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Treasure Islands on the Star Clipper with John Craven

John Craven OBE is a journalist and television presenter. From 1972, John was the host of the regular children’s news programme, Newsround. John then went on to present BBC 1’s top-rated Countryfile programme which highlights rural and environmental issues and celebrates the British countryside every Sunday evening.

Star Clipper was one of the first clipper ships since 1911 to be granted the certificate of Sailing Passenger Vessel The ship offers a casual yet elegant style of a private yacht sailing vacation as opposed to the huge floating hotel-cruise ships.

Star Clipper is a true clipper ship, reflecting her proud heritage in every inch of the polished brass and gleaming brightwork that graces her decks and superstructure. Step aboard this striking vessel and you’ll be greeted by a new generation of sailing culture. Here, the grand traditions of the past, which characterise what sailing is all about, exist alongside the comforts and amenities found on the contemporary cruise liners of today.

Don’t let this tribute to sailing’s past fool you though as Star Clipper is a modern ship through and through. She welcomes luxury-loving passengers from all over the world who hold the legacy and customs of the grand era close to their hearts yet yearn for new and exciting adventures.

The ship features open-seating dining, a convivial indoor-outdoor Tropical Bar with an intimate Piano Lounge, and an Edwardian style library with an poque fireplace. Passengers will be pleased to see antique prints and paintings of famous sailing vessels and gleaming mahogany rails with brass fittings throughout the ship.

Itinerary

Arrive at the smallest island in the world shared by two countries. St. Martin/St. Maarten transfer to Grand Case Beach Club.

With soothing sounds of ocean breezes murmuring through the coconut palms, and gentle ocean waves washing along the secluded beaches, Grand Case Beach Club is the ideal island resort to calm the mind and rejuvenate the spirit. You will be staying in a garden studio room (B+B basis).

St. Martin/St. Maarten is big on shopping. Whether you go Dutch in Philipsburg or prefer Marigot’s French touch, you’re always welcome.

Transfer to the St Maarten Cruise port where you are welcomed aboard the Star Clipper for your voyage of Treasure Islands

Columbus thought this long flat island with its multitude of white sand coves looked like an undulating eel, so he named it Anguilla. The island has been a British colony/dependency since it was first settled in 1650. Recently, Anguilla has been discovered by the cognoscenti, who find the island’s small upscale resorts an ideal retreat to get away from it all. Try the haute cuisine at Malliouhana, or the Arabian Nights ambience of Pimms.

Take a bath at the “Baths”, Virgin Gorda’s unique water grottos formed eons ago by ancient lava flows. Huge boulders lie scattered around the natural pools, which are delightful for swimming or soaking. Virgin Gorda is also home to Little Dix Bay, the Bitter End Yacht Club, some excellent beaches, and the bestsailing around.

Overnight at Soper’s Hole is where laid back’ is a jealously cultivated way of life. Visit the nearby ruins of 17th century Dutch Fort Recovery. There are also several favourite watering holes’, beloved by crews of visiting yachts, where the local gossip flows as freely as the rum.

Once the hideaway for a Dutch pirate of the same name, Jost van Dyke welcomes visitors with first-rate hiking trails and the best beaches in the British Virgin Islands. Be sure to have a drink at the famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar in Great harbour.

St. Kitts’ was the first successful colony in the British West Indies. Shop in colourful Basseterre, play golf and tour old plantation houses. For the adventuresome there’s a brisk hike through the rainforest or the beach for those who don’t!

In its elegant little capital of Gustavia, French joie de vivre is tempered by Swedish spic and span neatness. Diversions include duty-free shopping in exquisite boutiques, beautiful beaches, excellent dining and people-watching.

The smallest island in the world shared by two countries, St. Martin/St. Maarten is big on shopping. Whether you go Dutch in Philipsburg or prefer Marigot’s French touch, you’re always welcome. Arriving at 7am, disembark by 10am and you still have time for a tour of the island before your flights home.

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