Great news for solo travellers: boutique sailing line Star Clippers is waiving its single-supplement rate for guests who book a sailing to the Eastern and Western Mediterranean or Indonesia between April and October of this year.

Royal Clipper, shown in St. Lucia at sunset. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

In the Mediterranean, the company’s flagship, Royal Clipper, sails to popular ports of call in Corsica, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Malta. She is joined by the smaller, but no less pretty Star Flyer, which primarily makes her home in the Eastern Mediterranean, sailing weeklong roundtrip voyages from Athens (Piraeus), Greece; and Venice, Italy.

The real draw of Royal Clipper and her fleetmates is their unique styling. These are sailing ships through and through, and although they have auxiliary diesel engines to allow them to maintain their itineraries, Star Clippers have placed great emphasis on designing itineraries that allow the ship’s beautiful sails to be used as much as possible.

Onboard Royal Clipper: plenty of unexpected design features, like this multi-story atrium. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

I sailed aboard Royal Clipper a few years ago in the Caribbean, and found her to be a lovely vessel filled with ornate wood panelling, nautical details like polished brass and elegant light sconces, and a welcoming sense of Gemütlichkeit – the German word for “coziness.” That may be appropriate, too: Star Clippers attracts a decidedly international clientele, so expect to see Americans and Canadians dining alongside guests from France, Germany, Austria, England, and further abroad.

Indonesia is a newer destination for Star Clippers. Using the 170-guest Star Clipper, Star Clippers offers a unique mix of seven, 10 and 11-day itineraries that depart roundtrip from Bali, Indonesia.

These Eastbound and Westbound itineraries visit ports of call that include Pink Beach, Satonda Island, Gili Kondo, Gili Naggu, and Komodo National Park, home of the famous (or infamous) Komodo Dragon.  

Relaxing on deck with a tropical drink and a book certainly has its appeal aboard Star Clippers ships! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Star Clippers has plenty to offer for the solo traveller. Guests can relax on deck with a book, or mix and mingle with their fellow guests. Because of the convivial nature of its fleet, Star Clippers ships are an excellent choice for solo guests, with plenty of opportunities to socialize and make new friends from around the world. Having sailed myself as a solo cruiser aboard Royal Clipper, I can honestly say I was never once at a loss for things to do. Even events like the sail-away “sail-raising” ceremonies were opportunities to mix and mingle with my fellow guests, and dinners and cocktail hours out on deck were always eagerly-anticipated events.

Small-ship cruising is rapidly gaining popularity, and its nice to see Star Clippers reach out to solo guests so that they, too, can enjoy the old-world beauty and magic of being under sail.

Under way and under sail aboard Royal Clipper. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

More information about Star Clippers can be found by visiting the company’s website.


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