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`Cruise & Yoga' for summer 2012

10th April 2012 Print
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Tall ship cruise specialist Star Clippers has added four new dates to its programme of yoga and meditation-themed cruises this summer.

In addition to being on board the flagship Royal Clipper during her TransAtlantic crossing in April 2012, yoga expert Christel Vollmer will be offering complimentary daily yoga and meditation sessions on board the 170-passenger tall ship Star Flyer on three cruises in the Baltic on 19th May, 17th June and 18th August.

Yoga classes on all sailings will take place in the open air, under thousands of square feet of billowing sails – the ultimate relaxation for body and soul, enhanced by the fresh sea breezes. Each cruise will begin with an Introduction to Yoga class and every day thereafter, two classes will be held: 60 minutes of power yoga in the morning and a 40-minute wind-down class at sunset, followed by meditation. Christel will also deliver lectures on yoga for slimming, yoga for back care and power yoga, or astanga. All classes are completely optional; the ships will continue their normal progamme of activities and ports of call and guests are welcome to do as many or as few classes as they like.

For those who want to follow a healthy or vegetarian diet during the cruise, Star Clippers’ usual sumptuous breakfast buffets, piled with fresh, seasonal fruits, and magnificent arrays of salads at lunchtime will be available, as well as vegetarian choices at dinner.

Astanga yoga is a dynamic and powerful style of yoga based on a sequence of easy-to-learn movements called asanas. Christel’s classes, which take place in English, will be suitable for all levels and no prior experience is required. There is no upper age limit for practicing yoga; Christel herself is in her fifties, with many years of teaching experience, having trained under West Coast-based Bryan Kest, yoga guru to stars including Madonna, Cindy Crawford and Sting.

The new yoga cruises for 2012 include:

Barbados to Rome on Royal Clipper, departing April 7, 21 nights from £2,305 per person. As this is a transatlantic crossing, there is ample time to relax, meditate and commune with the sea for the ultimate relaxation.

Hamburg to Oslo on Star Flyer, departing May 19, seven nights from  £1,490 per person.

Warnemunde to Kiel on Star Flyer, departing June 17, five nights from £1,035 per person.

Oslo to Hamburg on Star Flyer, departing August 18, seven nights from £1,490 per person.

All prices include full board on the cruise, all yoga and lectures and port charges. Flights are extra. To book, visit

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