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Sailing for romantics with Star Clippers

8th February 2012 Print

Whether in celebration of Valentine’s Day, a spring wedding or a renewal of vows, tall ship specialist Star Clippers’ three graceful, fully-rigged sailing ships provide the most romantic setting imaginable from which to explore the world’s most exquisite islands and coastlines.

Each of the three ships has the ambience of a private yacht, with all the ingredients for lovers and honeymooners: thousands of square feet of billowing, cream sails; teak decking, warmed by the sun; evenings under the stars sipping cocktails in the Tropical Bar; and a relaxed lifestyle, allowing time to do as you please and dress as you wish.

Imagine lying in the bowsprit nets as dolphins dart underneath, riding the ship’s bow wave, or leaning on the rail at sunset as the ship leaves port, Vangelis’ moving `1492, Conquest of Paradise’ echoing across the open deck as a warm wind catches the unfurling sails.

Star Clippers offers special packages for honeymooners, including complimentary champagne and fruit basket on arrival, a €50 on board credit and a celebration cake at the dinner table. For those who wish to have their marriage vows blessed or renewed, the Captain and Cruise Director will conduct a special ceremony on the foredeck, followed by champagne at the Tropical Bar.

Valentine’s Day in the Caribbean

Take a romantic, seven-night voyage through the Caribbean’s Windward Isles on the 228-passenger Royal Clipper, round-trip from Barbados, calling at beautiful St Lucia, unspoiled Dominica, the yacht haven of Falmouth Harbour on Antigua, St Kitts, the quaint Iles des Saintes and chichi Martinique. From £1,320 per person, including full board on the ship and port taxes. Flights extra. Departs February 11, 2012.

July 2012 : Take a summer mini-break from Venice

Join the head-turning, four-masted tall ship, Star Clipper, in Venice, a city close to the heart of any romantic. Having left the bell towers and palazzos behind, sail south across the Venice Lagoon to Croatia, exploring Losinj, Hvar and Rovinj, the true yachting ports of the Adriatic, calling at tiny harbours and secluded anchorages inaccessible to bigger ships. The four-night cruise costs from £780 per person, including on meals on board Star Clipper and port taxes. Flights extra. Departs July 28, 2012.

April – October : Honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast

Planning a spring wedding? Explore Italy’s gorgeous Amalfi Coast on honeymoon, sailing round-trip from Rome on Royal Clipper and calling at some it the region’s most romantic ports: Sorrento and the jetset island of Capri; Amalfi itself, close to the stunning resort town of Positano; historic Taormina on Sicily; and a day in Lipari, in the peaceful Aeolian islands, followed by a night time sail past Stromboli, snuggling on a sunlounger under the stars, watching nature’s fireworks as the volcano sprays molten lava into the night sky every few minutes. From £1,515 per person, including full board on the ship and port taxes. Flights extra. Departures from April to October.

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