Star Clippers three head-turning tall ships will sail the Caribbean, east and west Mediterranean, Thailand and Indonesian waters during 2018.

NEW GREEK ISLAND PORT CALL
A new Greek island destination for 2018 is the lesser known Elafonisos, with its dazzling turquoise waters making it one of the best ports for making use of Star Flyer’s complimentary snorkelling equipment. The port call is part of a 9 night sailing, departing from Rome Civitavecchia on 5th July 2018, visiting some of Italy’s most spectacular islands and ports, before arriving in Greece to drop anchor at Pylos on the Peleponnese, Elafonisos, the small island of Hydra, to arrive in Piraeus on 13th July. From £2085pp for a 9 night sailing including all meals on board and port charges.


Come face to face with a Komodo Dragon

The largest living species of lizard, up to 3m in length, can be found basking in the wild undergrowth of Komodo island’s national park, where visitors are guided past tree-top nests and watering holes to find these magnificent creatures. Take in Komodo island and Indonesia’s villages, beaches and islands, on 7 tall ship night sailing from Bali on board Star Clipper, one of the most head-turning ships afloat with its towering masts and billowing sails. Departing 6th September Star Clippers UK is offering the week’s sailing in Indonesian waters, with a night in the Conrad Hotel pre and post cruise, for £1999pp, based on two sharing a cabin and including all meals on board, return UK flights, transfers and port charges.

Christmas Day on RL Stevenson’s Treasure Island

Believed to have been the inspiration for the classic novel `Treasure Island’, Norman Island, at the southern tip of the British Virgin Islands, is where guests’ on board Star Flyer’s round-trip cruise from St. Maarten will spend Christmas Day 2018. The island abounds with tales of piracy and a fiercely fought past, but now is privately owned, uninhabited and offers excellent snorkelling in caves and bays and just a couple of beachside restaurants where the rum, rumours and tales of days gone by flow freely. Star Flyer departs from St. Maarten on 22nd December for a 7 night sailing around the Caribbean’s `treasure islands’ and currently costs from £1359pp, was £1495, to include an early booking saving, all meals on board and port charges.

Rail & Sail the Cote d’Azur and Italian Riviera

The inspiration for novels, songs, films and for at least three life-sized replicas at Universal Orlando Resort, Toyko’s Disney Sea and Wales’ Portmeirion, the Italian waterside village of Portofino is world famous for its colourful houses, picturesque harbour and historical associations with celebrity and artistic visitors. Portofino is just one of a roll call of exceptional port-calls on a 7 night sailing from Cannes on board the magnificent tall ship Star Flyer. Departing on 1st June 2018 Star Flyer also calls into Calvi, St. Tropez beach and town, on a gentle meander along the French and Italian Riviera. Inclusive of a night’s stay pre-cruise in Cannes, all meals on board, port charges and return rail from London to Nice, the sailing costs from £1899pp based on two sharing.

Be shaken and stirred by Bond’s Thai retreat

Rising like a molar from the tranquil, turquoise sea, the 20m high limestone outcrop of Ko Tapu is one of a number of islets now infamous for appearing in the 1974 James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. The natural rock formations can be found in Phang Nga Bay, renowned as Thailand’s most beautiful bay, whose beauty is enhanced by the regular passing of Star Clipper, one of the most unique sailing vessels in the world, with its thousands of feet of sails and four towering masts. A week’s round-trip sailing from Phuket through the stunning coastlines of and islands Thailand and Malaysia costs from £2149pp, departing on 15th March 2018 and including return UK flights, transfers, port charges and a night pre-cruise stay in Phuket.

Dolphin & whale spotting Gibraltar

Attracted by the vibrations of the ships dolphins and other marine life love swimming alongside Star Clippers’ towering sailing vessels. Guests relaxing in the bowsprit `net’ or watching from the ships’ teak decks will often get a close-up view of these highly intelligent marine mammals. Whales and dolphins are prolific in the straits of Gibraltar and provide guests with a guaranteed glimpse of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Star Clippers’ flag-ship, Royal Clipper, calls into Gibraltar this October, as part of a 12 night sailing from Cannes to Lisbon, also visiting Corsica, Balearic Islands, Malaga, Marbella, Cadiz and Motril in Spain, and Tangiers. The sailing costs from £3,040pp, including all meals on board and port charges and departs 13th October 2018.

Transit the Panama Canal

Transit from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean through one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering, the 48 mile-long Panama Canal. The 104-year-old waterway saves a journey of around 8000 miles around Cape Horn, and vessels taking advantage of this shortcut between the Caribbean and South America pass through a system of 12 locks to rise 26m to the main elevation of the Panama Canal. This memorable experience is part of a 14 night sailing on board both Royal Clipper (departing 10th November) and Star Flyer, departing 24th November, from Barbados to Panama City. Both ships will turn heads as they transit alongside naval, cargo and other privately owned vessels. The 14 night 24th November 2018 sailing costs from £3015pp, including all meals on board and port charges.

Climb the rigging on a tall ship

A rare chance to climb 20m a rope ladder from sea level, 15m from the teak decks, up into the rigging to the first crow’s nest is offered to all guests sailing on board Star Clippers’ three recreations of the classic sailing ships of the 19th century. The classic, streamlined clippers, were renowned for their beauty, grace and speed, which enabled them to `clip’ the waves as they raced to bring tea back from China to the Americas. Sailors risked their lives maintaining the rigging and traversing the world’s oceans, passing the deadly Cape of Horn to reach their destination. Today’s more tranquil climbing experience is offered on all Star Clippers’ sailings and guests are secured with a harness to the rigging, to reach a secure vantage point from which to look down on the deck top pools and sun-loungers. A 7 nights sailing on board one of Star Clippers’ head-turning vessels costs from £1620pp, departing 2nd June 2018, including all meals on board and port charges.

Discover total tranquillity and spend 2 weeks at sea

15 nights at sea, setting foot briefly in the Azores on day 10, sailing beneath pollution free starry skies, without internet, nothing to do but read, relax and watch the sailors navigate the ship is a rare opportunity to discover total tranquillity. Star Clippers’ flagship Royal Clipper relocates from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and back each April and November. The sailings are a rare chance to sail trans-Atlantic on a fully-crewed, historically recreated tall ship, whose five masts, billowing sails, and streamlined form clip the waves between Barbados and Lisbon to complete the voyage with a meander through the straits of Gibraltar back into Mediterranean waters to arrive in Cannes. The full 28-day sailing, departing 7th April 2018, costs from £3760pp, or the 16-night sector, at sea, from £1290pp, departing 25th October 2018, including all meals on board and port charges.

Star Clippers UK PR, Mary Stuart-Miller, 01737 306098,

The graceful tall ships in the Star Clippers’ fleet provide an exceptionally romantic setting for lovers, for a honeymoon, marriage blessing, anniversary or other romantic voyage. Sailing in and out of the world’s most beautiful destinations in an atmosphere of casual elegance, a cruise on one of the three Star Clippers ships is akin to having a fully staffed private yacht.

Lay arm in arm on a deck-top sunbed, lie side by side in the bowsprit net with the waves skimming below, or spot dolphins together at dawn from the decks of a magnificent tall ship in full-sail. Make footprints on white sand beaches, snorkel the clear Caribbean waters and drop anchor in small bays and harbours.

 Here are the top romantic moments on board a Star Clippers’ tall ship:-

Star-gazing on a sun-warmed deck

Every spring and autumn, Star Clippers’ three ships reposition between their summer and winter cruising areas on long, leisurely voyages across the Atlantic. There’s no better place for star-gazing, away from light pollution, in the centre of the ocean; lying together hand in hand on sun loungers on the darkened deck and gazing up at the millions of stars scattered across an inky-black sky.

Experience a transatlantic sailing on board Star Flyer departing on 1st April 2017, 20 nights St. Maarten – Malaga, cruise only from £2025pp including port charges (based on two adults sharing a category 4 cabin)

Make footprints on a Robinson Crusoe island

For the first time Star Clippers sail Indonesian waters in 2017 and the four-masted Star Clipper will voyage under thousands of feet of billowing sails sailing between lush, culturally unique and exotic port calls and drop anchor close to coconut-white coves that typify Indonesia’s thousands of islands, mirroring a Robinson Crusoe adventure. Make footprints on virgin white sand beaches when the ship calls into tiny jungle-and-sand islands, haloed by crystal clear turquoise sea.

To experience a sailing in Indonesian waters, join Star Clipper 1st July 2017, 7 nights Bali – Bali, cruise only from £1460pp including port charges

Desert island kisses

The deserted islands of the white sand-fringed Tobago Cays in the Grenadines are strictly off limits to larger ships but easily accessible for a graceful clipper. Coconut palms arch over white, sandy beaches, lapped by the turquoise sea, the ideal setting for gathering shells together, or slip away to an even more deserted beach to be alone on this idyllic desert island setting.

Slip into Caribbean harbours and bays on board Royal Clipper, departing 6th January 2018, 7 nights Barbados – Barbados, cruise only from £1227pp including port charges

Loving it in Venice

The world’s most beautiful port to sail into or away from is Venice. Stand arm in arm on the decks as the ship glides slowly along the Giudecca Canal, lined with majestic old palaces and churches. Wander hand in hand along the silent canals of the old city, find a shady square for an al fresco lunch a deux, take a gondola ride to see the city from the water while being serenaded by a gondolier.

Sail away and back into Venice on board Star Flyer, departing 30th September 2017, 7 night cruise only from £1585pp including port charges

Champagne and fireworks

Sip champagne on the upper decks of a magnificent tall ship while watching one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomena, the frequent volcanic eruptions of Italy’s `Stromboli’, during a late evening sail-past. Stromboli sends a shower of fire and molten debris up into the air approximately every ten minutes and has been in continuous eruption for 2,000 years

Join Royal Clipper 10th June 2017, 7 nights Rome – Rome, cruise only from £1740pp including port charges

 

Embrace La Dolce Vita

Wander through the narrow streets of Portofino, a former fishing village on Italy’s north west coast and now one of the most fashionable – and romantic —towns on the Italian Riviera. Cool down with a limoncello granita in a pretty café on the waterfront, or climb a wooded trail together to reach San Giorgio church overlooking the town for breath taking views.

The port call of Portofino is included in Royal Clipper’s departure from Rome on 19th August 2017, 7 nights Rome- Cannes, cruise only from £1740pp including port charges

Love the Cuban rhythms

Discover the Caribbean at its purest at seductive Cayo Largo in Cuba, a beach made for lovers, with powdery sand, palm trees gentle dunes and warm, azure water, visited for a day on Star Clippers’ Cuba sailings. The rhythm of the rest of the week’s sailing between Havana and Cienfuegos is one of samba, salsa, stunning beaches, eclectic cities and fascinating culture.

Experience the Cuban rythmns on board Star Flyer, departing 18th December 2017, 9 nights Cienfuegos – Havana, cruise only from £1875pp including port charges

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Notes to editors:

Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest fully-crewed sailing vessels, soon to be joined by the world’s largest sailing vessel of its kind, Flying Clipper, due for delivery in 2018. The ships can drop anchor in smaller harbours and visit ports often untouched by larger cruise ships and providing guests with the amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht.

High standards of service are provided by an attentive crew and all three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, a convivial Tropical Bar on deck and a comfortable piano bar and are large enough to offer first class accommodation and dining.

The two smaller ships, Star Flyer and Star Clipper, take 170 guests each, with a crew of 70, while Royal Clipper carries 227 with a crew of 106.

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Star Clippers UK PR, Mary Stuart-Miller, 01737 306098,

 

Star Clippers has family holidays to Bali, the Greek islands, the Cote d’Azur and Italy’s islands and coastline this summer, with sailings departing in July and August and prices from £3870 for a family of three. (£1615 per adult, £640 per child sharing a cabin with the adults).


Each of the ships has a young sports crew on board to organise complimentary watersports, including kayaking, sail-boats and water-skiing, and deck games, such as golf, and most sailings includes the opportunity to climb 15m up the rigging to the crow’s nest. Families from 8 years to 80 years can enjoy high standards of service, the surroundings akin to a vast private yacht with polished wood and gleaming brass, varied sailings with breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the restaurants with portholes looking across the water.


Family holidays to Bali

The magnificent four masted tall ship `Star Clipper’ is sailing Indonesian waters for the first time in summer 2017. Her inaugural cruises are sailing through the vast archipelago that make up this nation, calling into exotic harbours, past dramatic scenery and visiting tranquil beaches. Departing on 8th July and 19th August sailings eastbound from Bali families can enjoy pink and golden sandy beaches, exotic wildlife, birds and sea-creatures, take excursions to see breathtaking natural sights, such as waterfalls and volcanoes, and participate in scuba diving and other shore side activities.  A week’s sailing costs from £1615 per adult, £685 per child (sharing a cabin with the adults) including all meals on board and port charges.

Family holidays to the Greek Islands

Sister ship to Star Clipper, `Star Flyer’ will spend summer 2017 in the Mediterranean, cruising the Greek Islands. Throughout August families can bask in the Greek sunshine on board, making use of the deck top plunge pools, taking in the sunshine on the teak decks, enjoying a drink or a sundowner in the open air Tropical Bar, as well as taking part in water sports and mast climbing. Port calls include the southern coast of Turkey, Mykonos, Hydra and Rhodes, where Star Flyer will be the most head-turning ship afloat. A week’s sailing costs from £1750 per adult, £685 per child (sharing a cabin with the adults) including all meals on board and port charges.

Family holidays to the Cote d’Azur and Italy

Departing on 26th August Royal Clipper completes the school holiday sailings with a magnificent voyage between Cannes and Rome (Civitavecchia), visiting the port of S. Margarita, Italy, followed by Corsica, Elba and Sardinia. Families can enjoy celebrity spotting in Porto Cervo, in the heart of Sardinia’s Emerald Coast, spend time on Corsica’s beaches and visiting the small ports and harbours where this magnificent ship, the world’s largest of its kind, drops anchor. The week’s sailing costs from £1740 per adult, £705 per child (sharing a cabin with the adults) including all meals on board and port charges.

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Notes to editors:

Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels. Visiting ports often untouched by larger cruise ships and offering passengers the activities, amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht, Star Clippers is recognised as one of the premier speciality cruise lines.

Passengers can enjoy the romance of sailing on board a true tall ship in a relaxed atmosphere with high standards of service provided by an attentive crew. All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, a convivial Tropical Bar on deck and a comfortable piano bar and are large enough to offer first class accommodation and dining, but small enough to call into intimate ports, untouched by large cruise ships.

The two smaller ships, Star Flyer and Star Clipper, take 170 passengers each, with a crew of 74, while Royal Clipper carries 227 with a crew of 106.

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UK PR Contact:  Mary Stuart-Miller, 01737 306098,

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