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#22
Hampshire, England
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Originally posted by robbie21
A bit of a correction - the zodiacs are rarely (never) used for wet landings on beaches including the regular beach barbeque. We have been on 8 Star Clipper cruises and never did a beach landing off a zodiac. Basically they are too small to be efficient in landing any significant number of people. Star Clipper carries two zodiac style boats with a capacity of around 10 people. We have snorkeled in open water off of both the zodiac and the tenders.

The regular tenders are used for beach landings in the Med, the Caribbean and in Tahiti (alas, no more). There are some differences between the tenders on the Royal and on the smaller ships but they are all designed to run up on the beach and for passengers to exit over the bow. There is a ladder that is lowered for that purpose. As stated the water is usually ankle to knee deep and you should expect to get wet. If you get in a hurry and go over the side you will likely get very wet and it is dangerous as the tender may move with a wave and bash you.

Just want the newbies to know exactly what to expect.

Robbie
Hi Robbie.

Never say never.

As recently as last October we had experience of a 'zodiac' wet landing...



This was on the island of Gili Meno (Bali and Lombok)...



The tenders could not get near the beach so we transferred from Tender to zodiac and vice versa for return. Many passengers gave up.

What was annoying was that having landed and walked some 600 yards along the shore line there was a perfectly good landing spot where the local inter island ferries disembarked...







There is a full review of my 14 days on Star Clipper here...

https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com...dition-cruise/
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#23
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I'm planning on sailing Phuket to Phuket in 2019. Can someone give me an idea of the cost of excursions, we hope to do a lot of snorkelling. I know prices change but would really like to know if excursions are closer to $50 P.P. or $200 P.P.
#24
Cambridgeshire
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Originally posted by steph7021
Hey all
We have cruised big ships and ready for something different. Can you tell me what is included in your fare? Water sports? Drinks? Any excursions? Thanks!

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Professionally run quizzes are not included after the first one. As soon as the first quiz has been won by somebody that passenger wins the prize of having to organise and present the next quiz and so on. So if you are good at quizzes make sure you have prepared a few questions and answers to compile at least one full quiz and sort out your microphone technique.

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#25
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Originally posted by john watson
Professionally run quizzes are not included after the first one. As soon as the first quiz has been won by somebody that passenger wins the prize of having to organise and present the next quiz and so on. So if you are good at quizzes make sure you have prepared a few questions and answers to compile at least one full quiz and sort out your microphone technique.

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I’m super confused by this response. Quizzes??? Is this like trivia?


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#26
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Originally posted by steph7021
I’m super confused by this response. Quizzes??? Is this like trivia?

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Yes, the first day they ran a trivia quiz. The passenger who won it had to think up a load of questions for tomorrows trivia quiz, this was the prize! You need to write them all your questions down and read them out on the microphone, the cruise director then repeated the questions in German. Cruise director helps you but you present the questions and have the correct answers prepared. You go through the answers on the mike and he repeats answers in German. If you make a factual error, the adjudicator is you as you are the quizmaster. This entertaining style quiz set up is commonplace on Star Clippers.

One has to understand that there is a language problem with all the entertainment. There is no casino or other sophisticated games to play so a lot of it is a bit impromptu, like charades or pictionary with a flip chart. People were shouting out the answers in German and English but the cruise director knew if either was correct.

We also played darts with correct equipment and a bit of plywood for safety and Deck Golf. Golf as you might expect wont work with ball so they used plywood discs and plywood putter shaped cutout putters. An entertainments crew member had drawn eighteen holes in chalk on different decks as well as bunkers with different penalty points values throughout the course. We ran in groups of three to four players with a championship round for the leaders. Not sure what they put on on most cruises but we were Transatlantic, just 46 passengers in total doing what turned out to be eighteen sea days in a row. Entertainment was different when we sailed Dover to Hamburg. Entertainmentwise anything might be put on in my opinion.

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#27
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Found a good video of seas getting a bit choppy on a Star Clippers Transatlantic which are the cheapest per night, it is not usually this rough on their general cruises.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFbjRpm2hPc&t=89s


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#28
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In reply to Mijoy, Excursions on Northern route out of Phuket, most over 100Euros pp. Not many as most days its just off to an Island for free snorkling, off tender or the beach. Beautiful!

Excurtions in Lankawi were 117Eu pp. We stayed on board and enjoyed a walk and a very empty ship! James Bond Island about 100 Euros too. Some people did one to see Elephants which involved 2 hours each way on a speed boat in rough water for 100 plus Euros.


Honestly, the Ship and the Islands are the stars.......we did sightseeing before the cruise. If anyone wants a recommendation, Elephant Hills tented camp is amazing. A sanctuary for retired elephants, canoeing and we spent a night at the floating tented lake camp. The best experience of our whole trip (except for the mosquitoes) !
#29
Lancashire, England
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Just to clarify wet landings on the tenders.
The tenders on Star Clipper / Star Flyer and Royal Clipper are of different designs. On the clippers, you exit over the bows by means of a ladder as previously described. On the Royal however, the front of the tender drops down to form a ramp, like a mini landing craft, and you walk down the ramp onto the beach. No ladder is involved.