Clearly this is not a cruise ship in the ordinary sense. On Star Clippers, you will find that there are no rigid schedules. You are free to do as you wish with your days – and evenings. To entertain you, they bring local performers on board to give passengers an authentic taste of the local music and arts.
So rather than enduring another Broadway revue, you can enjoy the conviviality of fellow shipmates while a live band plays tropical tunes from a real paradise. The Captain and crew are superb improvisers of the kind of light-hearted fun you’ll only find on Star Clippers. The Captain’s daily briefing on deck is wonderfully informative and a chance to hear some great story-telling as well. And there are other events and activities, such as knot tying and navigation classes, that have evolved from Star Clippers’ sailing heritage. In fact, their passengers tell them that it’s the easy-going informality of Star Clippers that makes a cruise with them so enjoyable.
Beginning in May, 2019, Star Clippers will pay homage to the beloved romantic comedy Mamma Mia with their new “Mamma Mia Highlights” sailings through the Greek isles. This seven-night itinerary, sailing round trip out of Athens, will visit several of the islands where Mamma Mia—as well as the highly anticipated Mamma Mia 2—were filmed. Guests will visit the island of Skopelos, home to the most iconic Mamma Mia location—the tiny chapel of Agios Ioannis sto Kastri, where Sophie was married. Perched atop a rock cliff more than 300 feet above the Aegean Sea, this picturesque church features 100 steps carved into rock leading to its entrance as well as panoramic views from all sides. Also located on Skopelos is the sweeping view from “Villa Donna” (the actual house was a Hollywood set) and Kastani, the beach where Tanya sings “Does Your Mother Know.” This special itinerary will also call on the island of Skiathos, where the charming Old Port was the setting for the scene where the three fathers meet for the first time, and the area around the St. Nikolaos Bell Tower was the spot where Sophie mailed her letters.
It’s a beautiful sailing which starts in Athens, stops in Dikii, Turkey after a day at sea, continues to Myrina Limnos (Greece), and then visits those rare gems of Sporades Archipelago – Skiathos and Skopelos, which are very personally important to me, as I took my parents on our last trip before my daughter was born. It continues to the Island of Poros, that has the Temple of Poseidon, and then it return to Athens.
For people with more time on their hands, I suggest adding a Southern Cyclades sailing before the Mama Mia, because it visits Rhodes, Santorini and Hydra.
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