Star Clippers to sail to Indonesia for the First Time
10th March 2016
Star Clippers tall ship cruises provide an insight into a bygone era of sailing, with itineraries operated in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and across the Atlantic on board three spectacular ships. Last year, it was announced that Star Clippers would also operate itineraries out of Far East Asia between December 2016 and April 2017 on board the Star Clipper. These seven-night sailings will take passengers to a range of stunning and untouched destinations across Thailand and Malaysia, with selected sailings also taking passengers to Singapore.
In addition to these sailings, Star Clippers recently announced that they will be enhancing their Far East Asia sailings with a range of 7, 10, 11 and 14-night sailings out of and around Indonesia. These exciting journeys, which will commence from May 2017, will be reminiscent of adventures embarked upon by Robinson Crusoe, with port calls to many tiny jungle-and-sand islands. One of the many highlights of these itineraries will involve being able to see Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat on the Indonesian islands.
The small size of the Star Clippers vessels provides a unique opportunity to visit smaller islands that larger ships are unable to reach. These include the volcanic island of Pulau Satonda, which was formed by a volcanic eruption on the sea floor millions of years ago. Today, it is home to towering mountains which hold a beautiful salt-water lake in the crater.
On the subject of volcanic islands, there will also be the option to embark on an optional excursion to Mount Bromo – a 2,329m high active volcano based in East Java. On the 14th day of the Hindu Festival, Yadnya Kasada, locals throw offerings of fruit, rice, vegetables and livestock sacrifices into the caldera as an offering to the mountain gods.
Travelling to the southern part of central Java, guests will have the opportunity to visit the impressive Borobudur Temple, which was built between the 8th and 9th centuries. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to a renowned Buddhist temple, which was built in three tiers: with a pyramidal base, five square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and a monumental stupa, which sits at the top.
Other cultural sites of significance visited on select itineraries include Pura Ulun Danu Bratan water temple on Bali, which was built in 1663 and is used for ceremonies to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess, Dewi Danu.
As well as visiting remote islands and cultural landmarks, passengers onboard these cruises will be able to delve into Hindi culture and explore bustling streets and exotic markets. They will also be able to see ‘Pinsi’ boats, which are traditional Indonesian sailing ships which feature twin masts, a wooden hull and seven billowing sails.
Following the tradition of Star Clippers itineraries, cruisers will have the unique opportunity to enjoy a series of water sports. Cruisers will be able to try snorkelling, kayaking and canoeing off many of the stunning island beaches.
Star Clippers founder and owner, Mikael Krafft, said "The Indonesian waters will really bring out the very best of a Star Clippers cruise and the natural scenery and spectacular sights will provide an exceptional back-drop for our beautiful ship, Star Clipper. Guests will enjoy the most memorable sailings in some of the most beautiful waters in the world, while daytime activities will be eclectic, exotic and each day will bring opportunities for new adventures."