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  1. We just returned from our 7th Star Clipper cruise, and even with the current and ongoing problems discussed in other threads on this board, we had a wonderful time.
  2. Everyone involved is posturing and drawing lines in the proverbial sand. The lawyers need to sit down and hammer out a deal and be done with it.
  3. So, we were to board Royal Clipper in Cannes on August 10th. We received no advance warning of the change in embarkation location nor to the ports of call. We were concerned when we arrived in Cannes, by private car from Nice, to not see any masts in the bay off the pier. We had seen the Royal Clipper off Monte Carlo on the 9th during our own day trip up there from Nice. We had no idea they were disembarking there. It was only upon finding the Star Clippers agents in Cannes at the pier that we were told about all of the changes. We along with many other passengers felt that we had wasted time and money on an hour drive from Nice to Cannes just to turn around and drive 3 hours back to Savona. There was little to nothing said aboard about the underlying problems other than we were going to be skipping French ports in order to avoid the minor chance that the ship would be seized. There were many back to back sailings guests who were not happy about repeating the ports they had just visited. So I wonder what is happening this week as the ship was to make several ports in Croatia on its way to Venice... Upon our return home I emailed my long time travel agent to see if she had heard anything. Her response was no and that I should write a letter and send it to her to pass along to Star Clippers. Based on klapka's most recent update, I will be sending a letter to my travel agent to pass along as she suggested. There were so many first timers on this cruise I hope they do not get a bad taste in their mouths after this.
  4. Let's hope they figure out the contact issues and begin to schedule sailings.
  5. We did the Singapore to Phuket trip in Nov. 2017, so we have not done either the North or South Phuket roundtrip, yet. However, the dive master on board, during our trip, told us that the Northern route is just a bit better if you are a diver.
  6. I read your post over on the Windstar Board. You are absolutely spot on in your analysis.
  7. We have sailed both. We enjoyed both. We ended up on Star Clippers for a Greek sail because the Windstar ships were fully booked by the time we got around to making reservations. Since that first Star Clippers cruise, we have not been back to Windstar. As this is the Star Clippers' board, my input may be just a little biased.;) Windstar, while definitely not a mega-ship cruise ship, is still more like a traditional cruise than Star Clippers. Multiple restaurants and such. Still a wonderful experience just a bit more "posh" than Star Clippers. Star Clippers just naturally encourage interaction by the passengers. The meal seatings are always "open" and they do their best to seat you with those who speak the same language. Repeat cruisers, in our experience, always give a hand or a bit of advice to first timers and welcome them into the "club." Star Clippers guests tend to be adventurous and always have a story to tell. We have always met wonderful people aboard and can't wait for our next sail. I can not speak to meal/food allergy issues. I believe both will go out of their way to accommodate their guest's limitations. Star Clippers only has one dining room and breakfast and lunch are buffet style with the lunch typically themed in some manner. I don't know if that helps any. I can say there is nothing like a star lit night under sail with no motor running with the resulting vibration and noise. Sitting behind the bridge with a nice beverage. Star Clippers has an open bridge policy. When we were on Windstar they did not. Maybe they do now. But in the end you can't go wrong with either one.
  8. When we were there a few years back, the Le Meridian had day rooms. They have an amazing sand bottom pool too.
  9. Good review! We love the Royal but prefer the smaller ships. Try one of those for your next sail. We believe you will love them too.
  10. Not that I have ever seen.
  11. That's true but its vacation so the calories don't count. ;)
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