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July 2 and/or July 9, 2011 - Star Clipper

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We are booked for both of these cruises and am hoping there are other CCers going along:-) This will be our first Star Clipper cruise, but we have been on many Princess and HAL cruises. We are really excited to try this experience and can't wait to go!!! By the way - does anyone know if Star Clippers allows you to bring wine on board that you buy in port?

 

Pam

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Hi Meldreth!

 

Hopefully, we'll find someone for our cruises:-)

 

I finally got our air to Athens booked. We have always used Delta for our European flights, but for some reason they are so expensive this year! So we are using U.S. Air and got a decent price. We will have to connect twice before we leave the U.S., but we have good times. We have decided to fly in a day early and stay a day later in Athens than we had planned also. This way we won't have any worries about making a late morning flight. Darn it - I hate to have to eat another in Athens looking up at the Acropolis:-)!!!

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Meldreth,

 

Now I just have to book our flights to and from Santorini. We are staying there for 4 days before. There are only 2 airlines to choose from, but I keep watching for a good price:-) I think I like stressing myself out about watching for prices:-) I did book our hotel in Athens for a day at the beginning and a day at the end, so one more thing done.

 

We are in the middle of a blizzard here. It is huge and engulfing 30 states! We were sent home from school early today and I do not think we will be going anywhere tomorrow. The wind is blowing and the snow is flying. A great day to be planning for a warm weather cruise!

 

Pam

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Well, it looks like we shall both be alone on our ships! Oh well, that'll mean we get plenty of attention............. ha ha:D

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Meldreth,

 

I think you are right!:-) Too bad we are not on the same ship!

 

We have mostly recovered from the blizzard. We ended up with 2 1/2 days off of school. (I teach high school special education), so we will have to make up the days in May, but I must admit that it was wonderful being home for a few days! We are flying on Friday for 4 days in Key West, Florida. We have Friday off from school and I am taking 2 of my personal days for this very short trip. We have been there twice as a cruise stop, but never stayed there, so looking forward to spending time there. I just hope the weather cooperates, so we can get out of Iowa and that it is warm there. They have had some cool weather in Florida this year.

 

Pam

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Hope you have a great time! We are off to Lanzarote (Canary Isles) at the end of the month for some sunshine. Although, today it is lovely and sunny, but cold, here in UK.

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Hi Meldreth!

 

I feel like I have not been on here for such a long time!!! My mom has been very sick with a virus that caused fluid to build around her heart and then we had our 4-day trip to Key West. Mom is home and doing better now, but it was stressful for a while. Key West was just wonderful! We stayed in a lovely place, ate way too much delicious food and had sun for 2 of our 4 days:-)

 

Maybe you are off for your trip???

 

Pam

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Hi Meldreth!

 

I feel like I have not been on here for such a long time!!! My mom has been very sick with a virus that caused fluid to build around her heart and then we had our 4-day trip to Key West. Mom is home and doing better now, but it was stressful for a while. Key West was just wonderful! We stayed in a lovely place, ate way too much delicious food and had sun for 2 of our 4 days:-)

 

Maybe you are off for your trip???

 

Pam

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Hi, yes we go this week - yipeee! It is cold and grey here in UK and seems to have been like this for days :( I've got the log burner blazing away to keep us warm and the central heating on. Off to be beautified for our trip tomorrow and then to finish packing........ can't wait to see some sunshine. It's 25 C in Lanzarote today!

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I know just how you feel about the winter!!! Boy has it been a long one! And the sun has been in short supply around here too:-)

 

Have a safe and on-time flight and I can't wait to hear about your trip when you get back!

 

Pam

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Thanks for your best wishes! The flight takes us 4 hours, we have to be at Stansted at 06.40 am, so an early start....... :rolleyes: Will report back when we return and give you an update. By that time we may have found some additional passengers for our cruise!!

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Meldreth!

 

I'm guessing that I'll be waiting here for your report:-) But maybe we'll get some fellow passengers! You never know!

 

Either way - enjoy that sun!!!

 

Pam

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We just booked the July 2 Star Clipper out of Athens! Returning to this wonderful line for the first time since our honeymoon in '94 (did a Cannes itinerary then) and going to be adventurous -- taking our 7 and 10 year old children! Would love to hear if any other kids will happen to be on board.

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Welcome to the roll call letsgomets! Glad to have someone else on the roll call! Isn't this a great itinerary?!!! It's our first time on Star Clippers, although we've cruised quite a bit on other lines.

 

We have 5 kids, but the oldest is 21, so won't be bringing them with us:-)

 

Are you staying in Athens pre-cruise?

 

Pam

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Well i'm back ltcop and I see you've found a new shipmate!! We left Lanzarote yesterday in 25 degrees C, and got back to England 3 degrees - it was a bit of a shock!!

 

Maybe we'll find some other cruisers joining either the Clipper or the Flyer same time a us?!!

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Welcome to the roll call letsgomets! Glad to have someone else on the roll call! Isn't this a great itinerary?!!! It's our first time on Star Clippers, although we've cruised quite a bit on other lines.

 

We have 5 kids, but the oldest is 21, so won't be bringing them with us:-)

 

Are you staying in Athens pre-cruise?

 

Pam

 

We agree that it is an excellent itinerary -- we actually rearranged our summer to do this one. Still figuring out our specific plans, but I think we're likely going to spend a few days on an island pre-cruise (perhaps Crete) and then a few days in Athens after the cruise.

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Welcome back Meldreth!

 

That trip sure went fast - even for me! What a temperature shock coming home!:-) At least it is March and it has to be close to improving for both of us - right? Although it was snowing her today, but at least it did not stick!

 

So how was the place that you stayed? How was the food? I'm guessing Lanzarote has wonderful fish? Did you mostly relax on the beach or do some touring?

 

Pam

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Hi Letsgomets! (I'm guessing your are a Mets fan:-)

 

Crete looks like a great place to spend a few days! We have not gotten to visit that island yet, but hope to!!! Do you have flights booked yet?

 

We are going to do one night in Athens and then go to Santorini for 4 days - before the cruise. We've been there twice for cruise stops, but never gotten to stay there. I'm so excited!!! It is gorgeous!!! So we are flying out on June 26. We also have a night in Athens after the 2 cruises. We've have spent a few days in Athens a few years ago, but of course, only scratched the surface. We won't have a lot of time, but are certainly hoping to see the new Acropolis Museum that was not open on our previous trip.

 

Pam

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We haven't locked in any plans yet. Going to be in Europe before and after the cruise - a nice long summer vacation. We have our transatlantic plane tix already but nothing yet locally. Hoping to within the next week or so. So we might tinker with our plans a day or two here or there, but I think Crete before the cruise then Athens and the environs afterwards is looking more and more likely.

 

And good guess regarding my baseball affiliations! I think this will be a good summer to be away from watching the team.

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Hi Letsgomets!

 

I have not purchased our flights for Santorini yet either. I've had the hotel booked for a long time, but the flights cost more than I hoped they would and kept hoping they might drop. But with fuel prices, I'm guessing that's not too likely to happen. Why does it always seem that the day and time you want to fly, is also the day and time that cost the most?:-)

 

Pam

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LTCOP, it's the same whenever you run out of heating oil..... it's always when oil prices are high! We just had to buy some 58.5p per litre, that's a lot of money to fill up our 1200 litre tank - oh the joys of living in the back of beyond!!!

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Hi Meldreth!

 

Do you live in the country? Since you said about living in the back of beyond:-) We do. Mike farms - corn and beans. And we also have to fill that tank - but here in the midwest - it's liquid propane or natural gas. No heating oil, although I think it's used on the east coast.

Pam

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Yes we live in the country - a small rural hamlet - about 25 houses and a shop/post office and a church.

 

It is called an 'estate village' i.e. most of the village belongs to the 'big house' (mansion)as does the farm and surrounding land, all except five properties including ours. Estate is Owned by the 'Astor' Family who I am sure you will have heard of.

 

Our house was constructed in 1850, so it could tell a tale or two.

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Hi Meldreth!

 

Your description sounds like a scene from a novel. I recently read some novels from an author who writes historical fiction that takes place in England, so I have this great romantic picture in my head now of what it is like where you live:-) Could the big house be Cliveden?

 

Are you able to trace the history of the people who ave lived in your house? It must be so lovely!

 

We live in a much newer house:-) - although our daughter lives in a farmhouse built around 1900. That is quite old for a house around here:-)

 

I printed out some papers from Star Clippers tonight regarding passport info that I must fill out and FAX in. Makes me feel as though the cruises are getting closer now!

Pam

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Meldreth,

 

Have you done much planning for your ports? Are you planning on doing ship excursions or just going on your own? Or setting up some private tours?

 

Pam

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No Its not Clivedon, that belonged to another member of the family.

 

We have'nt thought about tours and excursions yet and I don't know what Star Clippers will be offering - do you?

 

We are off to South of France next week to open up our house and then two weeks after that we are going to Portugal, so I am not yet concentrating on the cruise!! When we are back from Portugal I shall start to research some of these islands we will be stopping at!

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Hi Meldreth!

 

At the bottom of the Star Clippers home page, there is a link for Shore Excursions. That page has PDFs for the different routes. I printed out the one for our cruises. However, I have no idea if they are for this year or last. But I figure out they will most likely be quite similar. However, from what I have read, it sounds like you don't know for sure what will actually be offered for a particular cruise until you get on board.

 

We have gotten in the habit of setting up private tours with others on our roll calls the past couple of years, but with many of the these smaller ports, that really won't be necessary, as I think a it will be easy to get around and see them on our own.

 

It will be wonderful to see the sun and get that house up and running! I bet it is lovely in the spring there! Are you touring around Portugal or staying and relaxing somewhere?

 

I am trying to figure out how I will adjust my packing to meet the weight limits for our Athens/Santorini flights. We get 50 pounds for suitcases here and for international flights, but as I understand it, we will only be able to have 44 pounds for that flight. Of course, not having to pack formal wear will be a help:-) At least, I will have room to add to the suitcase, once we get on the ship:-)

 

Pam

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I think they must be old because it only lists Star Flyer as going to Costa Rica! Unless I am doing it wrong!!

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Meldreth,

 

No, you are not doing it wrong:-) You know, now that I think about it, the packet I printed out was sent from a woman from Star Clippers and not from the website. And it is just for Star Clipper (the specific ship). We had some diffculties with our reservations due to a problem with our travel agent (which is a very long story:-), and so I do have the packet for our cruises. But not for yours. Hopefully, they will post them soon! But my packet does have prices and all that! I have not been able to put much time in it either, until your post, and I started perusing it.

 

Pam

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Meldreth,

 

Upon further inspection of the packet, it is missing one port, so perhaps it is also from the previous year too. But at least, it gives me some idea of what most likely will be options.

 

Pam

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Hi Meldreth!

 

Just wondering if you are back from your summer house? It's been quiet here without you:-) We did final payment this week for the cruises, that makes it seem like it's getting close:-)

 

Pam

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Hi Pam

 

Yes, we've just got back from Portugal where we have just bought an apartment on the Algarve! (aren't we naughty!!)

 

We just paid our final balance - must mean the cruise is drawing near!! :D

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Welcome home Meldreth!

 

As you can see, it has been lonely on the roll call:-) How exciting about the apartment! You will have have a wonderful place now to spend your winters!!! So you must have had a wonderful time in Portugal! Did your dog make these trips with you?

 

I am home for one more day for our school Easter break. Unfortunately, it is dark, cool, and dreary still here. We could use a little Algarve sunshine:-) Spring planting is all behind with this yucky weather we keep having. The sunny Aegean will look so wonderful to us this summer!

 

We did get our flights booked for Santorini, so that is all taken care of. I have been reading up on our ports and can't wait for our documents to arrive and hopefully some info on shore excursions!

 

Pam

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No the dog stayed home - its about 23 hours of driving via France and Spain and then to Portugal. 2.5 hours flight, so we took the plane!!

 

My travel agent said we will get the cruise documents 2 weeks before departure, which doesn't give much time for planning trips does it!

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I would have picked the plane also:-)

 

I agree about the short notice on excursions:-) I have been having a great time reading my books though, so at least I know what to look for in the excursions - when we get them. So far all the ports seem wonderful! I did have my TA send me a list of port times, but they were prefaced with the idea that the times are not set in stone. But we have several ports where we are there until 10 or 11 at night, so it might be fun to eat dinner in port! We always enjoy eating local and tasting the wine!

 

Pam

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Hi LTCOP

 

We are back off to Portugal tomorrow where we complete on our purchase :D. Got to do lots of shopping to personalise the apartment and then some painting and decorating :rolleyes:

 

Our trips are fast approaching - not long now!!

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How wonderful! It sounds like you will be quite busy until the cruise! But what a great place to be busy in!!! We only have 6 more student days left to our school year, so the end is in sight for me, although there is much to be done:-) And then I start working on things for next year. But we leave on June 26 for Athens, and now that I can say "next month", it seems so much closer. I'll be looking forward to getting our mail with our Clippers info!

Have a great time working on your apartment and check in here when you have time! Otherwise, it is a lonely roll call:-)

 

Pam

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