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Cliff Law

Age: 50

Occupation:local government Officer

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Star Clipper

Ship: Star Flyer

Sailing Date: n/a

Itinerary: Phuket to Singapore

I can’t recommend this ship highly enough. It is so different from the large cruise ships but the size brings loads of advantages. At times it’s like being on your own private yacht. You can talk to the officers, steer the ship, help pull the sails up, sit on the bowsprit or simply laze by one of two small pools on board. Food is excellent and attire is smart casual so no need to bring a jacket. Dinner in one sitting so take your time and enjoy. Evening entertainment is very restricted but if it’s big shows you want book a liner.

Water sports are included when the ship stops at beach locations including water skiing, kayaks, dingys and board sailing. Whilst the clientele is somewhat younger than other cruises we have been on, It’s not really suitable for kids (hurrah!!!!!) because there’s no program or careers for them. Staff were fantastic (without exception) from the skipper down to our cleaner. Some truly memorable moments such as going out on the zodiacs and seeing the ship under full sail appearing from behind a limestone outcrop and standing at the bow at night with my wife as the ship ploughed on under sail. OK, it’s not cheap but I found it difficult to fault and am wondering when we can go on her (or one of her sister ships) again.

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