Cliff Diving in Croatia

Magazine journalist Kristin Luna has been sailing the Med on Royal Clipper with some friends and family. Here she captured some footage of her sister's boyfriend taking a dive off the cliff in Croatia.






Would you take a leap like that? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jazz and a Journey

Jochem Laabs is a jazz aficionado and former advertising and PR pro who recently sailed on Star Flyer. He sailing was from Cannes with calls at St. Tropez, France; Calvi, Corsica; Rapallo, Italy; and Monte Carol, Monaco. He is also an avid sailor and was kind enough to put together this video to share the experience of a Star Clippers cruise.






To visit Jochem's YouTube page for more travel and jazz videos click here.
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Real or Rendered?




The answer may surprise you! This is a photo taken by Star Clippers' guest Jeffery Rich of Royal Clipper passing through Drake's Channel in the Virgin Islands. Rich added an effect to the photo to give it the appearance of an oil painting.



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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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Champagne Sailaway on Royal Clipper

Mary Stuart-Miller works for Star Clippers in the UK and had some time to step away form the desk and sail away with champagne. Cheers to smooth seas!



"The decks are full of guests enjoying a champagne sail away in the sunshine! Leaving Lipari now en route for an evening sail past Stromboli and a sea day tomorrow." - Mary



[caption id="attachment_15336" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Royal Clipper's champagne sail away.




[caption id="attachment_15335" align="aligncenter" width="550"] All hands on deck!




[caption id="attachment_15334" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Bar tender Sylbert dispenses champagne on deck for the sailaway from Lipari.




What's your favorite part of sail-away on Star Clippers — the views, the champagne or the music? Let us know in the comments below!

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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 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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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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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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Biking Through the Caribbean

A swiss tour group specializing in bicycle travel organized a trip for 45 swiss "bike fanatics" on Royal Clipper in the Caribbean. One of the organizers filled us in on the journey and shared these photos of the active group.









Dear all,



I’m back from a very successful special group travel with Royal Clipper in the Caribbean.



The Royal Clipper crew supported us very much. We had 4 levels of efficiency, the lengths of the bike tours were between 50 and 150 km!





Overall 7 bike tours took place, 4 of them during the cruise, in Grenada, St. Vincent, Martinique and St. Lucia. The rest took place in Barbados before the cruise.



Of course every participant got a special tricot and a polo shirt with an image of Royal Clipper on the front and on the back a map of the route of the cruise.



In 2015 a "bike cruise“ in the Mediterranean is planned.



-Klaus










Are you a bike enthusiast who would love this sort of tour? Star Clippers has a number of active shore excursions on every sailing, so even if you're not biking 50 km you can get out and move! Let us know what you think in the comments below.




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From the Desert to the Oasis

Barbara Molmod joined Star Clipper from Phoenix, Arizona, for the Treasure Islands itinerary, sailing roundtrip from St. Maarten with stops at Anguilla, St. Kitts, St. Barts and more. Her photos provide a fabulous snapshot of the vacation, one that she says she and her family will remember forever. Thanks, Barbara!


Coming from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, I truly found our cruise aboard the Star Clipper thrilling. I can not wait to embark on another journey aboard this amazing ship!



Best vacation ever.



-Barbara Molmod
























Do you have photos or stories from a Star Clippers vacation that you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Happy sailing!
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Eric Hansen is an author and travel writer best known for Stranger in the Forest, Motoring with Mohammed, Orchid Fever, and The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, and Natural History Magazine. Learn more here.



What compels you to travel? Let us know in the comments below!
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Cruising for Non-Cruisers

David is a talented photographer and world traveler who recently sailed the Caribbean on Star Clipper's Treasure Islands itinerary. Here's what he had to say about the experience and a sampling of his photos. For the complete gallery and many more (including South Africa, Finland and even cute kittens) visit his site.





Margaret and I have a couple of friends who seem to be on cruises all the time, so we had become curious about the experience. However, having sat on Riva deli Schiavoni in Venice with a cold glass of something white and Italian, watching packs of tourists from one of the large cruise ships being dragged towards Plazza San Marco by a brolly wielding guide, we had decided it probably wasn’t for us.






So when we stumbled across the Star Clipper cruises, we realised there might be a way we could cruise and have a relaxing time, and the icing on the cake (at least for me) was that this was a ship with sails….and it actually sailed. Margaret was perhaps not so keen on this latter characteristic of the cruise, since I had taken her sailing a couple of years ago and I’m not sure she has yet forgiven me for the competitive nature of my “requests” to haul in the jib during the charity regatta we found ourselves in!



But it was the Caribbean, it was warm and it looked beautiful, so the Treasure Island cruise was duly booked.






It’s hard to summarise the trip in a few words, but from the first moment we saw the Star Clipper to the moment we left her (were those tears in our eyes…?) we both had a great time and a holiday with memories we will cherish. The staff were always on hand and nothing seemed too much trouble, the food was delicious and plentiful and the sailing was impressive indeed (Vangelis will always invoke a recollection of those sails being hauled high into the rigging).












In all of this, I learnt a few things too, the largest sail on a Barquetine (which is what the Star Clipper is so I believe) is a Fisherman, the Lake District is in Cumbria (how did I not know that), and even after a 20 year break, I can still get up on a pair of waterskis!



Would we do it again, absolutely. As has been said elsewhere, this is not something to do 3 times a year, but it is a definite repeat, and now I come to think of it given the relaxed intimate nature of the cruise, I have no doubt sailing along the Grande Canal would be quite an experience and we would almost certainly have the time to visit our little Tratorria for a glass or two of something white and cold.









Oh, and one last thing, the Skipper really was a sailing nut, on the last day he anchored us close to the finish line for the St Barts Regatta. To say we had goose bumps watching a billion dollars of huge yachts gunning for the line inches from the bowsprit would be a bit of an understatement!






To see David's complete Star Clipper photo gallery, the site is http://www.dd1961.com/.



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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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Royal Clipper: Your Questions Answered

Chis Owen of the popular blog Chris Cruises boarded Royal Clipper in Barbados. Chris is a travel-writer who focuses primarily on the cruise industry and he began live-tweeting, instagramming and blogging his experience aboard the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world. Follow along with Chris' journey here, or join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, or his own blog, chriscruises.com.





Sailing on Star Clippers Royal Clipper, we happened upon an entirely different style of travel: sailing. We just thought we knew what cruise travel was all about until we came on board the ship with sails on a trip through the Caribbean’s Windward Islands. Quite frankly, our island-hopping itinerary was much more than we anticipated but followed a tried and true formula that took us away from ‘the real world’, allowing a quality travel experience like no other. Along the way we answered questions from readers with posts specific to common concerns. Today we take a look at other elements of the Star Clippers sailing style; parts not covered in other writings about our amazing adventure.



Motion In The Ocean
One of the big questions that came up along the way is best put by Roger from Tulsa, Oklahoma who asks “So, a ship at sea with sails; lots of movement? Only hearty souls need apply?”



Pretty much, Roger. When we were at sea, you knew it without looking outside to be sure. Commonly recommended to ‘avoid touching hand rails when walking up and down stairs to avoid norovirus’, there was no choice here: hang on for dear life or die trying…at times. On our itinerary the time of concern was leaving and coming back in to Barbados where the seas were the most rough and the most movement was felt. Still, it was kind of fun ‘walking like drunks’ without drinking.



I asked hotel manager Steve Adamson about that, wondering “Do you have a lot of passenger injuries?”. Surprisingly few actually because “passengers know what to expect” when booking a Star Clippers ship. Most have sailing experience or are past guests (more than 50% are) and have handled the motion in the ocean successfully before.



The Nautical Aspect
Riding on a ship with sails that actually propel the vessel is quite a different experience than sailing a big ocean ship. on the first sailaway, grand seagoing music was played while the sails were set for us to journey off into the night. After our first sailaway, Rob R from Kansas City asked “I wonder if they do that every time they set the sails. If so, it might get old fast”. It didn’t get old, it got better.



Throughout the journey, passengers learn more about ships with sails, what it takes to make them work and what a big part of the experience that movement of the ship is. By the time the last sailaway rolled around we had gained a great appreciation for what our crew did to make that happen, if not a glimpse into what those on the early sailing ships of yesteryear might have felt. That last sailaway was a bit emotional for many on board.



Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
“Ok, you were on a ship with sails, appear to have liked it. Would you do it again?” asked Sally B from Atlanta. Absolutely Sally. This is not a three times a year experience to be sure, but at least once in every cruise traveler’s lifetime they should do this. Beware: Post-cruise depression is alive and well in those who have done this and look back in the direction from which they came upon disembarking, hoping for one last glimpse of “our ship”.



I hope we can sail on a Star Clippers ship again some day. The experience is so remarkable that passengers are left wanting to share it with others who will appreciate it.



To visit Chris' blog click here: www.chriscruises.com
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Postcards from the Caribbean

Star Clippers employees snap some great shots! Mark Carlson, director of marketing, recently sailed on Royal Clipper and captured these pretty pics. From the early morning sun on the deck to a sail-along with Star Clipper, enjoy these postcards from the Caribbean!









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