- The Star Clipper Yachting Experience -
The Star Clipper is a sailing vessel true to the tradition of tall ships. Its highest mast towers seventy five feet above the main deck, and watching it sail the open seas makes one reflect on bygone days when tall ships ruled the waves.Traveling on this majestic ship evokes the feeling of sailing on a royal yacht.
Life Aboard The Star Clipper*
The Star Clipper accommodations are surprisingly luxurious, with accents of rosewood and marble, and include air conditioning, a color T.V., a wall safe, and several other amenities found on modern cruise ships. But, as one would expect, everything is on a smaller scale.
Meals are creatively prepared and served in abundant quantities. However, entertainment options are limited. Dinner is the main event in the evenings. A pianist plays at the ship’s bar, and at times crew members offer their renditions of famous sea chanties as well.
During the day one can climb to the crows nest to admire the view from up high, listen to the crew as they explain the workings of a sailing ship, or join the master of the Star Clipper for story telling.The ship offers two very small swimming pools, and a charming library with a working fireplace.
Sailing on a tall ship is all about informality and casual fun. Shorts, swim suits, and deck shoes are the order of the day, and classy casual attire serves one well at night. Space is limited, as is the need for a wide range of attire, so pack very lightly for this sailing adventure.
Star Clipper Cruises Ports of Call
The Star Clipper is maneuverable enough to anchor at ports which cannot accommodate larger cruise ships, an advantage the adventurous at heart will appreciate. A typical Northern European itinerary for this grand Tall Ship may include stops in Hamburg, Sylt and Travemonde in Germany, Marstrand in Sweden, and Skagen, Kalundborg, and Aeroskobing in Denmark. These ports will be described below in their normal sailing order.
Hamburg is the largest of the ports of call on this Star Clipper cruise of Northern Europe. Highlights include Alster Lake in the center of town, Hamburg’s City Hall which is an architectural wonder, and many galleries and museums housing celebrated art collections, fascinating historical exhibits, and hands on experiences for children. The wide variety of eating, drinking and music establishments will please every taste.
Sylt is one of the North Frisian Islands. The northern most island in Germany, it is famous for its long sandy beach, and has long been a favored tourist destination. The resort towns of Kampen, Westerland and Wenningstedt-Braderup offer the expected amenities from beach chair rentals, to sidewalk cafes and shops. The island is a charming Star Clipper destination on the Wadden Sea.
Skagen is a Danish beach town located one hundred and twenty kilometers from Copenhagen. Here you will find a wide variety of ways to spend a day. There are hiking trails through a nature reserve, stunning beaches, museums, art galleries, sidewalk cafes, and a wide variety of shops.The town also holds frequent festivals celebrating the culinary arts, music, bonfires on the beach, bird watching, and much more.
Marstrand is a village built on two islands. The Swedish Match Cup sailing races are held here. There are areas of historic buildings such as Fiskargatan, where the houses of eighteenth century herring fishermen are located.
Carlstens Fastning Fortress with its dungeons, cannons and majestic views of the sea is a sight not to be missed.
Kalundborg is a historic town which dates back to the twelfth century. It is at the center of numerous points of interest which would take months to explore. Two which you may wish to visit are the Gallery Bispegaarden and the Gardens of Birkegaarden. The Gallery is a six hundred year old building which today serves as an art gallery and cafe. It presents the works of Danish and foreign artists in rotating exhibits. Birkegaarden is a botanical park with two gardens, a Danish garden and a Japanese garden. Here you will find over forty thousand plants which bloom from early spring to late fall.
Aeroskobing is a market town which was chartered in 1398. Here you will find many historic buildings dating back centuries, including the home of the famous Danish sculptor Hammerich.
This village is famous for sailing races and sand festivals. In Travemunde you will find the oldest lighthouse on the Baltic coast, which was constructed in 1539. The town’s old world charm makes it an outstanding Star Clipper port of call.
The adventurous will find a visit to these towns unforgettable, whether traveling with Star Clipper Cruises, or arriving by any other mode of transportation.
Happy cruising. Andrew Kruglanski, Cruisin Susan Cruise Blog.
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** photo of Star Clipper by Wileypics
*** photo of sand dunes by Temperalata
****public domain photo from en.wikipedia.org
*introduction based on 06/2012 article by Douglas Ward, The Telegraph, UK