We did a fair amount of research before settling on Star Clipper Cruises. Our decision was based on the fact it was a small ship, small number of passengers (140), and a 7 day (as opposed to 14 day) cruise through Tahiti, our chosen destination.
The ship's size was wonderful. Comfortable in size, sort of like a boutique hotel. Two swimming pools, maybe a little short on deck space but tolerable. The trade off of size meant a little touch and go with respect to big waves while sailing, but tolerable. There is essentially no ship-board entertainment, but again we knew this getting in. A very international group of well traveled passengers, all very interesting. Essentially no kids, which was a plus. Most 40 - 60's y/o. Many Europeans, Americans, and a few Asian and Central American passengers.
Food was ok, generally not remarkable. Breakfast buffet as expected; Lunch about the same. Dinner was ok but nothing fabulous. Decent selection but presentation and tastes perhaps a bit better than some ships, i.e. Princess but not as good as Oceania or RSSC. Afternoon cocktail hour was amateurish, the food that is. Cost of drinks on the ship were very reasonable and appreciated. During our cruise there was a problem with the AC in the dining room, so dinner was a bit uncomfortable.
Stateroom quite small which was tolerable except for the intermittent functioning of the air conditioner (average temperature in Tahiti was high 80's F. Mattress of the bed was substandard, felt as if it was made with straw. Bed covers were decent but no top sheet provided, rather an integrated comforter. Also by the 5th day the toilet began to smell a bit.
Maybe you get what you pay for. Our cruise was about $6500 for 2, including airfare from LAX.
Would we go again? Maybe, would probably go for one of the larger Star Clipper ships and maybe in an upgraded room. Good way to see Tahiti. Suggest visiting during their winter, not summer...too hot and humid...and we're from Hawaii :)