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We had an incredible voyage on the Star Clipper out of Phuket in February, 2017, and would like to try the sailing through Indonesia out of Bali while they are offering that itinerary. I haven't seen much coverage of that itinerary on the boards--welcome any comments or advice. We experienced fantastic sailing conditions during the whole trip out of Phuket--any comments on how much the Star Clipper is able to rely on sail around Indonesia would be very helpful as well.

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[quote name='Cortesefam']We had an incredible voyage on the Star Clipper out of Phuket in February, 2017, and would like to try the sailing through Indonesia out of Bali while they are offering that itinerary. I haven't seen much coverage of that itinerary on the boards--welcome any comments or advice. We experienced fantastic sailing conditions during the whole trip out of Phuket--any comments on how much the Star Clipper is able to rely on sail around Indonesia would be very helpful as well.

Thanks![/quote]

I don't know if you have already read my review but we were on October's repositioning cruise between Bali and Singapore.

I wrote a full review that covered the whole itinerary with over 50 photographs...

[img]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4490/38043546711_3063eaf39e_z.jpg[/img]


Here is a link to that review...

[URL]https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2017/11/04/star-clipper-java-sea-limited-edition-cruise/[/URL]


[img]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4474/38063531726_1dd4c0f918_z.jpg[/img]

And here is a recording link for one of the sailaways with music...

[url]https://youtu.be/DHgna1fDJr8[/url]

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We were on the October 2017 repositioning from Bali to Singapore too. It was a very enjoyable trip, as Solent Richard's excellent report indicates.

The sails were used purposefully a lot of the time (often supplementing the engine, sometimes on their own) but only on a couple of occasions did we get exhilarating sailing - both times when a squall blew up.

On one occasion when a large contingent of passengers was in the tenders, taking photos of the ship with all sails set on a still and calm sea, a squall blew up out of nowhere and the ship went off like a greyhound - the sails had to be dropped pretty quickly as the ship was speeding away from the chasing tenders.

Talking to the captain, he confirmed that his favourite sailing was in the Caribbean with Star Flyer, being the location with the best winds more often than not and acknowledging that the four mast ships in the fleet are more exciting to sail (and sail in) than the all square rigged Royal Clipper. After trying all three ships over 12 voyages in all the parts of the world they currently operate, I can but agree.

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