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Star Clippers has announced its Fourth Ship of the Line!

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In 1991, Star Clippers launched its first ship the “Star Flyer,” a recreation of the classic sailing ships of the 19th century. The company decided that the best way to celebrate this silver anniversary would be to give the fleet and their many repeat passengers a brand new sailing ship! Tall Ship Sailing Specialist, Star Clippers is proud to announce the name of their fourth ship, Flying Clipper, to be launched at the end of 2017. Flying Clipper will be the biggest and most ambitious of the Clipper fleet to date, carrying 300 passengers, measuring 8770 tons GRT and powered by 35 sails totaling more than 6.350 square meters. It’s a near-replica of the dramatic France II ordered in 1911 at La Gironde shipyard Bordeaux, which was the largest square rig sailing ship ever built. Flying Clipper will be the world’s largest square rigger and the largest ship of its kind afloat today.

Flying Clipper will have three pools, one that funnels sunlight through the ship’s atrium into the elegantly appointed dining room. There will be a water sports platform in the stern for use when the ship is at anchor and a variety of cabin grades, including 34 suites with balconies and four luxurious owner’s suites. A restaurant in the light-filled atrium will accommodate all passengers for open-seating dining and a glass Dive bar for our guests will occupy several compartments of the ship. Guests will be delighted to discover their favorite hallmarks of all Star Clippers ships, such as the cozy library, the bowsprit net and the popular, al fresco Tropical Bar, where evening entertainment takes place. While the ship will have ecologically sound, high-tech engines, it will, like its sisters, rely on wind power and its sails wherever possible.

The ships sail in Mediterranean waters in the summer months and relocate to the Caribbean for the winter, with a new route in Asia starting in December 2016, on board Star Clipper. In Summer 2017, Star Clippers will sail into Indonesian waters of the first time, with 19 departures from May 6-Oct 14, 2017, and sailings of 7, 10, 11 and 14 nights from Bali to Singapore and reverse, including Bali round trips.

Willamette Intl Travel agent Nancy has sailed with Star Clippers and can recommend them highly. Call her up for a chat at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com. 

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Cruise the Adriatic Sea with Star Clippers

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How about a cruise down the romantic Dalmatian coast this Fall? Few experiences rival embarking a tallship in full sails in the canals of Venice and sailing down the Croatian coast.

Star Clippers is a luxury ship experience with a casual vibe. In September and October, their 170-passenger flagship Star Clipper sails to colorful and irresistible locales in Croatia and the Greek Isles.

The size and nature of the ship allows it to visit ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships. Explore the tiny port of Hvar Island, a favorite getaway for Byzantines and Venetians. Marvel at the architectural jewel that is Dubrovnik. Coast along Montenegro to the unspoiled medieval city of Kotor, and farther south into the colorful harbor of Mykonos.

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Equipped with 4 masts and 16 sails, the Clipper sails no more than 17 knots through the alluring Adriatic Sea. Onboard facilities include an elegant dining room, library, piano lounge and tropical bar.

WIT Agents Nancy and Linda have sailed with Star Clippers, around the Caribbean and Tahiti respectively, and rave about the line. They’d love to tell you more! Drop them a line for some firsthand feedback. Or call our agency at 503-224-0180 for more information.

For pics from Nancy’s Caribbean cruise on the Star Clipper, check out our gallery: https://wittravel.wordpress.com/gallery/star-clipper-portholes/

 “The Star Clipper experience is all about relaxation and rejuvenation, not sticking to a script. This will sound weird but I’m especially excited about my last night onboard! Why? I can enjoy dinner, socializing with my new friends, and savoring the wonderful week I’ve had and NOT race to meet the deadline to have my luggage outside my cabin! Nor do I have weave between masses of bags littering the hallways. Cruising on Star Clipper really means that the vacation fun doesn’t shrink on the last night; it rolls through breakfast.” ~~ Nancy

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Star Clippers — Buy One Get One Free

For the very first time Star Clippers is offering a “true” BUY ONE GET ONE FREE promotion on select Summer Mediterranean sailings in 2015!!

When you book double occupancy, one person in the cabin will go free! The first person will be booked at our already discounted “SAVINGS RATES,” then the second person in that cabin will go absolutely FREE! It’s as easy at that! Double occupancy cabins start at a total cost of $1,575.

Your savings could cover the cost of airfare to Europe. This promotion applies to all cabin categories, so please don’t wait. This promotion is only available for Two More Weeks, so BOOK NOW!!

Call your Willamette agent today for details and options.

Tel 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com

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Star Clippers — Kids Sail Free

Calling all families, all aboard with Star Clippers!

Contact Willamette Intl Travel about these fabulous family-friendly trips!

503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com

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Terms & Conditions. Kids Sail Free offer is available on select sailings only & prices listed include the $250 family flight credit reduction for category 6 cabin when a child is the 2nd person in the same cabin with an adult . The program applies for children between the ages of 2-17 at time of sailing. Two adults traveling with 1 child: Both adults pay the Family rate & the child goes free in one cabin. Two adults traveling with two children: Both adults pay the Family rate & both children go free in two cabins; booked as 1 adult and 1 child in each cabin. The promotion restricts the category booked to the same category or lower. A maximum of $500 applies on the Family Flight Credit. All rates are in US Dollar and valid only for US, Canada, and Latin American residents. Port charges are additional for adults and kids & range from $255pp -$385pp. Single occupancy is not applicable. Space is limited & capacity controlled; rates are subject to change and other restrictions may apply.

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Your Summer Guide to Cruising the Adriatic Sea

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Hunting a unique destination? Explore the Adriatic Sea, one of Europe’s most alluring waterways. Uncover ancient heritage and breathtaking bays. A variety of cruise options sail from Venice, Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast and into the emerald waters of Greece and Turkey. 

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There’s nothing quite like sailing out of Venice, traveling past the MOSE flood control gates one minute, and by fishermen in small boats the next. The MOSE project is a system of mobile gates installed at various inlets that temporarily isolate the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic during high tides. Check out more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOSE_Project

Interesting sidebar: The Italian government has recently been considering banning large cruise ships into the Venetian lagoon due to concern over environmental damage. The issue hasn’t been put into law yet, but for who knows how long? This year or the next might be the last time you can sail from Venice on a larger cruise vessel! (UPDATE: Italy overturned the ban but just for now!)

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Mediterranean Port, photo credit WIT Agent Nancy

Crystal Cruises: Crystal is offering 6-day sailings from Corfu to Venice. Explore the Dalmatian coast at leisure, from Dubrovnik and Korcula in Croatia to Koper in Slovenia. This Adriatic getaway sails on the Crystal Serenity and serves 1,070 guests.

Royal Caribbean: RCI’s 1,830-guest Splendour of the Seas sails a near-pure 7-night Greek itinerary out of Venice this year, as well as a roundtrip Venice that stops in the archaeological wonder of Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey. Go island-hopping in the emerald waters from the Ionians to the Cyclades.

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Windstar: Prefer a vessel more intimate? Windstar’s small ships 212-guest Star Pride and 310-guest Wind Surf sail July to October between Venice and Athens. In 8-9 days, they sail from magnificent ports such as Athens, Butrint, Hvar and Dubrovnik. The Wind Surf will take you to hidden gems of the Croatian Riviera: Brindisi, Gythion, and Rovinj, memorable days of breathtaking sunsets on teak decks below white sails. The Star Pride sails to secret Greek Isles: Hydra, Corinth Canal, Delphi, as well as the salmon-roofed Montenegrin port of Kotor.

Star Clippers: This summer and fall Star Clippers’ 170-passenger flagship will be embarking on a classic 12-day cruise through the Adriatic from Athens to Venice. The ship sails to familiar destinations such as Hvar, Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos, as well the irresistible beaches of Cikat Bay and Katakolon. The fleet of Star Clippers is all traditional tall-mast sailing ships, with 4 masts, 16 sails, traveling languidly at no more than 17 knots at its fastest. A perambulatory and nostalgic way to enjoy the seas. (Star Clipper’s June 28 sailing starts at $2,714 per person and includes a free upgrade.)

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Star Clippers, photo credit WIT Agent Nancy

Princess Cruises: If you’re looking for a longer itinerary on a larger vessel, Princess may be your best bet: the 12-day Grand Mediterranean sails eastward on the Dalmatian, through Athens and Istanbul, before curving westward to Rome, Livorno, Toulon in France and Barcelona in Spain. This sailing is on the brand-new and sparkling 3,560-guest Regal Princess, due out next month May 2014, and space is filling up quickly!

Interested in finding out more about what’s on offer? Call Willamette Intl Travel agents today. Our staff has sailed with all of these lines and would love to find the Adriatic itinerary that’s right for you and your family. Call now: both 2014 and 2015 Europe seasons are open to book. Ask us about Spring Sales; several cruise lines are offering perks such as reduced deposit, no single supplement and last minute discounts.

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Star Clipper Videos

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Last December, some of you may recall that our agent Nancy spent a week in the Caribbean with Star Clipper. She came back with stories about her educational trip and a tan as well! Well, she’s just uploaded her videos from that trip on youtube! These are great glimpses above and below deck. You can check them out on our Youtube Channel, but for now here’s a preview:

For some awesome photographs of her trip, check out our gallery!

Our agents Linda and Nancy have both sailed with Star Clipper, and would love to share their insider info with you! Call us up at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

“Sea” You on the Waves!

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Final Ports: Star Clipper

This week the WIT blog is following our agent Nancy as she sails around the Caribbean on the Star Clipper on an educational trip to check out the ships and the stops! Today’s the last day of our sailing tour, so we’re taking a look at the final ports on her journey. Nancy will be back in the office on Monday, to give her a call if you want to hear firsthand how it went!Past_Pax_cocktail_Party_RC

Îles de Saintes, Guadeloupe

These eight tiny islands lie seven miles south of Guadeloupe. Though under most tourists’ radar, the Îles de Saintes offer all the delights of the Caribbean—from gorgeous beaches, crystal-clear water, and delicious food with French influence. Visit Terre-de-Haut, the main town that houses most of the restaurants and hotels in Les Saintes. Shopping covers French and island goods: bamboo hats, local handicrafts, madras cotton crafts, African dresses, etc. While you’re there, try to mingle with some of the native creole population, known for their hospitality—and enjoy their unique patois of English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and African. Photographers should head to Le Bourg, the incredibly picturesque harbor, and to La Chameau, the highest point on the island with its 360 spectacular view of Terre-de-Haut and the seven other islands.

Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

The Star Clipper will dock at Saint John, the only city on the island. Visitors typically walk through Heritage Quay up to the town, where they can enjoy duty-free shopping and tasty restaurants. Antigua food is tropical with many African influences, with dishes such as saltfish, grated sweet potato, coconut and cornmeal. Try a cup of delicious “fever grass” (lemongrass) bush tea. Scuba diving is fair, with many reefs just off the eastern coastline. If you have time, you can hire dinghies or catamarans to explore the plethora of coves and natural harbors around the island. There are more than 60 registered shipwrecks on and around Palaster Reef in the nearby isle of Barbuda. Other sightseeing includes Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, the public market, steel-pan bands at Shirley Heights, Betty’s Hope Sugar Estate, and St. Peter’s Church in Parham. Traveling with kids? Go bird-watching near the lagoon at Darkwood Beach or try some delicious tamarind or sea-grapes.

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Gustavia, St. Barts

Gustavia is the capital of Saint Barthelemy (or St. Barts as it’s been Anglicized). In the past decade, French immigrants have doubled the population and tourism has flourished. There are now many high-end boutiques and luxury hotels available in the town. For an excursion, you can hike up to Fort Karl and Fort Gustav, or check out the Gendarmerie at Fort Oscar. Grand Galet Beach can be reached on foot from town and is a prime location for shell seekers. If you’re into surfing, hit the waves at Pointe Milou, on the north coast.

Did you know?

–         Guadeloupe produces two-thirds of bananas eaten in France.

–         Les Saintes is the only region in the world where two species of iguana occupy the same area.

–         Many of the streets outside of Saint John, Antigua, don’t have names. The mail is delivered door-to-door by carriers who know exactly who lives where.

–         Volleyball is the most popular sport on St. Barts, with hundreds of tournaments annually that draw crowds of 500 or more.

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Star Clipper: Disembarkation Day

As we in the office know, Nancy loves cruises and is excited to contrast her smaller ship experience against her vast repertoire of large cruise lines. She has anticipated that Disembarkation Day in particular will be truly different:

 “The Star Clipper experience is all about relaxation and rejuvenation, not sticking to a script. This will sound weird but I’m especially excited about my last night onboard! Why? I can enjoy dinner, socializing with my new friends, and savoring the wonderful week I’ve had and NOT race to meet the deadline to have my luggage outside my cabin! Nor do I have weave between masses of bags littering the hallways. Cruising on Star Clipper really means that the vacation fun doesn’t shrink on the last night; it rolls through breakfast.”

blue-sidelogoInterested in sailing with Star Clipper? Willamette Intl Travel regularly books these boats and would love to tell you more! Call us at 503.224.0180 or info@wittravel.com. For a firsthand review, ask to speak with Linda, or by next week, Nancy!

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