A LUXURY RUN
WHEN MY WIFE APRIL and I decided to take our first big vacation in years, we knew we wanted it to be aboard a boat, and that we wanted a carefree experience. The tall
ship Star Clipper (the flagship of the company) gave us
each what we wanted. We chose the Dalmatian Coast of
Croatia cruise, which had been getting rave reviews, and
stopped in Montenegro and Greece, the latter of which
was one of our dream destinations.
At the end of my first day at sea, watching daylight fold into night
while I floated on my back, arms outstretched, in the ship’s pool, I
knew we’d made the right choice. Looking high above, the pool’s
lights projected a luminescent blue-green shadow across acres of canvas, framed by the stars.
This beautiful 366-foot barkentine has more than 36,000 square
feet of sail, and the captain isn’t shy about using every inch of it.
With about 150 passengers on our Venice-to-Athens voyage, we never
waited for dinner once, or had to wade through throngs at the bar. It
was like having our own private megayacht — small enough to make
friends, which tends to happen on a 10-day cruise, or to tuck away
quietly and muse, whatever the mood.
BY SCOTT CROFT, NEW YORK
LETTER FROM CROATIA