Tall ship sailing cruise specialist Star Clippers has revealed its sailing itineraries for 2019/20 in a new Preview brochure. Borneo features as a new destination for the first time, as does a new Greek island itinerary on board Star Flyer which takes in the film locations of Mamma Mia. There are also additional Panama Canal sailings, with new ports of call, in addition to existing destinations and sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South East Asia.

 

Star Clippers’ three tall ships offer the opportunity to sail on magnificent, historically styled sailing ships in comfort, surrounded by uniformed sailors and serving crew. A far cry from the life of the early sailors, while at the same time experiencing the thrill of sail and the exhilaration of the open sea before dropping anchor alongside small harbours and ports, inaccessible by large cruise ships.Star Clippers’ three tall ships offer the opportunity to sail on magnificent, historically styled sailing ships in comfort, surrounded by uniformed sailors and serving crew. A far cry from the life of the early sailors, while at the same time experiencing the thrill of sail and the exhilaration of the open sea before dropping anchor alongside small harbours and ports, inaccessible by large cruise ships.

 

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,

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