Rome to Venice aboard Royal Clipper

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Jodie & I were lucky enough to be on the first leg of this fantastic sailing. Starting in Rome, we had the hospitality transfer which involved a conference room at the Airport Hilton Hotel. There were snacks provided, including pasta salads, cake and tea, coffee and water was provided. There was also an opportunity for those early arrivers to take a shuttle bus into the city centre of Rome. Unfortunately we didn't have time to do this, so relaxed in the conference room.

On arrival seeing the Royal Clipper was absolutely amazing with it’s grandeur and elegance. We were welcomed on board with a cocktail, eager to see our cabins and wonder around the ship whilst the remaining passengers arrived throughout the afternoon.

We were shown to our category 3 cabins along the Commodore deck which have a double bed, portholes and marble lined bathrooms. These cabins are middle range of what Star Clippers can offer and are more than adequate in terms of space and decor, very elegantly designed.

All of the passengers were called for the compulsory lifeboat drill, we grabbed our life jackets in our cabins and headed to the muster station at the Tropical Bar. Surrounded by everyone wearing their life jackets for the drill, a sea of orange, we had our cabin numbers called out to ensure we were there for this important information of how to evacuate, where to go and what to listen for.

We headed (looking glam) to the restaurant and waited to be seated. We were sat with a very well-travelled trio from Washington DC and South of France, although not travelling together, the conversation and laughter flowed over our several courses and glasses of wine. The menu each night provides a great choice, tonight a beautiful Veal option was opted for followed by a light mint choc chip mousse.

At 10pm we were ready for the first sail away, waiting on the Sun Deck, lights to set the mood were beamed on to the sail, and the sounds of Vangelis Conquest of Paradise played. It was really magical and the atmosphere was euphoric.

We returned to the Tropical Bar for a nightcap after an hour of sitting on the sun deck, taking it all in. Sailing this way is definitely something to recommend.

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