If you’re hearing more about corpses, warriors, cats, cows, and cobras on cruises lately, don’t worry. It’s probably just a Star Clippers Yoga Cruise. Set sail for serenity and make your next Mediterranean cruise a yoga-filled adventure.
Founded by Swede Mikael Krafft, an expert sailor who grew up near the site of one of the largest shipyards in the world, Star Clippers has been a specialist in luxury sailing cruises for more than 30 years.
Known for operating three of the world’s largest and tallest fully-crewed sailing vessels, Star Clippers is where your luxury adventure begins.
Fay McCormack, General Manager of the UK-based GSA, says, “Today’s ever-increasing awareness of the positive effects of yoga on mental wellbeing reaffirms why we choose to offer this service to our guests.”
Finding a moment of Zen on the high seas is the ultimate luxury adventure, and Star Clippers has signed up more qualified instructors for its yoga cruises, each employed to teach you to balance on one leg in the middle of the Med, among other tricks of the trade.
Passengers are invited to take part in complimentary sessions of Astanga yoga, also known as Power Yoga, on the open-air, sun-warmed teak decks, under thousands of square feet of billowing sails. There are two sessions per day: one in the cool morning air and a second just before sunset, followed by meditation.
Instructors also deliver talks on yoga philosophy and tip for practicing yoga back on terra firma, in the comfort of your own home.
Its 42-sail, five-masted, 134-metre Royal Clipper is the world’s largest square-rigger, and was inspired by the Preussen tall ship. It has a three-deck atrium, three swimming pools, as well as the Captain Nemo Lounge with underwater portholes, It carries 227 passengers and a crew of 106.
The twin sister ships Star Clipper and Star Flyer are both 115m and include a library with a Belle Epoque fireplace. They accommodate 116 passengers and boast a helpful and friendly crew of 74.
Star Clippers cruises boats more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships, which means there is plenty of space to walk, relax and perform your downward dogs.
Star Clippers is one of the world’s finest luxury cruise lines, where the vibe is casual and the passenger profile skew international.
Life on board the sail-snapping Star Clippers is like a five-star Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy holiday.Only this vacation comes with modern accoutrements such as A/C, whirlpools, duvets, clean sheets, flat TV screens, mini-bars, haute cuisine, music quizzes, art classes, and Wi-Fi.
You’ll also be able to kayak, windsurf, wakeboard, snorkel with rays, hike to waterfalls, zipline , river tube and embark on a subterranean trip.
Don’t miss the chance to scale the mast to the Crow’s Nest, supported by safety harnesses, of course.
Star Clippers offers a number of sailings in destinations around the world including the Caribbean, Central American, the Panama and Suez canals, and the eastern and western Mediterranean Sea.
Yoga cruises are offered on sailings in the western Mediterranean, with ports of call in Barcelona, Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Portofino, among other scenic stops.
You can also choose to yoga cruise in Costa Rica and Barbados.
Book your moment of Zen on the high seas here
BeSeeingYou In: The Mediterranean
Good to know: Within the Mediterranean, there are several other seas including the Aegean, Ionian, Tyrrhenian, and Adriatic
WOW! Factor: The deepest point in the Mediterranean is the Calypso Deep, 5,267 metres, part of the Hellenic Trench near Pylos in Greece
Tip: Peak Mediterranean cruise season is from late April to October
Author bio: Kevin Pilley