Rome to Cannes French & Italian Riviera All-Gay Mediterranean Cruise 2017
September 1623, 2017
Star Clippers S/V Royal Clipper
Live the dream of the sailing the Italian and French Riviera aboard the world’s largest and most luxurious 5-masteed sailing ship – Royal Clipper. This collection of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful islands and ports yachtsman’s fantasy, a traveler’s dream. There a magical dreamlike quality to tall-ship sailing. The feeling is elegant yet laid back. So this is what it feels like to sail aboard your own private yacht! Take pleasure in the great cuisine, entertainment, theme parties and the company of like-minded friends.
These beautiful ports string together like perfect pearls, each glowing with its own special beauty. Sparkling cities and charming villages. Secluded harbors and immaculate beaches. You’ll discover the mystique and magic of the Rivieras that only an intimate yacht can show you.
On this exceptional gay only voyage you’ll visit the spectacular island of Corsica, an outdoor lover’s playground with glittering bays, glitzy coastal cities and fabulous beaches. Visit the Tuscan island of Elba, where Napoleon was imprisioned, before enjoying some of Tuscany’s most historic and beautiful cities: Lucca, Pisa & Florence.
Explore the wonders of the magnificent UNESCO site of Cinque Terre, and enjoy some of the world’s most glamorous ports – Portovenere, St. Tropez & Cannes. Shop the boutiques, sample the charming cafes, indulge in a little people watching along famous promenades, and on the pristine white beaches.
Surrounded by natural wonders of Corsica, the treasures of Tuscany, and the magnificent Cinque Terre, it is easy to fall in love with the Mediterranean.
Your Ship - the largest, fastest sailing ship the world
The Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century.
With her complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold. You might think she was an apparition from the grand age of sail, but Royal Clipper is as new as tomorrow, boasting state-of-the-art navigation systems and every comfort and luxury one could wish for.
For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 439 foot Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea-going experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yacht.
Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style. A full 19,000 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment.
Find your secret hideaway on one of the hidden balconies on either side of the bow. Or climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to one of the passenger lookout crows-nests, thoughtfully furnished with a comfortable settee, where you'll have the grandest view of all!
Royal Clipper's interior spaces are just as dazzling. They include a three-deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed, three-level dining room featuring open-seating dining, deliciously prepared cuisine.
A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for watersports. And the ultimate unique Royal Clipper experience, the one-of-a-kind Captain Nemo Lounge, is the site of our spa and health club with underwater glass portholes.
Rome, Italy – Saturday, September 16, 2017 Benvenuto a Roma! Rome beckons with its amazing ruins, chic avenues and incredible sights. This most engaging of international cities has it all: ancient monuments like the Coliseum and Forum, time-honored sites such as the Spanish Steps and Pantheon, artistic masterpieces like the Pietá and Sistine Chapel in Vatican City – plus fabulous restaurants and beautiful people everywhere you look. This is a city for walking, watching, and being endlessly delighted.
Bonifacio, Corsica, France – Sunday, September 17, 2017 The ancient Greeks referred to Corsica as Kalliste, “the Most Beautiful.” Henri Matisse was equally captivated, calling it a “marvelous land” where “all is color, all is light.” Corsica was the birthplace of Napoleon, and was controlled for centuries by Genoa and did not become a region of France until 1768. The approach to the medieval city of Bonifacio is impressive and awe inspiring, perched high atop a seemingly impenetrable limestone cliff.
Palombaggia Beach/Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, France – Monday, September 18, 2017 Palombaggia is the most famous beach of Corsica, and has justifiably been voted one of the Top 10 best beaches in Europe. Flanked by mountains and umbrella-shaped pines, Palombaggia is a beautiful 2 km stretch of powdery golden sand and shall crystal clear blue water. A delightful mix of French (government) and Italian (neighbor), the nearby port of Porto-Vecchio attracts A-list celebrities and water sports lover from around the world. And the Old Town is full of discoveries, from Napoleon’s childhood home to the Porte Genoise gate, which frames an intoxicating view of the harbor, saltpans, and mountains. Compare the white sand to the ocean of white linen at the marina, and your glass of rose to the pink of the rocks supporting the five bastions of the Old Town.
Portoferraio, Italy – Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Arriving by sea, you can seethe imposing Medici fortifications built in the 15th century to protect the town from the pirate attacks of Barbarossa and his ilk. Once in the horse shoe-shaped bay, the views out to sea are just as arresting, as the old Roman villas built facing the water can attest. Later on, Napoleon chose the island for his exile because of its sublime climate and the “gentle manners of the islanders.” Although he only stayed for nine months, his legacy is everywhere. Perhaps you’ll visit the nearby countryside with its small villages and dramatic mountain passes. Head to one of the 150-odd white pebble beaches.
Viareggio, Italy – Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Viareggio is a fantastic hub to visit neighboring Pisa, Lucca and Florence. We’ll offer special excursions to these iconic UNESCO sites in Tuscany. If the landscape evokes a sense of the familiar it is because the great masters have used it as a backdrop for their friendly beach with fine sand surrounded by a National park with a forest of pine trees. The mayor of Viareggio has extended a personal invitation for gay travelers, and promised you’ll find plenty to do in this sun-soaked section of Italy.
Portovenere, Italy – Thursday, September 21, 2017 Portovenere is the gateway to one of Italy’s greatest treasures, Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Historic, spectacular, multi-colored terraced villages overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, these five ingeniously constructed seaside villages are rich in color, charm and simplicity. Rooted in antiquity, Cinque Terre’s five villages date from the early medieval period.
St. Tropez, France – Friday, September 22, 2017 Small but chic, St. Tropez is a lively town whose beaches are legendary, both for their beauty and for the beauties on them. yet there is a serene side to this village. Follow the narrow lanes from the waterfront, and you’ll arrive a the oldest part of St. Tropez, where twisting narrow streets open onto tiny squares and fountains. Grea views can be had from the 16th century Citadel, but the most interesting views are from a chair in a sidewalk café: sit on the terrace and watch the fascinating, flirtatious French Riviera pass by.
Cannes, France – Saturday, September 23, 2017 Cannes is the epicenter of the French Riviera – a world of exclusive boutiques, palm-fringed boulevards, sun-drenched beaches, and elegant sidewalk cafés. glittering Cannes is the archetypal Mediterranean resort city discovered by wealthy English nobles who came to the sunny south of France to escape their drafty old castles during the dreary British winters. Cannes’ highflying lifestyle has attracted notables and the notorious ever since. Every year, the stars flock to celebrate the Cannes film Festival at the colossal Palis des Festivals. for those not seduced by Cannes’ hedonistic air, there’s enough natural beauty to make a trip worthwhile: the harbor, the bay, the clutch of islands off the coast and the old quarter, Le Suquet, all spring into life on a sunny day.