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Carlos Kurek

Age: 44

Occupation:Physician

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Star Clipper

Ship: Star Flyer

Sailing Date: May 2th, 2006

Itinerary: Asia, Thailand, Malaysia

We sailed from Piraeus to Istanbul, stopping in three Greek islands and three Turkish ports. The ship shows its age in a variety of ways. The bed spread was so worn out I would have tossed it into the sea. The TV is and old 18 inch regular set. One day the toilet flushing mechanism stopped working and another day the sink drain flooded. I have to say that those and other minor problems were promptly resolved to satisfaction. The ship is well kept overall. We had a category two cabin and it was more than adequate in size for us, with plenty of storage. The other travelers were of all ages, with no kids or teenagers. Many retirees and all very well traveled. I found the food to be of excellent quality and variety, specially at dinner time. I do not drink anything but beer, and the price was reasonable, same for the wine at dinner that my wife ordered. Although it is a sailing ship, we did not sail at all, probably to keep the schedule and lack of wind. Yes, they allowed us to participate in raising the sails, but as I said, it was just so the passengers could do it, since we did not sail. Except for one shore excursion which I found totally devoid of any value, the others were good. The on-board lectures very informative and interesting. Water sports were available and we used them on every beach we visited. Embarkation and disembarkation were very easy and fast. It is not luxurious, but it is very upscale and comfortable I would say. The open seating at dinner allowed us to meet fellow passengers and we had a good time. Entertainment on board is limited, ( you can rent a DVD or read a book), after dinner there are some activities. Overall we were very satisfied, but do not have unreasonable expectations if you book this ship.
 

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