Royal Clipper Cruise Review by Richard2240
- Sail Date: February 2019
- Destination: Caribbean
However, this comes with some compromises that have to be accepted. The ship is small, at 4400 gross tonnes. It is a sailing ship so will heel gently to the wind and have a genteel motion. There are no elevators, no climbing walls, no casino, One restaurant and no constant tannoy announcements. The cabins are small (it's a tall ship).
What you do get is some special sailing on a beautiful ship with traditional mahogany and brass interiors, all scrupulously clean and maintained. A library and piano bar, a high crew to passenger ratio, an open bridge policy, good food and helpful crew. There are only c200 guests and 105 crew. The bar staff will know you by name in the first day.
The ship uses the sails for about 60% of the time, using the engine only to make the eta at next port or when the wind is in the wrong direction. It was never noticeable in our cabin which was ver quiet.
The prices for extras such as wine and cocktails, laundry etc are not outrageous.
Entertainment is very much passenger led, costume evenings, quizzes and the like. It all hails from a previous age and is very stress free and relaxing.
This is not a high octane thrill seekers trip, if you want that then you're on the wrong ship.
It's not suitable for people with reduced mobility as there are no lifts and access doors have large cills and are very heavy. There would not be much for young children to do.
The paid shore excursions are uniformly poor. We took three and they were all very bad with late pick ups, dirty venues and it was obvious nobody from the company has tested them for years.
We loved it. Some passengers complained about the ships motion, small cabins and lack of elevators? Did they read the brochure?
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Only has a "French bed" double, one side against the wall so you have to climb over your partner.
Other cabins can have two singles or other configurations.
The category 1 cabins are close to the tropical bar, are expensive, quite large but can get noisy.