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Overall, this voyage was disappointing relative to our expectations. Pros: - The cabin, with a small balcony was very pleasant, and had excellent service. - Sleeping on a sailing vessel was marvelous - just enough pitch to be soothing. - Desserts were truly exceptional. - The ship’s officers were pleasant, and accessible. - Spa services were excellent. Cons: - Breakfast and lunch were buffets, and underwhelming. Dinners varied greatly in quality. Overall, we had expected better cuisine. - Ports chosen by the ship were oft secondary ones, & distant from attractions, despite “name” ports being near. The rationale for this apparently was visiting beaches rather than population centers. Be sure this is your goal. - Very little to do onboard. Glad we had a balcony to use up the hours. - Gym was disappointing, with some equipment not being usable given low ceilings. - Enrichment lectures and entertainment were minimal. In short, boredom became a factor for us — the first time I have experienced this to any significant degree in 20 plus years of cruising. Many folks seemed to really enjoy this style of cruising, but it was not for us.

Not Quite Our Cup of Tea

Royal Clipper Cruise Review by seaproponent

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
Overall, this voyage was disappointing relative to our expectations.

Pros:

- The cabin, with a small balcony was very pleasant, and had excellent service.

- Sleeping on a sailing vessel was marvelous - just enough pitch to be soothing.

- Desserts were truly exceptional.

- The ship’s officers were pleasant, and accessible.

- Spa services were excellent.

Cons:

- Breakfast and lunch were buffets, and underwhelming. Dinners varied greatly in quality. Overall, we had expected better cuisine.

- Ports chosen by the ship were oft secondary ones, & distant from attractions, despite “name” ports being near. The rationale for this apparently was visiting beaches rather than population centers. Be sure this is your goal.

- Very little to do onboard. Glad we had a balcony to use up the hours.

- Gym was disappointing, with some equipment not being usable given low ceilings.

- Enrichment lectures and entertainment were minimal.

In short, boredom became a factor for us — the first time I have experienced this to any significant degree in 20 plus years of cruising. Many folks seemed to really enjoy this style of cruising, but it was not for us.
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