Wellness Travel is on the Rise

[caption id="attachment_16865" align="aligncenter" width="550"] As travelers lead healthier, more active lifestyles, wellness activities like yoga are becoming part of their vacations.




Studies show that a yearly vacation is invaluable for health with benefits varying from lower stress levels to cardiovascular improvements. Adding to these benefits, many travelers are now combining traditional vacations with wellness-geared getaways.



A panel of experts at the annual International Travel Mart in Cannes, France, predicted that by 2040 90 percent of luxury tourism would include some aspect of health and wellness.







The global market size of the wellness tourism industry is growing rapidly — faster than travel in general — and is predicted to account for $678.5 billion by 2017, compared with $438.6 billion in 2012, according to Statistica Inc.



Much of this growth can be attributed to the maturation of the baby boomer generation, which is more health-conscious than preceding generations. These travelers look for a vacation that integrates their daily healthful routine with traditional aspects of travel. But it’s not just baby boomers who are looking to travel in good health — the active family travel market is burgeoning and is expected to continue to grow as well.



So what is wellness travel? The trend covers all aspects of health, including nutritious menu options, spa offerings and fitness activities. Across the globe tourism professionals are responding to growing demands by introducing whole food, vegetarian and vegan menus, spa packages and active excursions. Hiking, cycling, paddle boarding and kayaking continue to gain popularity.



Star Clippers offers a complete wellness experience. Shoreside the features include complimentary water sports and adventurous shore excursions such as mountain biking and kayaking in some of the most beautiful destinations in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.



Guests are invited to participate in yoga on deck under billowing sails on select yoga-themed sailings, and most cruises afford the opportunity to climb the mast for an exhilarating workout. Massages are available on each ship and flagship Royal Clipper features a full-service spa. Healthy gourmet meal options are available on all three ships in the fleet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.



Do you like to stay active when you cruise? Let us know how in the comments below!
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Hit the Deck with Yoga Cruises!




Studies show vacation is good for your health, resulting in lower blood pressure, lower stress and even smaller waistlines. Star Clippers adds yoga to the mix for an extra burst of energy and stress-reduction!







This weekend Star Clipper departed on a 7-day yoga-themed cruise with yoga instructor, author and life coach Inge Schöps. Schöps is based in Cologne, Germany, where she teaches, and she also runs yoga retreats in the Mediterranean on the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Formentera. She is an author and has published yoga apps and e-books.



On Royal Clipper’s May 16 and 23 seven-night western Mediterranean cruises roundtrip from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, guests can learn Ishta-style yoga, focusing on asana, meditation, anatomy and yogic and tantric philosophy under the instruction of Raphaella Rose. A yoga practitioner for 17 years, Rose promotes friendly and accessible yoga, and has taught classes in the U.S., Great Britain and Spain, running regular retreats alongside her class schedule.



Christel Vollmer returns to join the seven-night Balearic Islands sailings on Star Flyer roundtrip from Palma de Mallorca, Aug. 1 and 8. She will give two classes daily: 60 minutes of power yoga in the morning and a 40-minute wind-down class at sunset, followed by meditation. Vollmer brings many years of teaching experience to Star Clippers, having trained under Bryan Kest, yoga guru to celebrities including Madonna, Cindy Crawford and Sting.



All classes and lectures will be conducted in English and are optional. Additional ship activities will be offered as part of the standard daily program.



Have you sailed on a yoga-themed cruise? Let us know what you thought in the comments!
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Yoga on Deck a Hit - More to Come in 2015!

[caption id="attachment_16407" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo shared by Christel Vollmer.




Yoga expert Christel Vollmer was onboard Royal Clipper's transatlantic sailing offering twice-daily yoga lessons at sunrise and sunset. Yoga on the beautiful teak decks as the sun rises or sets over sea is an ethereal experience and all were welcomed.



Christel praised the "super supportive" Captain Sergey Tunikov and cruise director Lidija Jovic, who is also a yoga lover.



"We all had a lot of fun and very good yoga practice twice a day. Paradise!" she said.







If you missed one of the recent yoga cruises don't worry -- you can set sail on one of Star Clippers’ six scheduled yoga-themed itineraries in 2015. Christel returns along with more world-class yoga instructors on Star Clipper’s Jan. 24 and 31 Caribbean sailings, Royal Clipper’s May 16 and 23 western Mediterranean cruises and Star Flyer’s Aug. 1 and 8 Balearic Islands itineraries.



[caption id="attachment_16408" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo shared by Christel Vollmer.




All classes are complimentary and will take place on deck in the fresh air under the billowing sails at sunrise and sunset. The instructors also will give lectures on the philosophy of yoga and advice for practice at home. All of the classes are appropriate for all skill levels, so beginners are as welcome as advanced participants.



Yoga teacher, author and life coach Inge Schöps will join the seven-night Caribbean sailings on Star Clipper roundtrip from St. Maarten, Jan. 24 and 31, offering yoga and meditation classes. Schöps is based in Cologne, Germany, where she teaches, and she also runs yoga retreats in the Mediterranean on the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Formentera. She is an author and has published yoga apps and e-books.



[caption id="attachment_16405" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo shared by Christel Vollmer.




On Royal Clipper’s May 16 and 23 seven-night western Mediterranean cruises roundtrip from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, guests can learn Ishta-style yoga, focusing on asana, meditation, anatomy and yogic and tantric philosophy under the instruction of Raphaella Rose. A yoga practitioner for 17 years, Rose promotes friendly and accessible yoga, and has taught classes in the U.S., Great Britain and Spain, running regular retreats alongside her class schedule.



Christel Vollmer returns to join the seven-night Balearic Islands sailings on Star Flyer roundtrip from Palma de Mallorca, Aug. 1 and 8. She will give two classes daily: 60 minutes of power yoga in the morning and a 40-minute wind-down class at sunset, followed by meditation. Vollmer brings many years of teaching experience to Star Clippers, having trained under Bryan Kest, yoga guru to celebrities including Madonna, Cindy Crawford and Sting.



All classes and lectures will be conducted in English and are optional. Additional ship activities will be offered as part of the standard daily program.



Have you practiced yoga under sail? Let us know what you thought in the comments!


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What to do on a Star Clippers Sailing

In the past we've mentioned the exhilaration of a Star Clippers ocean crossing. It is an excellent opportunity to take a break from technology, catch up on some reading and enjoy life on the open sea. Whether you're at sea for one day or 10, Star Clippers offers a range of activities to keep you occupied.






On a Star Clippers sailing guests are treated to onboard lessons and informal chats with the crew. Topics can cover anything from sailing to oceanography, with the open air and ocean as a backdrop.



The ever-popular task of climbing the mast is one that every able body should try. The view from the top is absolutely stunning, and a fabulous change of perspective.







The onboard pools are a fabulous way to cool off in the warm weather, and you even can peek through the portholes into the ship's interior!



Star Clippers crew members sure know how to shake a cocktail -- happy hour at the Tropical Bar or a nightcap at the Piano Bar create a warm atmosphere. Here fellow passengers from all over the world get to know one another. There also are onboard wine-tastings on some sailings, and a pirate party on nearly every trip!









Group exercise classes are offered and can be a great way to start the day, or to work up the muscle and courage to climb the mast!



On Royal Clipper's spring ocean-crossing there will be an onboard yoga class everday. Said Alastair McKenzie:



With nothing but the vast, open ocean as a distraction, yoga classes will take place in the open air, on the spring and autumn 2014 transatlantic crossing of the line's flagship, the 227-passenger Royal Clipper.



Qualified yoga teacher Christel Vollmer will be holding the daily sessions of Astanga yoga, also known as power yoga, on deck in the cool morning air, with a second session just before sunset, including meditation. Christel will also deliver lectures on the philosophy of yoga and advice for practice at home.



These are just a few of the options available onboard. Whether you want to kick back in the bowsprit net or stay active at sea there is really something for everyone.



Are you a lounger, or do you prefer to stay active on sea days? Let us know in the comments below!
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Rejuvenate and Recharge on a Star Flyer Yoga Cruise

Looking to find inner peace and improve your health in 2013? Join us for our yoga classes at sea aboard Star Flyer. Visit our website and book today!








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Saluting the Sun

Special thanks to Star Clippers guest Mark Goodman for sharing these photos from a zenned-out yoga class on board. Thanks, Mark!
















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