Star Clippers has announced its summer Mediterranean season for 2016.
Itineraries range from three to 18 nights and call at ports such as Istanbul, some of the smallest Greek Islands and the Adriatic and the Balearics. New ports for Star Clippers include Notteri in Sardinia, known for its beautiful beaches; Trapani, Porto Empedolce and Messina in Sicily; Lerici on the Tuscan coast; the historic Italian city of Trieste; Bastia in Corsica; Rabac on the Istrian peninsula and the island of Cres in Croatia; and Roquetas de Mar in Spain.
Royal Clipper will sail on itineraries ranging from five to 18 nights, starting the season with cruises from Lisbon and Malaga. She sails a new seven-night itinerary between Rome and Athens for four departures in May, June, August and October; then continues sailings between Rome and Venice on 10 and 11-night explorations of Italy, Montenegro and Croatia during June and July 2016. The 227-passenger flagship then operates a series of early fall cruises between Athens and Istanbul before heading west for Lisbon and sailing for Barbados on November 3.
A five-night taster voyage from Lisbon to Malaga on April 25, calling at Portimao, Tangier, Gibraltar and Motril has rates starting at $1335*, including accommodations, all food and entertainment onboard; port charges and flights are additional.
Star Flyer starts her Mediterranean season from Lisbon on April 25, 2016, sailing east to be in pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix in May with sailings out of Cannes for the trials and the actual race. She then spends the whole summer sailing out of either Rome or Cannes to the Amalfi Coast and Sicily for seven nights, adding in Malta and Tunisia on the longer, 10- and 11-night voyages. Although Star Clippers is no longer basing a ship in Palma, there are cruises to Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza in both April and October 2016.
A five-night cruise from Lisbon to Malaga, departing April 25 and calling at Cadiz, Tangier and Gibraltar has rates starting at $1,210* including accommodations, all food and entertainment on board ; port charges and flights are additional.
Star Clipper spends May, June and July 2016 on her roundtrip seven-night cruises from Athens or Istanbul, exploring the Turkish coast and the Greek Islands, before moving to the Adriatic from August through October, offering cruises from Venice to Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia, including a three night mini-cruise to Croatia and Slovenia on August 17. The high demand 10- or 11-night cruises between Athens and Venice are back on four departures only during July, August and October. In several cases, cruises can be joined together to create a 14-night Grand Voyage.
A three-night cruise roundtrip from Venice, departing August 17 and calling at Rovinj (Croatia) and Piran (Slovenia), has rates starting at $725* including accommodation, all food and entertainment on board port charges and flights are additional.
*Rates are based on double occupancy/per person. Rates above are special pricing, that must be booked by January 31, 2016.