Nautical Knowledge: Clippers by the Numbers

How well do you know Star Clippers?






How high are you above the water when you relax in the bowsprit net?



Not sure? Look for the answer on Facebook tomorrow!
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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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Golden Hues Fill the Sky in the Caribbean

If you've vacationed with Star Clippers you probably remember the feeling of spending the day ashore exploring, relaxing or enjoying our watersports program, then sailing away into the sunset. That's a day in paradise. Here are a few gorgeous sunset photos shared by Star Clippers guests who recently sailed in the Caribbean.



[caption id="attachment_15064" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Melanie R. Brimhall.




[caption id="attachment_15084" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Richard Hanson.




[caption id="attachment_15091" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Richard Hanson.








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Greetings from an Educational Ocean Crossing!

A short while back we mentioned that there is a group from Belgium sailing across the Atlantic on Star Flyer, getting their sea legs and earning a sailing license along the way. Now the students are a week into their journey across the Atlantic and they sent word that they're having a fantastic time!



It looks like they also found a moment to relax between lessons!






Wednesday April 16th



Noon position : 30°26.7 N - 045°53.8 W



Dear people ashore,



After a cozy “Blues evening party” with our ship’s pianist Gabor and a drink in the piano bar, a good night's sleep was welcome. During the night Star Flyer got a bit excited with the increased wind and wave height, but the rolling did not disturb our sleep. In fact the movements of the ship are rocking us asleep.



Bikinis are now replaced by jackets and sweaters, but we are a bit sheltered from the wind and the sun rays are still comforting. The temperature at noon is 19 °C. The swimming pools are emptied because the water was splashing out due to the movement of the ship and the crew takes the opportunity to give them a nice new coat of blue paint.



Inside, our AMA-team is exercising with different kinds of safety material. Caroline serves as a model for life jacket try–outs.



During the morning staff meeting we congratulated our hotel manager Adam for the outstanding cuisine. Captain Jurgen told him that when this appraisal comes from Belgians it a proof that it really has to be very good.



Don’t forget that the ship was also built in Belgium.



While I'm writing this note, the passengers are dancing their daily Zumba with Hanna, and Ingrid is leading her team through the ship for the daily “walk a mile." They go deck up, deck down from fore to aft, seeking obstructions to turn around. Don’t forget that exercise is important on board to help us burn the amounts of delicious food we consume daily.



Meanwhile my belly has already an additional ballast of a few kilos, life is hard!



Capt. Marc















If you wish to follow along with updates on the nautical students' progress check back here! We will update this particular post as information comes in. Stay tuned!



*Als u wenst te volgen samen met updates over de voortgang controleren van de studenten hier terug! We zullen dit bijzondere bericht updaten als informatie binnenkomt Stay tuned!
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Port Spotlight: Formentera in the Balearics

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 Formentera, the smallest island of the Balearics and Star Flyer's first call on this special itinerary.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



Star Flyer will call at Sabina, Formentera, in the Balearic Islands beginning June 6, 2014. The smallest of the archipelago, Formentera is characterized by its emphasis on ecology and eco-tourism. 20 km of pristine beaches line the coast giving way to transparent waters. It's no wonder the small island has been likened to a Caribbean retreat.





A popular yachting destination, Formentera is only accessible by boat, lending it an air of exclusivity. One might even call it the best kept secret in the Med. Unlike sister island, Ibiza, Formentera is not known for its nightlife presence. Water sports provide the high-energy entertainment here. The crystal waters and nearby coves are dotted with fit vacationers kayaking, biking and paddleboarding.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



The sea is visible from nearly any point on the island, with a surface area of just 90 square kilometers. All around the island you can find "lonely bays" and beautiful beaches -- many with incredible grottos.



The average summertime temperatures range from 70° lows at night to 78° highs during the day with little rainfall, so guests can expect to look forward to a beautiful day at the beach when visiting Formentera.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Formentera is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



Stay tuned for more information on the ports of Star Flyer's Spain & Balearic Islands itinerary.



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Students and Star Flyer: an Educational Crossing

[caption id="attachment_14848" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The nautical students who will be joining Star Clippers from Belgium.




Sailing is serious business. In Belgium you must complete a course and be certified in order to take to the open waters whether renting a boat or sailing on your own.







With that in mind a group of students and teachers from a nautical school in Belgium have partnered with Star Clippers in order to complete the course. Six teachers and 25 students will board Star Flyer for an eastbound transatlantic sailing from Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, complete with daily lessons and a final exam, before disembarking at Lisbon, Portugal.



The journey will last more than two weeks and our sailing students will be checking in along the way. So stay tuned and check back on the blog to hear all about sailing lessons and life at sea!
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Dining on Star Clippers

Dining with Star Clippers is a casual yet elegant experience. Whether in Royal Clipper's dining room or at a Caribbean beach barbecue, passengers bond over options like fresh fruit, premium wines and just-caught seafood. We asked our guests on Facebook about their favorite dining experiences on Star Clippers voyages and here are some of the results.


[caption id="attachment_14947" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo of the beach barbecue food by Chris Owen www.chriscruises.com.




First, here's an excerpt of what Chris Owen of www.chriscruises.com had to say:







Breakfast and Lunch are served buffet-style and include a nice variety of entrees. At breakfast, a chef on duty at made omelettes and cooked-to-order eggs. The lunch buffet provided more of a culinary experience with a different theme every day, including Italian, Seafood, Caribbean and Oriental styles. Also, one day (weather permitting) is a Beach Barbecue and another is served on deck in the ship’s Tropical Bar, a meeting place for all passengers, all the time.




Many of our guests had a tough time choosing, but lobster seemed to take the lead! Here's the guest take on favorite dishes and meals on Star Clippers voyages.



Peter Dyke: Anything served on Royal Clipper, yum!



Marie-therese Geday: Asking me to chose, is torture



Sabine Wohler Suter: Grilled shrimps at a bbq on deck, served by Hotel Manager alain







[caption id="attachment_14951" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Svetlana Suter







Svetlana Suter: Lobster. Yummi !



Rachel Price: Def the lobster!



Jack Pennington: Lobster in Antigua!















International Railway Travelers: Christmas dinner on board the Star Flyer. What a blast.



Fred Parle: The Beef Carvery on board the Clipper was my favourite every time , in Capt Lichfelds time.





[caption id="attachment_14956" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Paul Vandevelder.








Mary Murray: Paul VanDevelder's photo above would top my list also. Who knew you could have an incredible lunch in an abandoned medieval village. Loved it!



Mike Davis: Dubrovnik plate in Dubrovnik, but every meal I've had on your ships was outstanding!



[caption id="attachment_14949" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by André M. Piquet




[caption id="attachment_14958" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by André M. Piquet




André M. Piquet: There have been many memorable meals...



Gaby Hracek: Everything was delicious, even as the waves were high.






[caption id="attachment_14948" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Chris Owen, www.chriscruises.com








Michaela Siebenhaar I look forward to testing it and will advise beginning of June!



What do you think? Do you have a favorite dish or memory of a meal from sailing on Star Clippers?
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Port Spotlight: Palma de Mallorca in the Balearics

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 Palma de Mallorca, Star Flyer's homeport during this special itinerary.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



The commerical and cultural center of Mallorca, Palma has a little bit of everything. Gorgeous coastlines, fresh seafood, a vibrant nightlife and rich history characterize this fabulous city. The origins can be traced back to Roman times and residents of the old quarter continue to report findings of ancient Roman artifacts. Today guests will find a landscape of coves, beaches and cliffs on the coastline and Spanish architecture with Northern African influences peeking through.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



Historically, Palma was the seat of the island's monarchy, aristocracy and ecclesiastical hierarchy – which is why there is an abundance of churches, convents and palacios. Highlights of a visit include the Mallorca Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, the Lonja fish market and Plaza Mayor.



El Paseo de Born is a tree-lined lane that has been called the town's "social axis." Expect to find posh eateries, art galleries and boutiques.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



The Soller Railway is an iconic image of the city and a popular way to see the island of Mallorca. Likened to a time machine for its turn of the century charm, the train runs 27 km from Palma to the town of Soller along fabulous landscapes. This railway was built in 1912 and has completely retained its yesteryear charm.



Further inland the island opens up to rugged mountains, and groves of olives and almonds. The scenery is diverse and spectacular.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



For more information on Star Flyer's sailing to Spain and the Balearic Islands, summer, 2014, click here.



In the meantime, stay tuned for information on more of these fabulous Balearic ports.




This photo of Palma de Mallorca is courtesy of TripAdvisor.



We're looking forward to this gorgeous itinerary in summer 2014. If you join please let us know what you think! Send your photos, stories and insights to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter!
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Words of Wisdom Wednesday




As our Caribbean season winds to a close we're looking back on long beach days with nothing but beautiful weather and a good book and relaxing days resting in the bowsprit net. Soon it's on to the Mediterranean!



What's your favorite way to vacation? Do you prefer to relax or to be on the move?
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!




Happy St. Patrick's Day! As the Irish blessing goes, "may the wind be always at your back."



Guests are often sharing photos of Star Clippers framed by - or sailing towards - beautiful rainbows. In honor of the imagery of the emerald isle here's a roundup of some of our best rainbow shots through the years. Browse through the blog and you're sure to find more!
























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Star Clippers: By the Numbers

Today is March 13, 2014, or 3.14, also known as Pi Day! It also happens to be Albert Einstein's birthday. So in honor of the never-ending mathematical constant that we all remember from geometry and the genius physicist here we'll break down the Star Clippers fleet by the numbers.






Royal Clipper:


Tonnage:5,000
Length:439 feet

Beam:54 feet

Draft:18.5 feet

Sail Area:56,000 Square feet

Mast Height:197 feet

Total Staff:106

Passenger Capacity:227

Masts:5 Masts, 42 Sails










Star Clipper & Star Flyer:






Tonnage:2,298
Length:360 feet

Beam:50 feet

Draft: 18.5 feet

Sail Area:36,000 Square feet

Mast Height:226 feet

Total Staff:72

Passenger Capacity:170

Masts:4 Masts, 16 Sails



While our ships are tall (the tallest in the world, in fact) they are small in size compared to the industry average. What do you see as the advantages of sailing the small-tall ships? Let us know in the comments below!
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A Sunset at Sea

Some of our favorite photos are sunsets at sea. This shot was shared by Susanne, a Star Clippers' guest hailing from Austria. She snapped these on her sailing adventure with us.









To see more pretty Star Clippers photos of sunsets at sea visit our Pinterest board, Sunsets and Sails.



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Star Clippers Words of Wisdom Wednesday




Mahatma Gandhi said, "There is more to life than increasing its speed." Slow down, lower your sails and enjoy the world from the bowsprit net.



For more words of wisdom and sailing inspiration visit Star Clippers' favorite travel quotes board on Pinterest.
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Adventure & New Experiences on Star Flyer

A special thanks to Sharon Lumley for writing in about her Star Flyer adventure in Costa Rica, and to Walter and Lori Lumley for the fabulous photographs.





Ninety-four passengers boarded the Star Flyer Clipper ship at Port Caldera, Costa Rica to cruise the southern coastline of Costa Rica and a Port of Call to Isla Parida, Panama. After everyone had settled into their cabins it was an all hands on deck call for crew and passengers to set sail. With Captain Yuriy at the bridge, the crew proceeded to raise the sails as the music drifted over the intercom – Vangelis 1492 Conquest of Paradise. Warm Pacific winds billowed her sails as she leaned gracefully. The bow cut sharply thru the dark blue waters, heading south.



Adventure arouses new experiences and develops character. The first day at sea the clipper ship was under sail and the quest began. For the brave at heart there was an opportunity for a challenge by climbing the mast. Like the pirates of olden days the rope ladder went upward to the crow’s nest. Fear of heights would have to be subdued. A youngster of eighty six years went up with the first daring souls, giving others the courage they needed. Passengers could relax in a deck chair with a good book, listen to music, nap or choose to go on excursions to learn the wonders of Costa Rica. Each port of call offered a new escapade. Isla Parida, Panama: A white sandy beach with calm waters for snorkeling, swimming or hiking thru the island rain forest.







Rescue Center and Gardens, Off-Road Canopy Tour, or the National Wildlife Refuge. If those excursions were not of interest then after a dry landing, a short walk into town and talking with the locals surely would. Explanation: A dry landing is when a smaller boat called a tender brings passengers ashore and they disembark at a dock. A wet landing is when there is no dock and they tender as close as they can and you get off in about knee deep water.



Drake Bay: Corcovado National Park or Horseback Riding. Of course if you chose to stay aboard you could cool off in the crystal clear blue water of the ocean and lounge on a blue float (tied to the zodiac of course so that the waves would not sweep you away and leave you stranded at sea).



Quepos: Savegre River Floating, Manuel Antonio National Park, Titi Canopy Tour or Snorkeling Safari.



Isla Tortuga: Music, bar and barbeque provided by the crew for a beach party. Costa Rica is a mecca for nature lovers. There are an abundance of exotic birds, flora of every color, alligators and either spider monkeys to charm you with their sweet smiles or Howler monkeys to entertain you.






FOOD, FUN AND NEW FRIENDS


Eating seems like such a simple pleasure but trying new foods can in itself be an adventure. The Jamaican Chef and his staff spent endless hours in preparation of meals and snacks. Imagine arising early to see the sunrise and the coffee, juices, sweet rolls and croissants are waiting for you. Lunch buffets were seafood, Italian, Caribbean, South American, Oriental and a barbeque prepared on the beach.



Dining was casual-elegant and you were handed a menu with several choices. In the Tropical Bar you could sit on deck, listen to music and choose an exotic cocktail, beer or wine.



Every day there was no shortage of entertainment. The talented Tamas was frequently in concert in the Piano Bar or playing his accordion on deck in the Tropical Bar. Crew and passengers amused us with a fashion show, a talent show and even a couples’ contest to crown “Mr. and Mrs. Star Flyer." By the middle of the week laughter radiated from port to starboard, stern to aft, echoing throughout the ship as different groups of people gravitated to each other either by similarities or differences and new friendships were created that would last a lifetime.



Debarkation at Purto Caldera, Costa Rica, brought an end to a week of adventure, fantastic cuisine, fun and many goodbyes to new friends and acquaintances. As passengers slowly proceeding up the ramp to board the tourist bus with suitcase in tow there was time for one last glance at the grandeur of the Star Flyer. She rolled with each wave as she awaited the time to raise her sails into the wind with another set of exciting passengers on their journey to paradise.






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BJ's Travel's Part 7: BBQ in Tortuga and Farewell

BJ and her husband work in the travel industry and are based out of Georgia. The couple recently sailed on Star Flyer, exploring Panama and Costa Rica. BJ shared her experience on her blog BJ's Travels, and we'll be publishing excerpts from the journey here. Enjoy!





Passenger's Log, Star Flyer Date 113013 (Saturday) Tortuga


We boarded a tender at 10AM for the beach on Tortuga. There were lots of rental chairs set up and a tent with a lot of tables...



We took the kayak out and scoped the area to see if there was a good place to snorkel, but didn't see anything that looked promising. The ships crew set up a great beach BBQ and Tamas the piano player played the accordion while we ate.






After lunch, we headed back to the ship and found a shady spot for an afternoon nap. After our shower, we took turns packing and then played a couple of games of casino in the piano bar.



We had a cocktail party on the back deck followed by dinner with a few of our new friends. The crew paraded through the dining room with flags and sang 'We are the world'.






We exchanged contact information with some of the passengers and then retired to our cabin.



Passenger's Log, Star Flyer Date 120113 (Sunday - Disembarkation Day) Puerta Caldera 


We woke up early so we could finish packing and get breakfast before disembarking. We closed our account on the ship and were the first ones on the tender to shore.






We were pleased to see our driver from Odyssey tours holding a sign with our name. We had a large van all to ourselves!

 

Our driver was quite informative about Costa Rica during the drive. We were off of the boat at 8:15AM and at the airport at 9:30AM... 



...We were happy to be home. Little Lucy, our Chihuahua, was beside herself and even Lola, our aloof cat, seemed glad to see us. Now we start the cruise diet. :(



Conclusion?  We would enthusiastically recommend a sailing trip on Star Clippers.
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Words of Wisdom Wednesday




Star Clippers guests are a special breed. We sail with ships full of movers, shakers and makers who make the world a reality.
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BJ's Travels Part 6: Exploring Quepos

BJ and her husband work in the travel industry and are based out of Georgia. The couple recently sailed on Star Flyer, exploring Panama and Costa Rica. BJ shared her experience on her blog BJ's Travels, and we'll be publishing excerpts from the journey here. Enjoy!





Captain's Log, Star Flyer Date 112913 (Friday) Quepos


After breakfast, we watched the ship anchor off the coast of Quepos. We got on the tender which took us to a dock about a 20-minute walk from town (our first dry landing!). There were folks on the dock handing out tourist info. We walked along the water to town.



The town is not really a tourist destination, although there is a busy bus station and lots of people coming and going. We walked along the outskirts of town. A couple of shops were having Black Friday sales. 

 

We found a neat open air church. It was deserted, so I decided it was okay to explore. I went up the steps to the attic and was startled by Jesus, in the corner.






We walked around some more and found Dos Locos to be inviting so we stopped in for a beverage. Across the street was an appliance store where the appliances were selling like hot cakes!



We had seen an unusual spire over the top of the buildings so we decided to check it out. It was La Luz Del Mundo. It did not appear to be open so we didn't get to peek inside.



Along the way, we saw Quepos' fish market, the car wash, the real estate office and lots of dogs. Everyone was very friendly.









On the way back to the dock, we went through a colorful market.



A tender was waiting for us at the dock. We thought we had missed lunch, but as we passed through the dining room there was still a little food out, so I stopped for a bite. Lunch today was Asian. Tony had sworn off of eating until dinner so he headed for the room.



It was looking like rain so we checked out the movie 'Crossing Over' from the purser's office and that occupied us until cocktail hour.






We had dinner with folks from the first night, as well as three single people. Tamas played the accordion during dinner.
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BJ's Travels Part 5, Thanksgiving Day at Drake Bay

BJ and her husband work in the travel industry and are based out of Georgia. The couple recently sailed on Star Flyer, exploring Panama and Costa Rica. BJ shared her experience on her blog BJ's Travels, and we'll be publishing excerpts from the journey here. Enjoy!





Passenger's Log, Star Flyer Date 112813 (Thursday - Thanksgiving) Drake Bay


Thursday started with our usual routine. Exercise with Steffi for me, and then breakfast in the dining room. We had not planned an excursion for the day so we found some lounge chairs in the shade and relaxed while all of the excursion-goers boarded tenders for their tours.



For the first time in several days, we were able to get a phone signal so we spent some time answering emails and wishing our friends back home a happy Thanksgiving.






We thought we would take a tender to Drake Bay to look around a bit, but we got caught up in conversation with some other travel agents and missed the first tender. By then, Steffi and Erik had the water sports equipment in the water so we decided to take a kayak out. We were told to stay within 150 yards of the ship so we didn't get to explore much. We circled the ship a few times looking for dolphin without any luck.



After we watched that bit of entertainment, it was lunchtime. In the afternoon, we found another shady spot to relax with our books. We got our usual afternoon rainstorm which delayed the photo excursion of the Star Flyer with all of her sails up by a half hour.

 

We had an impromptu meeting with the captain, the hotel manager and the activities director for a brief information session at 5, then we showered and got ready for the captains dinner.






Tonight, we had dinner with a passenger who had gone on the horseback riding excursion and loved it. She said one man had fallen off of his horse and landed under the horse! He claimed not to be hurt and finished the ride. The captains dinner offered lobster tail and beef tenderloin along with the option of Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing.






Dessert was flaming baked Alaska!

 

The talent show after dinner was entertaining and got everyone up dancing at the end.
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BJ's Travels: Part 4, Golfito & Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

BJ and her husband work in the travel industry and are based out of Georgia. The couple recently sailed on Star Flyer, exploring Panama and Costa Rica. BJ shared her experience on her blog BJ's Travels, and we'll be publishing excerpts from the journey here. Enjoy!





Passenger's Log, Star Flyer Date 112713 (Wednesday) Golfito


Everything on the schedule was moved up a half hour to accommodate the tours. I was just starting the 7:30AM exercise class when we learned that there was extra space on the rescue center tour.



We hurried to our room to change into our zip-off leg pants and grab some bottles of water. It was a nice ride.




 

We rode for about an hour to the rescue center Fundacion Santuario Silvestre de Osa where we were greeted by Karen the curator and Sweetie the spider monkey (and another wet landing).



Karen gave us the ground rules - don't take flash pictures of the nocturnal animals, don't take anything away from the monkeys, don't try to restrain the monkeys and don't step off of the path lest you should step on a deadly poisonous snake. She told us a little about the rescue center and Sweetie. Sweetie went from person to person showing them where she wanted to be scratched.









We saw several animals, including monkeys, badgers, pecaries, sloths, parrots, kinkajous and some others.



After the tour, Karen gave us an opportunity to have Sweetie sit on our lap for a picture.



When it was time to go, we all piled back into the boat and waited for the driver to start the boat which was being temperamental. He finally got it going and we headed for the Orchid Garden. 

 

Greg, our tour guide, was passionate about plants and told us about all of the examples in the garden. 






Afterward, we met the owner and had a bit of fruit under the shelter.



We had no problem getting the boat started this time, but some of the folks had trouble getting back into the boat. While we waited for everyone to get onboard, waves kept washing over the back of the boat. The other boat raced us back to the ship, pausing nearby to watch a dolphin frolic next to their boat.






We made it back to the ship 20 minutes before the lunch buffet closed. Just after lunch, it rained heavily again, so we grabbed our books and went to the piano bar.



The rain drove Tony in for a nap. When it finally subsided, we went back up on deck to watch the sunset with Joy.



We had a glass of wine in the bar and then changed for dinner. Most of the passengers went to the cocktail party for repeat guests. We met a few folks for drinks at the bar. We had dinner with another couple and two of the singles. Tony had the veal and I had the salmon. I thought the crab cake appetizer was the best of the trip!
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Star Clippers Top Posts of 2013

As the year winds down we're taking a look at our Facebook fan-favorite posts from 2013.



So without further adieu, here are our top 10 posts of 2013, and their accompanying messages.







10. Words of Wisdom Wednesday: "Adventure is worthwhile." -Aristotle. Simple and true, don't you agree?



9. Where it's wave over wave, sea over bow, I'm as happy a man as the sea will allow.

There's no other life for a sailor like me, but to sail the salt sea, boys, sail the sea.

There's no other life but to sail the salt sea.



8. It's Throwback Thursday! Did you know that Royal Clipper was inspired by the tall ship Preussen, launched in 1902?



7. It's that time of year when darkness falls way too early! If you miss the sunset, check out Star Clippers Pinterest board "Sunsets and Sails" to lift your spirits!



6. After a long journey across the Atlantic Royal Clipper and Star Clipper arrive in the Caribbean tomorrow! We're looking forward to a season of sand, snorkeling and clear blue seas!






5. Star Clippers Words of Wisdom Wednesday! "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson



4. "Better to know a knot and not need it than need a knot and not know it!" How many nautical knots can you name?



3. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard



2. "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in it's net of wonder forever." -Jacques Yves Cousteau



And the number one Star Clippers Facebook post of 2013:


1. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain



Do you think these are the top posts of the year, or is there another that stood out to you? Let us know in the comments!
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