Cruise & learn on a head-turning tall ship

 

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.

Each sailing voyage also offers multiple opportunities on for learning a new skill or for immersion in some of the world’s most beautiful sailing destinations.

Learn to tie knots like a sailor

During most sailings the art of knot tying is demonstrated by members of the crew for guests to learn to master the art of a bowline or a clove hitch. Sessions are fun, informal and free. Guests can also find out about other maritime traditions during captain’s story time, and are welcome to help haul ropes and set the sails.

Learn the difference between a sheet bend and a rolling hitch during Star Clipper’s 7 night Singapore to Phuket sailing, departing on 23rd February 2019, calling into Malacca, Langkawi, Phang Nga Bay and Ko Miang. The voyage costs from £1,495pp including all meals on board and port charges.

Climb the rigging

Harness up and shin up the steel rigging supporting the ship’s mast to the first crow’s nest like a professional deck hand. The 360 degree views and photo opportunities from aloft are spectacular, sitting amid the rigging, looking down onto the sunbathers and deck top pools 15 metres below and up into a mass of billowing sails. There is a chance to climb the mast, no experience required, on every voyage, weather permitting.

Southern Thailand is a good a spot as any to take a birds’ eye view of the surrounding sea, and in 2019 Star Clippers’ Thailand itineraries call into Penang, Ko Adang, Ko Rok Nok, Phang Nga Bay and cost from £1,495pp including all meals on board and port charges.

Paddle a kayak or learn how to laser

Star Clippers’ ships carry kayaks, lasers and windsurfers, all of which are available for guests to use, free of charge. Guests can paddle around the ship, kayak to sun baked sandy beaches and set sail on a windsurfer. Guests on Royal Clipper have the added fun of the drop down marine deck, to swim, sail or paddle straight from the ship.

The Caribbean sunshine allows guests to make the most of Royal Clipper’s drop down Marine Deck. Sail from Jamaica to Barbados, departing on 4th December and calling into Dominican Republic, St. Bart’s, Antigua and Iles des Saintes. The voyage costs from £2,575pp including all meals on board and port charges.

Admire the underwater world in the Grenadines

Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper each have a large supply of masks, fins and snorkels, all free of charge for guests to use. Where possible, a guided snorkel safari is offered by the watersports team. There’s no better place to snorkel in the Caribbean than the Grenadines, where abundant marine life teems in crystal-clear waters of the Tobago Cays National Park, in which Royal Clipper spends a day.

Scuba in the Grenadines islands during Royal Clipper’s round-trip from Bridgetown sailing, the week long voyage costs from £1640pp including all meals on board and port charges.

Navigate the Atlantic using the stars

Each spring and autumn Star Clippers’ relocate from their summer to winter destinations. During 2018 and 2019 Royal Clipper and Star Flyer are making five trans Atlantic sailings between the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Daily Captain’s Story time on the ship’s bridge transatlanticgives an insight into a different aspect of sailing, including an introduction to celestial navigation, a talk on wind and information about the different sails. Officers also organise night time star gazing beneath pollution free skies, while during long days at sea guests are welcome to help the crew raise the sails and practice sailing manoeuvres. On a transatlantic voyage, there are plenty of opportunities, as the ships depend largely on the warm trade winds to make the crossing.

Experience the peace and tranquillity of 15 nights at sea on Star Flyer’s transatlantic crossing from Las Palmas to Bridgetown. The trip costs from £1470 including port charges and departs on November 9th 2018.

Chill out on deck with sunrise yoga

On 6 sailings during 2018 Star Clippers offers guests the opportunity to join yoga and meditation sessions, morning and evening, in the company of a qualified and highly experienced instructor. Tuition is in English and German and no experience is required to participate in the relaxing and invigorating yoga sessions.

Yoga sessions will be available on Star Clipper’s seven night round-trip sailing from Benoa, Bali, where port calls include the Gili Islands Komodo National Park and Pink Beach. The cruise costs from £1,530pp during 2019, including all meals on board and port charges. 

Learn from a master of mixology

Learn how to make favourite cocktails with a dash of panache, through demonstrations by the friendly bartenders in the Tropical Bar. There’s no better time to study the art of the perfect rum punch than late afternoon in the Caribbean, as the sun begins to set and cocktail hour approaches. 

Exotic Bali provides the perfect setting to perfect the art of creating and enjoying sundowners at the indoor/outdoor Tropical Bar, the social focus of the ship. Star Clippers’ 7 night round-trip sailing from Benoa, Bali, visiting East Madura, Lovina Beach and Senggigi Beach, costs from £1,530pp including all meals on board and port charges.

To book, call 0808 231 4798 or visit www.starclippers.co.uk.

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Notes to editors:
Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest fully-crewed sailing vessels, with a new ship currently under construction. 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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