Tall ship sailing line Star Clippers is offering three new packages for cricket fans ahead of England’s Caribbean tour of the West Indies.
The ‘Wickets and Waves’ holidays give guests the opportunity to combine a sailing on board the five-masted 227-passenger flagship Royal Clipper, with pre or post-cruise stays in either Antigua or Barbados for the England v West Indies ODI and TDI series matches.
Royal Clipper is the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world and is one of three tall ships operated by Star Clippers. Facilities include an al fresco bar, piano lounge and library. The teak decked ship has swimming pools and popular activities include climbing the rigging to the crow’s nest, lounging in the bowsprit nets at the front of the ship to look out for dolphins and stargazing.
The new sports collaborations follow the success of Star Clippers’ previous Ryder Cup packages paired with Rome sailings and docking in Monaco during the Grand Prix as a part of a French Riviera sailing.
Fay McCormack, Star Clippers’ UK General Manager, said:
“For cricket fans also seeking the adventure of a lifetime, this is an exciting new addition to our programme of tailor-made packages. Travel and sports so often go hand-in hand, so we are proud to have finely-tuned the elements of this trip to ensure it is a memorable and unique voyage, both on board our spectacular tall ship and on land.”
The departures for the cricket packages are on 18th November and 2nd and 5th December 2023, with itineraries of 11 and 16-nights. The longest sailing also features a transit of the Panama Canal. Ports of call include Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire and Grenada. On the November sailing there will be welcome drinks in Antigua with former England cricket captain Mike Gatting and the 2nd December package includes a post-match brunch hosted by Gatting to discuss the previous day’s cricket.
Fares start at £6,629pp and include return flights from London to either Antigua or Barbados, a full-board sailing on Royal Clipper, luxury hotel stays and premium match tickets.
Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.
Photographs courtesy of Star Clippers