My Mediterranean cruise was aboard the Star Flyer, one of three sailing ships in the Star Clippers line and the first to be launched in 1991. The Star Flyer and its sister ship, the Star Clipper (launched in 1992) are four-masted ships patterned after 19th century clipper ships. Both have a maximum capacity of 180 passengers.
(Read about my Caribbean Windward Islands cruise aboard the 227-passenger, five-masted Royal Clipper ship here.)
On board: Swimming, sunbathing on deck, climbing to the Crow’s Nest (usually offered on one day of the cruise); piano bar, library, dancing and entertainment in the Tropical Bar, local performers sometimes brought on board. Every evening, passengers gather on the top deck to witness the raising of the sails.
Shore excursions are offered in most ports of call, or explore on your own.
Beaches were visited at two ports of call (will vary according to itinerary). Watersports staff provides snorkeling equipment, kayaks, and Sunfish for fun in the water.
Food and Drink
Breakfast and lunch aboard ship is served buffet style; the six-course evening meal offers several choices and is ordered from the menu. House wines are French; other fine wines available. Open seating and casual dress (no jackets, ties or evening wear required; no shorts or swimsuits).
Airports for Mediterranean cruises will vary according to point of embarkation.
Two of Star Clippers’ three sailing ships, the Royal Clipper and the Star Flyer, offer itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Mediterranean from April through October. My itinerary included two of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca and Menorca; three ports of call on the French island of Corsica; and St. Tropez on the French Riviera, ending in Monaco.
Casual and relaxed. Ten countries were represented on my cruise’s passenger list. Americans made up only about 20% of the total. The international crew is enthusiastic and accommodating.
• Climbing the mast for a bird’s eye view from the Crow’s Nest, offered to passengers one day during each week’s cruise.
• The photo opportunity of the week! Board one of the tender boats to photograph the ship under full sail from all sides.
• Witnessing the raising of the sails as the ship leaves for the next port of call.
Highlights of our Mediterranean ports of call:
BALEARIC ISLANDS, CORSICA AND FRANCE — Mediterranean blue had been nothing more than a one-dimensional color on a paint chart for me until it came to life vividly during a seven-night cruise aboard the Star Flyer, one of three tall ships in the Star Clippers fleet.
Sailing through two of Spain’s Balearic Islands, we hit the French island of Corsica, St. Tropez on the French Riviera, followed by the tiny principality of Monaco…
Read the rest of the article, published in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, by opening a PDF here: Star Clippers Mediterranean Article
An online link to the article can be accessed here.