“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.” – Jacques Cousteau – French Naval Officer & Explorer (1910 – 1997)
Some people look at a map and see the oceans as a great blue divide, separating people and continents. However, in the history books you’ll find a long list of adventurers who believed otherwise. These explorers, with their insight and curiosity, risked sailing off the edge of the Earth to teach us one valuable lesson. The sea isn’t what keeps us apart. Indeed, it’s actually the very thing that connects us all together.
The seafaring spirit of adventure is still alive and well aboard the Royal Clipper and her two sister vessels, Star Clipper and Star Flyer. Spending her summers in the Mediterranean, winters in the Caribbean and crossing the Atlantic Ocean in between, she’s the world’s largest and only five-masted ship. You don’t need to be an experienced navigator of the seas to join her crew and partake in one of her luxury voyages. Landlubbers and salty sea dogs alike are both welcome to hoist the anchor and set sail on an adventure, where you’ll ride the breeze into some of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities.
The ships don’t just rely on the aesthetics of their sails to distinguish themselves from a run of the mill cruise liner. Their smaller size allows them to dock in ports where others can’t and their focus on providing guests with an authentic experience of the world brings local performers on board, creating a unique atmosphere every evening without fail. This isn’t an ordinary cruise. You’ll find that there are no rigid schedules. You’re free to spend your days and evenings exactly how you wish.
The Mediterranean is perhaps the most sailed on sea in the world and its sheer number of historic ports and islands are testament to that statement. Ranging from three to fifteen nights in length, you have the option to explore the Med in the comfort of contemporary luxury, complemented by the romantic ambiance of a very classical way to travel. Athens, Barcelona, Corfu, Monte Carlo, Rome and Venice are just a few of the better known destinations along the routes of the Star Clipper fleet.
In late May, the Star Flyer’s seven day itinerary includes visiting the famous Monaco Grand Prix before going on to explore Corsica, Napoleon’s birthplace, and finally heading on to Italian shores, ending up in the port of Rome. Alternatively, in September, you can navigate the historically rich, legend-laden shores of the Aegean Sea. Between April and October, the fleet embark upon a total of 36 different Mediterranean routes, with crews and passengers not only soaking up the sights and sun, but also taking full advantage of a wonderfully rich and diverse range of continental cuisines as they go along.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a gentle breeze on your face as you’re carried by the wind on your approach towards a vibrant and historic port. It’s difficult to put your finger on. There’s a feeling of liberation and satisfaction you get from certain experiences that can’t be conveyed with words. Whether seeking out winter sun in the Caribbean, basking in the Mediterranean’s rich history and culture, or crossing the Atlantic to discover the New World in an old fashioned way, each voyage promises to be inspirational.
Like many great explorers before him, the oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, appreciated the beauty and importance of the sea, both in our everyday lives and for the future prosperity of mankind. He became completely enamoured with it at an early age and remained captivated for the rest of his long life. We’re more than confident that, beneath the sails of this magnificent fleet, you too will share his disposition, and so, we’ll leave you with one final Cousteau quote before you set sail.
“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning – we are all in the same boat.”
Connect with your world like never before and put the wind in your sails as you embark on the ultimate adventure.