iceland, and -- last but not least -- Dubrovnik, Croatia. In reality Dubrovnik is no less beautiful than its fictional counterpart, King's Landing, and Star Clipper returns year after year to stroll the narrow cobblestoned streets of the beautiful walled city.







Get to know the city by foot, bike, kayak, or from behind the lens with a Star Clippers excursion.



Have you sailed into Dubrovnik? Let us know what you though in the comments!
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Photo Diary: Under the Sea at St. Lucia

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 the Sea Trek Helmet shore excursion at St. Lucia.






From the surface they might just look like buoys bobbing along but look closely and you might see that those are guests exploring the under water in the bay of St. Lucia. The Sea Trek Helmet excursion is a fun chance to take a look under the sea. The training is not extensive as it would be with scuba diving but the helmets allow guests to stay submerged longer than they could with a traditional snorkel experience. Read on for underwater shots!






Guests discover underwater treasures ...






... including sea urchin!






Even the relatively shallow bay is teeming with life!






Does the Sea Trek Helmet excursion interest you? What other types of shore activities would you like to do in the Caribbean? Let us know in the comments below!
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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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BJ's Travels: Part 4, Golfito & Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

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 112713 (Wednesday) Golfito


Everything on the schedule was moved up a half hour to accommodate the tours. I was just starting the 7:30AM exercise class when we learned that there was extra space on the rescue center tour.



We hurried to our room to change into our zip-off leg pants and grab some bottles of water. It was a nice ride.




 

We rode for about an hour to the rescue center Fundacion Santuario Silvestre de Osa where we were greeted by Karen the curator and Sweetie the spider monkey (and another wet landing).



Karen gave us the ground rules - don't take flash pictures of the nocturnal animals, don't take anything away from the monkeys, don't try to restrain the monkeys and don't step off of the path lest you should step on a deadly poisonous snake. She told us a little about the rescue center and Sweetie. Sweetie went from person to person showing them where she wanted to be scratched.









We saw several animals, including monkeys, badgers, pecaries, sloths, parrots, kinkajous and some others.



After the tour, Karen gave us an opportunity to have Sweetie sit on our lap for a picture.



When it was time to go, we all piled back into the boat and waited for the driver to start the boat which was being temperamental. He finally got it going and we headed for the Orchid Garden. 

 

Greg, our tour guide, was passionate about plants and told us about all of the examples in the garden. 






Afterward, we met the owner and had a bit of fruit under the shelter.



We had no problem getting the boat started this time, but some of the folks had trouble getting back into the boat. While we waited for everyone to get onboard, waves kept washing over the back of the boat. The other boat raced us back to the ship, pausing nearby to watch a dolphin frolic next to their boat.






We made it back to the ship 20 minutes before the lunch buffet closed. Just after lunch, it rained heavily again, so we grabbed our books and went to the piano bar.



The rain drove Tony in for a nap. When it finally subsided, we went back up on deck to watch the sunset with Joy.



We had a glass of wine in the bar and then changed for dinner. Most of the passengers went to the cocktail party for repeat guests. We met a few folks for drinks at the bar. We had dinner with another couple and two of the singles. Tony had the veal and I had the salmon. I thought the crab cake appetizer was the best of the trip!
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Nancy in Hvar, Croatia

Nancy has been writing about her summer travels. Celebrating 46 years of marriage, she and her husband Joe left the city of brotherly love and landed in Venice, Italy, to begin their journey. She is sailing the Mediterranean aboard Royal Clipper, and was kind enough to share her experience with us. Below are some excerpts from her blog. For her whole story you can visit her personal blog Nancy Near Philadelphia.






The next day found us anchoring just outside Hvar, Croatia, a lovely view to behold. Royal Clipper, for the most part, would anchor outside the harbors of these little ports, and would provide tender service to take us ashore. The tenders usually ran every half hour.










Hvar was a small place, but very pretty. Some folks from the ship took excursions that involved kayaking or bicycling. We chose to explore on our own. The "downtown" area was small and -- for once -- the church wasn't at the top of a hill!






…the sun was powerful. For the first half of the day, the cafes on the shady side of the square would be open and then midway through the day, as the sun moved, they would close and the ones on the opposite side would open. It was a fine system.






We found this Red Submarine amusing. It is a glass-bottom boat -- passengers go down inside to view what is going on in the sea. We had seen it first in Rovinj and when we got to Hvar, one of our friends exclaimed, "Oh, look! It's following us!" I thought it would be fun to take a ride, but didn't get the opportunity.






Goodbye, Hvar!



To visit Nancy Near Philadelphia click here.
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