Saturday, 20 August 2011

Cruising-solo across the Atlantic with Star Clippers

Solo sailors with a keen eye for a bargain and a yen for privacy can get away from it all on one of the great ocean crossings in April next year.

Royal Clipper, the luxury five-masted flagship of the Star Clippers tall-ship fleet, is offering some sole occupancy outside cabins at a 35% discount on its 21-night Atlantic Ocean crossing repositioning cruise from Barbados to Rome, departing April 7.

The special solo fare is $7041 including port charges and gratuities and all meals and entertainment on board for bookings made before October 31. The normal twin-share price for a cabin in the same category is $7207 per person.

From laid-back Barbados, which reflects its British-influenced heritage and the colourful Caribbean way of life, Royal Clipper will make its first port of call at Punta Delgadas on the island of São Miguel in the archipelago of the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Next is Malaga, Spain, a city steeped in 3000 years of history. Other Spanish ports of call include Palma de Mallorca and Mahon (Menorca) before arriving in Civitavecchia (Rome) on April 28.

The Royal Clipper crossing is one of 163 cruises scheduled for the Star Clippers' fleet (Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer) in 2011/12. In the 2012 European summer, Star Flyer will operate in the Baltic and Scandinavian waters for the first time. All three ships are currently in the Mediterranean.

At 134m, Royal Clipper carries 42 sails and a maximum 230 passengers combining the adventure and tradition of sailing with the ambience and amenities of a private yacht.  Its one-of-a-kind Captain Nemo lounge deep in the hull is the site of a spa and health club which features underwater glass portholes.

For reservations contact your travel agent or Star Clippers on 1300 362 599 or email:starclippers@creativecruising.com.au <mailto:starclippers@creativecruising.com.au>
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