Having cruised with Star Clippers before my wife and I were well aware of the standard of service to expect from this ship and we were not disappointed.
The cruise included lectures and accompanied excursions by Mr David Bellamy. The trips and excursions were quite varied and included visits to orchid gardens, rain forests, dry forests, trek to the top of an active volcano and other local cultural activities.
Unfortunately David Bellamy, a lovely man as he was, was not on his best form, which I am sure he would be the first to admit to, and sadly had to bow out of a few lectures, but on a 'one to one' basis he was absolutely fine. We however did not book this cruise because of the celebrity attendance so it did not mar our enjoyment.
The ship itself was as good as the last time we sailed on her albeit with a different crew, Captain (Peter) and Cruise Director (Patrick), all of which could not have done more to make this holiday the success it was. Service was outstanding, food was excellent and bar prices very reasonable.
My wife and I have done a total of 20 cruises so far including the traditional large cruise ships, which we will still cruise with, but I say to any of you 'traditional cruisers' out there to give Star Clippers a try, they are smaller ships (170 passengers on both the Star Clipper and Star Flyer) but they are much more friendly. We don't normally go for the 'party games' on board the large cruise ships but on this ship you just feel compelled to join in without the fear of making a fool of yourself because your all in it together! The frog race is a must!!
The ports we visited included: SAN JUAN DEL SUR, PLAYAS DEL COCO, SANTA ROSA, POTERO BAY (PLAYA FLAMINGO), CURU and ISLA TORTUGAS.
So, to sum it all up, we had some very choppy seas, many wet landings, got soaked to the skin in the rain forests, got covered in mud on some of the cultural trips and nearly choked to death from the sulphur on top of a volcano. Would we do it all again? You bet we would, absolutely fantastic - go for it!!!