Postcards from the Caribbean: Shared by Sailors

[caption id="attachment_16751" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Pitons of St. Lucia. Shared on Instagram by @burlesque1989.




As Star Clippers sail throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean guests and crew alike share photos of their experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It's hard to say which are more photogenic -- the ships or destinations! We'll call it a tie. Here's a roundup of some fabulous recent social media posts from the Caribbean.






[caption id="attachment_16746" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Looking out on Star Clipper from Royal Clipper. Shared on Instagram by @burlesque1989.




[caption id="attachment_16754" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Regal Royal Clipper. Shared on Instagram by @natnhouston.




[caption id="attachment_16752" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A view of the beautiful blue waters as Royal Clipper sails into Antigua. Shared on Instagram by @burlesque1989.
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Photo Roundup: A Star Clippers Adventure in the Caribbean

[caption id="attachment_16614" align="aligncenter" width="511"] Star Clipper at sea. Photo shared on instagram by @burlesque1989.




Star Clippers is quite the photogenic fleet! Guests from all over the world share gorgeous photos of the ships and their vacations onboard on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here's a roundup of beautiful Instagrams shared this week!







[caption id="attachment_16618" align="aligncenter" width="511"] Alice at Tobago Cays. Photo shared on instagram by @burlesque1989.




[caption id="attachment_16617" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Under full sail! Photo shared on instagram by @burlesque1989.




[caption id="attachment_16616" align="aligncenter" width="510"] A boathouse in the Caribbean. Photo shared on instagram by @burlesque1989.




[caption id="attachment_16615" align="aligncenter" width="511"] Caribbean colors at Iles des Saintes. Photo shared on instagram by @burlesque1989.




[caption id="attachment_16620" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Royal Clipper sails into port. Photo shared on instagram by mj1848.




[caption id="attachment_16622" align="aligncenter" width="511"] The sun shines through Royal Clipper's rigging. Photo shared on instagram by kreuzfahrten.de.




[caption id="attachment_16621" align="aligncenter" width="510"] The crew takes a bow. Photo shared on instagram by vadim_novikov.




Join the conversation! Follow Star Clipper on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, or tag your Star Clippers photos #starclippers on Instagram. Happy posting!
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Want to Climb the Mast? Here are Some Tips!

[caption id="attachment_15735" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo shared by @unforgettrips via Twitter.




It takes courage to climb the mast! Star Clippers recently asked on social media if veteran guests had any tips for those looking to climb the mast for the first time. "Don't look down" was the phrase that echoed most others had funny, earnest and reflective things to say.



Read on for the top tips from experienced climbers!



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James Graham Chapman: III Don't miss a step...



Roger McGowan: Keep your backside out a bit from the shrouds , relax, 3 points of contact at all times. Enjoy it, the best view in the world.



Gina Dagnone Restivo Garver: Make sure your sd card is in your camera lol!



(It sounds like she knows from experience!)


Jeff Lee: Relish the moment. It's so invigorating.



Paula Galland: Wear firm soled tennis shoes.



[caption id="attachment_15738" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photos shared by courageous guests Richard A. Auchter, Howard Winn and Ga Bi.




Trudie Grant-Jones: Got to do it..just to say you can! Wear flat shoes and a pirate scarf to kèep your hair out of your eyes and go! My legs were like jelly but well worth it. It is actually harder than it looks!



George Sivell: Listen to what the sports team or deck hands tell you before you set off.



Judy Donina Wolfe: Have someone take stills and video of you. Sign-up as early as it is announced.



Howard Winn: Health & Safety rules, everyone wears a harness and is belayed from the deck!!



Annise Mock: Don't give up. It's worth the climb. One of my most unforgettable experiences.



Have you climbed the mast? Share your tips and experience in the comments below!
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Memories Come Full-Circle for Orlando Chris

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, www.chriscruises.com.





We first saw Royal Clipper docked in Barbados a decade ago, then visiting the port off an 8-day Southern Caribbean sailing of Carnival Legend. Walking by the ship with sails that day, I casually admired the vessel but did not really think much about it; only that it would have been of great interest to my father, at one time fascinated by sailing. But then he had a passing fancy with a number of interests and often brought us along for the ride. Funny how things come full circle sometimes.



First it was golf and we joined a country club. Everyone in the family got a set of clubs, took golf lessons and we learned to love a sport. Then it was flying so dad bought an airplane, we all took flying lessons and learned how to soar. Along came sailing and a sailboat owners we became, learning the basics of seamanship and how to survive the elements. As the sails unfurled aboard Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper, on our first night heading out of Barbados, I thought of my dad and how much he would have enjoyed the experience



And an experience it was.












We talk a lot in this space about the current focus of cruise lines on the experiential element of what they do, regardless of the line. Big ocean ships, once the exclusive domain of the masses doing mass things are honing in on allowing us to step out of our comfort zone and into a new experience, no easy undertaking with thousands of souls aboard. Smaller ocean ships come by it naturally, going to places big ships can’t get close to. On the river, it’s an up close and personal experience with iconic destinations we may have only read about or seen in films or on television.



Just one day into our Windward Islands sailing of Royal Clipper and we see yet another totally unique experience ahead of us.



The largest fully rigged ship that the planet has ever seen, Royal Clipper’s numbers speak for themselves. In this world, it’s not how many tons the ship displaces but how many square feet of sail that counts. And count it does.










As Captain Sergey Tunikov ordered Royal Clipper to sea, music that otherwise might have been coined the soundtrack to Pirates of the Caribbean played to a deck full of well-traveled guests. Random conversation was overheard while we waited for that event to happen, but was silenced as the Royal Clipper’s canvas was unfurled one by one, small sails feeding life into larger ones.



Sailing aficionados on board threw around sailing jargon, most of which had a familiar ring to it. As Royal Clipper moved farther and farther away from shore, sailing off into the night, I couldn’t help but think of my father and how much he would have enjoyed this. I was glad I had that sailing experience as a boy, happy that I could share it with Whitney, along with me on this sailing and humbled by what looks to be quite a unique travel experience, right from the start. Dad would have especially liked that thought.



Stay tuned as we go through the ship and onboard experience as well as the various ports of call seen along the way. This is going to be one amazing ride.



To visit Chris' blog click here: www.chriscruises.com
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Star Clippers Tweets Share the Memories

It's all about connecting. Some people share their memories on Facebook, others tweet in the moment. Whatever your style of connection, keep it coming! We love to hear from you.



Here are some of our recent favorite tweets:



@jeffmillertime: Thumbs up homies!!!! #latergram #20000 #leagues #under #the #sea #royalclipper #adriatic #vacation #fun http://instagram.com/p/epiuBDI-ol/










@SecretHvar: Today we can see monte gargano (italy) from the highest peak

#hvar #hvaroffroadtour #dalmatia #italy #royalclipper http://fb.me/2lrNYhwVy









@Reise_Blog: @starclippers View from #Thira #Santorini #Greece. #StarClipper #Cruiseship #Cruise #Kreuzfahrt #Kreuzfahrtschiff pic.twitter.com/m23lecluGt









@cruisemiss: Royal Clipper docked in Civitavecchia #cruise #travel #cruisechat #cruising #tallship #royalclipper…






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