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Star Clipper - Treasure Islands - Day One

By Terri Parrow Botsford - Published February 25, 2006 - Viewed 3877 times

Saturday, February 25th

The Ship

Star Clipper at the dockWhat a great ship the Star Clipper is!  As soon as we boarded her, I felt like we had gone back in time when grand sailing ships were the only means of transportation on or over the seas.  All the brass was polished, the wood was perfectly maintained and the paint on the steel hull bright and clean.  I couldn't help but imagine how much time and energy goes into maintaining this 366' ship and remembering the work we use to put into the wooden boats we had growing up and even the fiberglass ones of the last 30 years. 

It took us a few hours to get use to where everything was and which stairs took you to the right deck, but by the end of the evening we pretty much had figured it all out.  I felt comforted hearing the ship’s Cruise Director (Bea) explaining what the brass circles indicated when you were aboard

checking in

the ship and she emphasized that we must remember to flip the one with our cabin number over each time we left or boarded the ship as their method of keeping track of us.


 Our room

We’re in room 111 which is on the Commodore level.  It’s not a hotel room, though I have had hotel rooms not much bigger, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  It’s very cozy and everything is arranged to maximize every square inch; just what you’d expect on a boat or ship in this case.  The beds can be arranged as two slightly smaller twin beds or pushed together as one slightly smaller king size bed.  I even found the 110 electrical current so I could plug in all my rechargeable batteries.  I think we did a pretty good job backing clothes for the trip, I’m sure we won’t be wearing everything we brought, though Todd was much efficient than I was, but I think it’s easier for a guy.  Pants, shorts, shirts, bathing suits; what more is there for a guy?  Where we, or more accurately I on the other hand, didn’t pack conservatively on the electronical devises.  Let’s see, between the two of us we have 3 cameras (which requires two different battery chargers, the other once just uses regular AA batteries), one laptop, one iPod, a set of speakers for the iPod, one PDA and three GPS’s.  So far the only thing that I can think of that we forgot to bring was the tripod!  We could use a power strip because we can only charge two things at a time, but we can live without that.

Once we found places for everything, esp. once we figured out that you place your empty suitcases under the bed for storage, we had plenty of room.  We’ll just need to stay on top of keeping ourselves organized and tidy or else the room will clutter up pretty quickly.

Our first Cruise and The Stars

We’ve always loved looking at the stars from our property in the Northern Neck of Virginia, but I had forgotten how even more wonderful and bright they are from sea!  They’re the same stars, but having no trees to block them and seeing them from almost all 360’ was spectacular.  With the warm ocean breeze, the movement of the ship as she sailed on the water, millions of stars above and with Todd by my side, it doesn’t get any better than that!  We walked around the deck taking it all in. 

There were people; regular visitors like us, helping the crew at the helm, but the majority of people were just enjoying the evening.  We stopped by the tropical deck and even danced a little with the other 5 or 6 couples.  We had already stopped by the library to sign up for Monday’s excursion.   By then it was at after 11pm and we were both tired from all the preparations and traveling; we were both ready to call it a night.

Our first night

It was wonderful to have the sound of the waves gently breaking on the hull and the ship gently lulling or rocking us to sleep.  I had been concerned about sea sickness, both for Todd and myself.  With all the years of boating, I’ve never been seasick, only a little queasy when I had to use the head in rough waters, so I had no idea what it would be like to in a large ship, sleeping and using the head a couple floors below the deck.  Todd had never slept on a boat before so I didn’t know how he would take to it.  But as I type this now, he’s still sleeping, soundly, working on his eight hours of sleep.  Neither of us have beenAngilla through the porthole the least bit queasy all night long.

I first woke up around 4:30am.  I think the change in movement of the ship must have woken me.  I woke up an hour later needing to use the head.  As I got up and looked out our porthole, the sun was just coming up and it made a beautiful picture through the porthole, but unfortunately I was too drowsy to grab a camera.  I had no problem falling back to sleep.  I woke up a couple more times before I couldn’t stand it any longer and had to get up. 

Since it is daylight now you could actually see that our porthole is just a few feet above the waterline.  We’re just off Anquilla and the seas are a gently lapping at the hull and you can hardly feel the minimum ocean swells.  It should be a beautiful, warm day, the complete opposite of what we left in Virginia.

Terri Parrow Botsford
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