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Star Clipper sailing cruise ship to sail from Safaga, Egypt in 2022

Star Clippers is due to sail a 10-day cruise from Safaga in Egypt during the 2022 cruise season, the only cruise ship scheduled to do so during the entire year.

The cruise is a unique opportunity to experience the Red Sea and transit the Suez Canal aboard a traditional square rigged sailing vessel, with Star Clipper sailing from Safaga to Athens in Greece.

Star Clipper is a traditional square rigged sailing ship

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Star Clipper will depart Safaga on April 20th, spending two days sailing the Red Sea and transiting the Suez Canal before arriving in Egypt’s Port Said on April 23rd.

Port Said is an ancient trading hub and home to a raised pedestrian-only boardwalk running along the waterfront that provides up-close views over the Suez Canal’s northern entry point.

Passengers will also be able to visit a number of museums, such as Suez Canal House and the Military Museum.

Alexandria, Egypt

After Port Said, Star Clipper will head to Alexandria, the Roman Era commercial hub, where she’ll dock on April 24th. The city was founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great.

Sadly, little remains of this ancient past, but there are still traces to be seen, such as Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, the largest-known Roman burial site in Egypt, as well as Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Pompey’s Pillar & the Temple of Serapeum.

Star Clipper then departs Egypt bound for Rhodes, Greece, the largest and most important (historically) of the Dodecanese islands, with a maze of cobbled streets dating back to the Byzantine Empire in the Old Town.

Although a sailing vessel, the ship has all the amenities of a small cruise ship

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On April 27th, Star Clipper will call in Santorini (famed for its towering cliffs and idylic villages) and the medieval village of Monemvasia on April 28th, as well as Hydra the following day, before ending the cruise in Piraeus (Athens) on April 30th, 2022.

Hydra is hugely popular for its exquisitely preserved stone architecture, rural hiking paths and natural deep bays perfect for swimming, while Piraeus is the gateway to Athens, the capital of Greece, home of course to the iconic Acropolis, as well as countless other remnants of its ancient history.

As might have become apparent already, this is a history-focused voyage, and there’s perhaps no better way to undertake it than aboard a ship like Star Clipper, a traditional sailing vessel that, although modern, is also evocative of the way people traversed the seas for centuries before the 19th century.

Star Clipper carries just 170 passengers and features two pools, a pool bar, a main dining room, a piano bar, and even a library. Built in 1992, she’s a classic.

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