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Royal Clipper Review

4.0 / 5.0
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97 reviews

Mediterranean cruise, Cannes to Lisbon

Review for Royal Clipper to the Mediterranean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2017
Night shot on the main deck towards the stern of the ship
Bow shot as the ship approaches port
The Royal clipper docked in Menorca

You travel on these ships for the romance of sailing child-free, and the barque Royal Clipper is indeed a beautiful ship. You don't choose these cruises if you are someone who needs constant professional entertainment or you want to be chatting continuously on 'anti-social' media. In 2001 we sailed the Greek Islands on the same cruise line's barquentine Star Flyer and had a wonderful trip. We wanted to try to recapture that experience on the Clipper, a larger fully square-rigged tall ship. Unfortunately that didn't quite happen.

At the beginning we were caught for two days in a violent Mediterranean storm (force 10) and some people were injured. Broken glass and crockery everywhere. This took the edge off the cruise for some fair weather sailors like us. The crew did their best but passengers should have been told to remain in their cabins until it passed. They weren't, hence some injuries, a couple of them quite nasty. There was a skilled professional nurse on board but no doctor.

The rest of the 12 day cruise was uneventful weather-wise. However, except for the last night the ship had to motor to maintain schedule. There was precious little sailing.

Cabin Review

Cabin Deluxe Suite

Very comfortable bed and spacious cabin. Good shower and bath. The balcony was not of much use. The crew washes the ship regularly with fresh water and washings tended to pool in a gutter on the balcony. Despite our steward's best endeavours this created a musty smell at times but was not a problem inside the cabin. We really didn't benefit from having the balcony. The hotel manager's reaction was, "I can't smell anything".

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