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Having done Mainstream cruises on the big boys for some time, ive been seriously contemplating doing a tall ship cruise for some time, maybe spring 2013. Now do i go with Star clippers or Windstar, im looking for an authentic sailboat experience, but with some of the amenities of regular cruises.

 

Im torn between the two.

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We have been on the Royal Clipper and the Star Clipper several times - in the Caribbean and the Med. A relative has been on a Windstar vessel. We report the Clippers as being superb. Our relative reported similarly on the Windstar experience. There is, in my view, a key difference between the two. The Clippers are true fully rigged sailing ships with auxillary engines. I would say that the Windstar vessels are (motor) cruise ships with auxillary sails.

You used the word "authentic" in your message. If that is the key for you then the decision is an easy one - Starclippers.

 

If you have any questions etc. about the Clippers I will be happy to try to answer them. Hope this helps.

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As JOBAKE stated, if interested in the 'sailing' experience, Star Clippers wins hands down. You'll be hard pressed to want to go back to a mainline cruise after sailing on one of their sailing ships.

 

There are albums in the Gallery link in my signature for our three cruises to French Polynesia, Grenadines & Costa Rica. Also, videos of our French Polynesia cruise in the movie section.

 

Mike

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We recently returned from a Star Clipper cruise and here is what our Captain had to say about the Windstar, that shadowed us at a couple of ports, "They are a cruise ship that occasionally sails. We are a sailing ship that occasionally cruises." We lifted anchored and sailed out of one port, with no engines, as the Windstar remained at anchor. The Captain commented, "We just showed that other ship how it is really done. We are confused why they have their sails up while at anchor. Perhaps they laundered their sails and have hung them up to dry."

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We've been on both and had great cruises, however we found Star Clippers(Royal Clipper) to be far superior to Windstar.

 

We went on Windstar because of scheduling and we're about to embark on Carnival(eek!) because we have a young child now. We're the opposite of you, going from a small ship to a mainstream one.

 

If sailing is the main thing you are looking for then Star Clippers is the ship for you. If you are looking for more activities or restaurants then maybe Windstar.

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Have sailed both Star Clipper and Wind Star ships. What we like best about Star Clippers is that passengers and crew come from many countries, mostly European ones. We've enjoyed sailing with folks from Germany, England, France, Australia, Canada.....what a super experience. I agree with the others assessments here about "authentic" and "sailing" in regards to SCipper and WStar. But if you want a truly authentic tall ship sailing adventure, consider Diamant, operated by Island Windjammers. Only 12 passengers, 6 crew and many times over the authentic sailing experience. Sails always up when she is on the move. Loads of fun.....and she is gorgeous.

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We recently returned from a Star Clipper cruise and here is what our Captain had to say about the Windstar, that shadowed us at a couple of ports, "They are a cruise ship that occasionally sails. We are a sailing ship that occasionally cruises." We lifted anchored and sailed out of one port, with no engines, as the Windstar remained at anchor. The Captain commented, "We just showed that other ship how it is really done. We are confused why they have their sails up while at anchor. Perhaps they laundered their sails and have hung them up to dry."

 

That is so funny. I'd say there's no love lost between the 2 lines.

We loved the Royal Star Clipper and have just booked the Star Clipper for the Greek Islands. Go for it. The only thing missing is the casino.

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It gets even funnier. We met some Windstar passengers at a dockside bar and asked them what the opinion was of Star Clipper passengers. They said there is a rumor that Star Clipper passengers have to "work" while on board raising the sails. Yep. I added that we are also poised with our paddles out the portholes in the lower decks! They bought us drinks. I'm guessing they felt sorry for us. LOL:D

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We have done Windstar a couple of times. Looking at Clipper and interested to see these comments. One question to anyone who has done both. Is there a noticeable difference as to how each stabilizes for rougher seas?

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