Star Clipper Cruise Review by Judith M
- Sail Date: September 2018
- Destination: Asia
Chosen as it coincided with end of a conference in Bali.
Embarkation and disembarkation easy and smooth.
Smaller than traditional large cruise ships - about 70 passengers on board, but at full capacity the ship can take about double that number. Most of passengers from UK, Germany, and a few from USA. English, German and French spoken by the crew for passengers.
The food on board was outstanding and really superb (too good for the waist!), the only exception being a shore BBQ one lunch time, which was fine but inevitably not up to the gourmet cuisine on board.
Service was professional, competent and friendly throughout, with a multinational crew of about 70, all immaculately clad in seafaring uniform.
Opportunity to do a good amount of exercise - morning class, mile round deck, climbing the rope rigging up the mast (I climbed at the age of 75), snorkling, scuba, and more; shore excursions such as Mount Bromo volcano, trek to Mata Jitu waterfalls - all suitable for older people.
A wide variety of evening entertainment - quizzes, talent show, karaoke... only problem being a bit loud for those who wanted to sleep earlier, tired out by exercise activities. Very interesting talks given about the ship, from the Hotel Manager to Chief Engineer, and a knot tying class. Massages were available on sheltered deck, with wind and sound of the sea.
Lovely old-style library with books; DVDs available from Purser for cabins with DVD player.
TV channels only showed information on Clipper ships origin and building. No other channels.
There were no children on the boat, although some cabins had bunk beds up against the wall that could be lowered over the main bed if anyone wanted children to sleep in the same room.
Felt it a very special trip. Perhaps coming from a seafaring nation, having lived by the sea, and with a father a master mariner, made it even more special and memorable for me.
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Towels crafted into animals each day a nice touch.
Viewed the less expensive lower deck cabins - equally well-appointed but smaller in size, with portholes rather than windows (and some internal cabins).
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