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Star Clippers

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Star Clippers fleet

Review of Star Clippers

Star Clippers Ltd 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).

Star Clippers logo - CruiseMapper

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 2020

In April 2020, Star Clipper started visiting Cambodia with a new 11-night roundtrip from Koh Samui Island. The Cambodian ports also include Koh Rong Island (white sand beaches and dense forests) and Sihanoukville. An optional 2-day land tour visits the temple complex Angkor Wat (Siem Reap). The 2-day cruisetour package includes hotel stay, transfers, roundtrip flight (from Sihanoukville), meals, visits to Bayon Temples, Phnom Bakheng, Angkor Thom Temple.

Other new for Star Clippers ports are included in Europe's summer 2020 program - Stintino (Sardinia), and in Croatia - Propriano, Vis Island, Krk Island and Zadar. In 2020 summer, Royal Clipper cruises in the Western Mediterranean with itineraries out of Venice to Rome. In 2020, the sisterships Star Clipper and Star Flyer are deployed in Southeast Asia (winter) and Eastern Mediterranean (summer).

itineraries 2021 (Mediterranean-Asia)

Three smaller-side Grekk 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 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 features itineraries from 3- to 14-nights in length. Additional 5% discount is offered for return guests and B2Bs (back-to-back cruises).

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