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I've been on many (30+) cruises over the years including small ships like Wind Star and even chartered catamarans. But never on a tall ship or a cruise in Asia. My main concerns were boredom, ship to shore transportation and sea sickness. It turned out no issues with any of the concerns. People ask why I picked this cruise. It was mainly a good price, location and timing. This cruise was price discounted, covered the Thai islands I wanted to see and the departure date was perfect for my schedule. First, the experience is very different than typical larger cruise ships and chartered catamaran. In fact, it is in between. The food, shore excursions and services are similar to large cruise ships, and the sailing, cabin size and access to smaller stops (islands) is similar to a chartered catamaran. The price is also between both if you don't pay brochure price for the Star. The cabin was small but OK since we don't spend much time in there. There are larger cabins for higher price. We had a oceanview porthole cabin, 300. It was serviced daily. The common areas were limited in size but never too crowded. We had 120 passengers, about 2/3 of ship capacity. The food was good with a nice variety, but certainly not gourmet. The alcohol drink prices were reasonable with a bottle of French wine between $20-$30. The deck area is a little crowded, but I always found a lounge chair. There are two small pools nice for keeping cool on the hot days. We only docked twice, in Penang and Singapore. The rest of the stops required a tender or zodiac transfer and wet landings on the islands. Plan for this with waterproof bags and beachwear. The transfer from the ship to tender and tender to island can be rough due to waves. The best part of the cruise was the sailing experience and the port of calls. They go under sail every time we were cruising but the motor helps keep the ship stay on schedule. You can help with the sails and hang out on the bridge. You can climb the rope ladder to the crows nest and talk with the staff about sailing. We had some amazing sunsets as the ship sailed. We also really enjoyed the stops. The first half are Thai islands that center around water sports like snorkeling, diving, SUP, kayaking, waterskiing, etc. There is a shore excursion to the Prnang-nga national park. They put us on tenders to take photos of the ship with full sails in Prnang-nga bay. Koh Adang was amazing. The cultural stops included Penang and Malecca. Embarkation and disembarkation were similar to other cruises and handled fine. Definitely plan to spend extra time in Phuket and Singapore. This cruise is not for everyone, but I think most people will enjoy the experience if their expectation matches what the sailing experience offers. We had one day at sea and the remainder of the day time was spent onshore.

First cruise on tall ship

Star Clipper Cruise Review by teraji

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2017
  • Destination: Asia
I've been on many (30+) cruises over the years including small ships like Wind Star and even chartered catamarans. But never on a tall ship or a cruise in Asia. My main concerns were boredom, ship to shore transportation and sea sickness. It turned out no issues with any of the concerns. People ask why I picked this cruise. It was mainly a good price, location and timing. This cruise was price discounted, covered the Thai islands I wanted to see and the departure date was perfect for my schedule.

First, the experience is very different than typical larger cruise ships and chartered catamaran. In fact, it is in between. The food, shore excursions and services are similar to large cruise ships, and the sailing, cabin size and access to smaller stops (islands) is similar to a chartered catamaran. The price is also between both if you don't pay brochure price for the Star.

The cabin was small but OK since we don't spend much time in there. There are larger cabins for higher price. We had a oceanview porthole cabin, 300. It was serviced daily. The common areas were limited in size but never too crowded. We had 120 passengers, about 2/3 of ship capacity. The food was good with a nice variety, but certainly not gourmet. The alcohol drink prices were reasonable with a bottle of French wine between $20-$30. The deck area is a little crowded, but I always found a lounge chair. There are two small pools nice for keeping cool on the hot days. We only docked twice, in Penang and Singapore. The rest of the stops required a tender or zodiac transfer and wet landings on the islands. Plan for this with waterproof bags and beachwear. The transfer from the ship to tender and tender to island can be rough due to waves.

The best part of the cruise was the sailing experience and the port of calls. They go under sail every time we were cruising but the motor helps keep the ship stay on schedule. You can help with the sails and hang out on the bridge. You can climb the rope ladder to the crows nest and talk with the staff about sailing. We had some amazing sunsets as the ship sailed. We also really enjoyed the stops. The first half are Thai islands that center around water sports like snorkeling, diving, SUP, kayaking, waterskiing, etc. There is a shore excursion to the Prnang-nga national park. They put us on tenders to take photos of the ship with full sails in Prnang-nga bay. Koh Adang was amazing. The cultural stops included Penang and Malecca. Embarkation and disembarkation were similar to other cruises and handled fine. Definitely plan to spend extra time in Phuket and Singapore.

This cruise is not for everyone, but I think most people will enjoy the experience if their expectation matches what the sailing experience offers. We had one day at sea and the remainder of the day time was spent onshore.
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