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Ever wondered what it is really like on a Royal Clipper holiday? Join us on day 1 of ours!!

Hello, I”m Brooke and I work for Star Clippers in the UK and have done for three years.

Today I have been lucky enough to fly out to Dubrovnik with my colleague Danielle to join the Royal Clipper for the last 4 nights of her 11 night Rome/Venice sailing. This is my second trip on Royal Clipper and an exciting one as they are all new destinations for me.

At Dubrovnik airport we were met by our pre booked transfer to be taken to the old town harbor where the ship was docked. Whilst driving along the Croatian coastal roads we spotted the stunning Royal Clipper which made us feel excited as we knew this was our home for the next four nights.

Dubrovnik is a hidden gem in the Adriatic, steeped in history, the city walls surround the cobbled streets and stonewashed staircases of the old town. The bustling atmosphere of this Croatian port offers an array of cafes, bars and restaurants to sit and watch the world go by, which is exactly what we did! After ambling through the maze of streets we made our way to the tender to embark Royal Clipper.

We were surrounded by others who could only experience Royal Clipper through their camera lenses, so we felt a sense of pride to be able to experience this wonderful ship first hand.

Only moments after stepping on board we were handed our welcome cocktails and found ourselves catching up with the crew that had remembered us from the last trip. This friendly welcome sums up life on board and is, i think, why we have so many passengers returning time and time again, its like one big happy family.

We were shown to our category 3 cabins which have a double bed, portholes and marble lined bathrooms. These cabins are middle range of what Star Clippers can offer and are more than adequate in terms of space and decor, very elegantly designed.

As the sun was shining we decided to take advantage of the sun deck so found ourselves some sun loungers perfectly positioned next to one of the three swimming pools – an afternoon of total bliss.

We freshened up in our cabins then met again at the al fresco Tropical Bar for a pre dinner prosecco.

Dinner on board is an a la carte affair with 6 scrumptious choices to devour. I started with shrimps in a light coconut sauce, followed by chicken breast stuffed with spinach www.atoledo.com and a vegetable medley. I was to tempted to resist dessert so opted for the chocolate flan which was divine. We ordered a bottle of house white wine which at €15 is very well priced, this price includes a gratuity to the bar as well. We were pleasantly surprised to find the house wine was a pinot grigio and will definitely be ordering that again!

We were welcomed to join a lovely American couple at dinner, where we spent the evening exchanging stories and enjoying our first night on board. Dinner is an excellent opportunity to mingle with fellow guests, the open dining policy on board means you can dine with different people every night, have a table for two or if you do meet friends and wish to dine with the same people each evening, the maitre de will accommodate every guests wishes.

We left the dining room to head to the Tropical Bar where the space had started to fill with dancing couples and music in the air – this is the perfect post dinner cocktail retreat!

With midnight approaching all guests hurriedly gathered up on the sun deck, joining all of the crew and officers for sail away.

Picture this…

A classical piece of music by a composer called “van gellis” begins to boom around the deck. A little haunting and quite dramatic the “conquest to paradise” fills the air commanding full attention of everyone on board. As the music plays, the crew begin to pull on the ropes and very very slowly the stunningly lit sails rise for what seems like miles above our heads. We set sail off in to the open sea with the music playing in the background sipping on champagne and engaging in this totally magical and magnificent moment only to be had on Star Clippers.

This rounded off our day in a incredible way and all that was left to do was retire to our comfortable cabins.

TBC…

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