[caption id="attachment_16627" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Fun in the sun and sailing -- Star Clippers is an adventure for all.
Star Clippers is a family company. The Krafft family owns and operates the fleet of record-holding tall ships, and encourages families to take to the sea, sharing their love of travel and sailing between generations.
One guest recently sailed Star Clippers with their children and grandchildren, and had a delightful time, saying,
"A wonderful family experience! This was our sixth Star Clipper cruise but the first that included our grown kids, their spouses and our grandchildren. Every minute of every day was wonderful. The kids had a great time. The crew went to great lengths to make sure the grandchildren had fun ... My eight-year-old granddaughter had the run of the ship; she reminded us of Eloise at the Plaza."
As the only modern-day tall ship fleet, Star Clippers offers an extraordinary vacation for the whole family. Parents and grandparents appreciate visiting the beautiful, cultural and historical ports of the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and children can let their imaginations run wild while cruising on an authentic sailing ship that looks like it’s from the pages of a bedtime story or the latest blockbuster film.
Onboard the ships, kids (and adults) can climb the mast in the safety of a harness for a panoramic view, plunge into a pool with portholes that peek into the dining room and participate in talent shows and pirate-themed parties. Kids and parents alike can kick back in the bowsprit netting and watch the sails billow overhead while looking out for a pod of porpoises. On shore, complimentary watersports like snorkeling and kayaking, and fun active tours keep everyone engaged.
While a Star Clippers sailing is relaxing, there are plenty of educational opportunities, including sailing lessons and historical tours where the whole family can learn about a port or region.
Have you sailed Star Clippers with kids? Let us know in the comments!
Nina of travelboulevard.be sailed the Leeward Islands on Star Clipper in Feb. 2014, and is confident that Star Clippers is a cruise for non-cruise lovers and cruise lovers alike. Below is an excerpt from her feature. For the whole story click here.
[caption id="attachment_15936" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Nina, travelboulevard.be.
Although I had been on a ‘typical’ cruise before there was nothing that could prepare me for the experience of cruising with the Star Clipper. Star Clippers is a smaller cruise liner operating with three tall ships: Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer. They are among the fastest and largest clipper ships ever built.
Cruising with these tall ships has nothing in common with classic cruises. During my days on the Star Clipper (cruising the Caribbean Leeward Island) my experience was that this was indeed a cruise that even non-cruiselovers would love.
[caption id="attachment_15935" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Nina, travelboulevard.be.
I once had the change to talk to Michael Krafft, the owner of the ships, and he told me he wanted to give his passengers the feeling as if they were sailing their private yacht: to be one with the ocean, the ship, the sails and fellow travelers. “Sailing brings people together”, he stated.
When I finally was cruising with Star Clippers myself, I understood what he meant. Star Clipper carries only 170 guests. You’ll never get lost in the crowd, there’s a relaxed atmosphere on board and the other passengers soon become more like friends instead of just fellow-cruisers. You really feel like this is your own private sailing ship, without having to pay a fortune (Star Clipper cruises are very affordable).
[caption id="attachment_15934" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by Nina, travelboulevard.be.
Do you agree with Nina's assessment? Let us know in the comments below!
For more fabulous photos and commentary about Nina's experience click here.
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!
English novelist Simon Raven said, "Life is short and the world is wide."
Why not see all that you can see?
Star Clippers sail through the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas, visiting ports that are often inaccessible to larger ships. Along the way you can climb the mast to get a particularly unique vantage point of the wide world around you.
For more words of wisdom and sailing inspiration visit Star Clippers' favorite travel quotes board on Pinterest.
Webb Chiles is a writer and a sailor, an artist of words and wind. Married six times, he lived with passion on land as well as water and at one time liked to believe himself an artist of women, too, but this may have been a delusion. As a writer: seven books and hundreds of articles published. As a sailor: five circumnavigations and several world records; and long ago he became the first American to sail alone around Cape Horn. He wanted to live an epic life. Perhaps he did. Spend some time and decide for yourself.
What do you think are the best books to read while traveling?
Imagine you are on a Star Clippers ocean crossing and have day after day to relax in the bowsprit net and read. What books do you consider to be the best of the best for traveling?
Below are the top 20 travel books as voted by Goodreads users. Contemporary fiction, trilogies and adventure reads made the list. Do you agree with the voters at Goodreads? Let us know in the comments!
20. A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini
19. The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
18. The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
17. Meeting With Christ and Other Poems
by Deepak Chaswal
16. The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy, #2)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha
by Arthur Golden
14. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
by Stieg Larsson
13. The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
by Dan Brown
12. Perking the Pansies - Jack and Liam move to Turkey
by Jack Scott
11. The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)
by James Morcan
10. The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
9. The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
by Lance Morcan
7. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
by Stieg Larsson
by Gregory David Roberts
5. Blue Coyote Motel
by Dianne Harman
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
by Stieg Larsson
3. Eat, Pray, Love
by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. Sleeping People Lie
by Jae De Wylde
by Janan Gray