Windward Islands and the Grenadines on the Royal Clipper: Royal Clipper Cruise Review by casey
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Windward Islands and the Grenadines on the Royal Clipper
Destination: Western Caribbean
We embarked from Barbados and boarding the ship was not the easiest we had More experienced. Check in is 4pm and took way too long in the terminal, at least the ship did not leave until 10pm. However from then on the cruise exceeded our expectations. Our cabin while not large by some standards was comfortable, accommodating a double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, writing desk and small but adequate bathroom with shower. Keeping the water from shloshing out of the shower when the ship rolled was a challenge! The public areas were excellent, plenty of room on deck. chairs/loungers were always available, unlike on some cruises we did not need to "reserve" with a towel. The "swimming pools" (3) were mere "dipping" pools but with a beach stop every day and plenty of watersports activities provided who needs the pool? Snorkeling gear is loaned for the duration of the cruise although only two or three of the islands had good Snorkeling off the beach. The ship carries two lasers and a windsurfer and water skiing from the zodiac is available at no charge.
The food on our cruise was excellent and the service first class, I had read some other reviews prior to our sailing and was somewhat concerned with some of the comments, but we had no complaints. The open seating dining arrangements helped us meet new people every night and we made many new friends during our two weeks.
Approx one third of our passengers were German, one third Brits and the rest of us were from Canada, U.S. France, Eastern Europe, the rest of the world in fact. When you arrive for dinner, The maitre'd asks if you would like a small or large table and "international" or English, unless you are multi-lingual I suggest you sit with people with whom you can communicate easily! The downsides to having a large European contingent are two. 1) All public announcements are in three languages, English, German and French, so can go on for a while 2) The Europeans have not yet grasped the no smoking attitude that is so prevalent in N.America, although no smoking in the dining room is strictly enforced, in other areas it can be a problem (for a reformed smoker)
The entertainment onboard is limited. A singer and guitar player in the tropical bar performed nightly and a steel band was brought on board one night, the crew and some guests "entertained" us another night, but the highlight was the crab race night!. As this is a small ship it visits locations not generally frequented by the large cruise lines. You can see the true Island lifestyle which can be good and bad. Cleanliness depends upon the islands heritage, garbage can be an eyesore in some spots. We did not go on any of the organized excursions offered by Star Clipper lines so cannot comment, we prefer to do our own thing, which meant some days just laying on the beach, swimming or sailing was the order of the day. When we ventured into the local town or hopped a taxi for a tour we felt at ease and were not concerned with our safety, A great two weeks aboard a very friendly ship Less
Cabin review: 2
A different kind of cruise
Expectations not met
Expectations were not met