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The Informal Elegance of Star Clippers

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Friends gather round the Piano Bar and join in singing a few favorites. And in the Tropical Bar, the bartender shakes a pitcher full of some delicious cooling concoction. Now, is there anything more relaxing than this?

Clearly this is not a cruise ship in the ordinary sense. On Star Clippers, you will find that there are no rigid schedules. You are free to do as you wish with your days – and evenings. To entertain you, local performers are brought on board to give passengers an authentic taste of the local music and arts.

You’ll enjoy the conviviality of fellow shipmates while a live band plays tropical tunes from a real paradise. The Captain and crew are superb improvisers of the kind of light-hearted fun you’ll only find on Star Clippers. The Captain’s daily briefing on deck is wonderfully informative, and a chance to hear some great story-telling as well. And there are other events and activities during the day and night that have evolved from Star Clippers’ sailing heritage. In fact, their passengers tell them that it’s the easygoing informality of Star Clippers that makes a cruise with them so special.

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Continental Cuisine, Culinary Delights

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When you rise, help yourself to a continental breakfast with croissants, toasted English muffins or sweet Danish pastries. Or savor a full breakfast with fresh tropical fruits and crisp bacon, grilled sausage, smoked salmon and omelets cooked to order in the dining room. At lunch, a marvelous buffet of seafood, salads and grilled favorites awaits your pleasure. If the day includes a stop at one of the paradisiacal islands they frequent, you might also be treated to a festive outdoor barbecue on shore.

When evening comes, the elegantly appointed dining room featuring a splendid collection of paintings of sailing ships becomes the setting for the chef’s finest culinary presentations, designed to please the eye and the palate. All complemented by equally fine wines. You’ll find their service to be friendly and gracious, befitting a sophisticated restaurant. Of course, they would not presume to dictate your seating preferences. On all three ships, you are free to dine when and with whomever you wish – including officers, who join the guests in the dining room most nights. The dress code? No need for formal gowns and black tie, casual elegance is the order of the day and each night.

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Gracious Service. Rest Assured

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Like a fine resort, all the amenities are here: double bed or twin beds that can be converted to queen, marble bathroom, private safe, television with in-cabin video, DVD player, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and comfortable furnishings. The decor is tastefully traditional. You’ll find the accouterments of a luxurious classic yacht, where everything is ingeniously designed for comfort, ease and efficiency. Burnished brass fittings and mahogany brightwork recall the nautical heritage. Soft natural fabrics reflect the colors of the sun, sea and sky. Prints of famous clipper ships and sailing yachts grace the walls. Everything is immaculately maintained and your steward knows exactly when you may need services or leave you to your privacy.

On Royal Clipper, 14 deluxe suites offer the ultimate in cruising comfort, with private verandah, whirlpool tub and 24-hour room service. All but six of her 114 cabins are outside, and for the ultimate indulgence, two 430 square foot owner’s suites may be combined to accommodate up to eight guests.

On Star Clipper or Star Flyer there are only 85 cabins, it is similar to staying at a bed and breakfast at sea.  All but 6 of the cabins are outside and there are 8 cabins with large picture windows and doors that lead directly to the deck.
All in all, your Star Clippers cabin or suite is a perfectly arranged abode for day dreams and nights of blissful rest and relaxation.