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Star Flyer Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Crossing the Atlantic the right way!

Star Flyer Cruise Review by Phils_dad

11 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2014
  • Destination: Transatlantic

You can cross the Atlantic Several ways; cruise liner, plane or swim if you've got the time and energy. But the best way, in my opinion, is on Star Flyer, a four masted barque built for the job. You will find lots of reviews of the ship on line but in essence the ship specialises in recapturing the days of the clipper ships but a tad more luxurious for the modern day passenger. The return rate is, I believe, 80% and I've been on them seven times so that speaks volumes.

I did the east to west crossing which goes further south than those travelling in the opposite direction and we experienced not weather with good following winds enabling us to sail about 60% of the time! the rest was spent motor sailing. It's a great chance to get a feel for what it was like when sail power was the only way to get around. Standing on deck doing 10 knots is something that will live with me for a long tome.

14 days of doing pretty much nothing is not for everyone but if you are happy judge reading, eating, talking, the occasional game of cards then this is for you. There is a small pool on board to cool off in. Don't expect much in the way of organised entertainment unless you out the 30 plus dolphins who stopped by to ride the bow wave. That said, there were lectures and deck games, etc for those showered interested. Something unique to these ships is bring on deck amongst the ropes and sails, or in the net under the bowsprit, places other lines keep you well away from. In the same vein, talking to the captain of the officer on watch at the bridge is always met with a courteous reply.

One point; I don't think this is a place for children, not enough to do.

Dining at night is smart casual and the food is very good though not quite up to the standard of the big ships.

But when you step off the ship in Barbados, you'll be wearing a Star Clipper shirt with pride to show all those people who belong to the floating block of lists that you crossed the Atlantic the right way.

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