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4 Star Clippers Star Flyer Repositioning 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
I had a wonderful crossing on the Flyer in Oct. 2015 and booked early to secure a good cabin this year. Overall, there was no comparison with last year. I am not going to moan about things that are outside anyone's control ( poor ... Read More
I had a wonderful crossing on the Flyer in Oct. 2015 and booked early to secure a good cabin this year. Overall, there was no comparison with last year. I am not going to moan about things that are outside anyone's control ( poor winds, virus outbreak, no internet ), but my main complaint ( and that of many others ) was that the on- board entertainment was abysmal! I know, from before, that it is passenger driven, but we do need a lead in. This year there was no Halloween Party, no Pirate's Night, yet another showing of the same old documentary, and a poorly organised Fashion show. As many other repeaters said, the ship only came alive on Captains night/ Talent Show night, the last but one night of the crossing! All praise to the passengers, and Gerry the musician,not the Cruise Director, Sabrina, who was finishing her contract, and showed it. As a friend said, last year EVERY night was like Captains night. Daytime was even worse. Last year we had a lecture series on Columbus by an on board academic ( sell out ), waltz classes (hilarious), classical music concert, sea shanty singalong, Karaoke, a very well planned quiz marathon, etc. This year we had the laziest quiz imaginable. If you won today, you had to pose the questions for the next days quiz! The result was that NO-ONE wanted to win. A lazy way out for the organiser! The alternative was endless Yoga lessons, talks on Yoga, Yoga diets, etc etc. It was in fact a Yoga-themed cruise, and should have been advertised accordingly. Many think it is rubbish! I am copying this to Star Clippers and won't go again unless assured that they will get their act together again. Crossings are all about sailing and interacting with like-minded people, but they can't freeload. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
You can cross the Atlantic Several ways; cruise liner, plane or swim if you've got the time and energy. But the best way, in my opinion, is on Star Flyer, a four masted barque built for the job. You will find lots of reviews of the ... Read More
You can cross the Atlantic Several ways; cruise liner, plane or swim if you've got the time and energy. But the best way, in my opinion, is on Star Flyer, a four masted barque built for the job. You will find lots of reviews of the ship on line but in essence the ship specialises in recapturing the days of the clipper ships but a tad more luxurious for the modern day passenger. The return rate is, I believe, 80% and I've been on them seven times so that speaks volumes. I did the east to west crossing which goes further south than those travelling in the opposite direction and we experienced not weather with good following winds enabling us to sail about 60% of the time! the rest was spent motor sailing. It's a great chance to get a feel for what it was like when sail power was the only way to get around. Standing on deck doing 10 knots is something that will live with me for a long tome. 14 days of doing pretty much nothing is not for everyone but if you are happy judge reading, eating, talking, the occasional game of cards then this is for you. There is a small pool on board to cool off in. Don't expect much in the way of organised entertainment unless you out the 30 plus dolphins who stopped by to ride the bow wave. That said, there were lectures and deck games, etc for those showered interested. Something unique to these ships is bring on deck amongst the ropes and sails, or in the net under the bowsprit, places other lines keep you well away from. In the same vein, talking to the captain of the officer on watch at the bridge is always met with a courteous reply. One point; I don't think this is a place for children, not enough to do. Dining at night is smart casual and the food is very good though not quite up to the standard of the big ships. But when you step off the ship in Barbados, you'll be wearing a Star Clipper shirt with pride to show all those people who belong to the floating block of lists that you crossed the Atlantic the right way. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Recommended by a friend who also went on the same cruice, and he was a friend if the owner which he helped to finance to built the ships.. At that time I was living in Sweden. The crew and service aboard was absolut excellent. And I meet ... Read More
Recommended by a friend who also went on the same cruice, and he was a friend if the owner which he helped to finance to built the ships.. At that time I was living in Sweden. The crew and service aboard was absolut excellent. And I meet my future wife on the cruice,we get married feb 14 2014 she had cabin number 119, and I moved to USA where she was living. Very happy with the cruice. We are both living in southern California. Our tour went to: Malaga, Casablanca, Tanger, Gibraltar, Sevilla. We are hoping that we can make it again on one of the Flyer Ships. My wife had been on Star Flyer some years before, from Athen to Asia ended in Phuket, Thailand and to Hong Kong. That's why she did a new trip. even that time she was very satisfied with every thing at that time too. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Star Flyer Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.9
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 3.0 3.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 2.0 2.7
Family 2.0 2.7
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.4
Enrichment 2.0 3.1
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 4.1

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