5 Places To Relax On Board A Star Clippers Ship
16th November 2018
A sailing with Star Clippers is as relaxing as it is exciting. Between exploring exotic sands in faraway destinations, you can unwind on the decks of a ship where everyone is made to feel at home. Along with the spacious staterooms, the public areas are comfortable, welcoming and give a warm nod to the nostalgic times of sailing in years gone by. So, if you want to venture out from your stateroom, form new friendships with fellow cruisers that will last a lifetime, or simply make yourself at home, here are some perfect places to relax.
The Tropical Bar is often the first place people go when they climb on board to get the party started. However, it can also be a place for relaxation and enjoying a quiet afternoon drink. The bar staff are always able to rustle up your favourite cocktail and, by the end of your holiday, the chances are they will know what you want without you having to order it. If your idea of relaxing is letting your hair down with a bit of dancing as the sun goes down, this may just turn out to be your favourite spot on the ship.
Besides the Crow’s Nest, the views from the Observation Lounge are the best you’ll find on board. And the fact that you can enjoy them whatever the weather means that this is usually a popular place to unwind. Guests tend to gather here during sea days, so it’s easy to join some company for likeminded conversation or simply find a quiet spot to gaze out across the sea.
There aren’t many ships that offer the chance to feel the spray of the ocean while the ship is in full sail, but that’s exactly what you can do whilst relaxing in the bowsprit nets of Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer. Lounge at the bow of the ship with the wind in your hair whilst looking out for dolphins and other marine creatures. As we’ve said in previous blog posts, it’s one of the memorable experiences of a Star Clippers cruise.
On any ship, the library is one of the most peaceful and relaxing places to spend some time during a sea day, but this is even more the case when you sail on our tall ship cruises. With plush red chairs and inviting sofas, this area beckons you to lose yourself in a good book or brush up on the grand old days of sailing. The Edwardian library on board Royal Clipper is especially sumptuous, offering large leather seats and a classic fireplace as its centrepiece.
If you prefer listening to the tinkling of ivories over dancing ‘til dawn, the Piano Bar is likely to be where you find yourself in the evenings. As well as the resident pianist, who knows exactly how to set the right mood, local performers often come on board to put on a show for the guests. There’s plenty of seating for everyone and the position on the main deck means you can look down through the atrium at the decks below. This is the ideal place for a pre or post-dinner drink with new-found friends.
If you would like to discover any of these public areas for yourself, we can help you plan your Star Clippers cruise. We have itineraries sailing in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Panama Canal and South-East Asia.
Why A Panama Cruise Is About More Than Just The Canal
28th September 2018
Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, there is no doubt that the Panama Canal can bring awe-inspiring moments to anybody who travels along it. However, besides the canal, there is a plethora of other unforgettable moments for guests to enjoy around the towns and cities of Central America. Discovering bustling markets and golden beaches are just a few of the things that make this iconic destinations so appealing. Small archipelagos pave the way for the picture-perfect scenery that can be coupled with the ample temperature of around 26°c in the winter months.
Towns and Cities
Amongst the spectacular views, there is an array of destinations that you can visit whilst on your cruise. Depending on where you start, you will get the chance to experience the canal zone of Balboa in Panama City, with a perfect opportunity to learn about the canal’s construction. Places such as San Blas Islands and Tortola bring forth the sandy white beaches, while Cartagena and Oranjestad allow for more of a diverse culture and stunning wildlife. So whichever port of call you’re at, you will have the chance to meet with locals and learn about the surrounding areas of Central America.
Panama is not known for its culinary delights, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any delicious signature dishes to sample. Staple meals like Sancocho are packed full of meat and assorted vegetables, while subtle desserts such as Tres Leches Cake combine cream and three types of dairy ingredients on top of a fluffy base. Other notable meals include deep-fried corn tortillas heaped with eggs and other delights and corn pastries filled with potatoes, meat and cheese.
While you are relaxing on your cruise, there will be plenty of chance to explore each port of call. With every destination having its own iconic monument, there will be a number of shore excursions to deepen your knowledge of the local area. The old town of Willemstad is a must-see destination and can provide bustling city walks along its winding streets, with subtle restaurants welcoming customers in with stunning riverside views. The island of Aruba also brings rich heritage in the form of the Bushiribana Ruins that not only provide picture-perfect sea views, but also give an insight into the once-thriving 19th-century gold mill.
These are just some of the highlights that you can enjoy on a Panama Canal cruise with Star Clippers. The smaller size of each ship allows for a more intimate experience and we can reach the iconic city centres. For more information or to make a booking, contact our friendly sales team via the freephone number above or chat to an advisor online.
Tantalise your taste buds in the Mediterranean
24th August 2018
For many holiday makers embarking on a cruise, food is placed at the forefront of their interests and the opportunity to try new cuisines is one that is highly relished. Fortunately, for those embarking on a traditional tall ship sailing with Star Clippers, there will be a unique chance to try a diverse range of dishes that reflect the region in which you are sailing and enhance your overall experience.
And when it comes to vibrant dishes and fresh ingredients, there are few better regions to visit than the Mediterranean. On selected sailings within this region in 2018 and 2019, you will have an opportunity to better familiarise yourself with this region by tasting some of the flavoursome dishes that are available. This week, we take a look at a couple of the dishes you will be able to try on board selected Mediterranean sailings with Star Clippers.
On sailings to the Greek Cyclades islands, there is no better way to sample some of the region’s impressive range of fresh ingredients than with a meze platter. The word ‘meze’ loosely translates as a series of small dishes and will often feature savoury meats, fish, vegetables, feta cheese sprinkled with oregano, fried meatballs, local sausages, Greek beans in a tomato sauce and a combination of rice, meat and pine nuts wrapped in vine leaves. These components are then served with an assortment of dips which usually comprises of taramasalata, grilled aubergine and refreshing yoghurt.
Translated, the name ‘arancini’ means ‘little orange’, which would be an accurate description of the outer colour but not of the contents that lie within. This dish originates from the Italian island of Sicily, which is widely regarded for taking Italian cuisine to a whole new level. Coated on bread crumbs and deep fried, these delicious little balls comprise of rice, a ragu consisting of meat and tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese. After the cooking process, they appear in a distinctively orange/golden colour and are a popular favourite with visitors to the markets of Messina.
These are just two of the many dishes you can sample during your travels through the Mediterranean with Star Clippers. The smaller size of the fleet's ships provides an opportunity to visit a range of destinations that are generally considered to be inaccessible to larger vessels. From charming and historical towns to untouched island paradises, a cruise with Star Clippers is a journey to behold.
For more information or to make a booking, contact our friendly sales team via the freephone number above or chat to an advisor online.
Experience the Slovenian coastal city of Piran
16th August 2018
The hourglass is running out for this year’s summer season, but there is still time to book yourself on one of the many sailings still available with Star Clippers. And, if you only have time for a short escape, this three-night break in the Eastern Mediterranean may be the perfect tonic.
Departing out of the iconic city of Venice, you will have an opportunity to explore destinations in Croatia and Slovenia before returning to Italy. Sailing aboard the traditionally-fitted Star Flyer, passengers will get to explore former nations of the Yugoslav Republic as well as the spectacular city of Venice. Arriving into the city prior to and after your cruise, you can admire the myriad of architectural styles as well take a moment to relax on one of the many romantic canals.
However, the Star Clippers vessels are known particularly for their smaller size and their ability to dock in smaller ports around the world. With that, perhaps one of the more surprising additions to this itinerary is the Slovenian city of Piran. This hidden gem sits between the cities of Venice and Dubrovnik towards the northernmost tip of the Adriatic Sea and is home to one of the best-preserved historical old towns in the region.
Filled with stunning Venetian Gothic architecture, winding alleyways and intriguing city walls, the city rewards visitors with beautiful sunsets and romantic landscapes. This city was historically owned by Venice and the evidence remains clear to this day. During your visit to Piran, there are a number of impressive sights and landmarks worth visiting that will make your cruise experience all the more special.
One of these is the Tartinijev trg (otherwise known as Tartini Square) – a beautiful oval-shaped square which features a statue in the centre of the famous violinist, Giuseppe Tartini. It sits beside the glistening marina, which is often filled with yachts and makes for a pleasant stroll in which to soak up your surroundings.
Upon this square sits the Venetian House, which is a fantastic example of gothic Venetian architecture. Built by a wealthy Venetian merchant, he had set about his on his intention to impress his mistress. An inscription can be found on the upper windows sayings “Lassa pur dir”, which translates to “let them talk”.
Although Slovenia’s coast is not particularly large in size, Piran is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the region. Its Venetian influence that dates back to the 13th century is still noticeable throughout the city to this day and it is the perfect destination to visit on a short break.
For more information about the full range of sailings available with Star Clippers throughout 2018 and 2019, contact our friendly sales team via the freephone number above or chat to an advisor online.
Star Flyer to operate sailings out of St. Maarten in 2019/20
10th August 2018
Unlike conventional cruise ships of the 21st century, which are capable of accommodating thousands of passengers and offering glittering amenities, Star Clippers offers a refreshing opportunity to experience a bygone era or transportation. Unlike the days of exploration, however, where conditions were somewhat treacherous, Star Clippers offers a much more luxurious experience. Imagine a traditionally-rigged ship powered by the wind filling the sails and floating gently from one destination to the next. Then, imagine sipping a cocktail by the pool on the top deck or escaping to the ornate dining room for a multi-course dinner consisting of lobster or chateaubriand.
This is unique sailing experience blends authenticity with luxury to offer an experience that is unparalleled anywhere else in the industry. The smaller size of the ships in the fleet – Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper – enable passengers to access a number of smaller ports which are generally considered to be inaccessible to larger vessels. With this in mind, it has been announced this month that the Star Flyer will operate sailings out of the Dutch/French Caribbean island of St. Maarten throughout the 2019/2020 winter season.
Between December 2019 and March 2020, Star Flyer will operate a total of 13 departures out of the island with durations of seven, 11 and 14 nights. The move comes at a time where the island is looking to recover following devastating natural hurricanes and storms in recent years. The sailings will support the island’s economic recovery and encourage travellers to continue visiting the Caribbean. Star Flyer, along with the Royal Clipper, which will also be based within the region, will take passengers to a number of islands including Dominica, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe, St. Bart’s and Anguilla.
Meanwhile, the Star Clipper will be based in Southeast Asia, taking passengers to a range of blissful paradise destinations throughout Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. This is one of the newer regions to be added to the Star Clippers programme and offers an opportunity to relax on untouched, isolated beaches; admire significant historical sites of interest; and visit breath-taking natural landmarks. In addition to this, the Flying Clipper is also expected to launch towards the end of this year, opening up a range of new and exciting sailings.
Experience the Northern Cyclades Islands this summer
26th July 2018
While many holidaymakers will flock to the resorts and major cities of the Mediterranean this summer, Star Clippers will be offering the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle and experience a true sense of tranquillity. From August through to October 2018, the Star Flyer will operate a number of sailings to the islands of Greece, providing opportunities to delve into ancient history, relax on golden beaches and explore charming towns. So, without further ado, we take a look at three of the stunning destinations you can visit on selected sailings to the Greek Isles.
Patmos is most historically significant as being the location where Saint John the Divine had his revelation and wrote the Apocalypse. One of the most note-worthy attractions to visit during your time in Patmos is the Cave of the Apocalypse, in which Saint John the Divine documented his revelation and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The rugged landscape makes for some excellent hiking opportunities providing mesmerising views, while the beaches are in plentiful supply and offer a perfect place to soak up the Mediterranean sun.
The island of Amorgos is slightly more obscure than her sisters and receives a lower number of visitors as a result. It is also one of the earliest inhabited of the islands, with old tombs discovered that date back as far as 3300 BC. One of the most impressive landmarks on the island is the Hozoviotissa Monastery, which is situated on the rocks above the sea and offers incredible views out to sea that will take your breath away. For those seeking a spot of relaxation, one of the best places to head to is Aegali Beach – known for its relaxing sands and waters that are ideal for swimming.
Mykonos is one of the most popular of the Greek islands, with a cosmopolitan image that has attracted plenty of visitors in recent years. Upon arrival, it is easy to see why, with spectacular whitewashed towns with blue domes that are beautifully illuminated by the golden sunset. While there are plenty of beaches and shopping districts to explore, it is also worth taking the time to explore some of the island’s impressive landmarks. One of these is the windmills, which date back to the 16th century and reflect the islands historical status as a great producer of wheat and bread. A climb to the hill upon which these windmills are perched will also reward visitors with mesmerising views of the surrounding area.
The Greek islands make up just some of the destinations you can visit on selected sailings within the Eastern Mediterranean. Other destinations include those in the Adriatic Sea including Venice, Dubrovnik and Kotor; and sites including the Greek capital of Athens and Ephesus, in Turkey.
Exclusive Beaches you can visit with Star Clippers
19th July 2018
Unlike larger-sized cruise ships that offer an ever-increasing range of glittering amenities and carry thousands of passengers on each itinerary, the vessels of the Star Clippers fleet are much smaller and offer more emphasis on the destinations you can visit along the way. With the fleet’s largest ship, the Royal Clipper, weighing in at just 5,000 gross tonnes, these ships are a fraction of the size of the larger cruise ships and are capable of docking in smaller islands and traversing narrower waterways.
From white-sand beaches to charming towns and villages, the Star Clippers cruising experience is unlike anything else available on the seas. This week, we take a look at three of most impressive beach destinations that further emphasise the appeal in embarking on a sailing with Star Clippers.
Parai Beach | Bangka Island | Indonesia Sailings
One of the most striking aspects that you will notice upon arrival at Parai Beach is the towering boulders that stick out of the golden sands. Situated on the north-eastern coast of the Indonesian island of Bangka, Parai Beach offers a distinctive feeling of blissful tranquillity. You can choose to relax and soak up the sun, or venture further into the island and admire the stunningly photographic backdrops that comprise of white sand, great rocks and turquoise blue waters. This beach is also home to a World War II monument, which was built by the Japanese government.
La Blanquilla | Venezuela | Panama Canal Sailings
Situated roughly 182 miles northeast of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas is the island of La Blanquilla, which sits in the southeast Caribbean Sea. It covers an arear of less than 25 square miles and is home to an abundance of native wildlife including iguanas, wild donkeys and goats. There is no permanent human population on the island, which will enable you to enjoy blissful relaxation. You can find a spot of the expansive stretch of powder-white sand and soak up the sun or, if you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can head out to the coral reefs, which are notable for their black coral and provide excellent diving opportunities.
Roquetas De Mar | Almeria | Spain | Western Mediterranean Sailings
While many may be familiar with the popular Spanish resort destinations of Malaga and Alicante, many people overlook the appeal offered by Almeria. On selected western Mediterranean Star Clippers sailings, you will have an opportunity to dock in the low-key resort town of Roquetas de Mar, which is accessible via Almeria. The small town is home to many blue flag beaches – all of which are kept immaculately clean and are popular with families and older travellers. Unlike other destinations in the area, it is largely uncrowded, which means you can enjoy a relatively peaceful experience.
Part of the beauty of embarking on a sailing with Star Clippers is the ability to travel to a range of smaller destinations that are generally inaccessible to larger vessels. However, the main draw is the ability to step away from the larger-sized cruise ships of the 21st century and enjoy the authentic surroundings of a traditional sailing ship.
You can experience this and much more for yourself on board one of the many Star Clippers sailings departing in regions around the world. For more information or to make a booking, contact our friendly sales team via the Freephone number above or chat to an advisor online.