Star Clippers to offer A year of tall ship sailing experiences, January – December 2020
Star Clipper’s three magnificent tall ships offer the exhilaration of sailing beneath billowing sails, never far from the water, in the company of around 200 like-minded guests. Relax on the scrubbed teak deck, beneath billowing sails. Lie in the bowsprit net as the bow slices through the waves.
Climb the rigging up to 67’ (over 20 metres) for a magnificent birds eye view of the sun decks and pools, amid the sails and the rigging. Enjoy long, relaxing days at sea, and many more ashore, discovering far off and idyllic islands, beaches, small villages and lush, tropical forests, calling into small ports and harbours inaccessible by larger vessels.
JANUARY 2020 – island hopping in the Caribbean
Start the year with a sailing voyage island hopping in the Caribbean, steeped in colonial history and abounding with tales of piracy to spice up the slow pace of island life, visiting small and unspoilt white sand beaches fringed with palm trees and the gently lapping turquoise sea. Star Flyer departs from St. Maarten on 25th January 2020 for a 7 night sailing to include port calls in Dominica, Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, Antigua and St. Barts. Including return flights from the UK and a 1 night pre-cruise stay at Grand Case Beach Club, the holiday costs from £2239pp.
FEBRUARY 2020 – Paradise found in southern Thailand
Thailand’s myriad of archipelago, marine parks, lagoons and waterways feature dramatic craggy outcrops and islets, islands blanketed in rain forests and fringed by white sand beaches, crystal clear sea-water and beautiful coral gardens. Star Clipper’s 7 night sailing from Phuket on 1st February 2020 includes the chance to visit Pha Nang Bay, immortalised by 007’s adversaries in the film `The Man with the Golden Gun’, as well as some of the clearest and most beautiful waters in Thailand, for sailing, snorkelling, fishing and relaxing. The sailing costs from £1,979pp including return UK flights and a night’s stay pre-cruise at Seaview Patong Phuket.
MARCH 2020 – Swim with rays in the Caribbean
You’re never far from the water on a tall ship sailing with just four decks, gang planks leading straight down to zodiacs and tenders and a drop down Marina Deck at the stern of Royal Clipper. Complimentary water sports are included with all sailings, and snorkelling masks and flippers are offered to all guests. Swim with teeming colourful fish or take an optional guided snorkelling excursion to snorkel with rays and other marine life during a relaxed and idyllic sailing through some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and unspoilt islands, dropping anchor and harbouring in ports and bays inaccessible to large cruise ships. To swim with rays, take a 7 night Grenadine Islands sailing on board Royal Clipper, 7 nights, 28th March 2020 from £1,920pp (based on a category 2 cabin), limited availability.
OR if booked by 31st January 2020, sailings from £1742pp including 10% early booking discount.
APRIL 2020 – voyage trans-Atlantic
Twice a year Star Clipper’s majestic tall ships make the voyage between Europe and the Caribbean, taking just over two weeks to make the crossing. Without the distractions of regular port calls guests can savour long days with just the sea, the sky and the workings of the ship, relaxing far from the stress of the world. Daytime activities include lectures and presentations about the ships, the chance to climb 45’ to the first crow’s nest for a true birds-eye view of the ocean and the decks, knot-tying, rope pulling and learning navigational skills. At night unpolluted skies in the midst of the ocean give clear views of the constellations, enabling guests to star gaze from the teak decks and sleep with the sound of the ocean lapping the flanks of the ship and the wind in the sails. On 4th April 2020 the flagship Royal Clipper relocates from Barbados to the Mediterranean, stopping at the Azores. The 16 night sailing costs from £2905pp (based on a category 2 cabin).
OR if booked by 31st January 2020, sailings from £2341pp, including 20% early booking discount.
MAY 2020 – new Borneo fly-stay-cruise
The world’s third largest island, Borneo, is an exciting new destination for Star Clippers. Known for its beaches and ancient, biodiverse rainforest, Borneo is home to many cultures, cuisines and exotic wildlife, including orangutan, clouded leopards and the Irrawaddy dolphin. Sailing aboard one of the world’s most spectacular and head turning ships, the voyage combines the elegance of sail with the comfort of modern cruising, plus an exotic blend of culture, nature, history and wildlife. Departing on 9th May 2020 Star Clipper’s fly-cruise-stay package includes a night’s stay in Singapore pre-cruise, a night post cruise in Malaysia, return international flights and a 10 night sailing from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo, and costs from £2999pp.
JUNE 2020 – visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games
The next Olympics take place in Tokyo in summer 2020, a far cry from the first Games held in Olympia, Peloponnese, in 776BC to honour the ancient Greek god Zeus. Olympia’s extensive ruins include a stadium, athletic training areas, temples dedicated to Zeus and his sister-wife Hera while exhibits and finds from the site can be found in the Archaelogical Museum of Olympia. Sailing was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1896, and departing from Athens on 13th June 2020 Star Flyer’s guests can combine the thrill of sail with a port call into the Peloppenese and an optional visit to take in the history of the Olympiads. The week’s sailing from Athens through the Northern Cyclades costs from £1690pp.
OR if booked by 31st January 2020 sailings from £1538pp, including 10% early booking discount
JULY 2020 – climb the rigging of a tall ship
Maintaining the rigging and the sails and keeping a watch from the crow’s nest were a daily part of the perilous roles of sailors of the 19th and early 20th centuries as cargo ships traversed the oceans under wind and sail. Today, guests on board the three historically styled tall ships in Star Clippers’ fleet can experience a more genteel, but still adrenalin raising version of climbing the rigging to the first crow’s nest, 67’ above the teak decks. Under the watchful eye of the ships’ sports crew and harnessed safely to the rigging, guests from 8 to 80 have made the breath-taking climb to this exceptional vantage point to give spectacular views of the sails, the decks, the sea and the sky. Climb the rigging during an 11-night sailing from Athens to Venice departing 11th July 2020 from £2650pp.
OR if booked by 31st January 2020 sailings £2410pp including 10% early booking discount.
AUGUST 2020 – Canals, fjords, castles and islands
Royal Clipper makes one of her most dramatic sailaways on August 15th, when she sails from Venice for a 7 night Adriatic cruise, giving a spectacular view of the city from the upper decks. Continuing the theme of spectacular scenery, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian architecture and magical port calls, the sailing continues down the Croatian coastline, calling into Rovinj, Zadar, Hvar, Dubrovnik and Korcula and making a port call to Kotor, via the deep and dramatic Bay of Kotor, the deepest fjord in southern Europe. The week’s sailing costs from £1845pp.
OR if booked by 31st January 2020 sailings from £1677pp including 10% early booking discount
SEPTEMBER 2020 – 4 night glamorous mini-cruise from Rome to Cannes
The port calls on Royal Clipper’s 4 night sailing from Rome on 15th September read like a bucket list of must-see glamorous destinations in the Mediterranean. From the majestic history and inimitable spirit of Rome, to port calls in Corsica’s stylish Bonifacio and Calvi and on to the principality of Monaco, with its yacht filled harbor, glitz and glamour, to arrive in Cannes, teeming with designer bars, couture shops, palaces and luxury hotels. Even the most glamorous yachts rival to compete with Royal Clipper as she turns heads at each port call, giving guests the sense of being a VIP among the rich and famous. The four night sailing costs from £1055 to £2180, for the Owner’s Suite.
OR if booked by 31st January 2020 sailings from £959 to £1972pp including 10% early booking discount.
October 2020 – Thailand and Cambodia, party to paradise
From vibrant beaches, to stunning coral coves with abundant marine life, exotic and historic cities, to floating markets and tropical gardens, Star Clipper’s 10 night sailing from Ko Samui on 21st October takes in a rich blend of culture, nature, fun-seeking beach paradises and exquisite, tropical islands in Thailand and Cambodia. Under full sail the ship is a magnificent sight as she traverses the Gulf of Cambodia to drop anchor in some of the most spectacular locations in southern Thailand. Guests can take part in complimentary water sports and make use of the ship’s snorkels and flippers to discover the warm, turquoise waters and the teeming marine life beneath the surface. The 10 night sailing costs from £2240pp.
OR if booked by 31st January 2020 sailings from £1831pp including 20% early booking discount.
NOVEMBER 2020 – Transit the Panama Canal
Be on deck of one of the most head-turning ships to transit the 105 year old 48 mile long Panama Canal between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, sailing through this spectacular man-made channel 26m (85’) above sea level. With their towering masts and sleek lines Star Flyer and Royal Clipper always turn heads as the ships navigate the lock systems and the alongside other private craft, naval and cargo vessels, taking this 8000 mile `short cut’ around South America to pass between the north Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean sea. Transit the Panama Canal, on board Royal Clipper on a 14 night sailing departing on 21st November 2020 from £3,445pp.
OR if booked by 30th April 2020 sailings from £3130pp including 10% early booking discount
DECEMBER 2020 – Christmas day in Malacca, Thailand, New Year in Koh Similan, Thailand
During a cruise of dramatic cultural contrasts Star Clippers will spend Christmas Day 2020 anchored alongside the bustling city of Malacca, with its markets, temples, palaces, crumbling forts and colonial heritage of Portuguese, Dutch and British occupation. And on New Year’s Day, 2021, the beautiful vessel with be amid the islands of Koh Similan, with mighty granite outcrops and a backdrop of turquoise sea and fine sand beaches. The 14 night sailings costs from £3200pp and the itinerary includes port calls to exquisite islands in Thailand and Malaysia, and visits to the vibrant cities of Malacca and Singapore.
OR if booked by 30th April 2020 sailings from £2840pp including 10% early booking discount and a further 5% saving for a back to back sailing.
*All prices include a fully crewed full board sailing, with breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee and water stations, low key evening entertainment and port charges. Exclude flights and hotels, unless indicated.