Camels & Chocolate Cruise the Med

Kristin Luna of the blog "Camels & Chocolate" recently sailed the Mediterranean on Royal Clipper with family and friends. After a great deal of planning, a trying flight and lost luggage debacle, the group set sail on a long-awaited voyage on Royal Clipper.


[caption id="attachment_15903" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The author and her sister (left) jump for joy in front of Royal Clipper.




Eventually, we were on the road—24 hours awake at this point—and our driver dropped us right off at the port. This time, we would be on the Royal Clipper, the largest of the fleet of three tall ships, which also includes the Star Clipper and the Star Flyer.



Having been on the Star Clipper (170 passengers max) before, I didn’t think that size mattered (sorry, had to), but I will admit that I liked being on a marginally larger vessel like the Royal Clipper, which holds 227 plus crew, as there were more decks and nooks and crannies in which to hide out.



When we arrived, the ship wasn’t ready for boarding yet, so we had moseyed on into the port town for sustenance (pizza, duh…when in Italy).



Well-fed—and OK, well-boozed up—we returned to the ship and were finally able to settle into our cabins, as all our previous travel woes seemed to melt away.



To read more about Kristin's experience click here.



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Favorite Place

Helen Heinel-Szesch and Albert Heinel are loyal Star Clippers guests. You may have seen some of the videos they've produced from numerous Star Clippers journeys. Of all the beautiful beaches and landscapes they've explored, Helen says she's most contented on the open sea.

[caption id="attachment_15945" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Here is a photo of me sitting at my favorite place in the world!" -- Helen Heinel




Helen and Albert have been sailing with Star Clippers for years -- even celebrating their honeymoon on Star Clipper in the Caribbean. They've shared some beautiful photos and videos through the years. If you have not seen them follow the links below!



[caption id="attachment_15946" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Helen relaxing with two other guests.




Video: Star Flyer in the Med


Video: From Athens to Venice


Video: Star Flyer Sails Southern France & Italy


Video: Scenes from a Star Clippers Sailing


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Travel Boulevard: Cruising for Non-Cruise Lovers

Nina of travelboulevard.be sailed the Leeward Islands on Star Clipper in Feb. 2014, and is confident that Star Clippers is a cruise for non-cruise lovers and cruise lovers alike. Below is an excerpt from her feature. For the whole story click here.


[caption id="attachment_15936" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Nina, travelboulevard.be.




Although I had been on a ‘typical’ cruise before there was nothing that could prepare me for the experience of cruising with the Star Clipper. Star Clippers is a smaller cruise liner operating with three tall ships: Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer. They are among the fastest and largest clipper ships ever built.



Cruising with these tall ships has nothing in common with classic cruises. During my days on the Star Clipper (cruising the Caribbean Leeward Island) my experience was that this was indeed a cruise that even non-cruiselovers would love.



[caption id="attachment_15935" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Nina, travelboulevard.be.




I once had the change to talk to Michael Krafft, the owner of the ships, and he told me he wanted to give his passengers the feeling as if they were sailing their private yacht: to be one with the ocean, the ship, the sails and fellow travelers. “Sailing brings people together”, he stated.



When I finally was cruising with Star Clippers myself, I understood what he meant. Star Clipper carries only 170 guests. You’ll never get lost in the crowd, there’s a relaxed atmosphere on board and the other passengers soon become more like friends instead of just fellow-cruisers. You really feel like this is your own private sailing ship, without having to pay a fortune (Star Clipper cruises are very affordable).



[caption id="attachment_15934" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Nina, travelboulevard.be.




Do you agree with Nina's assessment? Let us know in the comments below!



For more fabulous photos and commentary about Nina's experience click here.
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Facebook Fans Reflect: What Makes Star Clippers Special

If you've sailed with Star Clippers before chances are you quickly realized that this is a cruise line that's far from ordinary. Maybe that's the exact reason you found yourself booking a sailing with us. Whatever the case, fans recently shared the qualities that make a Star Clippers vacation truly unique.


[caption id="attachment_15913" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Maria Nygren: Sailing alongside a sister ship, I would say. Although Oscar Nygren, above, probably agrees that climbing the mast is an outstanding experience!




Gaby Hracek: Transatlantic Crossing: the endless ocean, the great cuisine, the stars at night, yoga on deck, lying in the bowsprit, the friendly staff.



Jackie Reay: The wonderful Crew!







Carol Denton Hintermeier: Lunch on the beach!



[caption id="attachment_15914" align="aligncenter" width="550"] David Daniels: The view from the Widow's net!




Pamela Lee: Playing Vangelis 1492 when the sails are raised.



Janet Rusin: Talent show night!



[caption id="attachment_15916" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Scott Schnabel: Star Clippers is the most unique sailing experience ever.




Linda Kirchner Griffin: Evenings enjoyed at the Bar....



Magdalene Leicester: The whole experience, roll on February!



James Treadway‎: Star Clipper, Treasure Islands, March 2014, a life changing experience for us. When we got home we booked passage on Royal Clipper for the Grenadines, followed by a transatlantic passage on Royal Clipper too.



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These are just a few of the comments left by Star Clippers' past, present and future guests!



Let us know what you think makes Star Clippers special in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook!
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From Corfu With Love




Spyros Mouzakitis shared these photos of Royal Clipper at Corfu, Greece.







"From Corfu with love!" - Spyros Mouzakitis






The 5-masted flagship is sailing the Mediterranean Sea this summer. Guests enjoyed a day at port before heading out around 10 p.m. under song and sail.



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Looking Forward to Stunning Caribbean Sunsets




With summer coming to an end, are you dreaming about joining us in the Caribbean this coming season? Guest Jim Bottoms captured this gorgeous sunset during his Caribbean sailing. It's time to see one for yourself!















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Happy Labor Day




Today is Labor Day in the United States, and all the banks, government offices and most businesses are closed for the national holiday. Your blog team is taking a well-deserved break today as well, but we’ll be back tomorrow with more Star Clippers content.
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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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Star Clippers Spotted!

Social media can really make the world feel smaller! These guests spotted Star Clippers in the Med and shared their fave photos on Instagram. Keep an eye out for Star Clippers when you're at a popular port!



[caption id="attachment_15855" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper spotted at Piran, Slovenia, Aug. 20, 2014. Photo shared on instagram by @banepfc.




[caption id="attachment_15858" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Flyer spotted in the Balearic Islands. Photo shared on instagram by @mapicc.




[caption id="attachment_15857" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clipper spotted at the Port of Monaco. Photo shared on instagram by ttomonaco.




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Royal Clipper Glows




Here's an excerpt of a glowing review from a guest, Tim, posted on Cruise Critic:



"Boarding the Royal Clipper in Venice, we knew we were in for a voyage of a lifetime, such a magnificent sailing ship with its 5 masts standing tall and erect. Champagne to welcome us as we made our way to our cabin on level 3 ... The cabin was superbly fitted out and a bottle of champagne and petite fours awaited us while unpacking. The Lounge, Dining area, Library and Bar areas are superb. The staff were great and always willing to help and put on a smile. The food was excellent and you were never left wanting.



Sailing out of Venice down the Grand Canal to the sounds of The Conquest of Paradise by Vangellis taken from the soundtrack of the film Vangellis 1492 was itself a memorable experience conjuring up all sorts of emotions within the passengers."



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Topgallant Guests Gather for Cocktails




Wine, a warm melody and good company float in the ocean air. Star Clippers repeaters enjoy a cocktail party and mingle with the officers on deck. It's our way of saying "thank you" for your loyalty.



Are you a repeat guest looking forward to your next vacation with Star Clippers? Let us know in the comments below!
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Words of Wisdom Wednesday




It's back-to-school time! We're thinking of all the kids out there who are learning about -- and dreaming of traveling -- the world.
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Photo journal: Star Clipper in the Med

Journalist Steve MacNaull spent the last week of July,2014, sailing on Star Clipper in the Mediterranean and shared these fabulous photos of his experience.


[caption id="attachment_15789" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Stephen MacNauill climbs the fore mast of the Star Clipper while sailing from Mykonos to Kos, Greece. Photo by Scott Lechner.




[caption id="attachment_15794" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Rigger Jose Calando from Goa, India coils ropes after hoisting sails upon departure from Kusadasi, Turkey. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




[caption id="attachment_15778" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Rigger Marvin Aluarado from Honduras puts away the spanker sail after the wind dies down south of the Greek island of Kos. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




[caption id="attachment_15795" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The forward deck pool is one of two tucked beneath masts and sails on the Star Clipper. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




[caption id="attachment_15797" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Cabin 326 on the Star Clipper is compact, but comfortable. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




[caption id="attachment_15796" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The island of Mykonos is one of the quintessential Greek stops on the Aegean itinerary. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




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Cruising Through the Bay of Kotor

[caption id="attachment_15783" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo of Star Clipper anchored at the Bay of Kotor by Rod Marten.




Sometimes there's beauty in the gloom. Rod Marten snapped this shot of Star Clipper anchored in the bay of Kotor and the tender coming to rescue the folks at shore from the spritz.



Rain or shine there's no doubt that Kotor, Montenegro, is a beautiful place! The mist rising from the mountains adds to the ambience and guests were happy to get cozy and dry once they reached the ship.



The following i san excerpt from Cruise Critic's profile of Kotor:







"You will be rewarded if you set your alarm for an early start at Kotor, Montenegro, because part of the fun is entering the Bay of Kotor and gliding for an hour through the mountains on a 17-mile waterway that some people call Europe's southernmost fjord.



It's not actually a fjord, as fjords are caused by glacial activity, and the Bay of Kotor is the result of an old river running from the interior to the Adriatic Sea. Still, the views are fjord-like, with mountains rising on both sides of a long, thin bay that leads to the old walled town of Kotor."



Have you sailed to Kotor on Star Clippers? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!
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Family Fun on Star Clipper

[caption id="attachment_15804" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Kavi & Tejas helping to raise the sails. Photo by Heidi Sarna.




Travel writer Heidi Sarna recently enjoyed a family sailing on Star Clipper. Heidi, her husband and their two kids, Kavi and Tejas, sailed through the Med calling at beautiful ports in Greece and Turkey. Highlights of the cruise included hiking at Monemvassia and climbing the mast for a gorgeous view of the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea.



Kavi and Tejas weighed in on their Star Clippers experience, saying:







"It's different than all the other ships, it's better. You feel free, there aren't so many guidelines and rules." -Kavi



"I liked that we could climb the masts, crawl down into the bowsprit net and experience what a ship was like from a long time ago. Plus I liked the Greek ports and the food was really good on board, especially the pastas and tea time snacks." -Tejas







[caption id="attachment_15807" align="aligncenter" width="550"] One for the history books: the call at Ephesus. Photo by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15803" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "How else could we have gotten to gorgeous Amorgos?" Asks journalist Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15806" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Foodie pics! Kavi loving the belgian waffles and delicious lobster. Photos by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15809" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Climbing the mast is an event!" said Heidi.




[caption id="attachment_15811" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Approaching lovely Monemvassia and Tejas, 11, climbed the mast with his dad! Photos by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15812" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The family hiked up the mountain at Monemvassia - what a view! Photo by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15810" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Beautiful Mykonos. Photo by Heidi Sarna.




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Nothing But Blue Skies in the Med

Thanks to journalist Steve MacNaull for sending in these fabulous shots from his Mediterranean cruise on Star Clipper.


[caption id="attachment_15776" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Crew waves from the bowsprit of the Star Clipper just off the coast of the Greek island of Patmos. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




Star Clippers ships are so beautiful, but it's hard to get a great perspective shot while onboard. That's why guests are offered the opportunity to hop in a zodiac or tender boat, cameras in tow, and take their best shot from the sea!



The crew hams it up on the bowsprit net and guests snap away. No matter what souvenirs you pick up along the way, a few photos can be the best keepsake of all to remember your Star Clippers journey.



It looks like Steve had some luck with the weather in the Med -- have you ever seen skies so blue? Look our for more of Steve's photos in coming posts.



[caption id="attachment_15777" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The 360-foot, 16-sail Star Clipper looks regal sailing the Aegean Sea just off the coast of the Greek island of Patmos. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




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