Star Clippers

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Star Clippers Coronavirus update

Star Clippers cancelled all Asian cruises with pre-scheduled departures in 2020 March 21 through December 31, 2020. Operations are planned to restart on January 2, 2021, with Royal Clipper (Caribbean from Bridgetown Barbados), Star Flyer (Caribbean from Philipsburg St Maarten) and Star Clipper (Asia from Phuket Thailand). All affected bookings received full refunds in FCC (future cruise credit) available for rebooking.

All affected bookings received full refunds in FCC (future cruise credit) available for rebooking.

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Review of Star Clippers

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Star Clippers cancelled all Asian cruises with pre-scheduled departures in 2020 March 21 through December 31, 2020. Operations are planned to restart on January 2, 2021, with Royal Clipper (Caribbean from Bridgetown Barbados), Star Flyer (Caribbean from Philipsburg St Maarten) and Star Clipper (Asia from Phuket Thailand). All affected bookings received full refunds in FCC (future cruise credit) available for rebooking.

Star Clippers Ltd (website) is a Sweden-based (Monaco-headquartered) luxury cruise company and sailing ship cruise brand with a fleet of four premium motorized sailing yachts (all fitted with computer-controlled sails). Company's current fleet includes the vessels Star Clipper (4-masted barquentine, 1992-built), Star Flyer (4-masted barquentine, 1991-built), Royal Clipper (5-masted ship, 2000-built), and the newest is Flying Clipper (5-masted ship, 2018-built).

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The "tall ship cruise" company officially started operations in 1991, since when provides 5-star luxury (private yacht like) vacation travel product and services to its sophisticated clients, with almost 60% customer repeat rate. Founded by Mikael Krafft, Star Clippers Ltd now owns and operates the world's largest full-rigged sail ships. Star Clippers flag-states are Malta (registered in Valletta) or Luxembourg - unlike large cruise liners which are usually flagged Panama or Bahamas.

Each of the Star Clippers ships has an aft-located marina platform that is lowered (when the ship is anchored) to serve company's complimentary scuba diving and water sports activity program. The marina also serves the passenger tendering operations in areas without port infrastructure and facilities (piers, quays, wharves, terminals). When the ship is anchored (at sea), passengers are disembarked via tender boats or Zodiacs (inflatable high-speed boats also used for landings). Each ship has 2-3 outdoor swimming pools (on Sun Deck) which are filled with seawater and open only if weather permits. All the clippers are fully stabilized and with two bilge keels (on both sides of the vessel) to reduce rolling.

The ship's dedicated Water Sports staff assists and guide passengers on water-based activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, banana boating, sunfish/dinghy (sailboat) sailing, kayaking, water skiing, windsurfing. Onboard pre-scheduled on each cruise activities (also provided complimentary to all cabin category passengers) include outdoor aerobics and yoga classes, swimming pool (sundeck), deck BBQ parties, talent nights, crew show, fashion shows, local (itinerary/ports-based) entertainment (live folkloric performances by local artists boarding the yacht).

Above-deck lookout stations (mounted on each mast) are equipped with safety rails and comfortable lounge seats to allow passengers 360-degree observation. Access to these stations is via climbing the masts - with supplied safety vests and dedicated deck crew supervision and assistance.

Shore excursions are optional and cost extra (not cruise fare inclusive). Optionally can be also booked pre-cruise and/or post-cruise tours in both homeports (departure ports) and non-port cities. Cruise line's vessels can be also privately chartered. Ship charter deals are with unique (customized) itineraries and tailor-made activities both onboard and ashore.

 

Onboard purchases can be made in cash, with travellers checks or via international credit cards ( Visa, American Express, Mastercard) and will be added to passenger's invoice (debited in EUR). Cash or travellers check payments require a EUR 300 deposit. Gratuities (onboard tipping) is not included in the fares (suggested EUR 8 pp per day).

Company's provided cruise documents also include luggage tags, which must be filled out with passenger's name and attached to his/her bags before checking in. Bringing alcoholic beverages on the ship is forbidden. Ashore-purchased alcohol (in call ports) will be taken at the gangway (upon reboarding the ship), stored and returned upon debarkation.

All staterooms are fitted with twin beds (convertible to a double Queen bed), HDTV (with DVD player), satellite phone, electronic safe box, dressing table with armchair, en-suite bathroom (WC, washbasin, shower, hairdryer), 110V flat plugs (for a deposit, adapters can be borrowed from the Reception Desk) and 220V European plugs (on the 5-masted ships).

During summer, Star Clippers cruises as itineraries visit some of the best-known coastal destinations in the Europe's Mediterranean, including the Italian and French rivieras, Balearic Islands (Spain), Adriatic Sea's Dalmatian Coast (Croatia), Greece and Turkey. European homeports include Civitavecchia-Rome, Venice, Cannes, Piraeus-Athens,

 

During winter, the fleet is deployed in regions like Caribbean (Central America) and Southeast Asia. Star Clippers Caribbean homeports include Bridgetown Barbados and Philipsburg St Maarten Island,. In Asia, Star Clippers homeports in Phuket Thailand, Singapore, Benoa Bali-Indonesia.

 

When seasonally chnaging the regions, the cruise line offers ship relocation (repositioning) Transatlantic crossings or Suez Canal transits on longer but low-priced voyages (RepositionCruises.com).

Itinerary of Star Clippers

During summer, Star Clippers cruises as itineraries visit some of the best-known coastal destinations in the Europe's Mediterranean, including the Italian and French rivieras, Balearic Islands (Spain), Adriatic Sea's Dalmatian Coast (Croatia), Greece and Turkey. European homeports include Civitavecchia-Rome, Venice, Cannes, Piraeus-Athens,

During winter, the fleet is deployed in regions like Caribbean (Central America) and Southeast Asia. Star Clippers Caribbean homeports include Bridgetown Barbados and Philipsburg St Maarten Island,. In Asia, Star Clippers homeports in Phuket Thailand, Singapore, Benoa Bali-Indonesia.

When seasonally chnaging the regions, the cruise line offers ship relocation (repositioning) Transatlantic crossings or Suez Canal transits on longer but low-priced voyages (RepositionCruises.com).

itineraries 2021-2022-2023 (Mediterranean-Asia)

Three smaller-side Greek islands (in the Dodecanese archipelago) - Halki, Kastellorizo, and Symi - are new destinations for Star Clippers in 2021. Also new for the company is Fethiye Turkey - popular for its golden sands, forested mountains, and waterfront bazaars. The new ports were included in the roundtrips of Royal Clipper from Athens (Piraeus) on 2 itineraries in July 2021. For the remainder of season 2021, Royal Clipper sails the islands and coastline of Italy, visiting ports in Corsica, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Cote d'Azur (French Riviera). More Turkish and Greek itineraries can be booked on Star Flyer, which is also deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean for summer 2021.

In 2021, Star Clipper remains in Southeast Asia, visiting ports in Indonesia, Borneo, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand. Royal Clipper and Star Flyer offer Transatlantic cruise repositioning crossings between the Mediterranean and Caribbean (October and April 2021, respectively).

Star Clippers' cruise program includes up to 20% discount pricing on bookings made by January 31, 2021. Prices start from EUR 970 / GBP 742 pp (3-night Croatia and Slovenia on Royal Clipper, June 9, 2021) and feature itineraries from 3- to 14-nights in length. An additional 5% discount is offered for return guests and B2Bs (back-to-back cruises).

In October 2020, Star Clippers announced the launch of its newest "Sailing Collection" brochure detailing the company’s worldwide itineraries from April 2021 through March 2023. The fleet of 3 tall-sail ships operates itineraries in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Southeast Asia, along with Transatlantic crossings (seasonal repositioning voyages). Customer booking any April 2021-March 2023 cruises receive 65% off brochure pricing, complimentary pre-paid gratuities, stateroom upgrade (valid for categories 2-6) and OBC (onboard credit) up to USD 300 per cabin (depending on category booked).

Star Clipper starts the Mediterranean 2022 season marking the first time (since 2016) that all 3 Star Clippers ships will sail together in this region. Star Clipper sails on a special itinerary departing from Safaga Egypt in April 2022 with Suez Canal transition. In the Mediterranean, the ship offers various itineraries including the 7-day "Yachtman’s Paradise" between Istanbul and Piraeus-Athens as well as roundtrips from Civitavecchia-Rome and Cannes (May-October 2022). Follow Southeast Asian voyages around Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Borneo.

Star Flyer and Royal Clipper cruise in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, with new itineraries. A 7-night "Greek Island Gems" itinerary (roundtrip from Athens) visits lesser-known Greek destinations like Milos Island and Halki Island. Two 10- and 11-night voyages (between Athens and Venice) visit Katakolon-Olympia as well as the Adriatic port cities Korcula, Dubrovnik, Kotor.

"Grand Prix Sailings" 2021-2022 on Royal Clipper visit Monte Carlo Monaco. The roundtrip from Cannes is timed to coincide with Grand Prix Trials, while the itinerary out of Cannes to Rome stops in Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix Finals.

Star Clippers’ ships are also scheduled to visit remote islands and ports the large liners can't dock in. Seasons 2021-2022 also feature new call ports - including Salt Whistle Bay (Mayreau island, Grenadines) during Royal Clipper ship's Christmas Cruise 2021. In 2022, Royal Clipper offers the opportunity to enjoy the Mardi Gras Carnival festivities on Martinique.

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