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Royal Clipper Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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98 Reviews

Best Trip Ever

Royal Clipper Cruise Review by AmandaBVT

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2018
  • Destination: the Caribbean

We chose this cruise because we were kind of "burnt out" on the big ship cruises. The idea of sailing - really sailing - as well as a smaller group of passengers (175) was really appealing to us. The food was fantastic. The crew members were attentive without being smothering and the service was impeccable. I was amazed that the crew knew us by face/name by the second day. We were not constantly hounded to purchase something which was our experience on the big ships. There was definitely more of a family feel to this trip. There are no elevators so this is not a ship for those with mobility issues. The public rooms are beautifully appointed and comfortable. It was so easy to lose track of time and really disconnect from the world. WiFi onboard is a bit spotty but that was OK with us. When we were in port, there was generally free WiFi available to send quick updates to families and friends. The evening meal is an opportunity to get together with new friends and also to be placed at a table with people you haven't met yet. There were several "singles" taking the cruise and because this is such a small group of passengers, they didn't seem to feel left out or lonely at all. Just about all of the tables are 6-8 seats so this makes for nice mixing of new people. If you need a casino or lots of shopping on board, this is not the cruise for you. The last day almost felt like the last day of a really fun summer camp, everyone exchanging emails with new friends, many people taking the same cruises each year and meeting up. This was without a doubt the most fun I've ever had on a vacation. We will be back!


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Cabin Review

Cabin 3 237

Compared to the larger ships, the cabin was a bit smaller but it was more than enough room for our needs. Lots of woodwork and sumptuous decorations. The TV doesn't really have any English language channels but again, we were not there to watch TV. There are many great DVDs in multiple languages to borrow (free) from the shop and we had a DVD player in the room. The library also had a great selection of books to borrow.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Island Tour

Lots of time spent driving but it was actually the best way to kill time before our afternoon flight and "do something" with our luggage for the day

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Snorkeling

Shadowfax Sailing and snorkling. The seas were kind of rough at the snorkeling site but it was otherwise a lot of fun!

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Plantation & Tropical Gardens

Beautiful gardens, very informative tour guide. Very well organized

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Ziplining

Wahoo!!!! Lots of climbing but tons of fun

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