Port Spotlight: Cadíz, Spain

[caption id="attachment_16789" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Cadiz is one of the oldest continually settled cities in Europe. (Photo by Jose Ra)




Situated on a narrow strip of land surrounded by the glittering sea, Cadíz is one of the oldest and well-preserved cities in southwestern Europe. Cadíz also boasts a unique experience, categorized by the distinct cultures of each historical old barrio, (village) a sharp contrast from more urbanized areas.







A visit to the Cathedral in the Old Town provides a spectacular panoramic view of the entire city.



Christopher Columbus is said to have brought over many of the trees that line Cadíz’s picture-perfect parks, perfect for a romantic stroll set behind a backdrop of colorful flowers.



You will discover narrow streets filled with charming cafés that arguably serve the world’s freshest fish. Europe’s oldest covered market, El Mercado Central, is a must-do if you’re looking for fresh groceries and an authentic Andalusian experience.

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Star Clippers Named Among Top Holidays in Spain & Greece

[caption id="attachment_16559" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clippers' Balearic Island and Greek itineraries were named among the best in the Med!




Star Clippers was featured in not one but two countdown lists of top cruise holidays by The Daily Telegraph. Jane Archer included Star Clippers eastern Mediterranean cruise to Momnevasia on the list of top 10 cruise holidays in Greece, and John Wilmott featured Star Flyer's western Mediterranean cruise to Menorca on his list of top 10 cruise holidays in Spain. Read on for excerpts from both stories!








This photo of Minorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor



Star Clippers cruise to Menorca
by John Wilmott







Tall-ship cruising is a rare chance to cruise, wind permitting, under sail. Star Clippers’ ship, Star Flyer, has 16 sails on four lofty masts and plenty of nimble-footed crew to handle the ropes. Designed to replicate a tea clipper the ship is a majestic sight when in full flow and has copious creature comforts including comfy cabins (some with balcony), a small pool, bar, library and plush dining room, all for just 170 guests.



The itinerary is very Spain-intensive, beginning in Barcelona and calling at Menorca (quite a rarity), Majorca, Cartagena, Motril – the closest port to Granada and its Alhambra – chic Puerto Banus and Málaga.



[caption id="attachment_16556" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Star Clippers cruise includes a visit the old square in Monemvasia. Photo courtesy of The Daily Telegraph.




Star Clippers cruise to Monemvasia
by Jane Archer







Known as the Gibraltar of the East, Monemvasia sits on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, connected by a causeway. The name comes from the Greek mone and emvasia, which means single entrance. When you enter through the fortress gate you’ll see it’s the perfect moniker. The town one was sizeable; today just a few hundred people live in the beautifully-restored houses crowded around narrow streets and placas filled with tavernas and cafés. Star Clippers brings you here under sail on the last day of a cruise around the Greek Islands that also visits Patmos, said to be where John received a vision from Jesus, and Amorgos, where the dazzling white monastery of Hozoviotissis is the main attraction.



Which holiday would you prefer, the Eastern Mediterranean or the Western Mediterranean? Let us know in the comments!
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Port Spotlight: Barcelona, Spain

[caption id="attachment_16503" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper taken off the coast of Barcelona on a dark, stormy night. A beautiful chance shot by Carlos Castillejo.




Barcelona has a distinct quality that separates itself from the rest of Spain. Besides the chatter of Catalán (the city’s native language) that you’ll hear instead of Spanish, Barcelona boasts architectural sights unlike anywhere else in the world.







There’s no way you can roam Barcelona for long without coming across La Sagrada Familia, a massive but incomplete Roman Catholic church designed by the late Antoni Gaudí. Described by Paul Goldberger as "The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages,” La Sagrada Familia is perhaps one of the world’s most spectacular churches.



In true Gaudí fashion, the church’s exterior has a system of angled columns and complex geometries with finely crafted adornments depicting the life of Jesus Christ. Equally stunning is its interior. Filled with bright colors reflecting off ornate stained-glass windows, you will be in awe of just how small you feel relative to the sanctuary.



La Rambla is another must-see while in Barcelona, a mile-long bustling street capturing the essence of Barcelonan culture.



Lined with restaurants and little shops, you’re most likely to experience a favorite memory at the Boqueria Market right off of La Rambla.



Once inside, you are surrounded by stands of brightly colored fruit juices and affordable fruits among palatable meats and cheeses.

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Cruise Diary: Crossing the Atlantic aboard a sailing ship, the Star Flyer

The following story is from Dave G. Houser's feature in All Things Cruise.


[caption id="attachment_16269" align="aligncenter" width="550"] View of Malaga from Gilbafaro Castle, Malaga, Spain.




Crossing the Atlantic on a sailing ship had been on my bucket list for many years – inspired largely by a couple of voyages I made with Star Clipper vessels Star Flyer and Royal Clipper in 1991 and 1995 respectively. When the opportunity came about to join Star Flyer on a 22-day transatlantic crossing from Malaga, Spain to Bridgetown, Barbados in October, I jumped at the chance.



To sail before the mast, following the trade winds along the same route taken by Columbus and other early explorers venturing from Europe to the New World, seemed to me a romantic and venturesome undertaking – a travel experience well beyond the ordinary.







It was my original plan to author a daily blog during the voyage, but after discovering that internet service onboard Star Flyer during such crossings is very slow, often unreliable and quite expensive (at about $8 an hour), I opted to post this report upon my return home.



Mercado de Atarazanas, Malaga, Spain.
Having never visited Malaga, in the heart of Spain’s fabled Costa del Sol, I booked a three-day stay in the city prior to my October 18 sailing. This proved to be a good decision and I heartily recommend such a pre-cruise visit to any of you who might join future fall crossings of the Star Clipper fleet. All three of the company’s vessels, Star Flyer, Star Clipper and Royal Clipper, routinely make the transatlantic crossing from the Mediterranean each October/November to reposition for the winter sailing season in the Caribbean. Here are some of my impressions and observations of the historic port city of Malaga:



[caption id="attachment_16271" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Marble-paved Calle de Marques Larios is Malaga's main shopping street, Malaga, Spain.




Malaga, like many Spanish cities, bears witness to a long and storied past. Founded by the Phoenicians more than 3,000 years ago, it was next colonized by the Carthaginians, the Romans, Visgoths and then by the Moors who held it for more than eight centuries. Finally Malaga came under Christian rule following the Reconquest in 1492. Aside from some damage and casualties suffered during the civil war of the 1930s, the city has subsequently enjoyed relative peace and prosperity.



Monuments to the Roman and Moorish times are to be seen around the city, including most visibly the Moorish Gilbafaro Castle and Alcazaba Fortress, and a well-preserved Roman Theater.



Built in the 14th century over the ruins of a Phoenician lighthouse, Gilbafaro Castle proved a good place to begin my visit as it affords a magnificent view of the city and harbor, and a good look too at Plaza de Toros de la Malgueta, the region’s top bull ring. Just below the castle sits the Alcazaba, built between the 8th and 11th centuries as the palace fortress of the Muslim governors.



I enjoyed meandering through the Alcazaba’s network of courtyards interspersed with tile and marble pools and fountains. It’s a relaxing setting, dappled in the shade of orange trees and draped with bougainvillea. A small museum houses a display of ceramics from the Muslim period and scattered all about the place are marble columns and other relics from the Roman times.



Situated at the foot of the Alcazaba, the Roman Theater rounds out Malaga’s most important archaeological collection. It was built in the 1st century BC during the reign of Augustus I and was used through the 3rd century AD. I paused to sit among the arching tiers of ancient stone – just to let my imagination wander for a moment.



[caption id="attachment_16273" align="alignright" width="245"] Malaga Cathedral, Malaga, Spain.
Malaga’s Cathedral draws a lot of attention, mainly due to a quirk in its construction. Building began in the 16th century but work was halted due to a lack of funds in 1782, leaving the south tower unfinished. This led residents to give it the nickname “One-Armed Lady.” It is nonetheless an impressive structure.



Iglesia de Santiago, built in the 15th century in Moorish-Gothic style, is another of Malaga’s most important and beloved churches. It is an aesthetic masterpiece, brimming with artistry. Malaga-born artist Pablo Picasso was christened therein and the church is home as well to some of the leading cofradias (brotherhoods) who lead the city’s huge Holy Week parade. The cofradias’ gleaming silver-plated parade floats are on display there.



Without question, Picasso is Malaga’s most famous native son – and I made it a point to visit both his birthplace and an extraordinary museum dedicated to his life and work.



Casa Natal, the house where Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in 1881, occupies a corner overlooking Plaza de la Merced and now serves as a museum housing a collection of his original works, along with books, documents and personal possessions of the painter and his family.



Just a few steps away is Museo Picasso Malaga, which opened to great fanfare in 2003 in the beautifully restored Palacio de Buenavista, a 16th century Renaissance-style palace. Brilliantly exhibited there in 12 galleries are more than 200 works – paintings, sketches, sculptures and ceramics – by Picasso, who is often described as the most influential artist of the 20th century. For me, Museo Picasso was the highlight of my stay in Malaga.



[caption id="attachment_16270" align="alignleft" width="245"] Mercado de Atarazanas, Malaga, Spain.
Another of the city’s attractions I found fascinating was Mercado de Atarazanas, a bustling market lined with stalls spilling over with local produce, meat, fish and baked goods. Housed in an iron structure typical of French markets of the 19th century, this one incorporates the original Puerta de Atarazanas, the exquisitely crafted 14th century Moorish gate that once connected the city with the port. A large stained glass window composed of scenes depicting Malaga’s history adds color and charm to the old marketplace.



My evenings in Malaga were spent dining al fresco on tapas and salad at whatever sidewalk café struck my fancy around Plaza de la Constitucion or along the busy and festive marble-paved shopping and entertainment thoroughfare Calle de Marques Larios.



On my final night I dined once again on those tasty, traditional tapas – but this evening accompanied by a rousing flamenco performance at Kelipe. This cultural center and dinner theater features a troupe of professional singers and dancers who really put their hearts into the soulful music and dance of Andalusia. The theater is situated on Calle Alamos, which, like most of Malaga’s major sites and attractions was just a short walk from my hotel, the comfortable, reasonably priced Salles Hotel Malaga Centro.



I’ll say again that electing to arrive early and spend a few days in Malaga was a smart move – leaving me in a Mediterranean state of mind – relaxed and ready for my long Star Flyer voyage.






During his 34-year freelance career, Dave G. Houser has established himself as one of America’s most widely published travel journalists. More than 1,200 of his articles and tens of thousands of his photos have appeared in leading magazines, newspapers and online publications worldwide. He has received nearly 40 awards for his work, including three Lowell Thomas Awards. Dave has journeyed to 150 countries and is an avid cruiser, having experienced more than 40 voyages, most of them small-ship expeditions. He resides in St. Augustine, Florida.



To view the original story on All Things Cruise click here.
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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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Port Spotlight: Ibiza, Balearic Islands

Nestled away in the western Mediterranean off the coast of Spain is a group of islands so mesmerizing and enchanting that we’ve devoted an entire itinerary to showcase their allure. Each with its own distinct personality, the four Balearic Islands are as diverse as they are similar. Here we take a look at Ibiza.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



As far as personalities go, Ibiza is the wild-child of the Balearic Islands as the party capital of the Balearic Islands! That's not to say the island is all party and no substance -- Ibiza is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Phoenician architecture, protected wildlife, plentiful coral reefs and a fortified acropolis all make Ibiza a location that is to be protected and preserved. You can spend the day relaxing by the crystal waters and watching the motorboats and yachts cruise by, exploring the ancient architecture, or enjoying the natural wonders of this gorgeous island.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Ibiza is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



What would you most like to see at Ibiza? The beaches, the architecture or the parties? Let us know in the comments below!
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Port Spotlight: Formentera in the Balearics

Nestled away in the western Mediterranean off the coast of Spain is a group of islands so mesmerizing and enchanting that we’ve devoted an entire itinerary to showcase their allure. Each with its own distinct personality, the four Balearic Islands are as diverse as they are similar. Here we take a look at Formentera, the smallest island of the Balearics and Star Flyer's first call on this special itinerary.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



Star Flyer will call at Sabina, Formentera, in the Balearic Islands beginning June 6, 2014. The smallest of the archipelago, Formentera is characterized by its emphasis on ecology and eco-tourism. 20 km of pristine beaches line the coast giving way to transparent waters. It's no wonder the small island has been likened to a Caribbean retreat.





A popular yachting destination, Formentera is only accessible by boat, lending it an air of exclusivity. One might even call it the best kept secret in the Med. Unlike sister island, Ibiza, Formentera is not known for its nightlife presence. Water sports provide the high-energy entertainment here. The crystal waters and nearby coves are dotted with fit vacationers kayaking, biking and paddleboarding.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



The sea is visible from nearly any point on the island, with a surface area of just 90 square kilometers. All around the island you can find "lonely bays" and beautiful beaches -- many with incredible grottos.



The average summertime temperatures range from 70° lows at night to 78° highs during the day with little rainfall, so guests can expect to look forward to a beautiful day at the beach when visiting Formentera.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



Stay tuned for more information on the ports of Star Flyer's Spain & Balearic Islands itinerary.



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Port Spotlight: Palma de Mallorca in the Balearics

Nestled away in the western Mediterranean off the coast of Spain is a group of islands so mesmerizing and enchanting that we’ve devoted an entire itinerary to showcase their allure. Each with its own distinct personality, the four Balearic Islands are as diverse as they are similar. Here we take a look at Palma de Mallorca, Star Flyer's homeport during this special itinerary.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



The commerical and cultural center of Mallorca, Palma has a little bit of everything. Gorgeous coastlines, fresh seafood, a vibrant nightlife and rich history characterize this fabulous city. The origins can be traced back to Roman times and residents of the old quarter continue to report findings of ancient Roman artifacts. Today guests will find a landscape of coves, beaches and cliffs on the coastline and Spanish architecture with Northern African influences peeking through.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



Historically, Palma was the seat of the island's monarchy, aristocracy and ecclesiastical hierarchy – which is why there is an abundance of churches, convents and palacios. Highlights of a visit include the Mallorca Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, the Lonja fish market and Plaza Mayor.



El Paseo de Born is a tree-lined lane that has been called the town's "social axis." Expect to find posh eateries, art galleries and boutiques.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



The Soller Railway is an iconic image of the city and a popular way to see the island of Mallorca. Likened to a time machine for its turn of the century charm, the train runs 27 km from Palma to the town of Soller along fabulous landscapes. This railway was built in 1912 and has completely retained its yesteryear charm.



Further inland the island opens up to rugged mountains, and groves of olives and almonds. The scenery is diverse and spectacular.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



For more information on Star Flyer's sailing to Spain and the Balearic Islands, summer, 2014, click here.



In the meantime, stay tuned for information on more of these fabulous Balearic ports.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



We're looking forward to this gorgeous itinerary in summer 2014. If you join please let us know what you think! Send your photos, stories and insights to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter!
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Sailing the Med on a Clipper

The following is an excerpt from Preferred Magazine. For the full article visit the website or, if you live in Canada, look for the next issue on your local newstand.



By Bart Card



All my working life I have traveled; first while working in the hotel industry and more recently as a travel writer. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to include my children on my trips. Each of them has joined me individually, some more than once. In more recent years however, the children have all grown. I manage an annual trip with my wife but she has never travelled with the children separately. This year both she and our only daughter passed milestone birthdays and decided that it was time that they took a vacation together, on their own.



Collectively, we started planning the Thirty/Sixty trip earlier this year. First they had to decide what kind of vacation they would enjoy most. Both appreciate historical sites, reading, the sea and a more intimate setting. With those things in mind, we settled on a voyage that both my wife and I had enjoyed several years ago on one of the tall ships of the Star Clipper fleet. The following is their experience in their own words.







Told by Catherine Card



We arrived in Rome in the early morning via Toronto. Anyone who has been to Rome before knows that it is impossible to see the city in a single day, so we settled for a coffee and a tomato and mozzarella baguette at a local shop instead. Later that day, we boarded a coach and headed to the coast to catch our ship. My mother had been on the Royal Clipper a few years before and had absolutely loved the experience. I, on the other hand, had never been on a cruise, much less a tall ship in the Mediterranean. When we pulled up to the port, I was surprised by the size of the ship; it looked much smaller than I had envisioned. We boarded, found our room, and spent the evening exploring. I quickly discovered that there is a lot of hidden space on this magnificent vessel.



Built in 1992, and refurbished in 2011, the ship is intimate, with room for 170 passengers. Although seemingly small, the spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks provide ample space for relaxation or recreation. There is an indoor-outdoor Tropical Bar, Piano Bar, and an Edwardian-style library with a variety of books in a multitude of languages. Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships line the walls, while teak and gleaming mahogany rails add a feeling of nautical nostalgia to this incredible sea going experience. All cabins have marble-lined bathrooms with showers and include double or twin beds that can be converted to queen-size. On our first night aboard, we decided to head up to the deck for the sail away. The sails were breathtaking. Having travelled for the better part of two days, we called it an early night so that we could enjoy our first port, Portoferraio.



Portoferraio is the largest city on the island of Elba, Italy; a small Tuscan island boasting 145 km of Mediterranean coastline. For those traveling on foot, the waterfront with its elegant shops and the town-square with its old churches and terraced streets are a great way to spend the day. The most popular excursions include Napoleon’s country home in San Martino, the port town of Porto Azzurro, the fishing village at Marciana Marina, and the pebble beaches. We opted to wander through the town and take in the sights. Portoferraio is all that you would imagine a quintessential Italian town to be.






Back on board, we got ready for dinner and headed to the dining room. Even though we had dinner aboard the night before, we were far too weary from travelling to fully appreciate all that the Star Clipper had to offer. Dinner on the Star Clipper is an adventure in itself. The elegant dining room is accentuated by the chef’s finest culinary creations designed to please the eye and the palate, and is complimented by a selection of exceptional wines. Dinner is a seven-course masterpiece that never gets boring. Each night you can choose to dine with guests who you have inevitably already met, or you can choose to be daring and meet new people. Either way, the conversation always flows and the laughter never stops.



The next morning we were up early and ready to go. Next stop, Porto Vecchio on the island of Corsica, France. According to legend, the ancient Greeks named Corsica ‘The Island of Beauty’, because of its rugged coastline of jagged peaks and its scented vegetation of eucalyptus, honeysuckle, lavender and wild mint. The island certainly lives up to its name. Porto Vecchio, the walled southeastern town, is lined with medieval streets. Visitors to French Corsica enjoy the beautiful beaches and the Golfe de Porto Vecchio. It’s warm, sandy shores rest before the island’s only cork forest.



When planning this trip, there were two ports that I wanted to experience. The first was Monte Carlo, Monaco and the second was St. Tropez, France. As with most things in life, neither destination was what I had expected. Monte Carlo is an amazing city. A favorite destination for the rich and famous, Monte Carlo is a great place to people watch. The streets are lined with elegant boutiques and cafes, and the choice tours include the casino, the posh Hotel de Paris, the Oceanographic Museum, and the cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier are entombed. We opted for a hop-on hop-off bus that allows tourists to see the city in one day and choose where they want to stop. We visited the gardens, had a coffee and photo opportunity at the casino and Café de Paris, and took a walk and shopping stop in the old town. All in all, Monte Carlo was a pleasant visit.






Our next port was the city of Calvi, on the island of Corsica in France. Calvi sits on the northwestern tip of the island of Corsica. Above the town’s marina is the Citadelle, and below the Citadelle extends the elegant Quai Landry, lined with restaurants and cafes. Having seen a few small port towns, we decided to take a tour of some neighbouring citadels instead of remaining in Calvi. Well worth the ride, the countryside of Corsia is lined with olive trees, cork and small villages. When travelling, both my mother and I like to purchase local goods, specifically kitchen or household items and foods. Corsica is a dream for anyone looking to bring home local olive oil, honey, salt, wine or cork. After a day on the island our bags were full of local treasures.



Nearing the end of our trip, the second last stop on our journey was Palamos, Spain. Palamos is located at the foot of the coastal mountains in the heart of Spain’s Costa Brava region. The area’s seven beaches have shorelines that range from rocky to smooth and sandy. Interesting archaeological sites include the Iberian settlement at Castell beach, the Iberian archaeological ruins dating to 6 B.C., and the medieval castle of Saint Esteve at La Fosca beach. The 16th-century church of Santa Eugenia Villarroma is located in the town center. I was desperate to swim in the Mediterranean, and since our trip was coming to an end, it was looking like Palamos would be my last chance. Lucky for me, the port is located directly adjacent to a beautiful stretch of beach. The water was a little cold, but we both braved it and took the plunge. Afterward, we rewarded ourselves by sampling some of the regions famous prawns. We were not disappointed.



Our Thirty/Sixty trip was a fantastic way to spend a milestone mother-daughter year. For anyone who enjoys being on the sea, reading, fine dining and exploring foreign cultures, the Star Clipper cruises are ideal. Not only do they offer an exciting and ever changing itinerary of ports, but the crew are amazing and truly make you feel right at home. Each night there is entertainment put on by the cruise director and piano music with a live in musician. Back home and reminiscing on our incredible adventure, only one question remains: how can we top this for our Thirty-Five/Sixty-Five trip?
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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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'Relax at Sea' as Star Clipper Sails By

Here's another snapshot of Star Clipper from Jose Maria Santos-Rein Galera taken from his personal boat. He titled the photo "Relax at Sea", and if his bare feet are any indication, it was a relaxing day off the coast of Spain.






Thanks again for sharing, Jose!
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Star Clipper Up Close at Marbella

Thank you to Facebook fan Jose Maria Santos-Rein Galera who was enjoying a day at sea on his personal boat Nov. 1 and snapped these shots of Star Clipper at Puerto Jose Banús marina.






Puerto Jose Banús marina, better known as Puerto Banús, is located in Nueva Andalusia in the heart of Spain's Costa del Sol. A short distance west of Marbella, Jose Banús developed his namesake port in 1970 and was careful to maintain the integrity and seaside charm of the region while creating a modern and luxurious destination. The opening was attended by celebrities and royals, including Prince Rainier and Grace of Monaco. Today the port is a upscale vacation spot popular around Europe, and particularly British and German tourists.












Guests enjoyed the port for the day before sailing away in the early evening for the Malaga, Spain, followed by Tangier, Morocco.



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Visiting La Coruña, Spain

Cruise journalist and blogger Peter Knego continues his Star Flyer adventure with a second day in the Bay of Biscay and a port call at La Coruña, Spain. Enjoy!


Our second day in the Bay of Biscay began rather calmly, although the view from our porthole was looking a little tempestuous, with white caps hovering at the end of dark blue troughs. Somehow, the little Star Flyer was holding her own, albeit with a pronounced starboard list due to the wind in her sails.



Biscay Binnacle.





There was no sight of land ahead but we were only some 58 nautical miles away from our next port of call, La Coruña. As if to confirm that, an exhausted dove hitched a ride on the foredeck, doing her best to blend in with the myriad of ropes and capstans.



Dove in distress.





To read the full article at Maritime Matters, click HERE.





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