Royal Clipper - January 6th - 13th 2018
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Packing light is always a good strategy but note that there is adequate storage in the Royal Clipper cabins. This is a sailing ship not a sailboat . Suitcases fit nicely under the bed and that's where my snorkel gear goes, too. Note also that laundry service is available at a reasonable cost. Also, really load up your reader. There is a lot of free time to lounge around on deck or on a beach.
I imagine you have already figured out that this is a very different experience than the big cruise ships. It is very intimate. You will make new friends fast and the crew will quickly get to know your preferences. It is nice to walk up to the bar and have them pour your regular wine without even asking .
Shout out to anyone who will be there in January!