Q&A - What is it really like to sail with Star Clippers?
I've been on lots of different cruises, but I'm not sure Star Clippers is for me? What is the experience like on board the ships?
At first glance, I wasn’t quite sure whether Star Clippers was my cup of tea either. Was it going to be rustic, was I expected to work on my holiday helping to hoist the sails?
My experience though was the opposite.
Sailing the Mediterranean with Star Clippers was an exceptional, unique experience, with all the comforts I’d expect from any cruise, with the incomparable bonus of being under sail on a genuine tall ship.
My comfortable cabin, the lounges, bars and the restaurant’s culinary delights were wonderful and even more impressive were the warm crew who took care of everything. The Mediterranean was the perfect destination and being on a ship with only 200 or so other like-minded travellers was one of the key elements that made it so special. There was a comraderie and instant friendliness I’ve not found on other ships.
Where does the ship visit? Are there lots of activities on board, given the ships are smaller in size?
The smaller size of our ship meant we were able to visit the smaller, lesser visited ports, and I don’t recall ever having to line up for anything and dress was casual every day. During our seven days we were in port every day, exploring Corsica, Sardinia, Elba and the Riviera. We could either do as we pleased or enjoy one of the ships organised tours. We mostly pottered about independently and with always being right in the centre town we could do this easily.
It's easy to explore the small ports as the ship can dock close to the centre of town
On board during the day, there were all manner of nautical activities, or you could simply relax or swim in the pools on the beautiful teak decks that stretch from bow to stern. And yes, at times you were invited to assist with rigging for the obligatory photo op, or even climb up to the crow’s nest. At night there’s light entertainment, but it’s more about stimulating conversation at the Tropical Bar with your fellow travellers. Drinks were not included, but the bar prices were the most affordable of any cruise line I have travelled with.
Guests can take part in watersports directly from the ship
How many ships are there in the Star Clippers fleet? Do they sail all the time?
Showcasing the fleet is the Royal Clipper, the largest square rigger in the world today, a splendid sight to behold harking back to the grand age of sail, where guests on board balance grandeur, adventure and tradition seamlessly. Then there are the two sister ships, Star Clipper and Star Flyer. The ships use a combination of motor and sail and guests on board enjoy expansive open decks to indulge in warm weather and tropical cruising.
Where do Star Clippers sail to?
For many of us, our holiday destination is at times even more important than how we get there, and Star Clippers’ itineraries are destination focused with many itineraries offering every day in a different port. In the Mediterranean cruises span the entire Middle Sea including the Adriatic, Croatia, Montenegro, Venice, Greece, Italy and France.
Closer to home, Star Clippers offer year-round tropical discoveries encompassing tropical Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo and the fascinating, rarely visited islands of the Indonesia archipelago, and new for 2020, journey to incredible Cambodia. Or perhaps feel like Jack Sparrow aboard Star Clippers in the quintessential Caribbean including the Panama Canal.
You can have your own Star Clippers adventure - simply search for Star Clippers on our website for a selection of sailings or call us on 1300 295 161 to book.
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