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Star Flyer reviews

Star Flyer reviews

Average customer rating:
     4.22 / 5

Average Rating based on 3 Reviews:
Value For MoneyValue For Money = 4.004.00
Cabin DesignCabin Design = 4.004.00
EntertainmentEntertainment = 3.673.67
Food QualityFood Quality = 4.334.33
Ship MaintenanceShip Maintenance = 4.674.67
Staff and ServiceStaff and Service = 4.674.67

Star Flyer itineraries and information

lovetosail saw things this way:
Value For MoneyValue For Money = 44
Cabin DesignCabin Design = 44
EntertainmentEntertainment = 44
Food QualityFood Quality = 44
Ship MaintenanceShip Maintenance = 55
Staff and ServiceStaff and Service = 44
Nice sailing experience, May 31, 2016
Reviewer: lovetosail

Pros: Authentic sailing vessel

Cons: Poor wine choices by the glass; only one table for two at dinner

Date of cruise: May 1, 2016

Departure port: Barcelona

Region visited: Mediterranean

Cabin category: Outside

Cabin number: 127

Good for children: No

A beautiful ship, lovingly maintained. Basic cabins are small but function well, with ample storage space. Would prefer another English-speaking TV station besides the BBC; plenty of DVDs to borrow, as well as reading materials in the library.

Need better toiletries -- shampoo bottle has such a narrow opening that it took forever to come out; also tended to dry out hair, so conditioner should be provided. Food was plentiful and well prepared, though not always piping hot. There wasn't a good variety of vegetables with dinner (carrots and broccoli were served most nights).

Wines by the glass could stand improvement; there were three from the same company. Some Australia/New Zealand selections would be nice.

Steffi worked hard to ensure that excursions, activities and airport transfers ran smoothly. The shared taxi to Nice airport was prohibitively expensive. Ports of call were lovely (Mallorca, Menorca, Bonifacio, Calvi, St. Tropez).

Our cabin steward always greeted us with a friendly wave and smile, even from far down the hall. This friendly attitude wasn't always consistent with other crew members. The main drawback for us is the dining room seating: booths seat six, and most of the other tables seat eight. After a long day of sightseeing, passengers don't always feel the inclination to be chatty with others and might want an intimate dinner for two, especially if it's a special occasion for them. There is always plenty of opportunity to socialize on deck when the sails are raised, or in the Tropical Bar at any time.

The clippers are not suitable for children; there is no children's menu and no activities geared to the young. This is why we prefer the clippers to any other cruise, but those traveling with young families won't feel the same way.

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Star Flyer, Star Clipper or Royal Clipper for a memorable sailing experience.

dhouser saw things this way:
Value For MoneyValue For Money = 33
Cabin DesignCabin Design = 44
EntertainmentEntertainment = 33
Food QualityFood Quality = 44
Ship MaintenanceShip Maintenance = 44
Staff and ServiceStaff and Service = 55
Wonderful, authentic sailing experience, especially for sailing enthusiasts, November 21, 2014
Reviewer: dhouser

Pros: Genuine, intimate sailing experience

Cons: Very poor and overpriced internet connection. Poor TV reception as well.

Departure port: Malaga, Spain

Region visited: Transoceanic

Cabin category: Outside

Cabin number: 336

Good for children: No

All three Star Clipper vessels are replicas -- as authentic as they can be while meeting current day regulations, regarding safety, sanitation, etc. -- of the grand old clipper ships that roamed the oceans during the 19th and early 20th centuries. With four masts, Star Flyer employs 16 sails totaling nearly 37,000 sq. ft. and to see them all set and filled with a good wind is a thing of beauty.

The vessel is elegantly decorated in a period (Edwardian) style with surprisingly spacious staterooms and a dining room large enough to seat the ship's maximum capacity of 170 passengers in one seating.

Officers and crew are quite friendly and accommodating and the food and services are excellent. My only criticisms are the substandard and very costly internet service (available only in certain public areas) -- and the poor/intermittent TV reception which made it difficult for this news junkie to keep up with world events. I suspect the reason for this is the ship's dated and limited satellite setup. Hopefully this will be remedied when Star Flyer goes into dry dock at the end of the 2015 summer season.

One more thing: Star Clipper Cruises is a European owned/operated company and accordingly this is a very Euro-centric operation. Americans are a distinct minority on most cruises. That's not a bad thing except when it comes to factoring in the Euro as the exchange currency. Everything you purchase onboard (wine, bar drinks, shop items, internet and excursions) is relatively pricey to begin with -- but the real shock comes when you convert your bill to dollars. The currency differential at the time of my voyage added 26% to my bottom line. All one can do about that I suppose is to pray for parity.

gypsyfairy saw things this way:
Value For MoneyValue For Money = 55
Cabin DesignCabin Design = 44
EntertainmentEntertainment = 44
Food QualityFood Quality = 55
Ship MaintenanceShip Maintenance = 55
Staff and ServiceStaff and Service = 55
Beautiful, intimate ship, September 7, 2010
Reviewer: gypsyfairy

Pros: Small ship experience, food, ability to get into small lagoons

Cons: Small ship motion

Date of cruise: June 1, 2009

Departure port: Tahiti

Region visited: South Pacific/Australia

Cabin category: Outside

Good for children: No

Good for teenagers: Yes

My husband and I honeymooned on the Star Flyer in French Polynesia in June 2009. The ship was beautiful both inside and out. It looks like a pirate ship with all the sails.

It was great that we were able to visit several islands and dock in lagoons that the bigger ships couldn't fit in. However, the small scale of the ship also meant more motion...and this was the only negative for us, but certainly worth considering. There were nights we literally rolled back and forth in bed and everything in our room flew about. These nights we were unable to make it to the dining room. But on the nights when we were docked in a lagoon or had little motion...the Star Flyer was a great experience and the food was excellent.

The ship had real old world charm and the activities included were perfect for us....snorkeling, beach picnic, private island retreat. Add-on activities...snorkel trip and jungle hike. This is not an entertainment ship...this cruise was all about the scenery, activities, and islands. Just what we wanted. If it wasn't for the motion I would go back on the Star Flyer again and again....they have many great itineraries....but I am worried about rough water on a small ship.

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