Royal Clipper: Postcard from Amalfi

Spotted off the Amalfi Coast -- Royal Clipper under full sail! Thanks to Daryl L. Hunter for sharing.



[caption id="attachment_15391" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Daryl L. Hunter - The Hole Picture







"Stretching about 30 miles or 50km along the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula, most famous for the town of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) is one of Europe’s most breathtaking. Cliffs terraced with scented lemon groves sheer down into sparkling seas; whitewashed and pastel colored villas cling precariously to unforgiving slopes while sea and sky merge in one vast blue horizon. -Daryl L.Hunter - The Hole Picture



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Wine Tasting with a Guest Sommelier Aboard Star Clipper




Celebrity German Chef Bea Schulz, a private chef, instructor and food coach who specializes in gluten- and lactose-free dishes and Sommelier Natalie Lumpp are currently sailing on Star Clipper's Southern Cyclades itinerary. Along the way guests are treated to some delightful wine tasting and food pairing chats on deck.



And just in case guests haven't had enough fabulous wine to drink onboard, the itinerary sails through Greece and Turkey, a region that has been producing great wine since ancient times. Despite the long history of wine production, greek wines are less well-known than other old world varietals. Here's a list of seven fantastic Greek wine varietals to know if you're planning to sail there and want to brush up!*



1. Agiorgitiko
(ah-gee-or-gee-tee-ko): This grape produces lush, velvety reds with black-cherry flavors.



2. Assyrtiko
(ah-sir-tee-ko): A source of minerally, bone-dry, citrus-edged white wines.



3. Athiri
(ah-thee-ree): Wines from this white variety often have a scent of stone fruits, like nectarines.



4. Malagousia
(mah-la-goo-see-ah): This melony, jasmine-scented white was on the brink of extinction before winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou began growing it again.



5. Moscofilero
(mos-ko-fi-ler-oh): A primarily Peloponnesian white, its wines have tangerine and blossom scents.



6. Roditis
(ro-dee-tis): Elegant and light-bodied, this pink-skinned grape produces crisp whites and rosés.



7. Xinomavro
(zhee-no-mav-ro): This red has floral and spice aromas, firm tannins, and vibrant fruit.



















Will you be joining Star Clippers in Greece this summer? If so, will you be sampling the region's wines?



*Source: Food & Wine
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Star Clippers Paradise

A big "thank you" to our talented guest Albert C. M. Weijman for sharing this lovely poem.






Mr. Weijman is a biologist, a travel writer and a poet who will be sailing on Star Clipper from Athens, May, 31, 2014. He said he had studied some of the philosophy behind Star Clippers and this, combined with his vivid imagination, inspired him to compose a poem dedicated to the unique experience.



Are you boarding Star Clipper at Athens as well? If so give Mr. Weijman a hand!
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Happy Memorial Day!




Today we observe Memorial Day in the United States. Although this is not the official start of summer, most people in the U.S. consider it to be.



We hope everyone who's celebrating has a great day full of sun and sailing!
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Guest Chef Martina Kömpel Sails on Star Clipper

Guests on Star Clipper's May 17th Northern Cyclades sailing were treated to a special cooking demonstration by the accomplished chef Martina Kömpel as the ship sailed between Cammilimani Beach and Kusadasi, Turkey.






Kömpel is originally from Germany and worked in television for years before deciding to pursue her dream of becoming a chef. She then moved to the city of lights and trained under chef Alain Senderens, one of the great French masters, at the renowned Parisian restaurant Lucas Carton.



Today, when she's not sailing the Med on Star Clipper, Kömpel cooks for the Ritz in Paris and appears as a judge on the show "The Kitchen Battle."



Onboard Star Clipper she taught guests' recipes and techniques for some of her favorite dishes including Roasted Lamb Chops with feta cheese, kalamata olives and smoked eggplant caviar; and Pain Perdu.



Bon Apetit!






What's the best meal you've had onboard Star Clippers? Lobster, lamb or something in between? Let us know in the comments!
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Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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Captain Balanck on a Successful Crossing

If you've been following along with the blog you may have read about a group of sailing students from Belgium who joined Star Flyer to sail across the Atlantic. Their journey began in Bridgetown, Barbados, and ended two weeks later at Lisbon, Portugal. Along the way they learned a great deal about sailing on the tallest ship in the world. Captain Paul Balanck shared this letter about their experience.





The purpose of the journey was to organize a crossing for interested yachtmen where they could follow preparation courses for the exams of Yachtsmen or Yachtnavigator. At the end the possibility was given to take part in the exams on board.



It was a hell of a job but we succeeded and with a big smile! The 28th April everybody left the vessel with a satisfied impression.



Studying on a rolling sailing vessel is not the same as in a classroom ashore. Thanks to the excellent food & beverage and ship crew the studying went well.



The "slave driving" instructors pushed the enthusiastic candidates forward. Almost everybody succeeded in their exams for Yachtman or Yachtnavigater. Fighting with variation, deviation, current and tides, sun and star sextant positioning, GMDSS, sea survival, rules etc.

The ship crew participated as well with great interest.



In other words, it was an excellent combination between studying and cruising.



As a result, Cruise Travel Antwerp informed us already about a waiting list of new candidates for next year.



In the meantime all the instructors wish the succeeded yachtmen safe and lovely trips over the seas.



Signed on behalf of the Belgian instructors and participators,



Capt. Paul Balanck, Antwerp



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Itinerary Spotlight: Star Flyer Calls at 2014 Formula One Grand Prix

[caption id="attachment_15316" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Monaco photo courtesy of Monaco Press Centre Photos.




Star Flyer is always sailing exciting itineraries and these next two weeks are no exception! The May, 17, and May, 24, sailings feature some of the most alluring and elegant destinations in the Mediterranean culminating with calls at the Formula One Grand Prix in Monaco.



Saturday, May 17, 2014, the ship departed Cannes, France, while the International Cannes Film Festival was taking place. Guests enjoyed the city before taking off around 10 p.m. to see the glittering lights of Cannes under sail with the inspiring boom of "Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis.





[caption id="attachment_15306" align="alignright" width="225"] Courtesy of Monaco Press Centre Photos.




The week begins with calls in the picturesque southern coasts of France and Italy, including Calvi and Bonifacio, Corsica; Elba, Italy, and Lerici, Italy where guests can explore Florence or Pisa.



On Thursday Star Flyer will reach what many consider the highlight of the trip, a day at Monte Carlo, Monaco, for the Grand Prix Trials. Imagine the excitement of catching this world famous event live! The fastest Formula One racers in the world speed around hairpin bends in the gorgeous coastal city at one of Europe's most prized social events.



This will be the longest call of the trip -- from 7 am to midnight -- allowing guests ample time to enjoy the races or try their luck at the world famous Grand Casino.



Upon leaving Monaco Star Flyer will call at the renowned St. Tropez before returning to Cannes for the start of another exciting itinerary.



This time the ship will sail around Corsica with calls including St. Florent, Figari Beach and Porto before arriving at the Formula One Grand Prix Finals! We're looking forward to hearing the results.



Do you love exciting events like this when you travel? Star Flyer will be party to the 2014 International St. Voiles de St. Tropez, Sept. 2014. The world-famous yacht regatta is a sight to see! For more information on this itinerary click here.





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Following Summer and the Sunset

Greg George is a world traveler, writer, blogger and "non-hipster foodie" based out of St. Marys, Ontario. He recently sailed on Royal Clipper. Along the journey Greg took so many beautiful photos -- here are some of our favorite sunset moments. To visit Greg's blog, Follow Summer, click here.



"...I happily admit this sun-setting, daily hoisting of the sails, set to the dramatic strains of Vangellis’ ’1492′ brought a tear to my eye each and every sunset."

-Greg George, Follow Summer







Have you ever caught up to a beautiful sunset on Star Clippers? Send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you may be featured on Star Clippers' Social Media!
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Words of Wisdom Wednesday




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Photo Journal: Swimming with the Sting Rays

Jim Bottoms is a travel consultant based out of Annapolis, Maryland, who recently sailed on Royal Clipper's Windward Islands itinerary. Along the way he took some fabulous photos. In this edition of Jim's photo journal, guests of Royal Clipper are swimming with the Stingrays on a call at Antigua.
















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Following Summer on Star Clippers

Greg George is a world traveler, writer, blogger and "non-hipster foodie" based out of St. Marys, Ontario. He recently sailed on Royal Clipper. Here's an except of his journey from his blog followsummer.me.







Some Ancient Sea-Dog Superstitions


An earring is said to give sailors good eyesight and an old sea dog’s tattoo of a cross, an anchor and a heart protects against dangers at sea and at port. There was many an earring and tattoo evident on the Concierge Travel sponsored Star Clippers Royal Clipper cruise out of Bridgetown, Barbados on a 7 day excursion to the Western Caribbean in early March. Concierge is generally known for booking bigger party boats but this was a chance for my husband and me to check off one of those proverbial bucket list items, ditch the tuxes and experience some warm Caribbean waters on a smaller, more intimate 5-Master.



Fueled by its romantic barefoot and sun-kissed visions of gliding into a sun-setting, undiscovered bay, sails up, dropping anchor and listening to the gentle lapping of the Caribbean against the hull of the ship, we quickly signed up a contingent of Canadians and booked our passage.






Bucket List, Checked Off!


And indeed, that bucket list is now checked-off! During our 7 day sea-bourne adventures, we tendered into some of the smaller islands and cays: Isla Margarita, in Venezuela; St Georges, in Grenada; Tobago Cays and Bequia, in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Marigot Bay and Soufrière, in Saint Lucia; enjoyed beach days with a full-on BBQ lunch, diving, sailing, kayaking and other water sports.






To visit Greg's blog click HERE.
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Words of Wisdom




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Navigate the Northern Cyclades

This week our fleet arrived in the Med where we'll be sailing through the summer months. Between the three tall ships, there are a number of different itinerary options, each distinct from the next.



[caption id="attachment_15223" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo courtesy of guest Kim Fine.




Star Flyer will mostly concentrate on the Spanish Balearic Islands, Royal Clipper will navigate the western Mediterranean and Star Clipper will sail the eastern Med. The Northern Cyclades is one of Star Clipper's fabulous summer 2014 itineraries






Guests embark at Piraeus, the port of Athens, Greece, and enjoy a day at sea before arriving at Kusadasi, Turkey. At Kusadasi you can take a tour of Ephesus. Ephsesus, once the trade center of the world and the religious center of early Christianity, is a well preserved ancient city located less than 20 miles from Kusadasi.



[caption id="attachment_15228" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Clockwise from left: the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa; the view of Patmos, Greece; Sunset at Mykonos; and Star Clipper at Monemvasia. Photos by Greg Baxter, Star Clippers’ director of incentive sales and national accounts, west and Star Clippers' guest Shirley.




After Kusadasi it's off to Patmos, the small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. There you can visit the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or just take in the view.



Amorgos is known for the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa that protrudes from the side of the cliff, nearly vertical, and for beautiful clear blue waters. It is the eastern-most island of the Cyclades.



Mykonos, one of the best known Greek Isles, features the iconic windmills looking out over the sea, whitewashed houses, and beautiful boats.



The last call of this itinerary is Monemvasia, Greece, known as the Gibraltar of the east. This was the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain.



At each port you're free to take a tour and learn more about the ancient history of the region or to stroll around on your own. The itinerary ends as it began at Piraeus, the port of Athens, rich in history and iconography all its own.



What do you think you'd like to explore when you visit these ports? Do you like to learn about history or prefer to relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery? Let us know in the comments below!
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Photo Journal: Beach Barbecue at Antigua

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. For the first of Jim's photo series, here's the ever-popular beach barbecue at Antigua. Stay tuned for more.



[caption id="attachment_15215" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The view doesn't get much better than this!




[caption id="attachment_15206" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Tendering toward shore, guests take in the white sands and turquoise waters of Antigua.




[caption id="attachment_15207" align="aligncenter" width="550"] No need for a dock -- the tender eases gently into shore.




[caption id="attachment_15208" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The beautiful beaches of Antigua.




[caption id="attachment_15210" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The more the merrier!




[caption id="attachment_15212" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The beach barbecue begins!




[caption id="attachment_15211" align="aligncenter" width="550"] It's all about fun, sun, and feast at Antigua.




[caption id="attachment_15213" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A beautiful ship on a beautiful day.




Stay tuned for Jim's next photo diary, "Snorkel & Swim with the Sting Rays."



Do you have a series of photos you'd like to share? Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be featured!
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Words of Wisdom




That's as good a reason as any to travel!



If your routine has got you down how about sailing away and leaving it behind?



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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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Guests' Photos: Royal Clipper in the Caribbean

Royal Clipper just wrapped up the Caribbean season. We're looking forward to some gorgeous photos from the Mediterranean. Until then, here are some guest photos from the 2013/2014 Caribbean journeys. Enjoy!



[caption id="attachment_15076" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by guest Gerry Smith.




[caption id="attachment_15075" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by guest Frank Stefanko.




[caption id="attachment_15078" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by guest CJ Newman.




[caption id="attachment_15080" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by guest Richard Hanson.




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Welcome the Weekend with a Sailaway into the Sunset

Thanks to Gerry Smith for sending these beautiful photos of Royal Clipper sailing into the sunset.



[caption id="attachment_15086" align="aligncenter" width="550"] photo by Gerry Smith







Isn't there just something so beautiful about sails against the setting sun? These photos are our most popular guest submissions!



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A 'Travel Bucket List' Adventure

Many guests check sailing Star Clippers off their "travel bucket lists," and Melanie checked off three important tasks on her list in one vacation! See what she had to say and photos of the group's ziplining expedition below. If you look closely you can see Royal Clipper in the background!





"My husband and I recently checked off three items on our "bucket list"... sailing the Royal clipper, snorkeling, and traversing the forest on a zipline. Now, I am hooked on all three!" - Melanie R. Brimhall








What's on your travel bucket list? Let us know in the comments below!
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