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Star Clippers Cruises from Blue Water Holidays

Enjoy an authentic sailing experience with our unrivalled collection of Star Clippers itineraries worldwide.

There’s nothing quite like the the romance of a tall ship voyage under full sail, but with the impeccable service and comforts of a modern ship.

Explore the diverse ports of the Mediterranean, enjoy island-hopping in the sailing paradise of the Caribbean, discover the natural beauty of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, visit the beautiful island of Bali on a voyage around Indonesia or join a memorable transatlantic crossing.

We can help you arrange the perfect holiday, including flights and pre- and post- voyage stays, organised around a Star Clippers voyage.

  • Royal Clipper and Star Clipper at sea
  • Star Clipper moored up
  • Royal Clipper in the South of France
  • Star Clipper under full sail
  • Raising the sails on Star Clipper
  • Sailing into the sunset
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About Star Clippers

Tradition, informality, and comfort - life aboard a Star Clipper

Each and every voyage aboard Star Clippers carries the romance of sailing aboard a true tall ship

A unique combination of sailing tradition and pampered relaxation. An authentic tall ship adventure without sacrificing creature comforts. Easy going informality. That is the essence of a Star Clippers tall ship cruise.

Our graceful ships fly along the waves, just like the legendary clippers, and as thousands of square feet of sail unfurl above you'll experience the romance of tall ship sailing.

Life aboard a Star Clipper is blissfully relaxed, much like travelling on a private yacht. The magnificent five-masted Royal Clipper is the largest true fully rigged sailing ship afloat today and has a full complement of 42 sails. Star Flyer is smaller and carries just 170 guests. Both ships explore the shores of the Mediterranean in the summer, before heading to the sun-drenched Caribbean in the winter, with Star Flyer also offering itineraries to Cuba in the winter months. Star Clipper is the sister ship to Star Flyer and offer itineraries around Indonesia, including the beautiful island of Bali, in the summer, and explores Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore in the winter.

On Star Clippers there are no rigid schedules. You are free to do as you wish with your days and evenings, you can dine when and with whom you wish, including the ship's officers. No need for formal gowns and black tie. Our inspired chefs make dining aboard a delightful culinary adventure with an international menu served by friendly and gracious staff in a tasteful restaurant. No Broadway revues - we bring local performers on board for an authentic taste of their music and arts.

From your continental or full breakfast the day proceeds at your own pace. Join the Captain on the always-open bridge, cool off with a dip in one of the pools, unwind with a cool drink, or join in a favourite song at the piano bar. Dicover history and cultures on exciting shore excursions in exotic ports. If it's a beach day swim, windsurf, sail or explore in a Zodiac. We'll take you to remote reefs, underwater wrecks, and blue lagoons. Yet you can be confident that your environmentally friendly sailing ship will leave the world's pristine places clean and unpolluted.

Read our Caribbean Treasure Islands diary on Star Clipper

Read our French Riviera diary on Royal Clipper

Royal Clipper under full sail Buffet Lunch, Royal Clipper Beach Barbecue

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  • Spain and Morocco

    6 Nights - Lisbon to Malaga

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Discover the exotic Moroccan city of Tangier, the famous Rock of Gibraltar and the pristine beaches of the Algarve on this voyage under full sail on tall ship Star Flyer 2018 - May
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Spain and Morocco Cruise Only
    From £946pp
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  • Thailand and Penang

    7 Nights - Phuket and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

    Explore Penang, known as the Pearl of the Orient and the beautiful islands off the coast of Phuket in Thailand, including the Butang archipelago on tall ship Star Clipper 2017 - Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Save up to 20% on Winter 2018/19 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Thailand and Penang Cruise Only
    From £954pp
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  • Thailand and Langkawi

    7 Nights - Phuket and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

    This superb itinerary on sailing ship Star Clipper explores the iydllic islands scattered off the coast of Phuket in Thailand and picturesque Langkawi in Malaysia, with oportunities for snorkelling and watersports 2017 - Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Save up to 20% on Winter 2018/19 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Thailand and Langkawi Cruise Only
    From £954pp
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  • Windward Islands

    7 Nights - Barbados and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Explore the idyllic Windward Islands on this sailing voyage on magnificent tall ship Royal Clipper visiting picturesque St Lucia, historic Antigua and the chic capital of Martinique 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar
    Save up to 20% on Winter 2018/19 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Caribbean Windward Islands Sailing Cruise on Royal Clipper from Barbados Cruise Only
    From £1070pp
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  • Grenadine Islands

    7 Nights - Barbados and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Explore the spice island of Grenada and uninhabited Tobago Cays on this sailing voyage to the Grenadine Islands on superb tall ship Royal Clipper 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar
    Save up to 20% on Winter 2018/19 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Grenadine Islands Cruise on Royal Clipper Cruise Only
    From £1070pp
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  • Treasure Islands

    7 Nights - St Maarten and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    A fascinating sailing holiday from St Maarten to the unspoilt British Virgin Islands including stunning beaches at Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke, plus rainforested St Kitts and glamorous St Barts 2018 - Feb, Mar, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar
    Save 10% on Winter 2018/19 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Treasure Islands Cruise Only
    From £1079pp
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  • Leeward Islands Sailing Cruise

    7 Nights - St Maarten and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Explore the exotic Iles des Saintes, sophisticated St Barts and colonial Antigua on this relaxing Leeward Islands sailing holiday from St Maarten 2018 - Feb, Mar, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar
    Save 10% on Winter 2018/19 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Leeward Islands Tall Ship Sailing Cruise Cruise Only
    From £1079pp
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  • Balearics and Spain

    7 Nights - Malaga to Barcelona

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Enjoy a relaxed sailing cruise from Malaga to Barcelona on board tall ship Star Flyer and discover the sun-kissed Balearic Islands and the historic cities of Cartagena, Valencia and Tarragona 2018 - May
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Balearics and Spain Cruise Only
    From £1114pp
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  • Balearics and Monaco Grand Prix Trials

    7 Nights - Barcelona to Cannes

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    This unique sailing voyage from Barcelona to Cannes explores the tranquil islands of Mallorca and Menorca and visits Monaco during the Formula 1 Grand Prix trials 2018 - May
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Balearics and Monaco Grand Prix Trials Cruise Only
    From £1114pp
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  • Westbound Transatlantic Sailing

    16 Nights - Europe to Caribbean

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Choice of Ships

    Re-live the romantic age of sail on one of these Westbound Transatlantic sailing crossings departing from Las Palmas or Lisbon to the Caribbean aboard Royal Clipper or Star Flyer 2017 - Nov
    2018 - Oct, Nov
    Save 20% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Westbound Transatlantic Sailing Cruise Only
    From £1126pp
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  • Eastbound Transatlantic

    16 Nights - Caribbean to Europe

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Choice of Ships

    Enjoy the sailing adventure of a lifetime on one of these superb Eastbound transatlantic sailings departing from Barbados or St Maarten on tall ships Royal Clipper or Star Flyer 2018 - Mar, Apr
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Eastbound Transatlantic Cruise Only
    From £1142pp
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  • Phuket to Singapore

    7 Nights - Phuket to Singapore

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

    Join authentic sailing ship Star Clipper in Phuket and explore some of Thailand's most beautiful islands before heading to Penang and Malacca in Malaysia on this superb voyage 2017 - Oct, Nov, Dec
    2018 - Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Feb, Mar, Apr
    Save 10% on Winter 2018/19 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Phuket to Singapore Sailing Cruise Cruise Only
    From £1174pp
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  • Eastbound cruise from Bali

    7 Nights - Benoa and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

    See the famous Komodo Dragons in the UNESCO-listed Komodo National Park and explore the idyllic islands off the coast of Lombok on this brand new voyage to Indonesia on authentic sailing ship Star Clipper, with opportunities for swimming and snorkelling 2017 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
    2018 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Eastbound cruise from Bali Cruise Only
    From £1174pp
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  • Westbound Cruise from Bali

    7 Nights - Benoa and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

    Sail from Bali on board Star Clipper and explore the dramatic natural beauty and ancient traditions of the exotic Indonesian islands 2017 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep
    2018 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Westbound Cruise from Bali Cruise Only
    From £1174pp
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  • Balearic Islands and Corsica

    7 Nights - Malaga to Cannes

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Explore the beautiful Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, and the historic towns of Bonifacio and Calvi in Corsica on this superb voyage under full sail on magnificent tall ship Royal Clipper 2018 - Apr
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Balearic Islands and Corsica Cruise Only
    From £1238pp
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  • Corsica to the French Riviera

    7 Nights - Cannes and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Choice of Ships

    Voyage under full sail and explore beautiful Portofino, historic Calvi and the glamorous resorts along the French Riviera 2018 - Jun, Sep, Oct
    Save 10% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Corsica to the French Riviera Cruise Only
    From £1259pp
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  • Southern Cyclades and Turkish Coast

    7 Nights - Athens and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Sail to picturesque Greek Islands and Turkey's Turquoise Coast with the opportunity to see the famous Lycian tombs in Dalyan and explore Santorini and the small island of Hydra 2017 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug
    2018 - Aug
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Southern Cyclades and Turkish Coast Tall Ship Cruise Cruise Only
    From £1259pp
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  • Jewels of Italy and Corsica

    7 Nights - Cannes and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Choice of Ships

    Discover the gems of Corsica, Italy and Monaco on this superb 7-night sailing cruise from glamorous Cannes on board Royal Clipper or Star Flyer 2017 - Oct
    2018 - Jun
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Jewels of Italy and Corsica Cruise Only
    From £1259pp
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  • Northern Cyclades and Turkey

    7 Nights - Athens and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Join Star Flyer on this 7-night sailing voyage visiting the archaeological jewels of Patmos and Monemvasia, fashionable Mykonos and Kusadasi in Turkey for Ephesus 2017 - Jun, Jul, Aug
    2018 - Aug
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Northern Cyclades and Turkey Sailing Cruise aboard Star Clipper or Star Flyer Cruise Only
    From £1259pp
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  • Croatia and Montenegro

    7 Nights - Venice and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    This relaxing 7-night cruise on Star Flyer from the enchanting city of Venice explores the highlights of the sparkling Adriatic coastline, from the historic city of Dubrovnik to UNESCO-listed Kotor and medieval Piran 2017 - Sep
    2018 - Sep
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Venice, Croatia and Montenegro Sailing Cruise Cruise Only
    From £1259pp
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  • Monaco Grand Prix

    7 Nights - Cannes and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Choice of Ships

    Experience the thrill of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix on this unique sailing voyage from Cannes to Monaco, Corsica and Italy on superb tall ship Royal Clipper or Star Flyer 2017 - May
    2018 - May
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Monaco Grand Prix Cruise Only
    From £1327pp
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  • Greek Islands and Turkey

    7 Nights - Athens to Istanbul

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    A unique tall ship cruise exploring the idyllic Greek islands of Mykonos and Patmos and the medieval Turkish towns of Dikili and Canakkale on the Aegean coast 2017 - Jun
    Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Greek Islands and Turkey Sailing Cruise Cruise Only
    From £1370pp
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  • Morocco and Canary Islands

    7 Nights - Malaga to Las Palmas

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Discover the diverse Moroccan cities of Tangier and Casablanca and pristine beaches of Arrecife, Lanzarote’s lively capital, on this brand new voyage under full sail on tall ship Star Flyer 2017 - Oct
    Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Morocco and Canary Islands Cruise Only
    From £1370pp
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  • Yachtsmans Paradise

    7 Nights - Istanbul to Athens

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Discover the delightful Greek islands of Skiathos and Skopelos, the location for Mamma Mia, on this unique sailing adventure from Istanbul on Star Flyer 2017 - Jun
    Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Yachtsman's Paradise Sailing Cruise from Istanbul to Athens Cruise Only
    From £1370pp
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  • Corsica to Sardinia and Monaco

    7 Nights - Civitavecchia to Cannes

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    This superb tall ship cruise on Royal Clipper takes in the natural beauty and rich history of Corsica and Sardinia, visiting medieval Bonfiacio and picturesque Calvi 2017 - Aug, Sep
    2018 - Aug, Sep
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Corsica to Sardinia and Monaco Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Les Voiles de St Tropez

    7 Nights - Cannes and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Discover the highlights of Corsica, Sardinia and the French Riviera on this 7-night sailing cruise and visit St Tropez during the annual Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez international regatta 2017 - Sep
    2018 - Sep
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Les Voiles de St Tropez Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Corsica and Italian Highlights

    7 Nights - Cannes to Civitavecchia

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Discover the breathtaking scenery and fascinating history of Corsica, Elba and Sardinia on this tall ship cruise on board Royal Clipper 2018 - May
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Corsica and Italian Highlights Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Corsica and the French Riviera

    7 Nights - Cannes and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Choice of Ships

    Explore the beautiful fishing village of Portofino, the historic port of Calvi and glamorous St Tropez on this relaxing voyage under full sail to Corsica and the French Riviera on Royal Clipper 2017 - Sep, Oct
    2018 - May
    Flight inclusive package from just £1579pp!

    Corsica and the French Riviera Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Corsica and Historic Monaco Grand Prix

    7 Nights - Cannes and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    See the cars from the golden age of motor racing at the Historic Monaco Grand Prix and discover the gems of Corsica, Sardinia and Italy on this 7-night cruise on board tall ship Royal Clipper 2018 - May
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Corsica and Historic Monaco Grand Prix Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Sicily and the Amalfi Coast

    7 Nights - Rome and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Join magnificent Royal Clipper sailing along the Amalfi coast to charming towns, the volcanic Aeolian Islands and historic Messina in Sicily 2017 - Jun, Sep
    2018 - May, Jun, Jul, Sep
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Sicily and the Amalfi Coast Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Corsica and Italian Gems

    7 Nights - Cannes to Civitavecchia

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    A unique tall ship cruise to the stunning beauty and fascinating history of Corsica, Elba and Sardinia aboard Royal Clipper 2017 - Jun, Aug
    2018 - Aug
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Corsica and Italian Gems Cruise Only
    From £1399pp
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  • Malta and Spain

    9 Nights - Malta to Malaga

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Voyage under full sail on magnificent tall ship Star Clipper and explore the beautiful Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, and the historic towns of Cartagena, Motril and Cagliari 2018 - Oct
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Malta and Spain Cruise Only
    From £1446pp
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  • Cuba and Cayman Islands Discovery

    9 Nights - Havana to Cienfuegos

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Enjoy overnight stops in the lively cities of Havana and Cienfuegos, and explore the sun-kissed Cayman Islands, on this relaxing voyage under full sail on tall ship Star Flyer 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Jan
    Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Cuba and Cayman Islands Discovery Cruise Only
    From £1655pp
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  • Indonesian Discovery

    10 Nights - Benoa and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

    Explore the traditional villages of Wera and Labuan Haji, the beautiful islands of Gili Kondo and Satonda, and see the Komodo Dragons at Komodo National Park on this unique sailing cruise from Bali on Star Clipper 2017 - Jun, Jul, Aug
    2018 - Jun, Jul, Aug
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Indonesian Discovery Cruise Only
    From £1700pp
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  • Greek Islands and Croatia

    10 Nights - Athens to Venice

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Join tall ship Star Flyer on this sailing holiday exploring the idyllic Greek islands and Croatia coast visiting the historic city of Dubrovnik and the islands of Korcula and Hvar 2017 - Jul, Sep, Oct
    2018 - Jul, Sep, Oct
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Greek Islands and Croatia aboard Star Clipper Cruise Only
    From £1822pp
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  • Caribbean Crossing

    11 Nights - Montego Bay to Bridgetown

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Sail from Jamaica to Barbados on board magnificent tall ship Royal Clipper and visit stunning Caribbean islands including historic Antigua, glamorous St Barts and picturesque St Lucia 2018 - Dec
    Save 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Caribbean Crossing Cruise Only
    From £1842pp
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  • Rome to Venice

    10 Nights - Rome to Venice

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Join superb tall ship Royal Clipper sailing from Rome to Venice taking in the exquisite beauty and capitvating history of Italy and Croatia 2017 - Jun, Jul, Aug
    2018 - Jul, Aug
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Rome to Venice Sailing Cruise on Royal Clipper Cruise Only
    From £2020pp
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  • Singapore to Bali

    14 Nights - Singapore to Benoa

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

    This superb itinerary on authentic sailing ship Star Clipper explores the idyllic islands of Indonesia, with opportunities for snorkelling, diving and watersports 2017 - Oct
    2018 - May, Oct
    Save 20% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Singapore to Bali Cruise Only
    From £2126pp
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  • Spain to Morocco and Portugal

    12 Nights - Cannes to Lisbon

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    A 12-night cruise on board tall ship Royal Clipper exploring Corsica, the beautiful Balearic Islands and the exotic cities of Tangiers, Cadiz and Lisbon 2017 - Oct
    2018 - Oct
    Save 20% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Spain to Morocco and Portugal Cruise Only
    From £2158pp
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  • Panama Canal to the Caribbean

    14 Nights - Balboa to St Maarten

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    This 14-night tall ship sailing holiday includes a transit of the magnificent Panama Canal, visits the historic town of Cartagena and explores the stunning islands of the Caribbean 2018 - Dec
    Save 10% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Panama Canal to the Caribbean Cruise Only
    From £2398pp
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  • Barbados and Panama

    14 Nights - Barbados to Balboa

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Choice of Ships

    A sailing holiday from Barbados with a transit of the magnificent Panama Canal visiting the Grenadines, the World Heritage Site of Cartagena and the remote San Blas islands 2017 - Nov
    2018 - Nov
    Save 10% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Barbados and Panama Cruise Only
    From £2398pp
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  • ABC Islands and Grenadines

    14 Nights - Barbados and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Join Royal Clipper on this relaxing voyage under full sail visiting the beautiful islands scattered off the coast of Venezuela, the idyllic ABC Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao and the picture-postcard Grenadines 2018 - Mar, Apr
    Exclusive £50pp discount!

    ABC Islands and Grenadines Cruise Only
    From £2820pp
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  • Italy to Montenegro and Croatia

    14 Nights - Civitavecchia to Venice

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Royal Clipper

    Sail along the stunning Amalfi and Croatian coasts on board tall ship Royal Clipper to discover the scenic beauty and intriguing history of Sicily, Corfu, Montenegro and Slovenia 2018 - Jun
    Save 10% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Italy to Montenegro and Croatia Cruise Only
    From £2848pp
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  • Bali and Indonesia Sail and Stay

    13 Nights - Seminyak to Ubud

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

    An exclusive 13-night sail and stay holiday from breathtaking Bali to the idyllic islands of Indonesia and the Komodo National Park on authentic sailing ship Star Clipper, with opportunities for swimming and snorkelling 2017 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
    Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Bali and Indonesia Sail and Stay Fly Cruise Package
    From £3449pp
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  • Sicily and Greece

    6 Nights - Valletta to Piraeus

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Cruise from Malta to Athens aboard Star Flyer and discover the lesser-known Greek treasures of Monemvasia and Hydra, and beautiful Syracuse on Sicily

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  • Spain to Italy and Malta

    9 Nights - Malaga to Valletta

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Explore the Andalucian region of Spain, the Balearic Islands and Sardinia on this tall ship voyage from Malaga to Malta

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  • Star Clippers Ships

    Royal Clipper

    • Ship Specifications
    • Length: 439 ft
    • Width: 54 ft
    • Gross Tonnage: 5000
    • Passengers: 228
    • Crew: 106
    Inspired by the legendary Tall Ship, Preussen, the new Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched in 1902. With a complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper reflects the grand age of sail, but boasts state of the art navigation systems and every comfort and luxury.

    Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea going experience, balancing the tradition of tall ship sailing with the service, amenities and accommodation of the finest modern yacht.

    The 134 metre long Royal Clipper carries just 228 guests in luxurious style, and offers a full 1760 square metres of open deck and three swimming pools. The 3-deck atrium funnels sunlight into the elegant dining room, with its superb cuisine and no-tie dress code.

    You can climb the mast to a 'crows nest', or swim from the stern marina platform. Or enjoy the spa and health club with its underwater glass portholes.

    On Royal Clipper 14 deluxe suites offer the ultimate cruising comfort, with private veranda, whirlpool bath and 24-hour room service. All but 6 of the 98 cabins are outside. Their decor is tastefully traditional - burnished brass fittings and mahogany bright work with soft natural fabrics reflecting the colours of sun, sea and sky. Marble lined bathroom, private safe, television with in-house video - everything is immaculately maintained.

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    Royal Clipper in Venice
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    Royal Clipper
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      Owners Suite
      Clipper Deck Deluxe outside suite (no private verandah) Two Double beds, separate sitting area, Minibar, Marble Bathroom with Whirlpool, Room Service
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      Deluxe Suite
      Main Deck Deluxe outside suite, private verandah, Twin Double Beds, sitting area, minibar, marble bathroom with whirlpool and room service
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      Main Deck Deluxe deck cabin, Double beds ,minibar, marble bathroom with whirlpool, cabin doors open onto deck
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      Clipper Deck Superior outside cabin, Twin/Double/Triple beds, marble bathroom with shower
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      Clipper & Commodore Deck Outside cabin, Twin/Double/Triple beds, marble shower with shower
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      Clipper & Commodore Deck Outside cabin, Twin/Double/Triple beds, marble bathroom with shower
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      Commodore Deck Outside cabin, Double Bed, marble bathroom with shower
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      Clipper Deck Inside cabin, Double/Triple beds, bathroom with shower

    Star Clipper

    • Ship Specifications
    • Length: 360 ft
    • Width: 50 ft
    • Gross Tonnage: 2298
    • Passengers: 170
    • Crew: 70

    Star Flyer and Star Clipper are as fleet as the wind and as graceful as swans. These are true clipper ships, reflecting their proud heritage in every inch of polished brass and gleaming bright work.

    These are modern cruise ships in every way, created for luxury-loving passengers who also love the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships. Star Flyer and Star Clipper are 360 feet long and carry just 170 guests in pampered comfort. Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like travelling on a private yacht.

    The ships offer pleasingly spacious accommodation and expansive teak decks with ample space for relaxing and play. In fact you'll find that this ship offers more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships.

    The decor is reminiscent of the grand age of sail. Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships please your eye, while teak and gleaming mahogany rails are richly remindful of their proud nautical heritage.

    The friendliness and enthusiasm of the Star Clippers' hospitable officers and crew adds to an unforgettable tall ship sailing cruise experience.

    Star Clipper Restaurant
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      Clipper Deck and Commodore Deck Outside cabin, two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths, marble lined bathroom with shower
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    Star Flyer

    • Ship Specifications
    • Length: 360 ft
    • Width: 50 ft
    • Gross Tonnage: 2298
    • Passengers: 170
    • Crew: 70

    Star Flyer and Star Clipper are as fleet as the wind and as graceful as swans. These are true clipper ships, reflecting their proud heritage in every inch of polished brass and gleaming bright work.

    These are modern cruise ships in every way, created for luxury-loving passengers who also love the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships. Star Flyer and Star Clipper are 360 feet long and carry just 170 guests in pampered comfort. Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like travelling on a private yacht.

    The ships offer pleasingly spacious accommodation and expansive teak decks with ample space for relaxing and play. In fact you'll find that this ship offers more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships.

    The decor is reminiscent of the grand age of sail. Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships please your eye, while teak and gleaming mahogany rails are richly remindful of their proud nautical heritage.

    The friendliness and enthusiasm of the Star Clippers' hospitable officers and crew adds to an unforgettable tall ship sailing cruise experience.

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    Star Clippers Customer Reviews

    "Rome to Venice" by a.kadow5 star
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    Had a fantastic time on the Royal clipper from Rome to Venice-our third cruise with Star Clippers. Have done the Windward islands and the Leeward islands, but this was an 11 night cruise and the best yet. The itinerary was excellent, loved the Croatian coast especially, though the best day was sailing into the fjiord of Kotor in Montenegro. There was an excellent choice of trips available but still plenty of time to enjoy the boat at sea. Royal Clipper had many admiring glances from people on the enormous cruise liners. Personally, I can't imagine cruising on anything but a small cruise ship and ours had the added bonus of proper sails!
    The food was also excellent and varied with plenty of choice. The crew were very friendly and the restaurant and cabin service was very good.
    All in all a wonderful holiday

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     Our third trip on this amazing tall ship, this time in the Caribbean with lots of sailing. An excellent holiday with good food, good rum punches, great beaches and snorkelling.......

     

     

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    Wonderful holiday!
    Beautiful weather, good hotels in great locations. The best ship ever, helpful and friendly crew ,great  food, well organised  and informative excursions, nice fellow passengers what more can one say?
    Except I must do it again!

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    Sailing into Monaco on board Royal Clipper has to be one of those once in a lifetime moments - even with the preparations for the Grand Prix well underway, everyone stopped to stare in wonder at the amazing spectacle of Royal Clipper with all 42 sails billowing in the breeze!

    Although just on board for a short break, this beautiful ship made a lasting impression - with only around 200 people on board, there was plenty of deck space with choice of pool areas and it never felt crowded. Drinks were very reasonably priced and we particularly enjoyed cocktails in the Tropical Bar before dinner!

    Breakfast and lunch were buffet style in the magnificent dining room, with dinner being a highlight of the cruise - fantastic menus, superb service and a relaxed atmosphere. We went down to dinner around 8pm every night and always found a perfect spot to eat.

    We had a Category 2 cabin which was spacious and well designed. Being a sailing ship, cabins are never going to be enormous, but it suited us perfectly - the marble bathroom was fantastic! We were lucky enough to sneak a glimpse of a Deluxe cabin with private balcony - maybe next time or for a special occasion!

    We had a real treat the next day as Star Clipper appeared alongside us on the way to St Tropez - what a spectacle, both ships sailing together along the stunning French Riviera!

    St Tropez was a pleasant surprise. The bustling harbour was as expected with tourists, shiny yachts and souvenir shops, but venture off the main front down quaint narrow streets lined with honey coloured buildings and you get a glimpse of the real St Tropez. From old men playing boules in the park to traditional bars, shops and boutiques, it's easy to see why St Tropez is so popular!

    I was very sad to disembark Royal Clipper the next day, but have already booked my next trip from Venice along the Croatian Coast! I can't wait to get back on board...

     

    "Star Clipper" by superjw5 star
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    I decided to start my cruise holiday with an overnight stay in Athens in order to experience the Greek capital's culture and take a look at the ancient Acropolis before embarking on the Star Clipper for a 4 night ‘taster' cruise visiting, Paros, Kusadasi and Mykonos.

    A 30-minute transfer from my hotel in the centre of Athens took me to the port of Piraeus, where I caught my first glimpse of the Clipper ship. The Star Clipper looked tiny next to the cruise liners in port- perfect!

    I was welcomed aboard with a refreshing cocktail which I enjoyed on deck before checking out my cabin. I had booked a category two cabin, which was elegantly decorated with plenty of storage space and a light and airy feel.

    The food on board was delicious and certainly plentiful, with buffet style breakfasts and lunches followed by six course evening meals. I also liked the open seat dining which gave the flexibility of choosing who you sat with and the smart casual dress code stopped dinner being too much of a formal affair.

    I found the Star Clipper to be a beautiful ship which was small, yet spacious and really allowed you to embrace the overall sailing experience with opportunities to climb the rigging and help put the sails up.  One of my fondest memories of the whole holiday was the sail away party, gathered on deck, champagne in hand, with the sails being raised as we cruised away from Piraeus; truly magical.

    The crew on board were fabulous! Friendly but professional and their ability to make you feel special with little touches such as remembering your name and favourite drink, made the overall experience more enjoyable.

    Excursions were well organised and the guides were very informative - certainly something that is required in a place like Ephesus.

    Overall a truly amazing cruise holiday and one I hope to repeat sometime in the near future.

    "Royal Clipper Review" by ChrisFerguson15 star
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    I had the fantastic good fortune to select a Royal Clipper Cruise in the Caribbean. From arrival at the port too the final steps away from the cruise operators, the service was amazing. Royal Clipper is probably the best looking ship in the world, both inside and out. Classixcally designed and with the maximum number of passengers being 229, she is all that one could wish for. Food is excellent, I certainly wasn't disappointed and eating dorado for the first time a real mouth watering treat.

    The service by the crew is discrete but friendly and very attentive - but not overly so. Rarely is a smile far away from the faces of any of the crew and you feel as if they genuinely enjoy what they do. This is an informal ship, with passengers being welcome on the bridge at any time of day. There is no set dress code, except that shoes and for men athletic type vests are banned from the dining room whilst a shirt should always be worn there.

    The beach trips with snorkelling equipment  provided for everyone who wants it are wonderful and the marine wildlife plentiful. There are oportunities for scuba diving if one is interested and the beach barbeque is a must. Excursions are possibly the weakest point, but even these I would score 8/10, swimming under a waterful in Grenada will live in my memory for a very long time.

    Would I recommend it to others - Yes on the proviso that they took me with them.

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    We booked this cruise about the Royal Clipper as our honeymoon treat and we were not disppointed.  It was a fabulous experience, luxurious without being pompously OTT and the casual nature of the crew, the open seating at meal times and the smart /casual dress code all made for a truely relaxing trip.

     Would recommend to anyone - particularly if the idea of a 3000+ passenger cruise aboard a floating apartment block has put you off cruising - try out the Star Clipper fleet and you won't be disappointed.

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    I cannot recommend this cruise ship enough (Royal Clipper),  From boarding in Rome until leaving the clipper in Venice we had the most wonderful holiday we have ever had.

    The staff, food and cleanliness were excellent.  The crew even remembered your name and what drink you had after a day or two.  There was food and drink available at any time of the day or night.  The excursions were very well organised and there is always something to do on board, if you do not go ashore.

     We are certainly planning to go on another cruise on this vessel.  Perhaps to the Far East this time.

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    I took a morning flight from Leeds/Bradford to Nice airport with Jet2. The taxi transfer from the Nice airport to the harbour side at Cannes takes approx 50 minutes.

    When I approached the harbour side I was a little confused as the ship was moored up out of the bay and I wondered how on earth all the passengers got onboard. As I haven't been on a ship like this before I didn't realise they commuted you back and fore by tender boats (small boats similar to a lifeboat size). I checked in at the harbour side and was given a cruise credit card to use on board. I made my way to the tender to go across to the magnificent Star Clipper. The porters took charge of your luggage so I did not need to bother or worry about getting this off the tender and onto the big ship. My luggage was taken straight to the cabin.

    I stayed in a category 3 cabin for sole occupancy on the commodore deck, room 107. The cabin was a reasonable size and furnished well. It had a small porthole, two single beds, a small dresser and chair, TV, wardrobe and marbled shower room with toilet and basin. Over all the cabin was a good standard but maybe needed a little updating on the furnishings. The porthole was just above the water level as at present it didn't both me, however when sailing through the night the water was always sloshing around in the porthole and the water noise hitting the cabin side was loud.

    Dinner was always served around 7pm. Every night the menu was different and there were always 5 courses with a variety of meals to choose from. Dietary requirements were always looked after. The food was out of this world. Lunchtime was a buffet with different continents food (American, Italian, Asian etc). I would certainly recommend in losing some weight before travelling. All I seemed to do was eat and drink. The table sizes varied they held 4, 6, 8 or 10 people and each had a waiter. In the centre of the dinning room was the buffet table which was used a breakfast and lunchtimes only. 

    Every day they always tried to raise the sails (subject to weather conditions), which was the most magnificent sight I had seen. It was beautiful. Evening entertainment was provided onboard every night. It was light entertainment either a quiz, disco or cloths show. There were mixed nationalities onboard so the entrainment was certainly entertaining at times. Dress-code onboard was mainly casual however in an even guests did want to make an effort, however they didn't "dress-up" in cocktail dresses etc. It was more smart/casual.

    Every day you were always moored in a different location, if not two locations. This gave you time to look around these places, take the option of going to a near by beach or simply laze around the sundeck soaking up the sun and dipping in the pools. On the itinerary I did my favourite stop was Portofino. This was full of very expensive yachts and boats and as you approach it has a look of wealth about it. I strolled the various shops and ally ways to offer but I will admit it was mainly window shopping as the famous shops were far too expensive for me. We sailed to many other places of interest, however being on my own it was a little strange walking around so I would get of the ship and look around for about an hour then I'd get back onboard and sunbathe.

    The staff certainly knew how to look after everyone and they were so friendly. They even knew what your favourite drink was by the 2nd day. Even though I was a single passenger onboard I never felt left out particularly at mealtimes and evenings. The staff always made sure I was sat with other passengers at meal times. The only time I was left alone was through the day, which I didn't mind because I was there to unwind.

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    I chose to book a sailing holiday for a ‘special' birthday and had a fabulous time.

    The itinerary we booked was the Cyclades cruise as I have always been a fan of the Greek Islands and the cruise meant my and husband and I could visit a lot of Islands we hadn't been to before, in particular Santorini, which has always been on my list of places to visit it! It didn't disappoint!  

    The food on the ship was very good, the staff were fabulous and the overall ambience was great. I even managed to pluck up the courage to climb the rigging!

    I would highly recommend this cruise and am now busy saving for another cruise for my next birthday.

    We have just returned from our fourth amazing trip on the Royal Clipper, this time from Venice to Venice with memorable stops in Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia. As usual we had a great time, an endless supply of excellent food and a good group of fellow travellers, though unfortunately little wind for actually sailing but this didn't mar our enjoyment of the experience of being on a tall ship.

    Star Flyer, one of 3 Star Clippers sailing vessels, is an attractive and well presented boat sailing vessel. It is a 4 masted barquentine with a square-rigged foremast. The food was truly excellent - beyond any criticism throughout. There were activities organised on board every day. Accidents happen at sea and this was explained quite clearly in Star Clippers' Ts & Cs.

    The cruise was very well organised from registering to disembarking and the crew were friendly and courteous at all times.

    We had an expensive en suite cabin, not quite owner's suite standard, and it was comfortable and well equipped but small. What do you expect on a boat?

    There were one or two accidents, mooring lines parted and an over-winched line snapped, but sailing is not without its hazards and the crew quickly corrected things. More seriously, a day and a half out of Cadiz, a crew member was injured in a fall and Star Flyer perforce diverted to Portimão to off-load him to a hospital on shore. And quite rightly too. But over a day's sailing was lost, which, combined with a subsequent drop in the wind, meant there was no longer sufficient time to visit Funchal. Consequently the boat sailed for 4 days directly to Las Palmas, arriving there exactly on schedule.

    It was my first trip with Star Clippers and I was surprised by how many of the other guests were ‘Star Clipper returners'. I would say over half were, a lot of them many times over, and over half the passengers were staying on board for the Atlantic crossing to Bridgetown.

    It was an expensive cruise, partly due to our choice of cabin, but I don't regret a penny of it.

    My wife and I enjoyed a totally unique experience aboard the Royal Clipper. We simply loved every minute of our holiday and will certainly  consider another Star Clipper cruise in the future.

    Star Clipper 7 night cruise of Southern Cyclades from Athens

    The most important thing to bear in mind if you are looking at a Star Clipper cruise is that this is a sailing holiday and not a cruise. Unlike the big cruise ships, these ships do not have stabilizers and therefore there can be quite a lot of rocking and rolling if the sea is anyway rough.    On the first night's sailing a substantial number of passengers suffered from sea sickness including my wife!  The ship's nurse was on hand with sea sickness tablets and if you feel that you may be prone to this, takes a tablet early.

    Getting on board

    Arrival and check-in was quite painless and as there is a maximum of 170 passengers, there was no queuing.  The company do the usual thing on cruise ships by welcoming you on board with a cocktail and a buffet but on this ship you can probably meet most of you fellow passengers in one go!

     

     Cabins are quite compact compared to some of the bigger cruise ships but they were very comfortable.  During the trip I found that if I went to the bar it gave my wife room to do whatever women do. The price of drinks at the bar is reasonable compared to other cruise ships I have been on and tea, coffee and drinking water are all complimentary for the duration of the trip.

     

    Bring a southern European adapter, the ship can supply you with one but have a very limited supply.

    Dining

    Apparently the ship has a Michelin Star chef and the standard of food reflected this.  Breakfast and lunch were buffet style and evening was a la carte. You can sit wherever with whoever which was helpful for those travelling alone. The house wine was fine and cost around 15 Euros for a bottle.  There were also early morning, late afternoon and mid-night snacks for those of us with a bit appetite.  It would be worth going on this cruise just for the food which was outstanding.

    Sailing

    As I said earlier, this holiday is all about the sailing experience and the shore excursions are an optional extra. I had heard some complaints from passengers who had travelled on a Clipper and the Captain had used the sails very infrequently. Fortunately this was not our experience and we appeared to travel under sail all the time.

     It was nice to get ashore to shop and see the sights but I could have as easily stayed on board for the duration of the trip.  Organized excursions are generally expensive but it is worth paying for the Dalyan River trip.  The Cruise Director was either poorly trained or was in the wrong job.  What information he did manage to communicate to the passengers was generally wrong, including simple things like paying for entrance to the castle and museum in Bodrum.  No, you cannot pay in any currency, they only accept Turkish Lira but if you stop at the nearest bar they will exchange your Euros for Lira.  You get a really poor rate but it was worth it to get in.  Entrance was 10 Lira.  Also unknown to the Director was that some of the sights were closed on the day of visiting. Fortunately we and a number of the other passengers treated this all as a bit of extra entertainment and it did not spoil our holiday

     Some passengers came on the trip just to see Santorini but if I go again I would give it a miss, particularly if there are other big cruise ships in.  We choose this holiday to get away from the queues but queued for about an hour to get the venicular railway back down to the harbor to board the ship again. Couple this with the problem of getting ashore on time due to the rough sea, it just wasn't worth the bother.  The place was pretty but very crowded and very expensive.  

     Setting sail each evening to the sound of Vangelis was an exhilarating experience and there was always something going on deck during the day.  This is not a big ship but the deck and bar never appeared to be crowded but you should also be aware that if the sea is rough, it is possible that the ship will be unable to berth or drop anchor.  They usually have a plan B!

    Last but not least, the crew and staff were very friendly and helpful making this a lovely holiday and we will go back, perhaps taking the trip through the Panama Canal. 

     

     

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    Caribbean Treasure Islands Sailing Cruise on Star Clipper

    Travel under sail between unspoilt islands on Star Clipper, in the footsteps of the pirates of the Caribbean. This is our diary of a Treasure Islands sailing cruise.

    Mon 18th Nov 2013

    This was our fourth Star Clippers cruise. The others were in the Mediterranean, and this time it was the Caribbean at Christmas-time. We were looking forward to warm sunny days, superb sailing conditions, and particularly the British Virgin Islands, famous for links to the real pirates, idyllic scenery and a laid-beck style. We were not disappointed.

    Our Treasure Islands cruise on Star Clipper started in St Maarten, the Dutch side of the island shared with the French St Martin. We chose to fly via Paris, taking the daily Air France A340 direct to St Maarten. The landing there is subject of many videos on YouTube as the plane heads in just over the beach at the end of the runway!

    DAY 1

    A short taxi ride from the aiport and we were at the St Maarten cruise terminal in Phillipsburg. We could soon see the masts of Star Clipper amongst the large cruise liners – 170 passengers compared with about 8,000 on the other ships! After a welcome Caribbean punch and a snack we explored our cabin before going up on deck to enjoy the last rays of the day’s sun.

    Lifeboat drill preceded dinner – well up to the Star Clippers standard, before going back on deck for the sailaway. Unlike other ships, Star Clipper actually sailed away, the crew hoisting the sails accompanied by the Star Clippers theme music by Vangelis. Once out of port we sailed silently through the moonlit seas, the stars shining in the darkness, the only noise coming from the bow cutting through the water – authentic tall ship sailing at its best.

    Raising the sails The beach and bar at Anguilla The ship's watersports equipment at Anguilla Anguilla local restaurant Relaxing on deck Moored at Virgin Gorda The famous Baths at Virgin Gorda Hire yachts off the Baths at Virgin Gorda Boulders stretch inland from the Baths at Virgin Gorda View over Virgin Gorda and the BVI Barbecue at Prickly Pear Beach, Virgin Gorda

    DAY 2

    Our first call was Anguilla, a British overseas territory, reputed to have the best beaches in the Caribbean. The Star Clippers sports team were active here, taking the ship’s sailing dinghies and swim gear ashore to the sandy beach a short stroll from the atmospheric small village. The beach bar featured a live jazz band, and was decorated with pictures of famous jazz players. A very congenial stop for the less-energetic!

    DAY 3

    Overnight we headed north to the British Virgin Islands, and passing Sir Richard Branson’s private island of Neckar we sailed in to Virgin Gorda, mooring opposite Prickly Pear beach a short distance from the Bitter End yacht marina. We chose an excursion to the famous Baths of Virgin Gorda, massive boulders strewn across a sandy beach and the nearby land. The scenic drive to the Baths took us up and down steep hills with superb views over Virgin Gorda and the BVI. We did not return directly to the ship, the tender instead taking us to Prickly Pear beach where the ship’s chefs and waiters organised a superb lunchtime beach barbecue. There was time to visit the marina complex at Bitter End before returning to Star Clipper.

    Star Clipper under sail Norman Island - the reputed Treasure Island Buffet lunch in the Tropical Bar Tortola - houses with a sea view Soper's Hole, Tortola Lowering the sails View of the setting sun from Star Clipper Heading to Jost van Dyke Wet landing at Jost van Dyke The Soggy Dollar Bar at Jost van Dyke Star Clipper moored off Jost van Dyke

    DAY 4

    The next day featured sailing down the Sir Francis Drake channel through the heart of the BVI. We called at Norman Island, reputedly the pirate headquarters and home to a lost stash of buried treasure, and allegedly the inspiration for the book Treasure Island, before sailing past Tortola and its capital Road Town to the famous yachting harbour of Soper’s Hole on the north west coast. Arriving there at dusk, we tendered ashore after dinner to explore the marina, shops and attractions of Sopers’s Hole.

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    Next morning we set sail for Jost van Dyke, the laid-back ‘barefoot’ island. Here was a ‘wet landing’ from the tender, steeping ashore on the beach in ankle-deep water with a helping hand from the sports team. This idyllic setting is home to the ‘Soggy Dollar Bar’ whose ‘Painkiller’ rum cocktail is justly famous! Probably our favourite location, we spent a happy few hours here soaking up the sun, dabbling in the warm seawater, and soaking up the occasional Painkiller.

    Heading for the Caribbean island The tender awaits at St Kitts Colonial reminders at St Kitts The centre of St Kitts Star Clipper sailing away Varnished rope blocks drying in the sun The harbour at St Bart's Yachts moored outside St Bart's harbour Eclipse - one of Roman Abramovich's yachts Anchored off St Bart's at night Docked back at St Maarten

    DAY 6

    Leaving the small islands of the BVI behind, we headed south overnight to St Kitts, a typical Caribbean island with a central cloud covered rainforested peak. There are still traces of its British colonial past, and its town centre clock-roundabout is allegedly modelled on Piccadilly Circus – although rather smaller. The island is visited by large cruise ships, and there are pierside shopping malls designed for their day-trippers.

    DAY 7

    Our final call was at St Barts, in the French West Indies. We were aware it was frequented by the rich and famous, but nothing prepared us for the massed yachts outside and inside the harbour – those outside too big for the harbour, and topped by Eclipse, one of Roman Abramovich’s yachts, with its two helicopters, and allegedly an anti-missile shield and mini-sub escape vehicle. St Barts itself was an interesting mixture of traditional French Caribbean influences and designer brand shops catering for the luxury market.

    The last evening brought the traditional waiter’s parade before sailing at 10pm from St Barts past the rows of luxury yachts.

    DAY 8

    Our arrival in St Maarten the next morning found us surrounded by ranks of cruise ships – all too big for most of the islands we had visited.

    DAY 8

    We agreed this was our favourite Star Clippers cruise, and certainly the most relaxing and with the best sailing. It was definitely a recommended way to visit the Caribbean!

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