Experience the Authentic Caribbean with Star Clippers
Complimentary Two-Night Hotel Stay in Barbados or St. Maarten Available on Select Departures
The Caribbean is the most visited cruise destination in the world, and for good reasons: the pristine beaches, diverse culture, and proximity to the US make these islands a year-round vacation spot. This popularity can translate to crowded ports filled with tourists and less-than-authentic experiences for visitors arriving by ocean liner. Not so for guests on board a Star Clippers tall sailing ship—below are a few reasons why a Star Clippers sailing allows for a truly authentic Caribbean getaway:
- Let the Wind Carry You: The Royal Clipper and Star Flyer are true sailing vessels, using wind power whenever possible to navigate between islands. In fact, all Star Clippers itineraries are created using tide charts and wind maps to ensure the ships can sail under wind power as much as possible. Gliding into port under full sail is a thrilling experience, and one that allows guests to imagine what it must have been like for the early explorers who arrived in this exotic region on board very similar vessels (minus, of course, the onboard luxuries like a full-service spa and multiple swimming pools).
- Arrive Through the “Back Door”: While larger cruise ships disembark their passengers into busy ports filled with loud tourist shops, Star Clippers ships cast anchor in remote harbors populated with local businesses and housing private yachts. Small tender boats take guests to and from shore—often to visit charming towns or off-the-beaten-path beaches where it’s not unusual to be one of only a handful of snorkelers or sunbathers. Here, guests can soak up the true flavor of each island, sampling the cuisine and getting to know the locals.
- Learn the Ways of the Sea: The great thing about being on vacation is the opportunity to do it all…or do nothing at all. Star Clippers guests interested in learning their way around a tall ship can assist the crew with hoisting and setting sail, bracing, folding and knot tying. For brave travelers who want to experience what it was like to do watch duty on clipper ships of yore, Star Clippers allows guests to climb the mast to the crow’s nest, some 100 feet above the water. The reward: an incredible view and feeling of accomplishment.
Star Clippers’ upcoming Caribbean sailing season runs from December, 2018 through March 2019 with 37 departures ranging from seven to 14-nights. Two ships—Royal Clipper and Star Flyer—call on favorite islands such as St. Maarten, Barbados and Antigua as well as lesser-known gems like Isles de Saintes, Nevis, Dominica and Anguilla.
Travelers wishing to extend their Caribbean getaway before or after sailing can take advantage ofcomplimentary two-night hotel stays plus breakfast and transfers in either Barbados or St. Maarten on select 2018 and 2019 departures. Guests booking select 11-night Montego Bay to Barbados and seven-night Windward and Grenadine Islands itineraries will receive two complimentary nights at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, a full service resort in Christchurch, Barbados. Guests booking select 14-night Panama and seven-night Treasure and Leeward Island sailings will receive a two-night stay at the charming Holland House beach hotel in downtown Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Sailing rates start at $1,400 per person per person, based on double occupancy; hotel package constitutes a $600 value.
For more than 25 years, Star Clippers has been introducing travelers to the thrill of modern tall ship sailing to remote ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia and Far East. The company operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels: Star Clipper and Star Flyer are traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, while the 227-guest Royal Clipper holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship in service today. All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, convivial tropical bars on deck and piano lounges. The brand’s newest vessel, Flying Clipper, will debut in late 2018.
For more information or to make a booking, contact your travel agent, or call 800-442-0551 or visitwww.starclippers.com.
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