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Harrison Hine

Age: 64

Occupation:Management Consultant

Number of Cruises: 7

Cruise Line: Star Clipper

Ship: Royal Clipper

Sailing Date: 2012-03-31

Itinerary: Leeward Islands

Wow what a great vacation!
The Star Clipper Line's flagship the Royal Clipper is a real gem. As a sailor I had wanted to sail on this 5 masted full rigged ship for many year. We took the Royal Clipper the first week of April in 2012. We started in Barbados and hit all the Leeward Islands during the week.

The staff was great., our cabin was super, the food was first class and the experience was to remember for a lifetime. I can't wait to go back on another cruise on the Star Clipper Line.

I would highly recommend any vacation on the Star Clipper's line.
As a sailor I really had a blast with all the 55,000 sq. ft. of sails. This boat really sails. On most of the trip we sailed and didn't motor. Even though the boat has twin 16 cylinder motors it was fun to see the crew actually sail the boat whenever possible. We found out that the boat actually sails faster than it motors when the wind is off the quarter. Climbing the mast, great excursions, small harbors and bays, all contribute to the unique experience on the Royal Clipper.

We loved the casual dining experience. No set tables, we made loads of friends and enjoyed a varied and well thought out menu each day.

Our class three stateroom was fine and what we expected on a sailing ship. Not huge but large enough for the two of us. The Class two staterooms are just slightly larger. All are well decorated, with wood paneling and marble bathrooms. Our A/C was very good and kept us cool every night.

Very low key. This is not a boat for kids and we didn't miss our grown ones either. The most exciting part of each day was departing a harbor, un-furling the sails and sailing off to our next destination. We got to climb the mast, go out on the bowsprit, take the helm and we also enjoyed the pools to cool off. Since there are only 200+ guests we got to know a bunch of really nice people from around the world.

Several of the excursions were fun, especially the Bar-B-Q set up on the beach. We also enjoyed taking part in a yacht race where the US slammed the German team! The van tour around St. Kitts was very interesting.

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