Choosing a shore excursion on Star Clippers

Sailing away on the photogenic Royal Clipper

After taking dozens of photos of the tall ship from the water and even more from the bow, stern and helm I realized it was actually possible to take too many photos of  something. I was on the Royal Clipper, the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world and with 42 sails, five masts, an agreeable crew and  the Caribbean light shifting subtly with every turn there was no shortage of photo-ops. I was dizzy from looking upward. It was time to go ashore.

Time to explore the shore

But browsing the Port Booklet of excursions made me even dizzier. There were 60 pages of adventures plus the option of just lazing on a beach. I finally narrowed my choices down by eliminating anything involving sails (even though I was tempted  to be a part of the race team onboard an Ondeck Ocean racing yacht) and anything marked “Difficult, you need to be in good physical condition”. The other factor was that I didn’t want to spend ALL day away from the boat. But there were canopy tours across gorges in Antigua and River Tubing in Dominica. Could I do it all?

Board a tender and say goodbye to the ship

At the end I chose Hike to Trafalgar Falls & Champagne Snorkel (influenced by the word “champagne” and the prospect of seeing a Hawksbill sea turtle) in Dominica and the St. Kitt’s Scenic Railway, a leisurely roll through volcanic mountains and valleys with complimentary cocktails and an afternoon on the beach.

Subscribe to my newsletter and you’ll get a full report on my shore excursions. But the best part of all was that I got back on board just in time for some night shots of sails, moonlight and crew.

It’s never too late for more photos



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  • Carol Perehudoff

    I would have taken a million photographs, and I love yours. I probably would have opted to lie on the beach. Unless the champagne snorkel really was with champagne and not sparkling wine – but it never is, is it? Still, sounds amazing.

  • Lesley Peterson

    Oh my goodness, those evening shots are really too beautiful! I love the photo of the ship’s masts with lights on them. The whole post looks like a scene straight from the golden age of travel, complete with glamorous heroine posing with hand on hat in the tropical island breezes. I can’t wait to see more posts on the Royal Clipper and the romantic islands you visited.

  • esperanza

    What a glorious way to see those beautiful islands and sailing on that spectacular ship must have been quite an adventure! A photographer’s dream!

  • Colleen Friesen

    It looks to me that it was certainly worth taking tons of photos because the ones you’ve posted are spectacular. It seems to me that both your chosen options included a) champagne, and b) cocktails.
    Good call…

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