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Royal Clipper Review

4.0 / 5.0
106 reviews

An unforgettable voyage

Review for the Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Royal Clipper
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Feb 2023

We have done a couple of cruises on the big ships but wanted something different and we sure did get it with this trip. The Royal Clipper is a sailing ship and we made our way through the Eastern Caribbean region under sail for the entire week. That is not something which you get to do every day. We loved every minute of it.

The food - The food was amazing. Breakfast and lunch were buffet style and dinner was a more formal sit-down affair with starters, soups, sorbet, main and dessert courses Some of the dinner food was not what I would usually eat, but I was not disappointed by anything I tried. Also, for those who prefer plainer food, you can ask for steak and chips or a pasta dish instead of choosing from some of the fancier items on the menu (this is mentioned in small print down the bottom of the menu). There were only a couple of tables for 2, so you will end up sitting with people every night which actually turned out to be great. You tend to be seated based on when you arrive in the dining room so that everyone at the table is ordering at the same time. We had some very entertaining dinner conversations.

Entertainment - we did not go on the ship for the entertainment options but it feels appropriate to mention them. There was not a lot of entertainment. Every night, there was a singer and keyboardist who played in the Tropical Bar, after dinner, which was pleasant. One night, we did have steel drummers on which were really entertaining. There was also a pirate night - Some people dressed up and it was quite fun to watch other passengers take part in the various games but you were never made to feel like you had to take part. There was also a staff/passenger talent show. We did not stay up for that, but from other guest reports, it was a late night with the talent getting better as the night went on (how much of that was to do with increased alcohol consumption, I cannot say!!). We did however, get a taster on the final night, when one the passengers who had sang on talent night, sang again in the bar and he was phenomenal so I think we may have missed out by making talent night the one night we weren't among that last in the bar!

Cabin Review

We were in a Category 5 cabin so one of the smallest. It was, however, almost perfectly designed and had plenty of storage space and hangers. The cases/bags fit under the bed, the bed was very comfortable. The only thing we didn't like, was that there was no floor space at the end of the bed meaning that whoever was on the inside, had to climb over the other person if they wanted to get out of bed while the other person was sleeping, but that's a small thing. The cabin was at the front of the boat so you felt the movement of the ship, but it really didn't bother us. It was like being in a cot being rocked to sleep every night!!

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