The Star Clipper by Doug Eads
"The captain of a ship is lord paramount. He may stand no watch at all, come
and goes when he pleases, is accountable to no one, and must be obeyed in
all things, without question, even from chief officers. He has the power to
break officers to seamen. He has no companion on board but his dignity,
and few pleasures beyond the consciousness of possessing supreme power, and
occasionally exercising it"
Ulrich Pruesse came forward slowly. As he walked, he eyed all the riggings about
him, and his demeanor radiated life and confidence. As he neared the navigation area of Star
Clipper, he affixed a remote microphone and speaker system. We, the passengers, gathered like
sea gulls at the scent of bread crumbs... It was time for the first of nightly sunset talks
by Star Clipper's Captain...'Captain Uli'.
The John Masefield poem Sea Fever seems to be cast in history for this special German born Captain and sailor...
"I must go down to the sea again,
When I was a child visiting my best friend, Ira Simmons, who later became, for a time, a Feature writer at a major paper, we would incessantly draw Spanish galleons and clipper ships. These were our imaginary dreams on paper. Perhaps it was kismet that one day I would sail an even more splendid ship than I could ever have imagined on sketch pads.
The Ship and Company: Mikael Krafft and his wife Anne are the owners of the Star Clipper
line. Mikael had a vision that the public would, and could enjoy what he loved so much...
being on fine sailing vessels, stopping at intimate ports, and enjoying this serenity in
elegant, yet casual comfort.
Myths and Realities:You won't have to swab the deck on Star Clipper. This is an
elegant clipper ship. But, you could do so if you like, and you could learn navigation
and take a turn at the helm. This is a popular activity. You can also climb masts and
visit the open bridge.
Owner Visit: Anne Krafft, owner, joined our sailing. She told me "This is a
passion for my husband Mikael, but I love the business end of it, decor, staffing....
we work 16 hour days regularly, especially now that Royal Clipper is about to join
our other two ships." What do you see as the reason Star Clipper is so hot a commodity
with cruise passengers? I asked her... "We wanted to build ships that allow today's
public a chance to see the glamour and style of the gilded age at the turn of the century.
This was a life and style reserved only for the very wealthy, and now everyone can come
aboard... we feel good about this," she said with a smile and satisfaction. She added,
"I can see you like our Captain Pruesse and he is great, but our other Captains see our
mission also, and do a wonderful job."
Our itinerary: The itinerary you select depends on the time of year and which of
the three ships you select. They vary from the Far East, Mediterranean, to Caribbean.
Many people love simple ocean crossings.
"On our fourth day the undulating mirror of a sea
Two countries-one island. That is the marketing strategy now of one of the most popular
destinations in the Caribbean...St. Maarten/St. Martin. "We have weathered 5 hurricanes in the
last 6 years, but we are making headway and plan to be in full recovery by October 2000.",
says William Bell of marketing for St. Maarten's tourism department. This lovely island is
known for bargain shopping, and the French side for planned communities of red roofed homes
and upscale rentals. St. Maarten/St. Martin is worthy of a personal vacation, and this is why
Star Clipper along with many ships find this to be a cruising favorite. You see Dutch and
French sides easily.
Overview: This was without doubt, or reservation, a 5 star experience. The dining was
excellent for breakfast and luncheon buffets. Dinner offered a two entree choice European
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The Star Clipper by Doug Eads