Posted by: cruise2 | 4 December, 2014

ROYAL CLIPPER; SOME MUSINGS ON A MARITIME ENIGMA

Anthony looks at a line I love sailing with. My time was in the smaller Star Flyer.

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Sails up! The Royal Clipper sets out on another elegant adventure Sails up! The Royal Clipper sets out on another elegant adventure

Boarding the Royal Clipper in Barbados last week was an experience on a par with walking into some fabled palace or monastery for me. The same feeling of hushed awe permeated the entire, impressive expanse of the vessel. Her five great masts clawed at the sky like skeletal fingers. The hull- long, sleek and low- is pure clipper ship, with a pert upward sweep toward the bowsprit. Sheathed in teak, brass and real rigging from stem to stern, she was an epic adventure writ large; a steel and canvas cathedral, improbable yet real, and about to sweep us off into the deep, dreamy Caribbean.

The main public room is the dining room, based on the lower level of an impressive, three deck atrium that rises right up to the main deck. Sweeping staircases are flanked by amazing, floor to…

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