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2 Star Clippers Malta (Valletta) Cruise Reviews

We chose a repositioning itinerary that took us from Malta to Malaga, stopping in Sardinia, the Balearics, and along the Spanish Coast. Previous cruises had set our expectations. Star Clipper is a small line with three small ships that ... Read More
We chose a repositioning itinerary that took us from Malta to Malaga, stopping in Sardinia, the Balearics, and along the Spanish Coast. Previous cruises had set our expectations. Star Clipper is a small line with three small ships that use sail frequently. Frequent stops in European ports insured that the food stocks were excellent. As a repositioning cruise, the opportunities for water sports were limited, perhaps as a consequence the average age of the passengers was a bit higher. Weather was an issue on our two sea days with 4 to 5 meter swells and winds gusting to 40. (Force 7). The crew handled the conditions well and maintained service and safety. The key to enjoying Star Clipper is to understand and cherish the scale and limitations of a 300 foot sailing vessel. Sailing into and out of historical ports, feeling the motion of the sea, and finding entertainment in your fellow passengers are features of the experience. The Cruise Director, Yuri and Musician Melchor maintained a steady stream of amusements. The hotel staff was cheerful and unobtrusive. The menus were varied and preparation and presentation were excellent. For this voyage we were dockside in every port. We used excursions in every port as we didn't know the areas. We arrived in Valetta a week early and loved Malta! Really could have been there longer. Malta has something to appeal to almost every variety of tourist. Caligiari was a bit bland, but the sea front ruins excellent. All three of the Balearics were fine, varied and attractive. Cartegena was a pleasant surprise. A lot of new archeology finds and a revitalized downtown will make this much better known and more visited. Motril is really only a way to get close to Grenada and run up the canyon to see the Alhambra. Worth it for the path up and Grenada. Malaga in late October was uncrowded and pretty. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Summary We like Star Flyer but there are many faults that need to be addressed before we chose to sail with them again. Ports of call, experience of the CD and poor information could and should be perfect after 20 years but are not ... Read More
Summary We like Star Flyer but there are many faults that need to be addressed before we chose to sail with them again. Ports of call, experience of the CD and poor information could and should be perfect after 20 years but are not Hotel Info We booked the Phoenicia independently which is a wonderful place and we could see the ship from our window Ship Info Small tall ship with an intimate atmosphere. One sitting evening meal which suited us. Disappointed that a couple of promo groups wore beach wear to dinner. The staff should have done something about this but didn't. Activities There were too few opportunities to use the array of water sports equipment. Service Liked the waiting staff who were mainly Indonesian, Go-an and Filipino. Port & Shore Excursions Not good. Many complained about the overpriced excursions which comprised of sitting on a bus for the morning. The cruise was rescheduled a week before we boarded to avoid Tunisia and we were not informed. We visited 3 ports in Sicily but had no information or maps and so this made life very difficult. The cruise director was ill informed and had no knowledge of any ports at all. The first port of call was even called a "hole" by the Captain - why take us there? Travel To Port of Embarkation We flew in from LHR 2 days beforehand and enjoyed our stay. we walked from the hotel to the ship which was 10 minutes Stateroom A little bit worn and in need of a refit.We had a good choice of cabin. The TV was irritating as it only had 1 intermittent channel of English which flickered, and 3 promo video's. Food We enjoyed the food but were not excited by it> Did not like the rubbery lobster. Entertainment The evenings were fun and hosted by the crew and passengers. Disembarkation Very good - off the ship and at the Gare within 1/2 an hour Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
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