Port Spotlight: Bodrum, Turkey




A glistening ocean surrounding a towering castle. Pristine beach after beach. Mediterranean nightlife that could even make Las Vegas a bit jealous. This can all be found at Bodrum, one of Turkey’s most magical cities, found on Star Clipper's Southern Cyclades itineraries.



If history and architecture are more your style, Bodrum also offers a great deal of wonderful places to see.







The Castle of St. Peter has a long history dating back from the 15th century. Serving as a refuge for Christians in the Asia Minor, the castle came under attack during the rise of the Ottoman Empire. In 1894, it became a military base for the Turkish army during the Greek Revolt. In 1962 part of the castle became a museum for underwater archeology. Other sights of interest inside the castle include the French Tower, where Queen Ada is rumored to be buried, and a spectacular museum of ancient glass pieces. At the northern end of the castle lie the world’s oldest shipwreck and the formerly tortuous dungeons at Gatineau Tower.



Bodrum also houses one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum, where ancient stairways, tomb chambers and a drainage system built in the late 300 B.C. are still intact.



Have you sailed to Bodrum? Let us know what you thought in the comments!
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Photo journal: Star Clipper in the Med

Journalist Steve MacNaull spent the last week of July,2014, sailing on Star Clipper in the Mediterranean and shared these fabulous photos of his experience.


[caption id="attachment_15789" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Stephen MacNauill climbs the fore mast of the Star Clipper while sailing from Mykonos to Kos, Greece. Photo by Scott Lechner.




[caption id="attachment_15794" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Rigger Jose Calando from Goa, India coils ropes after hoisting sails upon departure from Kusadasi, Turkey. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




[caption id="attachment_15778" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Rigger Marvin Aluarado from Honduras puts away the spanker sail after the wind dies down south of the Greek island of Kos. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




[caption id="attachment_15795" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The forward deck pool is one of two tucked beneath masts and sails on the Star Clipper. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




[caption id="attachment_15797" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Cabin 326 on the Star Clipper is compact, but comfortable. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




[caption id="attachment_15796" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The island of Mykonos is one of the quintessential Greek stops on the Aegean itinerary. Photo by Steve MacNaull.




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Family Fun on Star Clipper

[caption id="attachment_15804" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Kavi & Tejas helping to raise the sails. Photo by Heidi Sarna.




Travel writer Heidi Sarna recently enjoyed a family sailing on Star Clipper. Heidi, her husband and their two kids, Kavi and Tejas, sailed through the Med calling at beautiful ports in Greece and Turkey. Highlights of the cruise included hiking at Monemvassia and climbing the mast for a gorgeous view of the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea.



Kavi and Tejas weighed in on their Star Clippers experience, saying:







"It's different than all the other ships, it's better. You feel free, there aren't so many guidelines and rules." -Kavi



"I liked that we could climb the masts, crawl down into the bowsprit net and experience what a ship was like from a long time ago. Plus I liked the Greek ports and the food was really good on board, especially the pastas and tea time snacks." -Tejas







[caption id="attachment_15807" align="aligncenter" width="550"] One for the history books: the call at Ephesus. Photo by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15803" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "How else could we have gotten to gorgeous Amorgos?" Asks journalist Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15806" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Foodie pics! Kavi loving the belgian waffles and delicious lobster. Photos by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15809" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Climbing the mast is an event!" said Heidi.




[caption id="attachment_15811" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Approaching lovely Monemvassia and Tejas, 11, climbed the mast with his dad! Photos by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15812" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The family hiked up the mountain at Monemvassia - what a view! Photo by Heidi Sarna.




[caption id="attachment_15810" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Beautiful Mykonos. Photo by Heidi Sarna.




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Postcards from the Sea of Marmara

Thank you to Star Clipper guest Vicente Bono Gomis who shared these gorgeous photos from his recent sailing in the eastern Mediterranean and Sea of Marmara.


[caption id="attachment_15536" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Navigating through the sea of Marmara." - guest Vicente Bono Gomis‎




The Sea of Marmara is an extension of the Mediterranean that is bordered entirely by Turkey and separates European Turkey from Asian Turkey. The sea connects to the Aegean Sea via the Dardanelles Strait and to the Black Sea through the Bosporus Strait.



The sea has two distinct island groups. The first is the Kızıl Islands in the northeast near Istanbul; these islands are primarily resort areas. The second group consists of the Marmara islands proper in the southwest, off Kapıdagı Peninsula; these have granite, slate, and marble that have been quarried since antiquity—hence the sea’s name (Greek marmaros, “marble”).



[caption id="attachment_15537" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Under full sail en route to Istanbul!" -guest Vicente Bono Gomis‎


[caption id="attachment_15539" align="aligncenter" width="550"] View of the Sea of Marmara from Star Clipper.
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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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Star Clipper Postcards from Kuşadasi, Turkey

Special thanks to Facebook fans Corzaro & Co. for these great photos of Star Clipper at Kuşadasi, Turkey. Enjoy!


































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