New free air rates and tropical itineraries detailed
MIAMI (May 2, 2012) — Tall ship cruise line Star Clippers just released its Fall 2012 through Spring 2013 brochure highlighting its Caribbean and Costa Rica seasons, as well as two Panama Canal transits, for Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer. In addition to the itineraries, the 44-page brochure is filled with stunning photos, detailed maps, port descriptions and Costa Rica land tour options.
Each itinerary now features the line’s new free air program that covers the airfare and air taxes/surcharges from select cities,* so guests pay a single cruise rate that includes the free air. For passengers wishing to make their air arrangements independently, Star Clippers offers a credit off of the air-inclusive cruise fare.
“Because we don’t feature mainstream ports in the Caribbean and Costa Rica, these itineraries are popular with both new guests and our loyal repeaters,” said Mark Carlson, director of marketing for Star Clippers, Americas. “The brochure is an ideal tool for both consumers and agents to see our itineraries and rates, look at vibrant photos of the areas we visit and read detailed information about the ships.”
Royal Clipper, the 227-passenger flagship of the fleet, returns to the Caribbean for another season on the line’s round-trip Barbados itineraries. The ship sails two seven-night itineraries: the Windward Islands itinerary features calls at St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, St. Kitts, Iles des Saintes and Martinique. The Grenadine Islands itinerary includes calls at the Grenadines, Grenada, Tobago Cays, St. Vincent, Bequia, Martinique and St. Lucia.
The 170-passenger Star Clipper sails two seven-night itineraries, round-trip St. Maarten. The Treasure Islands itinerary calls at Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and St. Barts. The Leeward Islands itinerary visits Nevis, Dominica, Iles de Saintes, Guadeloupe, Antigua and St. Barts.
Guests looking to get closer to nature can join Star Flyer for another season in Costa Rica sailing to beautiful ports that offer an exciting experience both on land and in the sea. Two seven-night itineraries sail round-trip Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, and showcase the region’s lush landscapes and abundance of wildlife. The Costa Rica and Nicaragua route calls at San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, and Playa del Coco, National Park Santa Rosa, Flamingo Beach and National Reserve of Curu/Isla Tortugas, Costa Rica. The Costa Rica and Panama itinerary calls at Isla Gamez, Panama, and Golfito, Drake Bay, Isla del Caño (evening scenic sailing), Quepos and National Reserve of Curu/Isla Tortugas, Costa Rica.
Star Flyer also makes it possible for guests to experience one of the most impressive man-made marvels in the world — the Panama Canal. With transits in November 2012 and March 2013, the intimate size of the ship enables guests to witness the inner workings of the canal up close while sailing between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
For guests who have more time on their hands, the seven-night itineraries in the Caribbean and Costa Rica are designed to be combinable, making it possible to take a 14-night sailing on back-to-back cruises. The in-depth voyages enable guests to become more immersed in the region on longer, port-intensive itineraries.
The brochure also highlights additional pre-cruise land tour options in Costa Rica. Either two or three nights, the land tours allow for an overland journey to a coffee plantation in San Jose, the country’s capital, or a memorable treetop adventure in the Monteverde cloud forest.
When sailing in the Caribbean, guests can take advantage of the line’s complimentary water-sports program and go snorkeling, sunfish sailing, waterskiing and windsurfing. For guests wanting to stay on dry land, Star Clippers also features an array of shore excursions, and the complimentary beach barbecue continues to be a guest favorite.
Guests who book early can take advantage of the line’s Advance Purchase Discounts, which can equal significant savings for those looking for an economical vacation. Early bookings were strong for Star Clippers’ 2011-12 Caribbean and Costa Rica sailing season, so guests are encouraged to reserve space early to ensure they get the sailing and accommodations of their choice.
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* Free air is available from Atlanta, Ga.; Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; New York, NY; Philadelphia, Penn.; Seattle, Wash., and Washington, D.C