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I've been a member of Cruise Critic for almost 6 years and never seen such a drop in posts to Star Clippers. Is the economy having such an impact as to reduce/eliminate people's plans to travel on Star Clippers (and I''m sure on other lines)? If it wasn't for Budaman, there would have been very few recent posts. As my wife and I are going to French Polynesia, I've been reading the Tahiti Press, Pacific Magazine as well as forums on other web sites saying tourism in FP has dropped precipitously (like 30%!!).

 

Anyway, we're heading for FP for an 11 day cruise on the Star Flyer on Feb 15, 2009 followed by a week stay on Huahine (Relais Mahana). We're also booked on the 37 nite Star Clippers relocation cruise in October, 2009. Any one else going? I hope so!

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I've been a member of Cruise Critic for almost 6 years and never seen such a drop in posts to Star Clippers. Is the economy having such an impact as to reduce/eliminate people's plans to travel on Star Clippers (and I''m sure on other lines)? If it wasn't for Budaman, there would have been very few recent posts. As my wife and I are going to French Polynesia, I've been reading the Tahiti Press, Pacific Magazine as well as forums on other web sites saying tourism in FP has dropped precipitously (like 30%!!).

 

Anyway, we're heading for FP for an 11 day cruise on the Star Flyer on Feb 15, 2009 followed by a week stay on Huahine (Relais Mahana). We're also booked on the 37 nite Star Clippers relocation cruise in October, 2009. Any one else going? I hope so!

 

I'm on the board every day, sometimes several times a day, and I was very disappointed in the lack of activity on the Star forum. I'm spoiled by the volume of activity on the forums that support the major, main strean lines. The Princess board generates more activity in one day than Royal Clipper has generated in the last year!

 

I suspect the economy is playing a role. Another factor may be the specialty nature of lines like Star Clippers. The ports of embarkation for these specialy lines are not as accessible as the major cruise lines. 2/3rds of the US can drive to a port and jump on a ship. Star Clippers cost quite a bit more to get to the ship.

 

In any event, my wife and I are sailors and the water gets a little stiff between mid-December and early May. [The boat heads to the storage yard for shrink wrap tomorrow.] We have cruised the big lines in search of that next extended land vacation site. This time we thought we would go small, informal and under sail. Royal Clipper out of Barbados on March 7th and it would be nice to know (for sure) what the onboard currency is and how tipping the staff is taken care of. Not having to ask about formal nights, ironing boards and early/late seating is just a huge plus!

 

Enjoy!

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Hello MSN Travelers. We sailed on the Royal Clipper (10/03) on its relocation cruise from Rome to Barbados. The ship is incredibly gorgeous and exceeded almost our every expectation (unfortunately, there was little wind so we mostly motored across the Atlantic--we really wanted to sail). The currency aboard is the Euro and tipping is 8 Euros pppd. We also personally gave additional tips directly to our cabin and wine stewards. The ship is fairly informal although we had a large German contingent who loved to dress for dinner. We felt a bit shabby in our resort casual clothing some nites. I suspect your cruise will be a lot less formal (which it's supposed to be) as tropical weather would be an unlikely setting for any type of coat or tie! We've been longing to once again sail on the Royal Clipper -- to hear the sigh of the wind in the rigging, the creak of the ship as it strains against the sea, and the sound of ice tinkling in our glasses. I'm sure you'll have a great time.

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I agree that SC is more of a 'specialty' thing. In fact, I know lots of mainstream (Carnival/RC/Princess) cruisers who had never even heard of SC until I told them.

 

This next cruise is the biggest vacation I've ever planned. I was very blessed that this year was so good to me and allowed me to do something that has always been a dream of mine. When I think about flying to Tahiti I get butterflies!!! :D

 

 

 

After this....with the way things are going...economy and whatnot...I'll probably have to go back to homeport/mainstream cruising again :(

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And hopefully we'll get more cruiselines back in Galveston/Houston.

 

What would be really nice, would be for Star Clippers to start the Yucatan/Belize/Hondouras route again. They did that earlier & I wish I would have heard about SC when they did.

 

Mike

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We're in the same boat (so to speak) as we don't have a cruise ship that comes within a hundred miles of Lincoln. Of course, we are a hundred miles inland which may help explain this. Still, very few cruise ships leave from San Francisco Bay. The West Coast ports are either way to the north (Seattle) or way to the south (Los Angeles or San Diego). We always have to fly to a faraway port of embarkation.

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We were on the Oct 2008 trip from Athens to Phuket but got off at Goa. We had 24 good days aboard the Star Clipper. We made countless new friends and having the escourt fron the end of the the Suez cannel to Oman by a USN destoyer made it even more special. The trip is not for the tripical big cruise ship person! No casino no shows. Just good sailing and interaction with other passengers and relaxing at the bar ,piano bar or just reding a good book. There are lectures by other passengers on varied subjects. :rolleyes:

 

Ed

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We'll have to catch up with you Bajaed69! We still have a wait although we are booked on this cruise for Oct. 2009. Out of curisoity, how did you handle the needed visas for India and how long did it take? Our agent (Travltips) suggested a using a visa service who would handle everything for us (for a fee of course!). Our alternative is to use the Indian consulate's contractor for this service. Somehow, sending our passports off into some one else's keeping is uncomfortable. I suppose we could always replace them but ... Guess there's no other choice.

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We enjoyed our SC cruise immensely. I will be saving up my pennies so we can do another one! Perhaps Caribbean or maybe Med/Greece if we can swing it... :D

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SassyChassis -- You might want to try the Star Clipper's sister ship. It's based in Tahiti and they're offering all kinds of incentives right now (free air or back to back cruises for the price of one, etc.). We booked too soon so we're not getting anything extra except a reduction for being past passengers (Royal Clipper transatlantic 2003). Of course the deals migh get even better give the economy.

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Sassychassis -- Oh!! You just went and got back. What can I say but this was a :DUH" moment. Hope you had fun!

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Sassychassis -- Oh!! You just went and got back. What can I say but this was a :DUH" moment. Hope you had fun!

It was awesome. We did get EBD so the cruise fare wasn't TOO bad...;)

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Jandar0721 -- Look forward to seeing you aboard the Star Flyer. Our flight doesn't get in until 7:30 the nite she sails. Wow! Less than two weeks! Did you book your post cruise Bora Bora trip?

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Anyone planning to sail Star Flyer June 21 from Papeete? Myself, husband and two young adult daughters (20's) are booked. We are long time small ship cruisers. We honeymooned on Windjammer and began taking the girls at age 7 ... 6 Windjammer cruises plus other small ships (Temptress/Cruise West) We are planning one pre-cruise night at the Radisson and 3 post cruise nights on Moorea at Les Tipaniers. We are at the back on Clipper deck - 340 & 345.... Any comments on this location? Has anyone been to Les Tipaniers? It seems many have stayed at Radisson and have been happy. I am wondering about transfers to Radisson, are taxi's the best option? We are expecting our daugthers to be some of the youngest passengers but are hoping maybe there will be other young people...but if not there is always the crew..

 

Thanks for all of the great info I have found on this site...

 

I am a travel coordinator/trip leader to East Africa - Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania...if anyone has questions about this part of the world.

 

Lisa

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We are trying to plan a cruise for this summer. What is it like sailing on a "large yacht"? Is there a lot of rolling? Are there at least some stabilizers?

 

Thanks:o

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I'm on the board every day, sometimes several times a day, and I was very disappointed in the lack of activity on the Star forum. I'm spoiled by the volume of activity on the forums that support the major, main strean lines. The Princess board generates more activity in one day than Royal Clipper has generated in the last year!

 

I suspect the economy is playing a role. Another factor may be the specialty nature of lines like Star Clippers. The ports of embarkation for these specialy lines are not as accessible as the major cruise lines. 2/3rds of the US can drive to a port and jump on a ship. Star Clippers cost quite a bit more to get to the ship.

 

In any event, my wife and I are sailors and the water gets a little stiff between mid-December and early May. [The boat heads to the storage yard for shrink wrap tomorrow.] We have cruised the big lines in search of that next extended land vacation site. This time we thought we would go small, informal and under sail. Royal Clipper out of Barbados on March 7th and it would be nice to know (for sure) what the onboard currency is and how tipping the staff is taken care of. Not having to ask about formal nights, ironing boards and early/late seating is just a huge plus!

 

Enjoy!

 

Have been on the Royal Clipper. it is a fantastic ship!!!

Wife is from Peru, this is summer there, a very good place to get away from the winter cold.

Note my home above. Many "Winter Texans", some with 2 boats, winter for our shallow flats, and summer for theier lake house.:)

Hard to go wrong!

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We are trying to plan a cruise for this summer. What is it like sailing on a "large yacht"? Is there a lot of rolling? Are there at least some stabilizers?

 

Thanks:o

 

In the Med we did not have enough breeze for the Capt. to demonstrate 'tacking'. Smooth water= smooth ride and big water= rocking to sleep. :)

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Lisaenville---My husband and I were considering going on the June 21st cruise...and we are in our early 30s...still not sure though. I'm used to small boats, he is used to large cruise ships..

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locoroja - I don't know what you are looking for but I highly recommend small ship sailing cruises as we have done many on other lines.... All have been a much more personal experience connecting with the environment and passengers than the big ships. Hope to see you on board. Lisa

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My wife and I went on the Royal Clipper back in December of 2005. It was for our 5th anniversary and it is hard to describe how much we enjoyed it. We are both mid 30's and found that the crowd was all ages. At no time was age really a factor.

 

We have never gone on a big cruise ship and don't think we ever will after our experince on the Royal Clipper.

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We are at the back on Clipper deck - 340 & 345.... Any comments on this location? It seems many have stayed at Radisson and have been happy. I am wondering about transfers to Radisson, are taxi's the best option?

 

 

We had cabin 335 last week -- I liked its location. quite convenient to the aft deck and quite quiet even though it is right across from the stairs. We bought the Star Clipper transfers and were quite happy with that arrangement. I understand that private transfers by taxi are very expensive but frankly, that was just hearsay ;). Radisson is lovely. Have fun!

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Not much action on this board. We are sailing on the Star Flyer on July 23rd. What can anyone tell me about this ship? How about cabin 309?:)

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