Protravel Cruise Specialists Review a Unique Experience
As Peter, the Cruise Director of the Star Clipper stated on the first day, “this is a voyage not a cruise.” How true his words were!
From the first moment we walked on to the deck of the Star Clipper we were struck by a sense of awe. It was as if we had been taken back in time. A time when large sailing ships traveled the world. I don’t think that we knew what to expect. We had been on many cruise ships and had both traveled a lot in our adult lives. “This is different,” noted Corkie Van Zak, a luxury Travel Advisor from Protravel Beverly Hills. It is an experience we will not forget. It is an experience we hope to have again.
Protravel Chicago Travel Advisor Laura Wagner described “Floating over the deep azure water while lying in the net off the bow, climbing the mast like a pirate, watching Protravel Senior Director of Cruise Sales Marni Becker steer the ship, dancing with the Captain, I can go on and on about my personal experiences that made this sailing journey so special. Going on this trip gave me a true appreciation for the genuine sailing journey the Star Clippers Ships offer.”
These are just a few of the comments by Protravel advisors on their recent experience aboard the Star Clipper as we sailed round-trip from Benoa, Bali to Indonesian ports of call including Madura, Java and Lombok. A week aboard Star Clippers is not enough. Some fortunate passengers did stay onboard for another week when the vessel sailed to other Indonesian outposts including Komodo National Park, Pink Beach, and Satonda Island. This is a voyage of exploration and adventure. Most arrivals were accomplished by way of wet landings. The highlight of our voyage was a visit to Mt. Bromo on Java. It took a bus, 4x4, a horse and some strong legs to climb over 300 steps to the rim of Mt. Bromo. It was an experience we will never forget. We met so many welcoming local people on our travels across these islands.
The ship is a sailing ship. It sails with the wind and itineraries are developed with that in mind. As one advisor stated, “It was the best sleep we’ve had on any ship as we gently rocked back and forth, with no vibrations from engines, noted Ms Van Zak.”
With a maximum occupancy of 170 passengers, the ship gives the traveler an opportunity to meet fellow passengers from across the globe. Aside from Americans, our cruise had sailors from Germany, Australia, France and the United Kingdom. We also had six children on our cruise. They were seated at a special kids table in the dining room with their parents at the next table. However, most times passengers congregated by the sails or at the Tropical Bar. Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style while dinner had a set menu that changed every night. It was open seating; another way to encourage meeting fellow travelers and encouraging a sense of family.
Star Clippers sails to the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Indonesia, Panama Canal, Asia and their ever-popular (and usually sold out) ocean crossings.
Star Clippers true experience is of an actual sailing ship. “It takes you back to the old simple days of adventure,” mused Protravel New York Luxury Advisor Tanuja Kulkarni.
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