Star Clipper's Opportunities
Star Clipper's Opportunities
Star Clipper’s three magnificent tall ships offer the exhilaration of sailing beneath billowing sails in the company of around 200 like-minded guests. Relax on the scrubbed teak deck or lie in the bowsprit net as the bow slices through the waves. Climb the rigging up to 67 ft for a magnificent bird’s eye view of the sun decks and pools, amid the sails and the rigging. Enjoy long, relaxing days at sea, and many more ashore, discovering far off and idyllic islands, beaches, small villages and lush, tropical forests, calling into small ports and harbours inaccessible by larger vessels.
You can start the new year with an island hopping voyage in the Caribbean, steeped in colonial history and abounding with tales of piracy to spice up the slow pace of island life, visiting small and unspoilt white sand beaches fringed with palm trees and the gently lapping turquoise sea. Star Flyer departs from St Maarten on 25 January 2020 for a 7-night sailing to Dominica, Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, Antigua and St Barts.
Thailand’s myriad of archipelagos, marine parks, lagoons and waterways feature dramatic craggy outcrops and islets, islands blanketed in rainforests and fringed by powder-soft beaches, gin clear water and colourful coral gardens. Star Clipper’s 7-night sailing from Phuket on 1 February 2020 includes the chance to visit Pha Nang Bay, immortalised by 007’s adversaries in the film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, as well as some of the clearest and most beautiful waters in Thailand, perfect for sailing, snorkelling, fishing and relaxing.
You’re never far from the water on a tall ship sailing with just four decks, gangplanks leading straight down to Zodiacs and tenders plus there’s a drop down Marina Deck at the stern of Royal Clipper. Complimentary watersports are included in all sailings with snorkelling masks and flippers offered to all guests. On 7 night ‘Grenadine Islands’ sailings you can swim with teeming colourful fish or take an optional guided snorkelling excursion for a close encounter with rays and other marine life during a relaxed and idyllic sailing through some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and unspoilt islands.
Twice a year Star Clipper’s majestic tall ships make the voyage between Europe and the Caribbean, taking just over two weeks to complete the crossing. Guests can savour long days with just the sea, the sky and the workings of the ship, relaxing far from the stress of the world. There are lectures and presentations plus knot-tying, rope pulling and navigational skills classes. At night unpolluted skies give clear views of the constellations, enabling guests to stargaze from the teak decks and sleep with the sound of the ocean lapping the flanks of the ship and the wind in the sails.
- 27th December 2019
Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.