Cruising is growing as a method of travel every day and most cruise lines have opted for a more modern design that doesn’t encompass the old-fashioned style of rigging a ship. And while some cruisers may enjoy this, others might want to seek a different experience on board a tall ship with more authentic sailing methods.
There are several benefits to tall ship cruising that will give you a sense of adventure that you don’t get on modern-day vessels. So here are just a few of the benefits that you can expect from tall ship cruising with an operator like Star Clippers.
While many of us enjoy the state-of-the-art features that we use in our everyday lives, there is no doubt some cruisers share a passion for understanding where it all started. Whether you watch as the crew rigs up the ship or take the adrenaline-filled ascent to the top of the crow’s nest, there’s an abundance of activities that are exclusive to tall ship cruising. Also, nothing beats that feeling of cruising through the open ocean, with a sea breeze running through your hair and the sails flapping above.
While tall ship cruising is authentic, most vessels are still luxurious, offering delicious food, opulent rooms and open lounges for guests to truly enjoy their sailing journey.
Depending on what type of cruiser you are, having fewer people on board can make your cruise just that little bit more relaxing. You won’t be alone, though, there will still be other, likeminded cruising fanatics that you can share your adventures with. The ships are not small either, with the largest tall-ship hosting just 227 guests along four decks and being 439 feet in length, you will never feel overcrowded whilst sailing to your next memorable stop.
This also means fewer people in port, keeping your visit less touristy and more like a local. Plus, there will be more chance to see niche points of interest that other cruise lines might choose not to visit.
Due to these tall ships being a lot smaller than your average cruising ship, there is the option to visit more obscure destinations. Whether that includes secluded Caribbean islands, small coastal towns or other hidden gems, nothing beats forging your adventure with new-found friends. These destinations are also greatly enhanced by newer ships like Royal Clipper, which has a built-in marina at its stern. This innovative platform lowers when the ship is anchored, allowing guests to swim and kayak directly from the vessel.
You are likely to find friendly staff on any vessel, tall or otherwise. But, with fewer passengers, you’ll be treated more like family than customers. Crew members will remember your name and many lines have an open-door policy for the bridge, so you can pop in and ask any questions to the ship officers. Plus, dining staff will remember your favourite table and the bar staff can prepare your favourite drink – everything is easy-going and all you have to do is relax.
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