The Royal Clipper is one of three sailing ships in the Star Clippers line and is the world’s largest and only five-mast, full-rigged sailing ship. Maximum capacity of 227 passengers. (The photo above shows the Star Clipper, one of two smaller ships in the Star Clippers line, which met up with the Royal Clipper on my sailing. Both the Star Flyer and Star Clipper have a maximum capacity of 180 passengers.)
On board: Swimming, sunbathing on deck, climbing to the Crow’s Nest (usually offered on one day of the cruise); piano bar, dancing and entertainment in the Tropical Bar, local performers sometimes brought on board, knot tying and navigation classes, library. 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.
Beautiful beaches are visited at several of the ports of call. Watersports staff provide snorkeling equipment, kayaks, Sunfish, etc., for fun in the water.
Food and Drink
Breakfast and lunch aboard ship are 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).
Airport Code: BGI – The ship sets sail from Bridgetown, Barbados. Direct flights can be booked from the following U.S. cities: Miami (MIA), Charlotte (CLT), and Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW), Direct flights from Canada: Toronto (YYZ) and Montreal (YUL).
Windward Islands in the Caribbean, including St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, St. Kitts/Nevis, Iles des Saintes and Martinique.
Casual and relaxed. The passenger list is usually roughly half European; 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.
Sunsets on top deck. Come back when the stars are out for unforgettable stargazing.
Here are highlights from the ports of call on Star Clippers’ Windward Islands cruise:
We were about to set sail from Bridgetown, Barbados, aboard the Royal Clipper, the largest and only five-masted fully rigged sailing ship in the world. Along with most of its passengers, my traveling companion and I gathered on the top deck to witness the raising of 56,000 square feet of sails, not by motor, but by the hands of trained sailors. Illuminated by the moon and countless stars and accompanied by Vangelis’ Conquest of Paradise over the PA system, it was a majestic sight, one that was repeated each evening as we embarked for yet another island destination…
Read the rest of the article about my Star Clippers Windward Islands cruise by opening a PDF here: RoyalClipper-MartiniqueArticles