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5 Star Clippers Western Caribbean Cruise Reviews

Have never sailed on a ship like this. Have been on much larger cruises and smaller sailing ships. The Royal Clipper was just fabulous. The cabins are very nice ( ours was grade 3 with a nice bathroom and shower, TV, good hairdryer and ... Read More
Have never sailed on a ship like this. Have been on much larger cruises and smaller sailing ships. The Royal Clipper was just fabulous. The cabins are very nice ( ours was grade 3 with a nice bathroom and shower, TV, good hairdryer and comfy bed) but we saw the luxury ones which had a private veranda and whirlpool bath which looked very nice indeed. It's got a nice gym and 3 small pools on the top deck. There loads of room to wander about and never any shortage of sun beds. The crew are marvellous, from the cruise director Anna, Hotel manager Steve to the waiters , bar staff and cabin stewards. The food is fantastic with sit down a la carte for lunch and dinner and the tour excursions really well planned. They even have lobster on the menu. Only breakfast was a buffet. Drinks are very reasonably priced with house wine at € 15 and a great wine selection. Also as this ship uses Euros, its a really good deal at the moment for Brits. The guests were mainly Brits Americans and Canadians and a few French and German. The only Russian ( actually Estonian ) was the Captain, Sergei who was amazing and very visible. I cannot recommend this ship highly enough. You need to be pretty mobile as there are no lifts and lots of stairs and it's a sailing ship so it does list and roll at times. The entertainment programme is basic so if you want dancing girls and bingo, this ship is not for you. To see it in full sail (which it does at every opportunity) is just awesome Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Sailed from Cienfuegos, 3 hours south of Havana, there is no such port of embarkation on the list above! Departed on 11 Jan 2015. All very smooth. Lovely weather, ship beautiful, Captain jolly, crew friendly and very efficient. Food ... Read More
Sailed from Cienfuegos, 3 hours south of Havana, there is no such port of embarkation on the list above! Departed on 11 Jan 2015. All very smooth. Lovely weather, ship beautiful, Captain jolly, crew friendly and very efficient. Food excellent. Spent the first day at sea sailing up and down......there is nowhere else to go, and get the impression Cuban officials are very firm about where they go. Each time they anchor to go ashore, or tie along side officials board and there is paperwork to trawl through. It must be very tedious to do every week. The day was Ok as new arrivals found their sea legs, and old timers relaxed after the dirty, noisy frantic city that is Havana. Its a pity SC cannot anchor in the bay, its enormous, and Cienfuegos would be an interesting city to tour. Most people arrived for the cruise and did not get to see the colonial French buildings (falling down, like much of Cuba). Day 2 At anchor off Ancona beach for Trinidad, we had already 'done' Trinidad so just went to the beach. Swimming good, watersports team there, so sail board, canoe, dinghy. Cuban style loungers free and shadefrom thatched umbrellas, a typical Cuban bar, and a loo. We had an hour there for a walk and went back to relax on the Flyer. There is a soviet era looking hotel, we did not venture in. After a week in Cuba we were happy to look but not enter! Days 3 and 4 to the Caymans......Cayman Brac first, an overnight sail, smooth and calm sea. Swimming off gangway good. Also snorkling good off beach in a small lagoon, and a wreck, though sea quite lumpy in the midday breeze. Entering the water from the tender not easy unless you are a competent snorkler, I am not. Island looked very nice, clean and British! Some people took taxis to sandy beaches on the far side. Taxis not cheap. Day 4 we were at Grand Cayman, along side the port, so easy access to the town. They take on food and drink here, there is none in Cuba. We went on the stingray trip plus turtle farm, by coach, it was worth every penny. Interesting guide, tour of Island and swimming with the rays memorable. You leave the Island at 3.30, could do with another day here maybe to see it properly, though some who did not do the tour said the beach was nothing special. We were lucky only 2 huge cruise ships at anchor with us, sometimes they have 5. Day 5 overnight to Cayo Largo, amazing white soft sand beach..bar if needed, and restaurant, also you can swim with dolphins if you like. A fairly long transfer as its shallow, so 40 mins in a tender, there is no other way ashore. Did not move anchorage for last day at Cayo Rico next door. Day 6 Beach BBQ, amazing work for the waiters and cooks, transferring lunch plus BBQ ashore. Tables and benches there and loungers and shade. In super covered bar, but beach only for paddling, some lay on mats in the water! Sea bright blue and amazing clear water. However transfers long....its too shallow even for tenders at the end, so local boats used. It took an hour to get to the beach so some complaints about this, but SC trying hard. Day 7 back to Cienfuegos and time to disembark. Sad to say bye to the ship, crew, staff and fellow passengers, a super cruise again, our 4th. Each time we anchored, or went into port in Cuba, had 4 doctors out to take temps of everyone on board (Ebola) plus loads of people checking papers again and again. All before Ship was cleared...so 6.30 to 7.30am! Paperwork is a career in Cuba. Overall it was lovely, a respite from Cuba which is terribly poor, the food terrible, hygene worse (11 people confined to cabins at first as had bad stomachs after eating Cuban food).the people seem friendly but only as long as tipped frequently, 2 people on our ship had been mugged in Havana in daylight. . We were 111 passengers, the next week there were only 70. Star Clippers are trying hard, but unless the US visitors are allowed I cannot see this continuing as an option. Pleased we did it, but as a cruise you do not sail far, and Cuba fairly limiting as a destination. We preferred the leewards and windwards. And Europe. As a luxury week in the middle of a Cuban holiday though it was ideal. Will not return to Cuba, but will return to Star Clippers! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was our sixth Star Clipper cruise but the first that included our grown kids, their spouses and our grandchildren. Every minute of every day was wonderful. The kids had a great time. The crew went to great lengths to make sure the ... Read More
This was our sixth Star Clipper cruise but the first that included our grown kids, their spouses and our grandchildren. Every minute of every day was wonderful. The kids had a great time. The crew went to great lengths to make sure the grandchildren had fun, even though there were no official activities for children. On how many cruise ship would the captain (Sergie) know all their names and let the steer his ship? On past cruises, we've enjoyed dining with other passengers from all over the world--Europe, South Africa, Australia--but on this cruise there were too many of us. We had our own table and waiter, Rio. The latter was as kind and attentive as anyone I've ever met. My daughter in law has a peanut allergy and my son in law can't eat certain spices. Rio always took care of them. The kids loved him. We all did. The rest of the crew was equally as attentive. My eight-year-old granddaughter had the run of the ship; she reminded us of Eloise at the Plaza. The excursions in the Caribbean are not as interesting as the ones Europe, which has much more architecture and history. We mostly went to the beach to sun, snorkel and sail lasers. Now, in the middle of winter, that seems like such a hardship! Finally, the most enjoyable aspect to the Star Clipper cruises is the sailing, the trades blow reliably strong in winter and the ship sailed every night, all night. Typically the ship would set sails off its anchor, without the engine.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Royal Clipper was the perfect choice for our age (58/60) we could enjoy life on-deck, sunbathing, reading or just looking at the sea and surrounding islands. When the ship laid anchor off the island on the cruise itinerary we could manage ... Read More
Royal Clipper was the perfect choice for our age (58/60) we could enjoy life on-deck, sunbathing, reading or just looking at the sea and surrounding islands. When the ship laid anchor off the island on the cruise itinerary we could manage the steps down to the small craft ferrying us to and from the beach. On-shore as with most places in the world today, it was up to you to use common sense whilst wandering around the villages on your own (crime in the Caribbean is the same as at most ports of call in Europe). We were told to be careful by caring members of the crew, who also passed on their knowledge of what to buy, where to buy and where to get refreshments. The restaurant was very well managed, with friendly, helpful staff. Our waiter always remembered what drink we preferred and how we liked it. Whilst busy in the evening, our meals were served promptly, drinks topped up as necessary. The themed lunches too were delightful, the Hotel Manager and all his staff deserved the high praise given by most passengers on the last evening. What made our holiday so enjoyable was that in the evenings we could sit at the bar, listen to music quietly playing in the background and actual talk and be able to listen to the conversation of fellow passengers. There was entertainment laid on most evenings, steel-bands, talent competition etc, but it never got to the point where you could not hear your fellow passenger, a lot of people where merry but certainly not a nuisance, oh to have a local pub with the same atmosphere! Not a party ship, but for us a very HAPPY SHIP The only suggestion I would like to make to on-board activities, is that all the crew on-deck, those handling the sails, mending sails, climbing the masts, steering the ship into dock could be thanked during one of the evenings. They carry out their day to day activities, with passengers walking around taking photographs, asking question, in such a good natured way, I would have liked to see them being publicly thanked like the staff in the dining room etc. On a ship such as Royal Clipper and her sister ships in their clean, tidy uniforms they add to the beauty of sailing on such a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Perhaps I should start by stating what this ship is not and who it's not for. It's not glitzy and full of neon, It does not have a casino or show lounge , no resident comedian or dancing girls,It's not Las vegas on the ocean ... Read More
Perhaps I should start by stating what this ship is not and who it's not for. It's not glitzy and full of neon, It does not have a casino or show lounge , no resident comedian or dancing girls,It's not Las vegas on the ocean in other words. It's not suitable for the weight or physically challenged, and perhaps not for those easily prone to seasickness This is a small classy sailing vessel, which does move with the waves and not plow through them as the mega cruise ships. Mahogany and brass is the decor which together with the colors of the carpeting and soft furnishings give the impression of a private yacht. This is also a vessel for the active passenger as the ship is without an elevator, climbing somewhat narrow stairs is a necessity. Also the Royal Clipper anchors off most islands and ports, so climbing up and down the gangway onto the tender to shore is the only way you'll get off the ship! We embarked from Barbados and boarding the ship was not the easiest we had experienced. Check in is 4pm and took way too long in the terminal, at least the ship did not leave until 10pm. However from then on the cruise exceeded our expectations. Our cabin while not large by some standards was comfortable, accommodating a double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, writing desk and small but adequate bathroom with shower. Keeping the water from shloshing out of the shower when the ship rolled was a challenge! The public areas were excellent, plenty of room on deck. chairs/loungers were always available, unlike on some cruises we did not need to "reserve" with a towel. The "swimming pools" (3) were mere "dipping" pools but with a beach stop every day and plenty of watersports activities provided who needs the pool? Snorkeling gear is loaned for the duration of the cruise although only two or three of the islands had good Snorkeling off the beach. The ship carries two lasers and a windsurfer and water skiing from the zodiac is available at no charge. The food on our cruise was excellent and the service first class, I had read some other reviews prior to our sailing and was somewhat concerned with some of the comments, but we had no complaints. The open seating dining arrangements helped us meet new people every night and we made many new friends during our two weeks. Approx one third of our passengers were German, one third Brits and the rest of us were from Canada, U.S. France, Eastern Europe, the rest of the world in fact. When you arrive for dinner, The maitre'd asks if you would like a small or large table and "international" or English, unless you are multi-lingual I suggest you sit with people with whom you can communicate easily! The downsides to having a large European contingent are two. 1) All public announcements are in three languages, English, German and French, so can go on for a while 2) The Europeans have not yet grasped the no smoking attitude that is so prevalent in N.America, although no smoking in the dining room is strictly enforced, in other areas it can be a problem (for a reformed smoker) The entertainment onboard is limited. A singer and guitar player in the tropical bar performed nightly and a steel band was brought on board one night, the crew and some guests "entertained" us another night, but the highlight was the crab race night!. As this is a small ship it visits locations not generally frequented by the large cruise lines. You can see the true Island lifestyle which can be good and bad. Cleanliness depends upon the islands heritage, garbage can be an eyesore in some spots. We did not go on any of the organized excursions offered by Star Clipper lines so cannot comment, we prefer to do our own thing, which meant some days just laying on the beach, swimming or sailing was the order of the day. When we ventured into the local town or hopped a taxi for a tour we felt at ease and were not concerned with our safety, A great two weeks aboard a very friendly ship Read Less
Sail Date November 2007
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