Recapping Our Journey Through The Age of Sail with Star Clippers
Sailing Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper in the Caribbean was like stepping back in time, but without giving up any of the modern cruising amenities I’ve come to know and love.
On the one hand, there was the 227-guest Royal Clipper – the largest square-rigged sailing ship ever built, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records and admired by those who see her gracefully sailing past. And sail she does; in a week, we only used the ship’s diesel-electric propulsion a handful of times. The remainder of the time, we operated under full sailing conditions.
Even our off-the-beaten-path ports of call were a throwback to a different kind of Caribbean; the Caribbean that’s very different from megaship cruise ports like St. Thomas or Grand Cayman. Quiet, laid-back and sometimes completely uninhabited, ours was a journey through a Caribbean rarely seen – sailing on a ship that is truly a one-of-a-kind beauty.
Our full day-by-day Voyage Report:
Royal Clipper is, without a doubt, one of the most gorgeous and inviting ships I’ve sailed on. To use my favorite German phrase, she displays a wonderful amount of Gemütlichkeit – roughly translated, it means ‘a feeling of coziness.’
For such a small ship, Royal Clipper sure packs a punch. It’s also loaded with unexpected features, like a four-story atrium topped with a reinforced glass skylight that acts as the bottom of the midships swimming pool. Then, there’s Captain Nemo’s Gym and Spa with its undersea viewing portholes that look out into the briny deep.