WATCHING WILDLIFE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA BY ANDY LOVERING

Watching wildlife while sailing in Southeast Asia. It's 6 am on a balmy morning and I am standing on the teak sun deck of the Star Clipper, watching a deep red sunrise over the Andaman sea. The ship left Phuket harbour last night and, this morning, the air is warm with enough breeze to eliminate humidity yet fill the sails. Early mornings are alway...
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Postcard from Sicily

[caption id="attachment_16889" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo of Star Clipper shared on Instagram by user @gerpongo.




This fabulous photo of Star Clipper was shared on Instagram by user gerpongo. Here the four-masted tall ship is at port at Porto Ortigina, Syracuse, Sicily.
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Top Travel & Adventure Books

[caption id="attachment_16884" align="aligncenter" width="550"] What's your favorite travel book?




Sailing is a great adventure, but so is reading! In between Star Clippers outings enjoy a fabulous tale of travel to take you away. In honor of World Book Day here's a list (in no particular order) of some favorite travel and adventure books to spark your wanderlust!







Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck



The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux



On the Road, by Jack Kerouac







A Ship of War, by Seth Hunter (submitted by guest Jamie Hartshorn)



Wild, by Cheryl Strayed



The Motorcycle Diaries, by Ernesto Che Guevara



Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walker



Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert



The Master and Commander Series (submitted by guest Anita Brew)



Shadow of the Silk Road, by Colin Thubron



Do you have a favorite you'd like to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!
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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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Star Clipper to Feature Michelin Chefs and Culinary Experts in 2015

[caption id="attachment_16851" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clipper will feature fabulous chefs for summer 2015.




Star Clippers is excited to feature an outstanding line up of guest chefs and lecturers on culinary-themed journeys in 2015. Whether you consider yourself a foodie or you're just hungry, you're sure to learn a lot from these fabulous professionals. Join chefs from top Michelin Starred Restaurants and Expert Sommeliers on select Star Clippers cruises.










Star Clipper will be host to Michelin Star Chefs Markus Semmler of Das Restaurant, Berlin, Germany; Jens Kirchenwitz of Le Jeton Restaurant, Bad Kissingen, Germany; and Christian Loisl of Junge Wilde. In the beverage arena guests inclule Sommelier Brice Faluelle and Mixologist Uwe Chistiansens.



These culinary-centered cruises will take place in July and August on the 170 passenger ship and cover the eastern Mediterranean including Southern Cyclades, Yachtsman's Paradise, and Northern Cylcades itineraries. For more information click here.



Stay tuned for more info next week on Royal Clipper's culinary cruises!



What culinary cruise do you want to sail on? Let us know in the comments!
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Cruise Critic Names Star Clippers Among the Best Small Ship Cruise Lines

In an article for Cruise Critic travel writer Elissa Garay named Star Clippers among the best small ship cruise lines in the business! Read on for an excerpt or click here to read the whole story.





If you long for the open ocean but bristle at the thought of all-night discos, thousand-seat dining rooms or congested Caribbean ports-turned-duty-free-shopping-malls, know this: not all cruise ships are vast, floating resorts. A burgeoning industry niche revolves around small vessels -- a wide-ranging group that includes yachts, rugged expedition ships, riverboats and classic sailing schooners -- where passenger counts top out at closer to 300, rather than 3,000.







For the tall-ship enthusiast, there's nothing quite like sailing under a starry or sunny sky, powered by the bluster of ocean winds. If you want to float along with the wind while exploring less-traveled ports in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, Star Clippers is tough to beat. The fleet's three vessels -- flagship 227-passenger Royal Clipper and 170-passenger twins Star Clipper and Star Flyer -- are some of the fastest clipper ships ever built. Feel the sails catch the breeze, help with the raising and trimming or morph into a spider and climb high in the rigging.



Onboard, passengers don't adhere to rigid timetables as they might on more conventional cruise ships, and the evening dress code is always elegantly casual (with the exception of themed evenings, like Pirate Night). Water sports are also a major component of each tall ship sailing cruise, with complimentary snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and other sea-based activities offered directly from the ship.
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Sail of the Century

The Australian recently published this piece by Maggy Oehlbeck in a roundup of sailing opportunities entitled "Sail away to adventure of your dreams." Read on for an excerpt or check out the whole story here.


[caption id="attachment_16800" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A yoga class on deck for all ages and skill levels.




We cluster on Royal Clipper’s deck, casting lingering looks over Venice’s profile as we glide along the Giudecca then cross the lagoon, Adriatic bound.



Astride the helm, the captain signals and 42 sails unfurl . Given fair winds, our odyssey will take us to Croatia, Corfu, Sicily, Capri, Ponza then Rome. Royal Clipper, the brainchild of Star Clipper founder Mikael Krafft, is the first five-masted, fully rigged sailing ship built since Germany’s Preussen in 1902.







It is poetry to watch the sailors nimbly shimmying up 60m masts to perform the masterful skills of tall-ship sailing. Below decks, cruise-ship features include 114 cabins, a two-tiered dining room, piano lounge and library. Polished wood, brass and nautical paintings create a clubby ambience. Facilities include three swimming pools and a marina platform. It’s best suited for 35 to 65-year-olds who adore the thrill of sea and sail on a fantastic tall ship.



Have you had the adventure of your dreams with Star Clippers? Tell us about it in the comments!
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Postcard from Jost Van Dyke

Thanks to travel photographer Diane Persephone for sharing this fabulous photo of Star Clipper on Instagram.


[caption id="attachment_16792" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clipper at Jost Van Dyke by Diane Persephone.








"Tall Ships!...just too hard to resist! Spotted while high above Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I. #starclippers." - @diane_persephone



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Guests Look Forward to the Next Star Clippers Cruise

[caption id="attachment_16733" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clippers guests and crew are always looking forward to the next destination! Photo by Richard A. Auchter.




Michael Palin, the British comedian and writer best known for Monty Python once wrote, "Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life."



It seems the same goes for Star Clippers cruises. A great majority of Star Clippers guests are return passengers, whether returning to their ship of choice or cruising all three tall ships in the fleet. The environment is congenial and a cruise under sail is a unique vacation. We asked fans on Facebook to let us know how many Star Clippers cruises they've been on. Responses ranged, with some guests saying they've been on one and are gearing up for the next, to some truly dedicated sailors -- up to 30 sailings!







Twice is Nice!


In the informal poll 26 percent of guests said they had sailed on Star Clippers twice, with many saying that they couldn't wait to board again. Diane Siegrist, Barabara Pinter, and Melissa Zamora were among guests who said they've been twice and have more trips planned already!







Barbara Pinter: Two times, first Amalfi, second crossing, third will be in September - Venice.



Third Time's a Charm


18 percent of guests had three knots in their rope. Susanne Dixon Bywater said she's sailed once on each ship! Deborah Castillo just completed her third sailing, and Sally Raphael sailed three times and vowed to return soon!



[caption id="attachment_16732" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clipper in the Caribbean. Photo by Birgit Sieliger.




[caption id="attachment_16734" align="alignright" width="225"] Love for Star Clippers is permanent! André M. Piquet shared this photo of his Star Clippers tattoo!


Four is more -- Five's Arrive


Of guests polled 24 percent have sailed with Star Clippers four or five times. That's commitment!







Kathy Mock: 4 times, and loved every minute of them. Can't wait for the next one.



Janet Blair: 5 times. 3 on the Caribbean aboard the Royal and twice on the Star sailing the Eastern Mediterranean. Looking forward to next February when we sail again on the Royal. I think we are addicted!!!!



Super Sailors


Some guests sail once and can't get enough! Alice Renier has sailed Star Clippers 12 times, and Christine Koeppe Wickliff has sailed 22 times, covering all three ships! Andre M. Piquet adds another knot to the perimeter of his Star Clippers tattoo each time he sails -- no that's dedication. Anita Brew has been on 15 sailings, but said that April and May bring Star Clippers cruises 16 and 17!









AnnMarie Godwin: April will be my 30th time sailing on the clippers. I started in 2001.
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Port Spotlight: Basseterre, St. Kitts

[caption id="attachment_16769" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo shared on Instagram by @cpt_ross.




Originally called the “fertile isle” by the Carib Indians, St. Kitts (officially named St. Christopher) still fits the description. A mountainous island of volcanic origin its slopes rise up to almost 4000 feet, providing an ideal climate for abundant vegetation and one of the Caribbean’s largest rain forests. St. Kitts also has the distinction of being one of the only islands the French and British ever shared. This lasted only long enough to ward off the Caribs and the Spanish before they turned on each other. Possession of the island changed several times between the two before the British took final sovereignty with the Treaty of Versailles.



[caption id="attachment_16770" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. Shared on Instagram by @cpt_ross.




The British also used St. Kitts as a mother colony of sorts, sending parties out to other nearby islands to begin colonization. In many ways, St. Kitts has changed little since those days. It has never developed into a tourist mecca as some of its neighbours have, and sugar is still its primary source of income just as it was in the 17th century. St. Kitts gained independence in 1967 with its sister island of Nevis, just 2 miles off the southern coast; and has since been striving for controlled development in an effort to maintain its original attributes. Today the island still remains quiet in comparison to other Caribbean nations, but St. Kitts and Nevis are beginning to gain recognition for exactly that reason. They are very much alive with their own unique characteristics, serene atmosphere, beautiful unspoiled scenery and palm-lined beaches.



[caption id="attachment_16771" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Views from St. Kitts. Shared on Instagram by @cpt_ross.




Star Clippers' "Essential St. Kitts Tour" could very well be the Caribbean’s most memorable island tour. It includes Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, Romney Gardens, Caribelle Batik Studio and an interesting drive through Basseterre. Brimstone Hill Fortress is perched on a 40 acre hilltop, 780 ft above sea level. For three hundred years it has borne witness to innumerable sea battles between the British and the French, more than at any other place in the two nation’s naval history. The first cannons were mounted on Brimstone Hill in 1690 as the English and French fought for control of the island. The next 200 years saw the intermittent construction of an amazing work of architectural and engineering genius.



This magnificent structure is the second largest of its type in the entire western hemisphere and one of the best preserved. Its spectacular panoramic views include coastline, country side and five neighbouring islands. The Brimstone Hill Fortress, also known as The Gibraltar of the West Indies, is of world heritage value and is a recommended must-see for all visitors to St. Kitts. No visit to St. Kitts is complete without a visit to Romney Gardens and Caribelle Batik Studios. This 10-acre garden setting is quite simply stunning. It is at this glorious location that local artists produce the fabric and apparel for which Caribelle Batik has become widely acclaimed. The garden setting and picturesque experience is a photographer’s dream and will be remembered by visitors for years to come. You will also get to drive through beautiful Basseterre. This historic Capital City is a perfect example of an original Caribbean town. Observe the traditional French architecture and Victorian structures. Old churches, West Indian cottages and a former slave market are also included in this interesting driving tour of Basseterre.



Visit St. Kitts on Royal Clipper's Windward Islands and Star Clipper's Treasure Islands itineraries!



Have you sailed to St. Kitts? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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Sunsets Through the Lines

[caption id="attachment_16764" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The bowsprit net is an amazing place to watch the sun set.




Mediterranean and Caribbean landscapes might be different, but one there is one constant between the two destinations: Star Clippers and gorgeous sunsets go hand in hand. There's something so magical about watching the sun sink into the horizon through the frame of the line or crosshatch of the bowsprit net. It's no wonder guests are constantly sharing their favorite Star Clippers sunset photos. Here's a roundup of some recent "greats."



[caption id="attachment_16762" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Sunset in the Med. Photo by Kathi King.




[caption id="attachment_16753" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Sunset photo shared on Instagram by @burlesque1989.




[caption id="attachment_16761" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A gorgeous scene through the lines. Photo by Kathi King.






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Postcards from the Caribbean: Shared by Sailors

[caption id="attachment_16751" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Pitons of St. Lucia. Shared on Instagram by @burlesque1989.




As Star Clippers sail throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean guests and crew alike share photos of their experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It's hard to say which are more photogenic -- the ships or destinations! We'll call it a tie. Here's a roundup of some fabulous recent social media posts from the Caribbean.






[caption id="attachment_16746" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Looking out on Star Clipper from Royal Clipper. Shared on Instagram by @burlesque1989.




[caption id="attachment_16754" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Regal Royal Clipper. Shared on Instagram by @natnhouston.




[caption id="attachment_16752" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A view of the beautiful blue waters as Royal Clipper sails into Antigua. Shared on Instagram by @burlesque1989.
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A Guide to Dining on Star Clippers

[caption id="attachment_16693" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper's dining room by Holger Leue.




Guests new to Star Clippers might not be exactly sure of what to expect as far as dining goes on a tall ship cruise. Unlike many mega cruise ships, Star Clippers ships have one dining room but that's not to say they're short on options! Star Clippers guests are treated to a variety of choices onboard, from a fresh and casual breakfast to lobster entrees prepared by culinary experts.



Breakfast is served from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with an early bird option in the Piano Bar, made-to-order omelets in the Main Dining Room and buffets full of fresh fruits and pastries. At noon the lunch buffet rolls out in the main dining room with a different thematic option each day. For instance, if you're traveling near Italy the theme might be Italian, with different prosciutto options, cheeses, and pastas and perhaps a caprese salad. There are always fruit and vegetable options available.







[caption id="attachment_16694" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Italian buffet lunch in Atrium dining room aboard sailing cruise ship Royal Clipper. Mediterranean, near Italy. © Holger Leue / www.leue-photo.com




A highlight of Star Clippers' food and beverage program for many guests is cocktail hour at The Tropical Bar. With a wide open-air portion of the deck and views of the sea all around, The Tropical Bar is the social hub of Star Clippers. Guests congregate there to share a cocktail and wind down after a day of exploration or mast climbing. Cheerful servers and live music add to the ambience, and many could say that The Tropical Bar is the reason guests of Star Clippers get to know one another so well.



[caption id="attachment_16697" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Tropical Bar is the social hub of Star Clippers thanks to congenial guests and cheerful servers like Manolito (pictured in a photo by Holger Leue / www.leue-photo.com).




Dinner begins at 7:30 with open seating available until 10 p.m. Menus are available in English, French and German. Dinner is sit-down, and the tables are formally set, however the dress code is casually elegant. Ladies typically wear sundresses or blouses, gentlemen lean towards golf shirts and pants. A selection of appetizers and entrees and wines are available.



[caption id="attachment_16701" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Star Clippers dining experience is elegant and casual.




When you sit down to dinner don't forget to save room for dessert! Popular options include creme brûlée, warm bread pudding and flan. Sometimes the servers even put on a song and dance!



If you've got a late night appetite don't worry! After dinner Star Clippers serves a midnight snack in the Piano Bar from 11:45 until 1 a.m., and guests often enjoy treats, cocktails and tunes.



[caption id="attachment_16703" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Have you got a sweet tooth? Don't forget to save room for dessert on Star Clippers!




In addition to Star Clippers regular food and beverage programming, from time to time guest chefs and sommeliers join a cruise to prepare special menus, and (weather permitting) guests are treated to beach barbecues or beach-themed barbecues at The Tropical Bar. Follow Star Clippers on Facebook and Twitter to stay current on guest chef information.



Are you preparing for a Star Clippers sailing? Let us know if you have any questions about dining below!
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Med Season is Just Around the Corner

[caption id="attachment_16675" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Tired of the cold? Just picture a long summer day at Dubrovnik!




This time of year anyone who lives in the northern hemisphere is likely tired of the frigid winter temps. Worry not chilly friends! Star Clippers' Mediterranean season is just around the corner! Days are getting longer and before you know it spring will be here.



Come April Royal Clipper and Star Clipper will be sailing the western Med while Star Clipper heads east to the Aegean Sea.







Spring not coming soon enough? It's not too late to head to the Caribbean!



Are you ready for the Med? Let us know in the comments!
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Cruise Review: Four Stars for Star Clipper!

A Star Clippers guest shared this fabulous review on Cruise Critic. Whether you've sailed with Star Clippers in the past, or are planning a future vacation, it's nice to hear about the experiences of others. Read on!





The finest sailing vacation ever, the Star Clipper cruise from Athens to the Greek Islands and several ports in Turkey afforded fabulous food, rest and sightseeing plus water sports and historical/cultural backgrounds during on-ship talks. My husband and I shared a cabin on deck 3 - more than roomy and well cared after by housekeeping staff. 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.







Most passengers are retired or nearing retirement age with adult children. Some brought their 10 to 18-year-old children who seemed to enjoy themselves, but there are no special programs for kids, just fun sailing that kids enjoy, too.



If you tend toward sea sickness (as I do) over-the-counter tablets taken daily and those elastic wrist-bands that promise relief can counter any queasiness.



Don't let another day go by without checking out the trip offerings from this wonderful 3-sailing-ship company. You will never forget Star Clipper cruises and hope to book another soon.



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Top 10 Sailing Superstitions in Honor of Friday the 13th

[caption id="attachment_16648" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Red sky at night, sailor's delight, red sky in the morning, sailor's warning!"




Star Clippers evokes the golden age of sailing, a time hundreds of years ago when the seas teemed with tall ships and clippers traveled the seven seas carrying cargo along trade routes. Sailors developed some pretty interesting superstitions in that time, with some even dating back to the ancient days of sailing. In honor of Friday the 13th -- and in no particular order -- here are some of the top 13 sailing superstitions of yesteryear!



1. Red sky at night, sailor's delight ...


The old adage goes, "Red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky in the morning, sailor's warning!" In the old days weather deeply affected ships. There is some scientific backing to this saying regarding the presence of clouds and weather patterns, but that depends on the direction of the ship, of course! While not a hard-and-fast rule, many still take to the sea with this saying in mind.







2. Good Luck Ladies!


While conservative ladies were once considered bad luck as they distracted sailors from their duties, a topless woman was welcomed. Sailors believed a nude woman calmed the sea. This is why ships typically had a figure of a topless woman at the bow. Her breasts calm the sea and her open eyes guide the sailors safely. That tradition continues today!



[caption id="attachment_16644" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper's figurehead guides sailors safely with open eyes.




3. Bananas are bad luck!


Back when trade routes between Spain and the Caribbean were well-traveled, bananas almost always seemed to be onboard when disaster struck! It could be that sailors made hasty decisions trying to transport the bananas before they spoiled, or that deadly insects and spiders traveled along with the bananas. Whatever the case, some boaters still avoid bananas at sea!



4. Don't throw stones!


They say people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones -- the same goes for sailors! Sailors don't throw stones into the water, as it's seen as disrespectful to the sea and can stir up the waves.



5. Dolphins are a good omen ...


Have you ever sat in the bowsprit net and watched dolphins frolic along in the sea? There's no doubt that they bring joy to those who see them. Ancient sailors also took them as a sign of good luck, which probably had something to do with the fact that they were the first clear sign that land was near.



[caption id="attachment_16646" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Dolphins, like these seen swimming along with Star Clipper, are known as a good omen.




6. As are albatross!


The albatross is known as good luck, as a symbol of hope and -- like dolphins -- that land is near. Some sailors even believed that the albatross carried the well-wishing souls of sailors that had passed on. Conversely, however, a dead albatross is very bad luck. Samuel Taylor Coleridge chronicled the good and bad luck brought by the albatross in his epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.




At length did cross an Albatross,

Thorough the fog it came;

As if it had been a Christian soul,

We hailed it in God’s name.

It ate the food it ne’er had eat,

And round and round it flew.

The ice did split with a thunder-fit;

The helmsman steered us through!



‘God save thee, ancient Mariner!

From the fiends, that plague thee thus!--

Why look’st thou so?’--With my cross-bow

I shot the ALBATROSS.

And I had done an hellish thing,

And it would work ’em woe:

For all averred, I had killed the bird

That made the breeze to blow."



- Excerpt from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge






7. Keep that tune to yourself!


No matter what kind song you have in your head, don't dare to whistle if you're around a superstitious sailor! Whistling or singing into the wind is thought to "whistle up the wind," causing adverse weather conditions. If you do decide to whistle a bar, beware, clapping along was thought to incite thunder and really toss up the sea!



8. Don't look back!


Some say looking back as you set sail could bring on a shaky ride. Who wants to look back anyway as you're sailing into the horizon?



[caption id="attachment_16657" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Look forward to the next horizon -- not back -- as you depart!




9. Don't change the name of the ship.


It was thought to be very bad luck to change the name of a ship. Initially this was thought to anger the gods. As commerce became a big money business, a name change indicated change of ownership, and thieves would keep an eye out for these changes, as they could potentially mean the ship was full of booty.



10. Don't depart on a Friday.


Long-standing superstition says do not begin a voyage on a Friday! Friday the 13th is a particularly dicey day to the superstitious! Fearful guests need not worry, though, as Star Clippers typically begins voyages on Saturdays!



So, are these superstitions credible or kooky? You be the judge! Let us know what you think in the comments!
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The Star Clippers Experience in Five Words




Fine dining, friends, fabulous destinations! That's what we think of when we think of Star Clippers. We asked guests to describe their own Star Clippers experiences in five words. Here are the top ten answers!



Chris von Volborth: Nothing like cruising under sail!



Janet Rusin: Too many stars to count!







Jeanne C Latshaw: Best week of our lives!



André M. Piquet: Sail Drink Eat Play Repeat



Lynnie Hampson: Microcosm of all that's fun!



Susan McIntyre Bates: Can hardly wait for July!



Anita Brew: Utterly addicting. Made amazing friends.



Mimi Mary Skinner Auchter: Most amazing cruise experience ever!



Barbara Pinter: The dream of my life



Janet Covington: Best vacation of my life.



Bonus:



Klaus Franz: A few words can not explain the Star Clippers experience !!!!!!!!!! Sorry!



How would you describe the Star Clippers experience? Let us know in the comments!
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Family Fun on Star Clippers

[caption id="attachment_16627" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Fun in the sun and sailing -- Star Clippers is an adventure for all.




Star Clippers is a family company. The Krafft family owns and operates the fleet of record-holding tall ships, and encourages families to take to the sea, sharing their love of travel and sailing between generations.



One guest recently sailed Star Clippers with their children and grandchildren, and had a delightful time, saying,







"A wonderful family experience! This was our sixth Star Clipper cruise but the first that included our grown kids, their spouses and our grandchildren. Every minute of every day was wonderful. The kids had a great time. The crew went to great lengths to make sure the grandchildren had fun ... My eight-year-old granddaughter had the run of the ship; she reminded us of Eloise at the Plaza."







As the only modern-day tall ship fleet, Star Clippers offers an extraordinary vacation for the whole family. Parents and grandparents appreciate visiting the beautiful, cultural and historical ports of the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and children can let their imaginations run wild while cruising on an authentic sailing ship that looks like it’s from the pages of a bedtime story or the latest blockbuster film.










Onboard the ships, kids (and adults) can climb the mast in the safety of a harness for a panoramic view, plunge into a pool with portholes that peek into the dining room and participate in talent shows and pirate-themed parties. Kids and parents alike can kick back in the bowsprit netting and watch the sails billow overhead while looking out for a pod of porpoises. On shore, complimentary watersports like snorkeling and kayaking, and fun active tours keep everyone engaged.



While a Star Clippers sailing is relaxing, there are plenty of educational opportunities, including sailing lessons and historical tours where the whole family can learn about a port or region.



Have you sailed Star Clippers with kids? Let us know in the comments!
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