• TRAVEL NOTICE: Learn more about COVID-19
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In
  • Find a Cruise
  • Deals
  • Excursions
  • More

Royal Clipper Review

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
98 reviews

Great fun and excellent itinerary

Review for Royal Clipper to the Western Mediterranean
User Avatar
morrfran
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Rating by category

Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Fitness & Recreation
Cabin

Additional details

Sail Date: Sep 2011
Cabin:

The experience was great. Passengers all Americans as it was a charter by Vantage Travel. Good mix of generally experienced travellers. Loved the open sun deck, including being able to stand around during port entries and departures, watching captain, first mate and pilot (when there was one). The atmosphere is laid back but the decor is not glitzy and has a touch of glamor. The ports were wonderful--Capri, Corfu, Taormina, Ravello, Kotor (spectacular), Dubrovnik, Hvar, Rovinj and Venice. One day at sea. There was one spell of weather that had the ship rocking quite a bit but it didn't stop most folks from activities.

Embarkation was slower than I'd expect on that size vessel. The staff were overall helpful, particularly the purser who couldn't do enough for pax. Bought their wifi option and it was worth it at 20 Euro for 3 hours.

The raising of sails is a real treat--though the weather wasn't condusive to having a lot of sail up a lot of the time. The 'entertainment' was not particularly to my taste--I could have done without the goofy 'pirate night'. But you don't go on this ship for entertainment.

Cabin Review

Cabin 05

Small but well laid out and very comfortable. Double bed against one wall--ok for me as solo but overall size and layout would require some organization for a oouple. Adequate storage and very nice bathroom. Very quiet. Two port holes. DVD option was a plus.

Port Reviews

Capri

Nice experience, going up to Anacapri from Capri. Nice views coming into port. Missed taking the cable car trip to the top--would have been worthwhile to do that.

Next port was along the Amalfi coast--don't see a listing for it. This was lovely with a great ride (magnificent views) up to Ravello.

Taormina (Messina)

Loved getting up to Mt. Etna. Wonderful ride with views of local wineries and farms, small villages along the way. Amazing visit to area of 2002 caldera with a walkway around the main chasm. Interesting to see what forms of flora first grow in the dark, sere landscape.

Corfu

Nice views, enjoyable area to walk around. Didn't do a tour so may have missed something due to that. Did not seem to have as many appealing/interesting sites to visit as other ports.

Kotor

What a spectacular experience--sailing into the bay toward this little, walled city. Not crowded but beautiful streets, buildings and ambiance. Could have spent more time here. Stopped in a square for a cappuccino, and watched the world go by in the little square. Interesting old churches and synagogue. Just a beautiful, overall experience for a great day.

Dubrovnik

I am rating this a 5 in spite of the very hot and very crowded conditions. Of course it's a lovely, old, walled city. But fighting large crowds takes away from the experience and it was way too hot to attempt walking the walls. Again, interesting churches and synagogue. Good local guide who gave all the important points. The history of this whole area is such a patchwork--going back and forth from one ruling party to another. I will be visiting again in November and am looking forward to cooler, less crowded conditions.

No option for next port--not on the port list here. Hvar (*****) is lovely. Beautiful island with lovely small city with interesting buildings, streets and friendly people. It was a Sunday and heard local group singing acapella beautifully--at a sidewalk cafe.

Next port also not listed here--Rovinj (****). Another lovely old city with interesting multi-colored buildings. All streets lead up to top of hill with pretty church.

Venice

It's Venice. What can I say that hasn't been said? Did the obligatory gondola ride--great fun, at sunset so light/colors were lovely. St. Marco Sq extremely crowded but enjoyed watching the world go by from a pricey square-side cafe. Walked to Rialto bridge area--a lot of fun to walk through all the small streets, along canals, to that area. Will be here again next month and looking forward to exploring more in less crowded conditions.

Find a Royal Clipper Cruise

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.