Are you looking for a unique travel experience? I know I was when Jeannie & I (Angela) signed up to experience the French Riviera Cruise on the Royal Clipper - operated by Star Clippers. The Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship. With 42 sails, it is an amazing sight to behold. With a passenger capacity of just 227, its big enough to be actively social, yet small enough to find a quiet nook to relax.
We flew into Nice and took a 40 minute transfer to Cannes where we boarded the tender for the ship. The anticipation of not knowing what to expect made this even more exciting.
After a quick check in at the Piano bar we checked out our stateroom. It was nicely appointed with dark wood finishes and an elegant nautical feel.
On this particular French Riviera Cruise we visited Portofino Italy, L'Ile Rousse on Corsica, Calvi on Corsica, Porquerolles, IIsles d'Hyeres,Le Lavandou, St. Tropez Beach, St. Tropez port, and Monaco. The best part of visiting the ports was the variety. You have quaint port cities where you can sip a beverage or ride a bike around the island to very active ports for Kayaking, snorkeling and water sports. Even the back of the ship opens up to do these water sport activities.
I think one of the most memorable parts of this adventure is when they raise the sails. Especially at night. Slowly the sounds of the song "Conquest of Paradise" from the film 1492 begin and the sails rise up into the skies. Colored lights shine on the sails and alternate between red, purple and white. I had chills and tears it was so moving. I found myself humming the tune the rest of the cruise.
Finally, I would like to compliment the staff. They are so friendly and make everyone feel welcome.
For more information, contact Dolphin Vacations 616-954-2977.
Hi. Welcome to our new blog. My name is Angela and I have been in the travel business for a very long time. It all started the first time I went to New York City with family friends when I was a teen. You know what they say, when the travel bug hits, look out.