With the triangular outline of the lights on the masts forming impromptu Christmas trees, a sociable atmosphere on board among the 200 or so guests, enjoying festive meals and sun baked days from the decks of the three clippers in the Star Clippers’ fleet, the ships are festive, relaxing and exotic places to be at Christmas. There is also plenty of opportunity to soak up the Christmas spirit ashore too, as locals celebrate with church services, fireworks, bonfires, parties and ‘snowmen’ built in the sand.
A Cool Caribbean Christmas
It would be hard to imagine a less traditional and more relaxing `British’ Christmas than to be on board Star Flyer’s sailing from St. Maarten on 18th December, or on Royal Clipper’s round trip sailing around the BVI from Barbados, departing on 17th December. Long days spent lazing by the deck top pools, sipping sun-downers, sailing beneath thousands of feet of billowing sails, are interspersed with dropping anchor in idyllic bays and harbours, swimming in turquoise warm waters, relaxing on white sand beaches and taking part in complimentary water sports offered by the sports crew.
Star Flyer will spend Christmas Day 2016 in the idyllic surroundings of Nevis where the diving is exceptional and the beaches pristine, during a 9 night sailing around the British Virgin Islands and making port calls into Antigua and St. Barts on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. This cool Caribbean Christmas tall ship cruise costs from £2225 pp, including all meals on board and port charges.
The flagship Royal Clipper departs from Barbados on 17th December, for a 10 night sailing around the British Virgin Islands, with Christmas Day spent in the idyllic Iles des Saintes, doing little more than soaking up sunshine and lazing on sun baked white sand beaches. An optional rainforest hike in St. Kitts on Christmas Eve, or a natural shower under a waterfall on St. Lucia on Boxing Day contribute to making this an exotic and memorable Christmas cruise. The 10 night sailing costs from £2230 pp, including all meals on board and port charges.
Contact Star Clippers on 0808 231 4798, www.starclippers.co.uk