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Sail Date: December 2017
Do not go on Star Clippers if you need pampering or entertaining. It is all about the ship, which is beautiful in itself but when under sail transcends the ordinary. Siting on deck at night, under the stars with a drink and the "one ... Read More
Do not go on Star Clippers if you need pampering or entertaining. It is all about the ship, which is beautiful in itself but when under sail transcends the ordinary. Siting on deck at night, under the stars with a drink and the "one you love" is worth every penny and all the effort of getting to our pick up point in Phuket. As has been said in other reviews, the food is excellent but the entertainment officer is painful and the state of much of the deck furniture is poor. The officers appear lack lustre and oblivious to guest comfort and in some cases safety. I had to report two of the young entertainment staff for cross tanking petrol for the speed boat on deck whilst a party was going on a few feet away. Shore excursions were average but interesting if you found your own way, which is easy in Thailand and Malay. Again the crew appear to wash their hands of passengers when ashore, quite unlike Windstar their competition. It is what it is, we have sailed on Royal Clipper which is even more awesome as a ship but the Teutonic disdain for the passengers is the same. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
I've been on many (30+) cruises over the years including small ships like Wind Star and even chartered catamarans. But never on a tall ship or a cruise in Asia. My main concerns were boredom, ship to shore transportation and sea sickness. ... Read More
I've been on many (30+) cruises over the years including small ships like Wind Star and even chartered catamarans. But never on a tall ship or a cruise in Asia. My main concerns were boredom, ship to shore transportation and sea sickness. It turned out no issues with any of the concerns. People ask why I picked this cruise. It was mainly a good price, location and timing. This cruise was price discounted, covered the Thai islands I wanted to see and the departure date was perfect for my schedule. First, the experience is very different than typical larger cruise ships and chartered catamaran. In fact, it is in between. The food, shore excursions and services are similar to large cruise ships, and the sailing, cabin size and access to smaller stops (islands) is similar to a chartered catamaran. The price is also between both if you don't pay brochure price for the Star. The cabin was small but OK since we don't spend much time in there. There are larger cabins for higher price. We had a oceanview porthole cabin, 300. It was serviced daily. The common areas were limited in size but never too crowded. We had 120 passengers, about 2/3 of ship capacity. The food was good with a nice variety, but certainly not gourmet. The alcohol drink prices were reasonable with a bottle of French wine between $20-$30. The deck area is a little crowded, but I always found a lounge chair. There are two small pools nice for keeping cool on the hot days. We only docked twice, in Penang and Singapore. The rest of the stops required a tender or zodiac transfer and wet landings on the islands. Plan for this with waterproof bags and beachwear. The transfer from the ship to tender and tender to island can be rough due to waves. The best part of the cruise was the sailing experience and the port of calls. They go under sail every time we were cruising but the motor helps keep the ship stay on schedule. You can help with the sails and hang out on the bridge. You can climb the rope ladder to the crows nest and talk with the staff about sailing. We had some amazing sunsets as the ship sailed. We also really enjoyed the stops. The first half are Thai islands that center around water sports like snorkeling, diving, SUP, kayaking, waterskiing, etc. There is a shore excursion to the Prnang-nga national park. They put us on tenders to take photos of the ship with full sails in Prnang-nga bay. Koh Adang was amazing. The cultural stops included Penang and Malecca. Embarkation and disembarkation were similar to other cruises and handled fine. Definitely plan to spend extra time in Phuket and Singapore. This cruise is not for everyone, but I think most people will enjoy the experience if their expectation matches what the sailing experience offers. We had one day at sea and the remainder of the day time was spent onshore. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Chose this cruise because we wanted a proper sailing adventure and did not want a large floating hotel, - and It was just fabulous ! We enjoyed every single minute of this voyage. Yes - the cabins are quite "cosy" , but they have ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we wanted a proper sailing adventure and did not want a large floating hotel, - and It was just fabulous ! We enjoyed every single minute of this voyage. Yes - the cabins are quite "cosy" , but they have everything you need. The crew were all very friendly and professional. The food on board was superb, and we met some lovely people from all over the world. Some of the trips were a bit disappointing, eg: Malacca is a place I wouldn't rush back to, and the Similian islands were more crowded than Maya bay, but life on board ship was always the highlight. Prices on board were very reasonable -especially when compared to Singapore ! Always felt very safe when leaving the ship by tender, but you do need to be fairly fit as there are a lot of stairways involved on a cruise like this. To sum up - loved it, loved it, loved it ! Can't wait for the next one - probably in the Med. Read Less
34 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I choose this cruise because the vessel is small , she sails , and has an appealing destination : Thailand. My rating : I give one star for the very good looking of the ship on pictures and a second star for the food. What we did ... Read More
I choose this cruise because the vessel is small , she sails , and has an appealing destination : Thailand. My rating : I give one star for the very good looking of the ship on pictures and a second star for the food. What we did not like : I. General lack of comfort : * starting from the early beginning in the welcome room in Phuket, * the boat tender access is complicated and skimpy , dangerous. * the gangplank (not levelled and dangerous), * the deck in complete disorder, * the bar is very uncomfortable, lack of shade on the deck not enough sun cheap plastic sunchairs . * no pump in the pool , water dirty at the end of the day , dangerous. * uncomfort on the beach stops , boy scout type BBQ II. General lack of friendliness reaching the lack of politeness from the Cruise director and the bar staff but not only, no welcome in the dining room, the staff seems frustated . III. Lack of interest of the stops , it seems that our 1500 chinese friends had the same interest for the Koh Lantha and the so called "wild beaches" than us. IV. Account management practices unusual . The major criticism is the arrogance of the cruise director : a good ambiance would have attenuated the defaults. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Having been before on the Star Clipper we liked the format and knew what to expect - good quality cabin, great choice of food and plenty of it. Most of all that great feeling as the sails are hoisted to the stirring sound of Vangelis' ... Read More
Having been before on the Star Clipper we liked the format and knew what to expect - good quality cabin, great choice of food and plenty of it. Most of all that great feeling as the sails are hoisted to the stirring sound of Vangelis' Conquest of Paradise. Oh dear, seems the owner has instructed that the stirring music be relegated to background music thus destroying the magic that so many returning passengers have booked for, and encouraged others to do so. A passenger petition managed to raise one click on the volume control but the issue remains and would make me, and others, seriously consider whether to go again. Our cruise started from Phuket (Penang was nearest departure port in the drop down options). The usual life jacket and lifeboat drills took place on day 1 & 2 and at 7am on day 3 we pulled alongside the dock in Penang. All of a sudden there was a series of lurches followed by random blasts on the ship's siren and the call to "abandon ship". Luckily the incident was down to an over-enthusiastic tug having caused the ship to scrape along the rather crude dockside - the nautical equivalent of a supermarket trolley damaging your car door. Anyway we didn't sink and breakfast wasn't burnt! After that we seemed to have an incident a day - one of the tenders broached on a beach whilst attempting to pick up passengers from the beach. Could have been very dangerous and the crew clearly were out of there depth (sorry). A minor fire happened in the dining room when a plate warmer caught fire. The bar nearly ran out of alcohol, and the galley similarly out of food due to a container of supplies not having been cleared by customs at Penang. Incidents that could have made this the cruise from hell were handled admirably by the captain and crew in a professional, well mannered and good natured way meaning that passengers were never really inconvenienced. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
The sailing adventure through Thailand was excellent. The food was great! You have 4 choices for your entree for dinner. The wine selections are also excellent. The crew is nice and helpful. Water sports are available at most port ... Read More
The sailing adventure through Thailand was excellent. The food was great! You have 4 choices for your entree for dinner. The wine selections are also excellent. The crew is nice and helpful. Water sports are available at most port stops. The itinerary was great - not touristy! The passengers were 95% Europeans, mostly Brits and Germans. Everyone was a well traveled adult - average age 65. No kids and everyone seemed happy about that. The cruise was comfortable, beautiful, quiet, pleasant. Not for under age 45, in my opinion and definately not for kids - not kid activities and the passengers will be unhappy if you drag your loud kids along and the kids will get bored. This is for adults who love to travel and love the sea and want an adult, quite refined travel experience. I will travel the Star Ship again and again! An adult only - age 45 on up cruise - and so wonderful and comfortable! Recommended for people who love to travel and love the sea and who are at least 45 years of age - average age is 65. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
I have always been a sailing freak but advancing age has prevented me from sailing the Greek Islands myself. This trip was pure indulgence for me. On arrival before embarkation the cruise line organised a pickup from our hotel. It was ... Read More
I have always been a sailing freak but advancing age has prevented me from sailing the Greek Islands myself. This trip was pure indulgence for me. On arrival before embarkation the cruise line organised a pickup from our hotel. It was on time even calling the hotel to inform us of its immediate arrival. Embarkation was painless, thorough and subject to the normal security screening. On boarding we were met by the Captain and some of his officers. Our room (504) was clean tidy and well appointed. The food during the trip was excellent. I now eat olives with my cooked breakfast that includes feta cheese. Cabin service was outstanding. Both English and German were spoken fluently by the cruise director and most of the crew. The entertainment was home grown but wonderful despite not being a Broadway production. My compliments to Delicia and Joseph for the entertainment. The shore expeditions ranged from ordinary (2) to excellent (the rest). Ordinary because the others were so good that good became ordinary. If Rhodes had beaches like Australia I would have to live there. Despite this trip being my indulgence my wife reckons this is one of the best holidays we have had. I can only second her opinion. Great crew, great staff, great food and a great ship. Thank you Captain Yuri (Not Russian) Read Less
27 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
A cruise on a tall mast ship was on my bucket list for some time. I tried to get a friend to go with me but they either were afraid of being seasick or didn't want to spend the money. I am SO glad I went solo - it really was a trip of a ... Read More
A cruise on a tall mast ship was on my bucket list for some time. I tried to get a friend to go with me but they either were afraid of being seasick or didn't want to spend the money. I am SO glad I went solo - it really was a trip of a lifetime. Islands on this trip (St. Maarten, Nevis, Dominica, Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St. Barts) I flew to St. Maarten and stayed one night at the Holland House Hotel on Front Street. This will put you close to the pier, right on the beach and on Front Street (the main commercial street in Philipsburg). Check in was smooth and organized. There were refreshments/fresh fruit and tents were set up to provide shelter from the sun. It was a short walk to the Star Clipper from check-in. Once welcomed onboard I received my room key. I was in room 325 right off the dining room and across from the gift shop. My room was a Category 2 stateroom with the beds pushed together. The stateroom was very nice with a flat screen TV (which I never turn on) and a safe. I didn't pay a single supplement which was a major incentive for me to go on this cruise. I honestly wasn't in my stateroom that much. I took advantage of the adventure of being on a sailing ship and of the excursions. I was very pleased with the food. There was early bird breakfast (juices and danishes), full breakfast, lunch, 5 pm hors d'oeuvre, dinner and midnight snack. Breakfast and lunch were buffets with a large selection. Dinner had appetizer, soup, sorbet, salad, main course, cheese plate and dessert. Considering that the food was prepared for 150 people that often in a small galley kitchen - I was very impressed with the quality. Excursion Nevis - Hiking: this was a pretty challenging hike made more challenging my rain, but I loved it. Dominica - Rowing on the Indian River: 8 person row boat manned by a local guide. Iles des Saintes (no excursions) I explored the island on my own. Hiked up to Fort Napoleon in the morning and then took the tender to Cabrits and hiked up to the ruins of Fort Josephine. I fell in love with Iles des Saintes - this is why you go on a Star Clipper ship. An island off the tourist radar. Guadeloupe - Solar Power Boat Tour of the Mangrove and Lunch - It poured but we still had a great time. Antigua - Zip Lining - So much fun. St. Barts - ATVing around the island. My favorite. I made sure to get up at 6 am every morning for sunrise and I wasn't disappointed. The sunrise and sunsets were breathtaking. I was in bed most nights between 10 and 11. There really isn't much entertainment on the ship beyond your shipmates and some tunes on a piano. For me that was perfect. I have three minor complaints: one has been mentioned before - there isn't a lot of shade on the top deck. This didn't turn out to be a big issue for me because I was exploring each island so much that I was off the ship in port. This might be an issue if you want to stay onboard. The staff are very reserved to the point of being distant. I'm not sure if this is something to accommodate the large amount of European onboard or if this is a company policy. It did feel at times cold and indifferent. I never could figure out if out. I've been on several cruises and the staff are always so friendly. I missed this very much. Finally there seemed to be tension on my cruise between some of the Europeans and the Americans. Americans are loud. I actually never realized how loud we were until this trip - add alcohol to the mix and we are louder yet. This really seemed to upset some of our European companions. THIS IS NOT A TRIP FOR ANYONE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY. I can't reiterate this enough. I saw people struggling to get in and out of the tenders. The water was quite rough off St. Barts and the tender was really bouncing in the water. If you have any mobility issues - this will be a problem. This was a magical trip: I climbed the mast, I relaxed in the net, I was up for sunrise, I got to sail the Caribbean and I was able to explore new destinations. I would definitely go on another Star Clipper cruise. For solo travelers - go! Take advantage of the lack of a single supplement. I'm 46 so I was at the lower end of the age range and I knew that in advance. Being solo wasn't an issue at all. I met many nice people who included me in their group. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was our 4th cruise on Star Clipper so we knew what to expect. This one disappointed us, however. Pros: Food was good. Breakfast Buffett, Lunch Buffett, Dinner service. Cabin was clean. Ship was in great shape. The crew talent ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise on Star Clipper so we knew what to expect. This one disappointed us, however. Pros: Food was good. Breakfast Buffett, Lunch Buffett, Dinner service. Cabin was clean. Ship was in great shape. The crew talent show was more fun and varied than usual. Cons: The wait staff and room stewards did not clearly understand English and spoke it with such accents at a such speed that they were very difficult to understand. Wait service at Dinner was slow - in one case we waited 25 minutes between appetizer and entree. Often when you asked someone on the crew a question, he would refer you to someone else. The all-day coffee was left to stand so that in the afternoon it was burnt. The cruise director checked off excursion passengers departing the ship but did not interface with the sponsors on shore. In our one excursion to the Indian River in Dominica, the sponsor was disorganized and left us stranded at one point. Disembarking, our luggage was taken to a tent for pickup but there were no signs off the ship to tell you how to find the tent that was quite a distance away. There were other minor annoyances. It just took away the joy we had sailing with Star Clipper in the past. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
I wasn't sure if I would be any good on a sailing ship but wanted to see the smaller island in the Virgin Islands...I was thrilled by how well appointed Star Clipper is....It's a newish ship built in a style one used to see in ... Read More
I wasn't sure if I would be any good on a sailing ship but wanted to see the smaller island in the Virgin Islands...I was thrilled by how well appointed Star Clipper is....It's a newish ship built in a style one used to see in films....Wonderful amenities when it came to dining, cocktail hours, two pools, comfortable cabins was a surprise yet basic. The variety and quality of food was amazing partly because unlike mega ships the Clipper food is cooked fresh for each meal, Whole Turkey, Lobster, Suckling Pig, Aso Buco, fresh veg and amazing deserts. Wine was amazingling cheap by comparison. The crew quickly became more good friends than crew and because it only holds 180 you get to meet so many others in the open seating plan. Everyday a different island, excersions or just fabulous beach days...mostly taken ashore by tender and there was a Sport crew who took all the toys ashore for you to play with. Casual all day and evenings were less formal but guys should wear long pants and short sleeve shirt or similar but some ladies did it all and looked fabulous....that's what its about....you do your thing and everybody loves it. There internet...can you beleive $6. an hour. Wine starts at $15. and a good bottle might be $35. Endless cocktail choices expertly made at the Tropical Bar on the open deck or in the Piano Bar and what a talented guy on the synthasizer. This is the first of more than 30 cruises where I felt posessive about the ship and didn't want to leave the crew and all...its great to know I can go back....I'm not a kid but nobody cared that it took me a bit longer on the stairs. I must add...we had two wonderful little girls on the ship...so sweet and sadly we mostly thought it was not a ship for children....there's nothing for them to do. Kids need to run, jump, twirl, hop, kick, spin and bounce all over so when the ship is doing the same thing and thee are so many stairs and obsticals we feared something would happen and finally one of the little girls when dashing off along and went head first down the stairs and we had to turn the ship around and rush her to hospital in St. Kitts. She was kept in but magically re-appeared the last night to all our applause. We were returned to St. Martin where we began, and our luggage was already ashore and waiting for us...Sad to say good-by...so I said..."I'll be back". Next time I expect to see the ghosts of Bette Davis and Peter Lorrie sipping a cocktail on deck ... it just that sort of great experience. Read Less
Star Clipper Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 3.0 3.4
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 2.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.7
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 3.9

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