The Royal Clipper is like no other cruise ship—you sail on her for the experience of being on the world’s largest active sailing ship. Where you go is almost incidental. It is like a very large, traditionally outfitted yacht. Lots of brass and wood, and quite elegant. We were on the Cannes-Lisbon cruise. It was our second cruise on the RC (there are many repeat customers—over half on our cruise were repeats). The one recommendation I would make is that you reserve a balcony cabin. While the cabin on our first cruise (243) was just fine, our balcony cabin (308) was worth every penny—larger, windows rather than portholes, great location and, of course, the balcony, providing private space not available anywhere else on the ship. Our particular cruise had some great ports (such as Bonifacio and Tangier), and no matter where we went, the ship attracted a lot of attention. The experiences available, ranging from lounging in the bowsprit net to climbing to the crow’s nest, to sitting on the top deck and listening to the sails, is just sublime. The last 36 hours on the 14 day cruise were a bit challenging, as we encountered rough seas in the Atlantic heading to Lisbon. The downside to a sailing ship is that you feel the motion, and we definitely did. But it didn’t detract from the experience and we’ll sail the RC again. Great ship, great crew, and excellent food. One of our best vacations ever.
Cabin 308 was great, as are most of the balcony cabins. The balcony made a huge difference, as most other cabins are smaller and without balconies or access to windows that open (sealed portholes). This private space was well worth the increased cost