Posted March 16th, 2017, 11:23 PM
Can anyone comment on the Star Flyer 7-day Greek isles cruise? Was it a smoky environment? Were the cabins quiet (except for near the engine room or dining hall)? Were there shore excursions every day?
It's either the Star Flyer or Azamara in October. Difficult to decide. I would October would be much more pleasant, and having a gym aboard is also another plus. I'm not sure if there are deck chairs, or if the decks are designed there only for people with verandas. The anonymity of being in a group of almost 700 is rather nice, too, as opposed to the 160+ at the Star Clipper.Agreed, they are indeed different experiences. We've had 3 cruises on Azamara and 1 on Royal Clipper, Venice roundtrip. All were enjoyable, but Clipper is more of an experience as well. Assuming the Azamara October cruise is in southern Europe, the weather could be very changeable.
Two very different experiences...
That's exceptionally generous of you to write down thoughts and recount in such detail your experience. I have been quite caught up in trying to make a decision, as flying to Athens from Seattle (and the reverse) is not so easy, and I'm quite sensitive to temperature, although I suppose there must be a breeze coming off the sea even when the ship is docked at port.Excuse me if I chime in here - My husband and I have sailed the Royal Clipper January 2015 in the Caribbean and are scheduled for a 15-day Venice to Malta this October 7, 2017 on Star Flyer. We have seen most Caribbean islands multiple times and this had been our first in the Grenadines area which is now our favorite part of the Caribbean. The main thing I want to reinforce is that it is a very different actual sailing experience as opposed to the Azamara cruise. We enjoy the more casual ambiance with the sailing ship, plus the ports visited are smaller and more unusual; hence our choice on Star Flyer. We have traveled multiple times in this general Adriatic/Med area but wanted to do it on a sailing vessel to reach smaller, less visited ports, especially Greek ports. We have sailed both Azamara ships in the Caribbean prior to their classification as club cruises. The amenities and overall experience is as mentioned very different, though we love the former Renaissance ships now sailing under several cruise line flags. We also chose October as we are hoping there will be fewer European passengers and that possibly the ship will not sail full as it is much smaller than the Royal which had 179 on our sailing. I have tried to set up one of these roll calls in March for our Star Flyer, but no response thus far so it will probably not have many Americans aboard. For those that can give us more info on Star Flyer and/or ports, please feel free to post here or the link at Star Clippers Star Flyer 07 October - 22 October 2017. Personally, I am looking forward to sailing on the upcoming new Star Clippers vessel to begin sailing December 2017.
It's either the Star Flyer or Azamara in October. Difficult to decide. I would October would be much more pleasant, and having a gym aboard is also another plus. I'm not sure if there are deck chairs, or if the decks are designed there only for people with verandas. The anonymity of being in a group of almost 700 is rather nice, too, as opposed to the 160+ at the Star Clipper.
Two very different experiences...
No experience transferring from ATH to Piraeus. We arrived in Athens three days prior to boarding the ship for sightseeing and body clock adjustment. We just taxied from the a/p to our hotel and then taxied to the port on the day of departure. I think you will enjoy this itinerary - we especially liked Hydra.thanks!! We are really excited!
Also, we enjoyed the Museum of Underwater Archeology in Bodrum.
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thanks!! We are really excited!
I had read that the museum and the castle were under renovation?!
We were really looking forward to visiting both, so fingers crossed its open in Aug!