Great fun and excellent itinerary: Royal Clipper Cruise Review by morrfran

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Great fun and excellent itinerary

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
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' More 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.

The atrium extends through two decks, topped by the bottom of the sun deck swimming pool--disconcerting to see bodies bobbing about above you. Restaurant well laid out with very good dinners and an excellent lunch buffet.

If you are looking for something other than the standard 'big ship' experience, this may be for you. Cabins small--I did fine but was travelling solo. I can see that two people would have had to be organized.

The climbing the mast experience was great fun--what a view from up there! Less

Published 10/07/11

Cabin review: 05239

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 and Shore Excursions

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.
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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.
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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.

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.
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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.

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.
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