Cruise Critic Names Star Clippers Among the Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
| April 10, 2015

In an article for Cruise Critic travel writer Elissa Garay named Star Clippers among the best small ship cruise lines in the business! Read on for an excerpt or click here to read the whole story.

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If you long for the open ocean but bristle at the thought of all-night discos, thousand-seat dining rooms or congested Caribbean ports-turned-duty-free-shopping-malls, know this: not all cruise ships are vast, floating resorts. A burgeoning industry niche revolves around small vessels — a wide-ranging group that includes yachts, rugged expedition ships, riverboats and classic sailing schooners — where passenger counts top out at closer to 300, rather than 3,000.

For the tall-ship enthusiast, there’s nothing quite like sailing under a starry or sunny sky, powered by the bluster of ocean winds. If you want to float along with the wind while exploring less-traveled ports in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, Star Clippers is tough to beat. The fleet’s three vessels — flagship 227-passenger Royal Clipper and 170-passenger twins Star Clipper and Star Flyer — are some of the fastest clipper ships ever built. Feel the sails catch the breeze, help with the raising and trimming or morph into a spider and climb high in the rigging.

Onboard, passengers don’t adhere to rigid timetables as they might on more conventional cruise ships, and the evening dress code is always elegantly casual (with the exception of themed evenings, like Pirate Night). Water sports are also a major component of each tall ship sailing cruise, with complimentary snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and other sea-based activities offered directly from the ship.

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