This was my first cruise on a Star Clipper, and this was an adventure! We were on the 2nd cruise from Cuba, and there were many many teething problems. The transfers from Havana had been arranged by the land agents of Star Clipper, and many arrived 2 hrs prior to boarding - but very limited facilities. Happily arrangements were made to board passengers 1 hr early
The itinerary had not been properly researched and prepared, leaving the crew to cope with very shallow waters and an increasingly unhappy group of passengers.
The Crew were fantastic - doing all they could to resolve the many issues. Due to shallow waters the itinerary had to be changed. Instead of Cayo Largo, a day at sea with swimming off the boat and water sports - however no water skiing and poor snorkeling. Moored off Playa Ancon instead of Casilda to visit Trinidad - easy taxi ride and a lovely day. Caymen Brac replaced Little Caymen due to shallow water. Little ashore, and poor snorkeling - but lovely water to swim in. Visit to Grand Caymen as planned. The next days were visits to beaches with tender rides of 45 minutes to over 1 hour - again due to shallow water. The beach chose for the beach bbq was very shallow resulting in ankle deep water so no swimming. On board there were limited sun beds in the shades which did cause some problems - especially as we were on board for a great deal of the trip.
The food on board was remarkable considering the limited galley space. The dining room feels cramped with a full complement of passengers, and the noise level can be high. The open dining and opportunity to sit where and with whom one wanted was good.
The cabins were small, but there was just enough space and cubby holes available to unpack properly. The cabin steward did a brilliant job!