Sailing The Royal Clipper, Plus, A New Adventures Ashore: Kusadasi, Turkey & Do You Need To Book Caribbean Shore Excursions?

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Adventures Ashore: Kusadasi, Turkey

A lot of cruise passengers depart the dock in Kusadasi, visit the ancient historic site of Ephesus, and think they’re done. Having padded the fabled Marble Road (which connects the Celsus Library and the Great Theater in Ephesus), they check Kusadasi off their lists. Been there, done that. Don't be one of those cruise passengers.

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Do I Need To Book Shore Excursions In The Caribbean?

The Caribbean is, by far, the quintessential cruise destination. Every year, millions of vacationers flock to ports like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa and many others for the privilege of spending a week or two bobbing around in the Caribbean blue. But when many cruisers reach the Caribbean, they’re disappointed. …

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Royal Clipper In The Caribbean - Day 1

Joining Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper for a Cruise through the Southern Caribbean Star Clipper's Royal Clipper in Bridgetown, Barbados on December 12, 2015. She is the only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship to be launched since the Preussen of 1902. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders Saturday, December 12, 2015 Tucked within the maze of gleaming white cruise ships that loomed tall …

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Royal Clipper In The Caribbean - Day 2

Fun In The Sun With Star Clippers Royal Clipper at anchor off Union Island, Grenadines. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders Sunday, December 13, 2015 I had what might be the best sleep ever in my stateroom on Deck 1 of Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper. It’s the lowest passenger accommodations deck aboard the ship, and the portholes of my Category 3 …

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Royal Clipper In The Caribbean - Day 3

Sugar And Spice And Everything Nice in Grenada Royal Clipper at anchor off St. George's, Grenada on a stormy afternoon. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders Monday, December 14, 2015 It’s official: I’m having excellent sleeps here aboard Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper, which gently rocks me to sleep each and every night. Our sea conditions were not nearly as heavy last …

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Royal Clipper In The Caribbean - Day 4

Beach Break at Tobago Cays Caribbean dreaming, Star Clippers style. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders Monday, December 15, 2015 I think I’m running out of beach superlatives. Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper dropped anchor off Tobago Cays this morning at 0930. Within minutes, guests were lining the outer decks, waiting to be among the first to tender ashore in this sun-drenched …

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Royal Clipper In The Caribbean - Day 5

Back in Bequia Royal Clipper is shown here at anchor in Kingstown, St. Vincent. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders Wednesday, December 16, 2015 This afternoon, Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper sailed into what is one of my fondest cruise ports in the Caribbean: the small island paradise that is Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Pronounced beck-way, I was first and …

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Royal Clipper In The Caribbean - Day 6

Martinique, C’est Bon! Exploring Martinique today aboard Star Clippers' Royal Clipper; both a slice of Europe in the Caribbean. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders Thursday, December 17, 2015 This morning, Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper got in touch with her European heritage – all without ever leaving the Caribbean. Just after 0800, we came alongside Fort-de-France, Martinique; a slice of both …

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Six Tips To Extract More Joy From Your Cruise

In this free special report, I’ve put together a half dozen actionable items that can make the difference between cruise vacations that are memorable and others that fail to measure up to all you had hoped they would be. I’ve cruised on hundreds of ships, as a solo traveler and with family and friends.  — Ralph Grizzle, The Avid Cruiser

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