Having sailed a 21-day Royal Clipper Transatlantic crossing in 2001, we anticipated another special voyage on the Star Clipper. We were definitely not disappointed. The officers and crew were most pleasant, accessible, and answered our questions.
This ship transports one to the feeling of owning one's own luxury yacht plus having many many international guests on board to converse with at most times during the journey. We were fortunate to become long distance friends with several passengers
Missing a few ports because of a storm in the Med was a slight disappointment, but that is to be expected on a cruise of any kind. We did feel badly for the passengers experiencing "mal de mer", but then again, the Star Clipper IS a sailing vessel. We chose our cabin in the center stern area for this very reason - less motion.
Excursions were, for the most part well done, led by good guides, but pricey. The Alhambra tour stands out since personal head phones were most helpful and the tour guide was most informative. Ports we visited within walking distance to the city were: Pilos, Gr., Siracusa,It., Valletta, Malta, Trapani, It, Malaga,Sp., and Las Palmas,C.I. Other ports requiring taxi or tour bus were: Empedocle, It., Motril, Sp., Tangiers, Casa Blanca & Safi, Morocco, and Aricife on Lanzarote, C.I.
Food was generally very tasty, nicely presented, and there were nice selections on the breakfast and lunch buffets. Some special items like toast in the a.m. and other requests were usually available also. Of course, after 5 weeks, we became familiar with the dinner menu rotation and just made different selections for variety. We found the breads, rolls, pastries, desserts, and ice cream especially good.
MaitreD, Waiters, Hotel Mgr.,and Bar staff were most attentive and cheerful.
As for activities, most passengers seemed to prefer lounging and reading on the sundeck, library, or in the piano lounge area. I looked forward to the morning stretch/exercise class, other daily scheduled activities and fun groups such as the noon time singing, trivia games, etc. Water aerobics, deck golf, coits, darts talent shows (passenger and crew), cocktail hour music and much more was available for guests to enjoy at their leisure.
Our cabin was always keep spotless as was the entire ship. Crew are always seen cleaning or maintaining some area of the ship.
After cruising with a most congenial crew and meeting many new friends (many of whom were on board for the Transatlantic crossing)who also love sailing, we found this voyage to be a most memorable trip of our lifetimes. This is one of the most magnificent sailing vessels in the world. We would do a repeat trip and highly recommend the Star Clipper to those who appreciate or love sailing.