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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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All Aboard the Star Clipper!

This week the WIT blog will be following our agent Nancy as she sails around the Caribbean on the Star Clipper! Her sailing dates are Saturday, December 8 to Saturday, December 15. Our agent Linda has previously sailed on the Star Flyer, so it’s exciting to get our agents out on their luxury sailing ships yet again! Today, let’s take a closer look at the ship itself:

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The Ship

The Star Clipper was built in May 1991 in Ghent, Belgium, and set sail the following year. She spends her winters and springs in the Caribbean, and her summers and falls in the Mediterranean.

With 4 passenger decks, she can hold up to 170 passengers and comes with a crew of 72. There a number of stateroom categories available, of varying sizes, amenities, and price. Our own Nancy is booked on Commodore Deck in a category 3 cabin.

Ever the travel agent, Nancy will be doing her fair amount of research while on board, thoroughly exploring the ship from bow to stern. She’ll interview the crew for an inside view of life onboard and explore each island on land and in the water. And, as the Royal Clipper will also be docked in Dominica at the same time, she’ll spend some time touring that ship and investigating its ins and outs!

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Though Nancy’s trip will be educational and designed to inform her of the minute details of Star Clipper, as “real” travelers you would also get to:

…feast in the elegant Dining Room, with its relaxed buffet-style and open-seating policy.

…wander into the Tropical Bar, to sip at a cocktail and linger on deck,

…enjoy the Piano Lounge to socialize with some fellow passengers.

…retire to the Library for some intimate reading or a clever game of chess, bridge of backgammon

…check out the fitness facility complete with a spa and gym area

…take a swim in one of the Sun Deck’s circular freshwater pools

The Star Clipper – Stats

–         Length: 360 feet

–         Beam: 50 feet

–         Draft 18.5 feet

–         Masts: 4 masts, 16 sails

–         Mast Height: 226 feet

–         Speed: 8-17 knots

Nancy’s Itinerary

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Day 1: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Day 2: Nevis

Day 3: Dominica

Day 4: Iles des Saintes

Day 5: Guadeloupe

Day 6: Antigua

Day 7: St. Barts

Day 8: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

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Tune in Wednesday and Friday as we follow her route on the Star Clipper. Watch out also for some fun facts on the Royal Clipper! When she returns, hopefully we’ll get some photos and the full scoop from Nancy on her sailing adventure.

Interested 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.

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