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Star Flyer Review

4.0 / 5.0
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54 reviews

Disappointed by our sailing ship experience

Review for Star Flyer to the Mediterranean
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10+ Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Oct 2018

We had looked longingly at Star Clipper ships in port so many times, so finally decided to bite the bullet and book a cruise. We expected a glorious ship ( which it was) and a fabulous experience ( which sadly, it wasn’t)

We joined in Piraeus, received a perfunctory welcome, a small glass of juice , and found our way up and down steps to our stern middle deck cabin. We weren’t expecting luxury, though the prices indicated that we would be at least comfortable, but this cabin didn’t even meet our modest hopes! The bed was at head height, with two tall steps leading to a platform by the porthole. From there, you had to wriggle onto the bed , with barely enough room to sit up! The mattress was thin, the duvet was thin too, barely covering the bed. Needless to add the pillows were poor, as were the hard bathroom towels. Fortunately we had brought some quality toiletries, as those provided were of a chain hotel standard. The bathroom had a hole in the floor shower, plastic curtain and poor lighting. All so disappointing!

We went out on deck to explore, and it was as wonderful as we’d expected, especially when sails were unfurled , a fabulous sight. Fortunately we had favourable winds most of our cruise,so were usually under sail, an amazing , unforgettable ,experience. We were lucky enough to have beautiful Mediterranean sunshine, so were able to enjoy relaxing on deck much of the day time. We wondered if it might be possible to sleep under the stars, but the idea was quickly dampened by the negative attitude of the purser. Negativity was unfortunately a prevailing attitude by many of the staff. We are no longer young, but fit and enthusiastic about trying new experiences, and Star clippers was one of the few cruise lines we hadn’t experienced in over 40 years of cruising as often as possible, on ships large and small,modest and luxurious.

Cabin Review

Small, cramped and far from comfortable, with poor lighting and one tiny chair. The bed was raised to head height, looking out through the brass bound porthole, leaving little headroom. There were two tiny wardrobes, adequate for a week’s cruise, and a large underbed storage for suitcases.

Port Reviews

Athens (Piraeus)

A wonderful city, very busy, with good local buses. Piraeus is a long bus ride from the port. A better option is to use the train, taking the train from Piraeus centre into Athens centre


A pleasant port, with a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants

Malta (Valletta)

A glorious harbour and much to see in the old town


Pretty places to see, but not much to do

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