Combine visits to the Caribbean and Mediterranean with a transatlantic sailing
2nd February 2017
Transport yourself back to a time of discovery and trade, where products such as spices, tea, and gold were all sought after. Sailing vessels from Great Britain, Portugal and Spain all departed on journeys to destinations around the world in search of exotic goods – many of which would last several months. This was also a time where travellers understood very little about travelling the world and, with no easily navigable routes such as the Panama or Suez Canals, sailors would often have to pass Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope.
The 21st century has brought about a glamourous side to cruising, enabling passengers to appreciate the gentle elegance of the sea. Unlike other major cruise lines, Star Clippers offers a chance to fully appreciate this bygone era of traditional tall ship sailing. As well as blissful sailings in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Far East Asia, the line also offers a range of traditional transatlantic itineraries. This week, we take a look at each of the itineraries available that enable you to combine the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
1st April 2017 | Transatlantic Eastbound | Star Flyer | 20 Nights
The first transatlantic itinerary on the Star Clippers agenda is the 20-night Transatlantic Eastbound sailing, which will take passengers from St. Maarten in the Caribbean, to the Iberian island of Malaga. Take the time to fully appreciate the blissful surroundings of St. Maarten before embarking on a slow and graceful journey across the Atlantic.
After spending 12 days traversing the ocean, you will dock in the Azorean capital of Ponta Delgada – which combines fascinating architecture with stunning scenic landmarks such as Furnas, where visitors will find natural hot springs and the Gorreana Tea Factory. Passengers on board the Star Flyer will then spend another six graceful days at sea before arriving in the Iberian island of Malaga.
8th April 2017 | Transatlantic Eastbound | Royal Clipper | 16/28 Nights
The Royal Clipper is the largest and most impressive vessel of the Star Clippers fleet. Departing Barbados on the 8th April 2017, passengers will embark on an 11-night journey across the Atlantic before stopping in the Azorean city of Ponta Delgada. This is then followed by another four elegant days admiring the glistening waters of the Atlantic on-route to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.
This itinerary can be enjoyed as the 16-night sailing mentioned above, or as an extensive 28-night cruise, incorporating a number of gorgeous Mediterranean destinations. Sailing out of Lisbon, you will visit a range of Mediterranean destinations including the Moroccan city of Tangier and Gibraltar; as well as a number of Spanish and French islands including Malaga, Ibiza, Menorca and Corsica. After an additional 12 nights on board, the cruise comes to a close in the iconic French city of Cannes.
7th November 2017 | Transatlantic Westbound | Star Flyer | 18 Nights
Enjoy a stay in Las Palmas, on the volcanic Canary Island of Gran Canaria, before embarking on an 18-night sailing across the Atlantic. The Transatlantic Westbound itinerary, on board the Star Flyer, provides passengers with the unique opportunity to literally escape the cold winter temperatures of the UK.
After spending four nights on board, passengers will get the chance to fully appreciate the Atlantic islands of Cape Verde, with two full days in Sao Vincente Island and Santiago Island. This is the last taste of land that passengers will experience before spending a full 11 days at sea. Passengers that complete this journey are rewarded with pristine beaches on the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados.
23rd November 2017 | Transatlantic Westbound | Royal Clipper | 16 Nights
By the 23rd November 2017, the UK will start to be wrapped by colder temperatures. The Royal Clipper presents an ideal opportunity to escape these temperatures with the final transatlantic sailing of the year. Departing out of Lisbon, this cruise will provide passengers with the chance to experience the historic and cultural Moroccan cities of Casablanca and Marrakesh (via Safi).
Upon seeing the towering Mount Teide, guests will spend a full day in the largest of the Canary Islands – Tenerife. After soaking up the sun and enjoying temperatures in the mid 20’s, passengers will then enjoy a 10-day sailing across the Atlantic before arriving at the Caribbean island of Barbados.