Royal Clipper Cruise Review by morrfran: Great fun and excellent itinerary
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Great fun and excellent itinerary
The experience was great. Passengers all Americans as it was a charter by Vantage Travel. Good mix of generally experienced travellers. Loved the open sun deck, including being able to stand around during port entries and departures, watching captain, first mate and pilot (when there was one). The atmosphere is laid back but the decor is not glitzy and has a touch of glamor. The ports were wonderful--Capri, Corfu, Taormina, Ravello, Kotor (spectacular), Dubrovnik, Hvar, Rovinj and Venice. One day at sea. There was one spell of weather that had the ship rocking quite a bit but it didn't stop most folks from activities.
Embarkation was slower than I'd expect on that size vessel. The staff were overall helpful, particularly the purser who couldn't do enough for pax. Bought their wifi option and it was worth it at 20 Euro for 3 hours.
The raising of sails is a real treat--though the weather wasn't condusive to having a lot of sail up a lot of the time. The 'entertainment' More was not particularly to my taste--I could have done without the goofy 'pirate night'. But you don't go on this ship for entertainment.
The atrium extends through two decks, topped by the bottom of the sun deck swimming pool--disconcerting to see bodies bobbing about above you. Restaurant well laid out with very good dinners and an excellent lunch buffet.
If you are looking for something other than the standard 'big ship' experience, this may be for you. Cabins small--I did fine but was travelling solo. I can see that two people would have had to be organized.
The climbing the mast experience was great fun--what a view from up there! Less
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Cabin review: Royal Clipper 239
Small but well laid out and very comfortable. Double bed against one wall--ok for me as solo but overall size and layout would require some organization for a oouple. Adequate storage and very nice bathroom. Very quiet. Two port holes. DVD option was a plus.
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