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Royal Clipper Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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What a bizarre experience

Royal Clipper Cruise Review by alibebe

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

Recommended by family contact who works in the travel industry . We hate the idea of those monster cruise ships and the Royal Clipper with around 200 passengers was the biggest we had ever been on . It suited us very well although we are not fanatical sea and sand people and there were plenty of beach stops . We had no difficulty finding compatible fellow passengers , mostly Americans who don't like Trump ! The ship is something unique ; for the less ambulant there are a lot of stairs which can cause problems when there is a lot of 'rock and roll ' .The ship has a pleasant lounge , a library , a so -called tropical bar which is the main gathering place , a spa and gym , massages and Turkish bath on offer , and a capacious dining room ,( a bit cramped ; some tables were difficult to access . The food was excellent ; quality rather than quantity was the name of the game and the head chef , from the Philippines , did us proud . The quality was excellent , sourced in USA apparently , Three meals a day were supplemented by snacks at 5 pm and just before midnight . Coffee , tea and fruit were available all day ; wine was not part of the deal but was reasonably priced .Entertainment was a bit homespun ; the talent evening was mostly provided by the crew , plenty of water sport on offer for those who wanted it . The ship has 3 young people on board whose job it is to provide this . You can even climb the rigging up to the crows nest if you fancy it , and learn how to tie nautical knots , visit the bridge and the engine room if you like . The crew are lovely , officers and other ranks alike . Maybe it all starts with the charming captain , a Russian from Estonia , who learnt his skill with tall ships in the Soviet navy . Service is excellent and always with a smile . Our ship could access smaller ports than the monster liners and the few excursions we did were all very enjoyable , in particular the train trip round St Kitts . A voyage to remember !

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Cabin Review

Cabin lower deck 203

Very good . Enough room for all our needs . We were rather near the front so got the full effect of the 'rock and roll' . We had several rough sea experiences but didn't suffer sea sickness . Bed was very comfortable . Bathroom well appointed ; in particular we appreciated the rubber mats that were provided to stop slipping on the 'marble' floors ( introduced I gather after someone had a nasty fall !) . Our steward , also from the Philippines was delightful and kept everything very clean .

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