Wisdom Wednesday

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Fun Facts about Hvar, Croatia

Thanks to Kathi King for sharing these photos of Hvar from her sailing on Royal Clipper.



The fleet might be moving towards the Caribbean for the winter, but it's not too early to start to think about booking a summer sailing in the Mediterranean! Hvar is a charming and ancient city with clear blue waters and cobblestone streets. It is also somewhat of a celebrity hotspot since two superstars offered their glowing endorsement. It is definitely worth a vist! Read on for fun facts about Hvar, Croatia!



• Hvar holds the oldest public theater in Europe.



• As host to "Ultra" music fest, Hvar is known as a hot destination. It is made even hotter by the endorsement of superstars Beyonce and Jay Z. The power couple was even inspired to name their daughter after some particularly lovely ivy.










• Hvar was put on the market in 1932. There is no information available as to who sold it or who bought it. The only thing certain is that it is no longer for sale.



• 'Hvar' means where in Icelandic.






• Croatia is credited with inventing the necktie.



• Hvar is the self-proclaimed "sunniest spot in Europe" with 2,715 hours of sunlight in an average year.






• There are many different regional dialects in Hvar, and the island has a long history of stone masonry. As a result there are eight different words for 'chisel.'



• If you give birth on the Jadrolinija Ferry from Hvar your child will ride free for life!






Have you sailed to Hvar, Croatia, with Star Clippers? Share your fun facts and experiences in the comments below!


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Port Highlight: Arrecife, Canary Islands

[caption id="attachment_16232" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo courtesy of spain-lanzarote.com.




In Spanish, “arrecife” means reef, a fitting word to describe the beautiful seafront promenades you’ll encounter at this port of call in the Canary Islands. The capital city of the island of Lanzarote, Arrecife is a prime spot to view colorful fish, go golfing or just take a peaceful stroll.







Popular attractions in Arrecife include the St. Gabriel Castle, a defensive fortress that was destroyed by pirates and rebuilt as a stone castle in the 16th century. Now housing an ethnographic museum, the St. Gabriel Castle also provides one of the best views of the city and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.



Other sites include the Playa Reducto, Arrecife’s most popular beach, and the Charco de San Ginés, a man-made lagoon surrounded by fishermen’s white cottage homes and charming cafés.

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Postcard from the Aegean Sea




Chef Daniel Schönberger shared this photo of a relaxing afternoon in the bowsprit net off the coast of Greece via Instagram.



You can follow along with Chef Schonberger's culinary and travel adventures on instagram @BU11ETZ.
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Words of Wisdom

[caption id="attachment_16225" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Kathi King at Corfu, Greece.
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Mediterranean Memories




Star Clippers' 2014 Mediterranean season has officially come to a close. Tonight Royal Clipper departs Tenerife, Canary Islands, and begins a transatlantic journey to Bridgetown, Barbados.



As the ship sails onward here's to looking back at some lovely photos from summer in the Med. Suzanne Bentlage of Vienna, Austria, sent in her favorite shots from her vacation on Royal Clipper.













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We've Arrived!

[caption id="attachment_16214" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Flyer transits the Panama Canal.




Star Clippers' Caribbean season has begun!



After two weeks at sea Star Flyer arrived yesterday at Bridgetown, Barbados, and is now en route to the Panama Canal with some amazing calls along the way including Kralendjik, Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao and Oranjestad, Aruba.







Star Clipper and Royal Clipper will arrive in the Caribbean soon, and the fleet will spend the coming months sailing from island to island enjoying beach barbecues, pirate parties and warm, crystal waters.



Will you be joining us in the Caribbean this season? Let us know in the comments!
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Postcard From Montenegro

Thanks to Janet Blair for this beautiful shot of Star Clipper sailing into the Bay of Kotor!










"Sailed on Star Clipper through the Fjord to Kotor, Montenegro. Wonderful!!!" - Janet Blair



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Words of Wisdom

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Video: Port to Port in the Eastern Med

Thanks to guest Christoper Mark Rowntree for sharing his love of Star Clippers and taking the time to create this lovely video!





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Happy Halloween From Star Clippers!

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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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Photo Diary: Scenes from Corfu

Kathi King recently sailed on Royal Clipper in the eastern Mediterranean and shared some fabulous photos. This is the first in a series of photo diaries. Stay tuned for more photos from her trip!

















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And We're Off!




And we're off!



Star Flyer begins a transatlantic adventure today and is set to arrive at Bridgetown, Barbados, Nov. 9, 2014.







The very same day that Star Flyer arrives at Bridgetown Star Clipper will begin the ocean crossing journey, landing, and Royal Clipper will follow a few days later. Both Star Clipper and Royal Clipper are scheduled to arrive at their Caribbean destinations Nov. 22, 2014.



Have you ever sailed across the ocean?

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Postcard from Porto Vecchio

Instagram user @asiebert93 shared this beautiful photo of Royal Clipper at Porto Vecchio, Corsica.





A beautiful fall day in the Med!



The countdown is on! Royal Clipper has just a few weeks left cruising the Mediterranean before making the transatlantic journey to the Caribbean Sea.







Do you have a favorite photo from the 2014-15 Med season? Send your pictures and stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you might be featured on social media.
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The View From Here

Thanks to guests Francois Emond and Camille Bourque for sharing this fabulous photo of Star Clipper at Santorini!



We asked guests on Facebook to fill in the blank:



The view from here is ______________.



Here's what they had to say!



Mieke Tuijn: Stunning!



Adam Scott: Very familiar.



Miriam Kalaminksy: Maslanik: Classic!







Heather Ellis: Enticing!



Justin Schoeberlein: Inspiring.



Joanna Shorey Bradeen: Amazing.



Mimi Mary Skinner Auchter: Awesome!



Janet Blair: Beautiful!



Kristina Kaye Stockton: Serene.



AnnMarie Godwin: perfect in every possible way.



Linda Younger Walker: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh ...



Maria Nygren: Breakthaking!



Ann Bjurmalm: Among the best in the Greek Islands!



Laurence Jacks: Forever.



How would you fill in the blank? Let us know in the comments below!
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Sunsets at Sea in the Med

A special thanks to Star Clipper Hotel Manager Steve Adamson for capturing these beautiful sunset photos.






Sunsets at sea are very special. After a long day at shore or in the sun it's time to wind down and reflect on the day.







These photos were taken from Star Clipper's deck as the ship sailed the last few weeks of the season in the Mediterranean.



Star Clipper begins the westbound ocean crossing Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.






Do you have pictures to share of your Mediterranean sailing? Send your favorites to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you might be featured on social media.
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Port Spotlight: Athens, Greece

[caption id="attachment_16115" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Acropolis in Athens. Photo courtesy of UNESCO and F. Bandarin.




Star Clipper calls at Athens, Greece, this Saturday, Oct. 18. The ship currently is enjoying it's final Greece & Turkey sailing of the season before it begins the journey to the Caribbean for the winter. But it's never too early to book your summer holiday for next year. Many of the sailings begin and end at Athens, so read on to see why this port is a fabulous addition to any itinerary.



The second you step off of the ship you will instantly become immersed in over 2,500 years of epic history and architecture. A fascinating juxtaposition between the old and the new, Athens has become urbanized while still preserving its centuries-old architecture.



The magnificent times of the Greek Classical Age come to life as you traverse the city of The Acropolis, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Housing the largest temple of Acropolis, the great Parthenon looms above in all its glory, just as it did in 438 B.C.







Besides offering one of the most incredible views of Athens, The Acropolis also boasts The Temple of Athena Nike, the first temple of the city built in Ionic style.



Just north of The Acropolis you will find Plaka, a quaint historical village where you can take a pleasant stroll while viewing restored Neoclassical homes among scenic ruins that showcase more of Athens’ legendary history.



If you are looking to do a little retail damage, the district of Kolonaki should be your next stop. Home to many foreign embassies and Athens’ wealthiest citizens, Kolonaki features the city’s poshest boutiques and restaurants.



These are just but a few of Athens' highlights. Join us to discover all of the wonders of the ancient city.

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