Compare Star Clipper’s cruise ships
Star Clipper’s vessels are traditional, tall sailing ships — think Pirates of the Caribbean-style masts. But compared to most cruise ships, these are small and intimate voyages with no more than 227 passengers on board. Decor is classy and nautical, and most cabins have a porthole view.
Keep in mind these are real sailing vessels. The engine is only used to pick up the pace or when the weather demands it. And the bridge is open to passengers who’d like to converse with the captain.
Where do Star Clipper cruises depart from?
Star Clipper cruises depart from ports around the world — though it doesn’t offer any itineraries that begin in the US or Canada. Here’s where it starts:
Amsterdam, Athens, Bali Denpasar, Barbados, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dover, Dubai, Dubrovnik, Fort Lauderdale, Guam, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Keelung, Lima, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Mahe Island, Miami, Mumbai, New Orleans, New York City, Palma De Mallorca, Papeete, Puerta Caldera, Quebec, Rome, San Diego, San Juan, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Venice, Yokohama
Star Clipper cruise destinations
When it comes to destinations, Star Clipper tends to favor warm weather and tropical locales. If you’re lusting after sunny skies and salty sea, one of these destinations might catch your eye:
Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Hawaii, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Mexico, Middle East, Northern Europe, Pacific, South Pacific, Transatlantic, Western Europe.
How much does a Star Clipper cruise cost?
Fares vary, depending on the itinerary you choose and the stateroom you book. Here’s a sample of three different fares:
|Windward Islands — 8 nights||From Bridgetown, Barbados round trip, with seven Caribbean port stops along the way||$6,915 — but you can book it for just $3,230 at the Advanced Purchase Rate|
|Spain & Morocco — 5 nights||From Lisbon, Portugal to Malaga, Spain, with four Western Mediteranean port stops along the way||$4,860 — but you can book it for just $2,130 at the Advanced Purchase Rate|
|Southern Cyclades — 7 nights||From Piraeus, Greece round trip, with five Eastern Mediteranean port stops along the way||$6,640 — but you can book it for just $2,740 at the Advanced Purchase Rate|
Prices obtained February 2020. Based on per-person double-occupancy rate for the cheapest stateroom option. Port charges included.
Even if the price looks hefty up front, keep in mind that you can usually save up to 65% off by booking far enough in advance and snagging the advanced purchase rate.
What’s included on Star Clipper cruises?
Your Star Clipper fare covers your cabin, meals and onboard entertainment. You’ll pay extra for shore excursions, alcoholic drinks and gratuities.
How much are gratuities on Star Clipper cruises?
If you’re happy with the service, Star Clipper recommends tipping about €8, or $8.65 per passenger, per day. However, gratuities are purely at your discretion and aren’t automatically charged to your shipboard account.
Why you should (or shouldn’t) cruise with Star Clipper
Weigh the benefits and drawbacks before splurging for fare:
- Complimentary water sports like kayaking and windsurfing
- Intimate onboard atmosphere
- Open bridge so passengers can chat with the captain
- Meals — especially seafood — are outstanding, according to online reviews
- Swimming pool on deck
- Ships can feel outdated, according to online reviews
- Fare is pricier up front.
- Excursions aren’t included, which is atypical for this price range.
- Fewer onboard entertainment options than larger cruise lines
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