Words of Wisdom Wednesday




Today's travel quote comes from travel writer and Monty Python alum Michael Palin.
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Travel Channel Names Royal Clipper "Best Caribbean Cruise"

The Travel Channel has named a cruise on Royal Clipper the best in the Caribbean!


[caption id="attachment_15760" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper sailing by the pitons of St. Lucia.




The Travel Channel just published their list of Travel's Best Cruises 2014 and Star Clippers took the cake for Best Caribbean Cruise!



The article cited Star Clippers sophisticated travelers, fine wine, fabulous destinations and laid back beach barbecues among the reasons that a cruise on Royal Clipper topped all others:



Best Caribbean Cruise, Star Clippers, Royal Clipper
You'll find a very different tropical seagoing experience aboard Star Clippers' 227-passenger Royal Clipper, the world's largest and only 5-mast, full-rigged sailing ship.



The elegant tall ship frequents small exclusive ports like Bequia, Tobago Cays and Iles des Saintes. “Attracting sophisticated travelers (roughly half are European), Royal Clipper offers open-seating, dining on sumptuous fare and fine wine. After dinner, guests gather around the grand piano or on deck to watch the enormous sails unfurl in the wind,” adds Anne Campbell. Don’t miss the beach-side barbecue on a deserted beach.



[caption id="attachment_15763" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper's Windward Islands itinerary.




Royal Clipper -- along with 4-masted sister ships Star Clipper and Star Flyer -- will return to the Caribbean Nov. 2014 where the ship will resume the popular Windward Islands and Grenadine Islands itineraries. The Windward Islands itinerary departs Bridgetown, Barbados and calls include Rodney Bay, St. Lucia; Cabrits & Roseau, Dominica; Falmouth Harbour, Antigua; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Terre de Haut, Iles des Saintes; Fort de France, Martinique;



[caption id="attachment_15764" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper's Grenadine Islands itinerary.




The Grenadine Islands itinerary also departs Bridgetown, Barbados, but follows an alternate route first calling at the Captain's choice, Grenadines, followed by calls at St. George's, Granada; Tobago Cay, Grenadines; St. Vincent, St. Vincent and Bequia; Fort de France, Martinique; and Marigot Bay, St. Lucia.



Both itineraries are fabulous and life at sea on a tall ship brings the beauty of sails to these already stunning destinations. To learn more about departure dates as well as Star Clipper's Caribbean itineraries and Star Flyer's Panama Canal Crossing visit the website.






Have you sailed on one of these Royal Clipper itinearies before? Let us know about your experience in the comments below!
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Video: Star Flyer in the Med

Star Clippers guests Albert and Helen Heinel have returned to sail on Star Clippers again and again. In this installment of their video series they managed to capture some fabulous aerials of Star Flyer.






If you enjoyed this video check out some of the Heinel's past videos including a recent Mediterranean trip and a cruise through the Leeward Islands.
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Want to Climb the Mast? Here are Some Tips!

[caption id="attachment_15735" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo shared by @unforgettrips via Twitter.




It takes courage to climb the mast! Star Clippers recently asked on social media if veteran guests had any tips for those looking to climb the mast for the first time. "Don't look down" was the phrase that echoed most others had funny, earnest and reflective things to say.



Read on for the top tips from experienced climbers!



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James Graham Chapman: III Don't miss a step...



Roger McGowan: Keep your backside out a bit from the shrouds , relax, 3 points of contact at all times. Enjoy it, the best view in the world.



Gina Dagnone Restivo Garver: Make sure your sd card is in your camera lol!



(It sounds like she knows from experience!)


Jeff Lee: Relish the moment. It's so invigorating.



Paula Galland: Wear firm soled tennis shoes.



[caption id="attachment_15738" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photos shared by courageous guests Richard A. Auchter, Howard Winn and Ga Bi.




Trudie Grant-Jones: Got to do it..just to say you can! Wear flat shoes and a pirate scarf to kèep your hair out of your eyes and go! My legs were like jelly but well worth it. It is actually harder than it looks!



George Sivell: Listen to what the sports team or deck hands tell you before you set off.



Judy Donina Wolfe: Have someone take stills and video of you. Sign-up as early as it is announced.



Howard Winn: Health & Safety rules, everyone wears a harness and is belayed from the deck!!



Annise Mock: Don't give up. It's worth the climb. One of my most unforgettable experiences.



Have you climbed the mast? Share your tips and experience in the comments below!
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Royal Clipper Atrium

Royal Clipper glows royal blue! The pool dips down into the atrium creating a unique aesthetic and glow inside. These photos by Travel Agent Jim Bottoms offer a great view of the cozy public areas.















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Video: From Athens to Venice

From whitewashed Greek islands to narrow Venetian canals, this video by Helen and Albert Heinel captures the magic of a Star Clippers cruise. Take a look!






Mr.and Mrs. Heinel have taken many Star Clippers cruises and have been kind enough to share their wonderful videos. If you liked this one check out their other videos including Star Flyer Sails Southern France and Italy and Star Clipper Sailing the Leeward Islands!
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The View From Here

In another edition of photos by Jim Bottoms, Jim climbs the mast on Royal Clipper and shares the view from the top!






























Do your feet tickle at the thought of a climb that high or are you excited by the adrenaline rush that comes with climbing the mast? Let us know in the comments below!
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Photo Journal: Iles des Saintes

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 Iles des Saintes.






























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Photo Journal: Arr! A Pirate Party!

Everybody loves a pirate party! Patches and parrots and planks, oh my! These photos from travel agent Jim Bottoms show the Royal Clipper crew dressed to impress for a night of festive fun at the Tropical Bar.


















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Photo Journal: Martinique

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 quick look at the colors and culture of Martinique,, Fort de France.






























Have you visited Martinique with Star Clippers? Let us know about your experience in the comments below!
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Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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Video: The Joys of a Tall Ship Cruise

Thank you to Susanne Müller of Welcome Aboard for sharing this fabulous video of Star Clipper.





On Star Clipper the crew raises the sails as music fills the air and regal Royal Clipper cruises into view from the starboard side. Ladies order rum cocktails at The Piano Bar and the crews exchange salutes from the bow. Later, darkness falls and the music turns up. People of all ages and places of origin join in dancing on the deck and cheer when the captain arrives to join the fun. This is a snapshot of the joys of sailing a tall ship.



What do you find most joyful about a Star Clipper cruise? Share your opinion in the comments below!
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Small World

Kristen of the blog Camels & Chocolate recently sailed Royal Clipper in the eastern Med. Nearly a week after she disembarked she was delighted to spot the ship off the coast of Italy!









"Small world: We passed this lovely lady three times today! Funny, we disembarked the Royal Clipper a full week ago and are running into her on the other side of the Med. She's clearly following us..." -@lunaticaatlarge via instagram







Have you spotted one of the Star Clippers ships while you weren't a guest on board? Send your stories or photos of Star Clippers spottings to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be featured on social media!
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The Royal Marina

Thanks to travel agent James Bottoms for providing the photos in this post.






Watersports are an integral part of the Star Clippers experience but how do guests access the water from the deck so high? No need to walk the plank -- Royal Clipper's got a built-in marina! The marina drops from the stern of the ship and guests can take a spin in one of the zodiacs or dive in to the gorgeous Caribbean or Mediterranean waters.



This feature allows a truly special opportunity to swim in the middle of the ocean, a unique aspect of the Star Clippers experience.






On transatlantic sailings the ship stops in the middle of the ocean, many miles away from any civilization. A net is dropped for safety and guests are then able to take the plunge. Short of having a private yacht this is an experience few people are able to enjoy. In fact, if you consider the rarity of leisure ships crossing the ocean, it's something that just a select few have enjoyed throughout human history!



Star Clippers Ocean Crossing voyages happen only twice a year -- in the spring and fall -- as the fleet transitions between the Caribbean and Mediterranean and range from 14 to 22 nights.






Are you ready to take the dive? Or have you done so in the past? Let us know in the comments below!



These photos were taken by travel agent Jim Bottoms in the Caribbean.
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Happy National Piña Colada Day!




Today is National Piña Colada Day in the U.S.! We're raising a glass at The Tropical Bar to the fun fruity cocktail because every hour is happy hour when you're at Sea!

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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Postcard from St. Tropez




Star Clipper, the tallest ship in the world (tied with sister-ship Star Flyer) sits against the silhouette of the coast of St. Tropez and purple-gray skies, June 27, 2014.



This fabulous photo was captured by Dr. Regis Michel of the Académie des Arts & Sciences de la Mer.
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Guest Sommeliers Host Wine Tastings on Star Clipper

[caption id="attachment_15586" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Wine with a view!




July 9, 2014, Star Clipper will arrive at Venice, Italy, wrapping up back-to-back culinary cruises under the direction of world-class sommeliers.



[caption id="attachment_15580" align="aligncenter" width="550"] French sommelier Olivier Assire directs a wine tasting on Star Clipper.




The first itinerary featured Olivier Assire and sailed from Athens, Greece, to Kotor, Montenegro. Along the way guests enjoyed wine tastings, expert suggestions for pairings in the dining room and a sunset champagne reception, among other events. Assire disembarked at Corfu, Greece, the final sailing day before guests reached Kotor, Montenegro.



[caption id="attachment_15579" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Guests enjoy a wine tasting under the direction of Olivier Assire.




Saturday, July 5, 2014, Bruno David and a new crop of guests boarded Star Clipper at Dubrovnik, Croatia. As the ship sails along the coast of Croatia with calls at Korcula, Hvar and Mali Losinj, David is available to chat about wine-making, pairings and to offer tastings of spectacular Bordeaux wines from vineyards including Château Durfort-Vivens and Pessac Léognan.



[caption id="attachment_15585" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Featured wines included Champagne Brut Premier Louis Roederer and Jeroboam Rosé Couer de Grains 2013 -- Chateau de Selle.




These wine-themed sailings are part of an ongoing series of culinary cruises featuring onboard insights from renowned chefs and wine experts. The guest chefs and sommeliers work hand-in-hand with Star Clippers crew to create menus and tasting experiences that reflect Star Clippers easy elegance.



[caption id="attachment_15584" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Apertif tastings on the deck with views of shore.




Are you a foodie who dreams of a culinary adventure under sail? Click here for more information on upcoming Star Clippers' culinary cruises.
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Happy Independence Day U.S.A.!

[caption id="attachment_15558" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Beach BBQ photos by James Bottoms, Chris Owen and Royal Clipper Hotel Manager Klaus Franz.




The 4th of July in the U.S. means barbecues, boating, friends and family! Anyone who has sailed with Star Clippers knows that our crew knows their way around a grill!



Will you be celebrating today? Let us know in the comments below!
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Photo Journal: Hiking to Trafalgar Falls at Dominica

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 hike to Trafalgar falls and enjoy isolated beaches on a call at Dominica.






Look for more fabulous photos after the jump!









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