Star Clippers resumes Southeast Asia cruises

By ,   May 25, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

For the first time since 2010, Star Clippers (small cruise line) will operate a winter season in Southeast Asia. The itineraries include Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore from December 2016 through April 2017.

After a summer season in the Med, the 170-passenger Star Clipper will head via the Suez Canal and Sri Lanka to her new homeport of Phuket for a number of 7-night roundtrip sailings.

Two itineraries are planned for the tall ship, northbound and southbound, as well as 7 departures that either start or end in Singapore. Cruisers can expect to see uninhabited snorkeling sites and islands, such as Ko Surin National Marine Park, Similan Islands, Phang Nga Bay, Penang and Langkawi.

Star Clippers' owner and president Mikael Krafft said they had been waiting a long time to resume those popular itineraries and were "returning to Southeast Asia to explore beaches, islands and anchorages not visited by any other cruise ship". He added they knew from 15 years of experience, how popular those voyages were with nature-lovers and the ones who enjoyed "the sensation of sailing on a graceful tall ship in the tropics”.

Star Flyer will continue running Cuba cruises for 2016-2017 winter, as well as longer voyages via Saint Maarten and Panama Canal. The Royal Clipper will sail out of Barbados to the British Virgin Islands and Grenadines, with two 14-night cruises to Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire and extended Christmas and New Years voyages.