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Gaze at the stars and send a message in a bottle on a Star Clipper transatlantic voyage

Passengers on the tall ship Star Flyer will enjoy the company of an on-board astronomer for the four-masted square-rigger transatlantic crossing from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean this spring.

 
PRLog - Jan. 7, 2011 - Gerald Kistner, a journalist, author and astronomer, will accompany the three-week sailing from St Maarten to Lisbon, offering nightly stargazing sessions and a fascinating series of talks, including the sun; galaxies and nebulae; the Solar System; black holes; and photographing the night sky. In the middle of the Atlantic, with no light pollution, the stargazing is spectacular, with the Milky Way clearly visible.

Gerald’s wife, Roswitha, an arts and crafts expert, will accompany him and show guests new technologies and styles of needlework and jewellery making.

Sister ship Star Clippers spring crossing, meanwhile, which departs St Maarten on April 9, will be accompanied by war correspondent Anthony Paul, an expert in locations from Indochina to Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. Anthony has reported for US Readers Digest, Business Tokyo, Fortune and The Straits Times and will deliver talks on subjects ranging from the fall of Phnom Penh to the war in Afghanistan.

His wife will accompany him. Anne, a noted gemologist and cataloguer with Christies auction house, who will talk to guests about precious stones.

A transatlantic crossing on a Star Clippers tall ship is an unforgettable experience; a chance to appreciate real peace, and to commune with the sea and sky for days on end, either from a lounger on the sun-warmed teak decks, or from the bowsprit nets, high above the ocean. For those who prefer to keep busy, days begin with tai chi or yoga on deck, while entertainment includes Captains story time, where passengers can learn about the wind, the sails and navigation. There are classes in knot tying, origami and dancing, and instead of sending emails, guests are encouraged to post messages in bottles. Evening entertainment includes all the usual Star Clippers favourites, from guest talent shows to movies and riotous music quizzes.

The 18-night crossings, which include just one port of call at Punta Delgada in the Azores, cost from £1062 per person, including all meals and port taxes and a 20% discount on the published rates. Transatlantic crossings often attract single travellers and as such, Star Clippers has reduced the single supplement for these sailings to just 20% in cabin categories 2 to 6. Prices exclude flights.

Notes to editors:

Star Clippers operates three of the worlds largest and tallest sailing vessels. Offering passengers the activities, amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht, Star Clippers is recognised as one of the premier speciality cruise lines.

Passengers can enjoy the romance of sailing on board a true tall ship in a relaxed atmosphere with high standards of service provided by an attentive crew. All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, a convivial Tropical Bar on deck and a comfortable piano bar and are large enough to offer first class accommodation and dining, but small enough to call into intimate ports, untouched by large cruise ships.

The two smaller ships, Star Flyer and Star Clipper, take 170 passengers each, with a crew of 70, while Royal Clipper carries 227 with a crew of 106.

Contacts:

Star Clippers reservations: 0845 200 6145
E-mail: star.clippers@fredolsentravel.co.uk
Website:  www.starclippers.co.uk
UK PR Contact:  Mary Stuart-Miller, 01403 738844, mary@mstuart-miller.co.uk
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