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  1. My apologies; try tradewindvoyages.com This will display an on-line form which, if you complete it, results in them emailing you the brochure.
  2. Tradewind.com has announced that the ship is to be called Golden Horizon. Embryonic brochure available via the website, showing possible routes / voyages.
  3. 1. The couple of times I've sailed on one of the Star Clippers fleet out of St Maarten, it has been from the main cruise terminal. 2. There is a 15% service fee included in the stated price of the drinks - it is not added on separately to the price of the drinks. I have sailed on Star Clippers over a dozen times and have not seen a cash tip given to the bar tenders - possibly this has been done discretely. I suspect that most people on board only carry cash when they go ashore as there is nothing you need to spend cash on when on the ship. US Dollars are accepted anywhere in the Caribbean whereas Euros are only accepted on the few islands linked to France and The Netherlands, so US Dollars would be more practical for tips to the staff. 3. I haven't stayed on St Maarten for many years, so can't offer accommodation suggestions. 4. You will get sent details of the excursions and their cost about 3 weeks before you sail. You can't book an excursion until you are on board. The excursions vary from coach tours to various sites, to energetic kayaking and cycling trips, to jeep or other motorised 'off-roadadventures'. From memory, you are looking at prices between 70 and 120 Euros. Wherever the ship docks, there are always taxis waiting to offer you 'explorations' of the island - these are normally very enjoyable, and good value if you go with another couple. 5. Yes, excursions and bar bills (including restaurant drinks) are charged to your account - as mentioned, you don't need cash whilst on board. The other thing charged to your account is the service gratuity - Star Clippers suggests 8 Euros per night per person. Oh yes, and wi-fi if you want it. I hope that helps a bit.
  4. Many thanks CircusGirl; I will take a closer look at your suggestions.
  5. It's more than 10 years since I did the Singapore / Phuket route, so I won't comment on shore excursions. Our experience was that we needed very little local currency - enough for a few cold drinks, perhaps a souvenir and perhaps a beach-bar lunch. And a tip for the tour guide if you take a ship-organised tour. Evening meals are open seating. You can sit where, and with whom, you wish. There tends to be a large scale movement to the restaurant from the bar at 7.30 pm when the bell rings but a number of people choose to eat later. The head waiter will help you find a table with others if there are just the two of you. Note that the tables on Star Clipper are all for 6 or 8 people (if I remember correctly).
  6. My wife and I are on the Ko Samui round trip cruise at the end of October (staying on board for the onward cruise to Singapore). We will be arriving in Ko Samui a few days before the cruise begins; has anyone any suggestions for a comfortable (four or five star) hotel on a beach on Ko Samui please?
  7. The very high rate of repeat passengers on Star Clippers' ships suggests that the overall experience is generally well liked. "Solent Richard" has produced one of the most detailed reviews of a Star Clipper trip at the following link: https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2017/11/04/star-clipper-java-sea-limited-edition-cruise/ We happened to be on the exact same trip as him and think that he gives a fair review.
  8. The dispute is between Star Clippers and the Croatian dockyard that built Flying Clipper - hence the concern that was expressed about Croatia. I would hope that this will all be resolved long before your trip next year. It would be good to get some up-to-date news from the company.
  9. Sorry to hear of this very unsettling / upsetting start to your holiday and the forced changes to your itinerary. This news hasn't yet reached the usual 'cruise news' websites so please post again if you have any updates or further information.
  10. Really enjoyed the Bali to Singapore 'repositioning' cruise on Star Clipper back in 2017 and am now considering the Borneo cruise. Has anyone on this forum been on that cruise? Any comments on the trip and the ports and islands visited would be helpful and much appreciated.
  11. Just back from a very enjoyable - and very hot! - Royal Clipper cruise (Rome - Venice). I can confirm GypsyCzar's prices. Also, cocktails are about 5.50 (with the cocktail of the day at 5.00). Wine prices by the bottle are reasonable too including a selection of very decent house wines at 16.00 per bottle. Everything priced in Euros.
  12. Car-mel I'm a bit biased. I'm on my 15th Star Clippers cruise this Saturday - Royal Clipper out of Rome to Venice. So I'll be able to tell you if it is a wet landing at Ponza and the Pontine Islands early next week!
  13. The ship is very laid back. Quoting from the website "The atmosphere on the ship will be very relaxed and casual. For daytime wear, walking shorts, bathing attire with cover-ups, skirts, light trousers, and hats are recommended. For shore excursions, comfortable walking shoes are essential. In the evening, sun dresses, skirts or slacks for women, and slacks with polo or dress shirts for men are recommended. Jackets are not required – but are welcome for Captain’s dinner." There is usually some entertainment each evening but don't think "Broadway Musical"! It might be a musical quiz or a crew and passenger talent show. There will always be music and dancing each night - whether it is lively or not is largely down to the group of passengers on board for that cruise; we have had cruises where the dancing goes on into the early hours and other cruises where people head for bed much earlier. At most ports of call, you will be tendered to a pier. I haven't done the Rome to Rome cruise so don't know if the beach stop(s) will involve a wet landing - more often than not, you can get ashore dry-footed even at a wet-landing due to the design of the ramp at the front of the tenders. Have a great time!
  14. Yes, excursions are booked on-board. There are excursion books where you simply add your name to a list of those wanting to take that excursion. The books are normally in the Library on Star Clipper and Star Flyer and in the Gallery area on Royal Clipper. Many of the lists start filling up quickly so, if you know which tours you want to go on, put your name down on the first evening aboard. Each list has a deadline date for completing it, normally at least 24 hours before the tour. When you get your final documentation a few weeks before your cruise, you should get a load of information about each excursion that will show a more detailed description of the contents of the tour, any minimum or maximum numbers and, of course, the cost. On-board, the Cruise Director gives talks about the forthcoming excursions and is there to answer your questions.
  15. They do take the ticket when you board - they must have a system for someone who has lost/forgotten their ticket (and having a print-out or scan of your ticket will surely help). They will have spare bag tags at the quayside - I saw this on our recent Royal Clipper trip.
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