About Singles Sailing Adventure in Croatia
There is Cruising and then there is Sailing! Join STI on a Luxury, Five Masted, Tall Clipper Ship as we Sail from Venice, through Croatia and Montenegro. Surrounded by Breathtaking Scenery, We Will Enjoy the Laid Back, Barefoot Lifestyle and Fine Cuisine aboard the Royal Clipper!
When it comes to beautiful Western Mediterranean, a small luxury sailing is the perfect way to take in the gorgeous scenery. Join STI on this dreamy vacation that starts and ends in the “Floating City” of Venice, Italy, known for its famous Gondola Rides through the canals. A visit to Old town, in Dubrovnik, Croatia gives you a healthy dose of History and Culture, while our stop in Vis provides us with the perfect opportunity to relax on a warm beach! In between the stunning backdrop of the Coastal Mountains lies Kotor, Montenegro, a darling little city that has been naturally preserved by its isolation. Admire the Venetian defensive walls, a World Heritage Site, in Zadar and check out the Baroque three-nave church of St. Euphemia in Rovinj, Croatia. Inhale the heavenly scent of the lavender fields, in Hvar, a favorite getaway since the time of the Romans. This intimate, barefoot week in the Mediterranean is just what we need!
Royal Clipper reflects its proud heritage in every inch of its polished brass and gleaming brightwork. Step aboard this unique vessel and discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day. Royal Clipper is a modern cruise ship in every way, created for single pirates at heart, but those who love the the comforts of modern cruising and the traditions of the legendary era of sailing ships.
Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like traveling on a private yacht. We’ll never feel confined on Royal Clipper, with spacious, air conditioned accommodations, expansive teak decks with ample space and not one, but two swimming pools!
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Inclusive Features of our Singles Sailing Adventure:
- 7 Nights Double or Single Cabin Accommodations aboard the Royal Clipper on 3 Decks in one of 6 Cabin Categories – Note: cabin sizes are 130 sq. ft. or less except Owner’s Suite at 221 sq. ft. BOOK EARLY for best selection!
- Round trip from Venice, Italy, with Port Stops in Zadar, Croatia; Hvar, Croatia; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Vis, Croatia; and Rovinj, Croatia
- Air Conditioning and Private Bathroom with Shower in Every Cabin
- Enjoy 3 Meals Daily in an Air Conditioned Dining Room, Featuring Chef Inspired, International Menus from the far corners of the earth
- Sample Breakfast: Fresh Tropical Fruits and Crisp Bacon, Grilled Sausage, Smoked Salmon and Omelettes Cooked to Order
- Sample Lunch: Marvelous Seafood Buffet, Salads and Grilled Favorites or Festive Outdoor Barbecue on Shore
- Sample Dinner: 4 Courses (with choices) of the Chef’s Finest Culinary Presentations Designed to please the eye and the palate.
- Nemo’s Spa – Massages, Scrubs and Reflexology (for additional fee)
- Fitness Room
- Aft Marine Platform for Water Sports Program
- Learn the Ropes, Hoist the Sails, Take a Turn at the Wheel and Enjoy Classes on Knot Tying, the Stars, or Navigation.
- Climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to one of the passenger lookout crows-nests and get the most spectacular view ever!
- Meet the Captain & Officers: Open Bridge and Educational Lectures
Now add the Exclusive Singles Travel Features:
- Camaraderie of Adventurous Singles who Enjoy the Finer things in Life
- Special Attention from our Professional, Experienced Singles Travel International Concierge* (see below)
- Roommate Matching Saving You Lots of Money! (Note that cabins are smaller on a sailing vessel.)
- Private Singles Only Cocktail Party with Complimentary Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres
- Complimentary Glass of Wine with Dinner Every Night
- Singles Activities Every Evening Including Port Parties When Possible (Dance Clubs, Meet the Locals, etc.)
- Group Photos
- Complimentary Watersports Program: Water-skiing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Sunfish Sailing and Snorkeling.
- Port Charges, Government Fees And Fuel Surcharges Of $280 Are Included In Our Fare
- Private And Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively For Members On Your Vacation
- Meet Other Single, Like Minded Adventurers Who Wish To Socialize And Make New, Life Long Friends!
**Minimum of 20 guests required. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.
Inclusive features, pre and post cruise hotel accommodations are subject to change at any time at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.
Sailing Departs Venice: Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Sailing Arrives in Venice: Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM
OPTIONAL VENICE PRE CRUISE PACKAGE*
August 20, 2020
Arrive in Venice and transfer on your own to the Hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. If you arrive early, ask reception for early check-in; but if not, the bell desk may hold your bags while you explore the hotel and nearby area. Find your bearings in this Beautiful City before meeting up with the Group for a Welcome Drink at the hotel bar!
After mingling with new friends, join us for an Optional dinner at the 4-star Valentine’s Restaurant, right in our hotel! The Executive Chef serves flavors of Traditional Venetian Cuisine while we enjoy views of the hotel’s spectacular inner garden and the company of our travel companions.
After our Delicious Meal, the night is yours to discover Venice!
August 21, 2020
Breakfast is at your leisure, at the hotel, before we head off to Hop On a Boat for our Tour of Venice! We will glide through scenic canals and past landmarks, like the Bridge of Sighs and Palazzo Rezzonico. Enjoy unlimited boat rides for the next 24 hours! Jump off to explore lively Piazza San Marco, discover the glass-making heritage of Murano Island or cool off at the Lido beaches. This city has a lot of artistic influence and History to show you.
The rest of the day and night are yours to explore the most romantic city in the world!
August 22, 2020
Breakfast is at your leisure, at the hotel, before we check out and transfer to board the Royal Clipper!
*Part of the adventure of a “working” vessel is that change is a given. Depending on weather and other daily circumstances, the crew may be obliged to make changes to the program. Therefore the times for each day are subject to change. The change may be to maintain a safe environment or improve the experience. Please maintain a flexible attitude throughout your cruise.
One of Dalmatia’s most exciting towns, Zadar is the place to admire stunning, Venetian architecture like it’s defensive walls, which are now a World Heritage Site. We should also make time to explore the Roman ruins and experience the Sea Organ, capturing the movement of the waves and transforming it to music, producing an odd, mournful sound that evokes the wind, sky and sea. Zadar is where the ancient and modern world come together to coexist in happy, beautiful surroundings.
Also located just off the Dalmatian Coast, the small port of Hvar has been a favorite getaway since the time of the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians as well as Austro-Hungarian Royalty. Aside from being visually appealing, we may actually smell the island before we see it! The picturesque Lavender fields and valleys give off a heavenly aroma that wafts through the air and provides a feeling of calm and happiness.
This breathtaking city is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites for a very good reason! The orange-tiled roofs, elegant bell towers, and 16th Century Old Town easily make this city one of the top tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. Take a quick taxi ride in to distinctive Old Town, encircled by massive stone walls and paved with limestone. Stroll down Stradun, lined with shops and restaurants, or visit Dubrovnik Cathedral. Don’t leave without walking the wall around the city for amazing views!
A stunning rock-walled Chasm, the longest arm of the sea in Southern Europe, separates the stunning coastal mountains. This is a beautiful, and unique, town that has been naturally preserved by it’s isolation. Baka Harbour, the medieval city in Kotor, is a darling, unspoiled town that is sure to entice you for the day.
A pearl among the Croatian Adriatic Islands, Vis has been left untouched, by tourism, for many years. Founded in 397 B.C., it served as a base for the Greek colonization of the Adriatic Sea. The beautiful beaches and fascinating history have started to draw many yachtsmen to dock here and enjoy the magnificent views. We are excited to explore a new, almost pristine, island just before it starts becoming more popular.
When we arrive in Rovinj, we will notice the gorgeous Baroque three-nave church of St. Euphemia that dominates the town. As we approach the harbor, the clock tower, the Baroque Balbi’s arch and the former 17th Century Town Hall are close by to greet us. There is also the complex of the Franciscan monastery, to the east and the Romanesque heptagonal chapel of the Holy Trinity, Rovinj’s oldest monument, to the south. In addition to the major sites, the town offers the typical, laid-back mediterranean feel.
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*Please note that members must reserve their pre-cruise hotel package with STI. For the members and friends that “show up”, you will not be allowed to participate.
Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Royal Clipper without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes
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A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.
Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.
UPLOAD a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after April 24, 2020). Note that a passport is mandatory and must be valid for 6 months form your return date.
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The trip begins in Venice, Italy on August 22, 2020 and ends in Venice, Italy on August 29, 2020. Therefore the trip is 7 nights/8 days.
Add our Venice Pre Cruise Package for a complete experience. Our Itinerary tab has all the inclusions. Click “Price My Trip” for rates and inclusions.
A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by April 24, 2020. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you may choose to pay your remaining balance, via PayPal, or contact our accounting department at 877-765-6874 option 4, with your payment details, to secure your reservation. If you make a reservation after April 24, 2020 full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply. Note that on occasion, charges are processed after the final due date, so there is no need to be concerned if you do not see the charges on that day.
Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:
After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $175.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.
*Cancellations made between April 24 and May 22, 2020 – $500 penalty applies.
*Between May 23 and June 22, 2020- 50% penalty applies in addition to the $175 administration fee.
*Between June 23 and July 23, 2020 – 75% penalty applies in addition to the $175 administration fee.
*After July 24, 2020, any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.
Air packages and air tickets are subject to cancellation policies imposed by the airlines.
Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.
Allow 14-21 days for a refund. In the event that you made a deposit more than 60 days from time of cancellation, a company check will be issued in lieu of a credit refund.
Cancellations made prior to final payment may transfer deposit to a future vacation. A $25 transfer fee applies and new selection must be made within 30 days.
Be onboard the Royal Clipper by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22 for the welcome aboard party. Members participating in our Venice package will be transferred to the ship in time to check in and enjoy the party.
Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI.
Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate.
In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.
If you plan to arrange your own flights, make sure to arrive in Venice, Italy by 2:00 p.m. on August 22 and depart after 12:00 p.m. on August 29.
We recommend arriving into Venice, Italy (VCE) on August 22 by 2:00 p.m. and departing from Venice, Italy (VCE), after 12:00 noon on August 29, 2020.
If you plan to come in early for our pre cruise package, you can arrive at any time.
On August 22, all members are requested aboard no later than 5:00 p.m.
STI offers transportation on cruise dates, for $59 from Airport to Port and $49 from Port to Airport. These may be purchased on our Price and Options tab. Transportation is by water taxi and you will need to go to the transportation center, outside of the airport, and look for Star Clippers signage.
Transportation will be available for flights arriving up until 2 p.m. on August 22. Reserve your return flight to depart after 12 p.m. on August 29. Note that there is a welcome aboard party, on August 22, so best to arrive in time to clear customs and get to the ship.
Please provide your flight schedule to us no later than 30 days prior to departure so that transfers may be arranged.
Taxis cost approximately $76 USD each way from Marco Polo airport to the Cruise Terminal in Venice. ALWAYS CONFIRM THE PRICE WITH YOUR TAXI DRIVER BEFORE BEGINNING THE TRIP.
Boarding is from 4-6:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and all members MUST be aboard by 6:30 p.m, as ship departs at 7:30 p.m.
Port Location: Venice
Port Name: Venezia Terminal Passeggeri
Port Authority: Venice Port Authority
Address: 13 Santa Maria Fabbricato,30123 Venezia, Italy
Web Site: https://www.vtp.it/en/
Our cruise does not include airfare, transfers, extra hotel nights before and after the cruise and shore excursions. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events), meals not indicated in itinerary, incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, gratuities to STI staff ($15 per day) and Star Clipper crew members. The approximate gratuity is $11 USD per day which is pooled by the entire crew.
Aboard the Royal Clipper, you’ll set up an on-board account with a credit card to charge onboard purchases such as bar tab and shore excursions to your cabin. The currently onboard Star Clippers is the Euro. Your onboard account is billed in Euros and that charges are made by a European bank. Therefore your credit card company may assess fees to convert your charges from Euro to USD. We recommend that you bring a “no fee” credit card for international transactions. Many banks offer this option. Your final bill may be paid with cash (USD or Euros), travelers’ check or credit card (Discover not accepted).
The Croatian currency is the Kuna, which is divided into 100 lipas. When listed as a price, the Kuna is abbreviated to Kn. There is no need to purchase Croatian Kunas prior to your trip, as ATMs are readily available.
The currency used in Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro is the Euro.
Exchange Rates: The exchange rate for the Euro fluctuates often. You may find the current exchange rates in the financial sections of newspapers and on the Internet. You may also find a number of websites by typing “foreign exchange rates” in your search engine. Two specific websites are: xe.com and money.cnn.com/markets/currencies.
Currency Exchange: Many locations will accept major credit cards, but for incidentals and small vendors you will need some local currency. ATM machines will dispense local currency for internationally accepted ATM cards and/or credit cards. They are usually conveniently located in large cities, but are limited in smaller towns and rural areas.
You may exchange cash and traveler’s checks for local currencies at hotels, banks and exchange bureaus. Banks offer the best rates, but beware, hours are limited in Italy. They are generally open from 9 a.m.-12 noon and 2-5 p.m.
You may purchase Euros from your local bank in advance or get a small amount on arrival at the airport. There is always an exchange at airports.
We recommend that you bring a combination of $3-500 USD depending on your spending habits for meals and shopping, as well as a debit card for withdrawals and a major credit card, preferably VI or MC.
Credit Cards: Your credit card will be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at all hotels and in major shops and restaurants.
If you travel a fair amount, you may want to check with your bank and see if they can provide you with a debit card that doesn’t incur charges when used abroad.
We generally recommend $300-$500 to members based on their lifestyles. Most charges such as cocktails, excursions and and tips for the crew are able to be placed on your shipboard account and charged to your credit card. Allow for shopping in port and any off ship dining.
Yes and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit http://www.travel.state.gov/. We recommend that you also make copies of your passport, driver’s license, photo identification card and/or birth certificate in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your passport.
Visas may be required for non US citizens and it is every member’s responsibility to obtain the proper documentation prior to departure from the US.
Never pack your passport or other important documentation in your checked luggage!
Absolutely! Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! Guarantees are based on the lowest priced category. Upgrades are charged the full single rate less the lowest share credit if no equal match is found. In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by August 22, 2020.
Of course, single cabins are available at an additional cost, assessed by Star Clipper. Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.
Our guarantee is based on the lowest, inside cabin share rate. If you opt for a higher category and we are unable to match in that category, you are responsible for the difference to move a member into your cabin to make a match. You may also opt to take your own cabin at that time for the single cabin rate. Assessments are made at final payment date, 120 days prior to departure.
Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.
We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.
Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.
Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.
Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.
Inspired by the tall ship Preussen, 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.
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!
Each cabin is an ensuite upon itself with your own private bathroom. While cabins vary in size, location and price, all include many important comforts:
– Private Shower with ample, fresh, hot water*
– Private Bathroom Facilities with full size toilet*
– 110-volt U.S. current for electric devices
– Sufficient wardrobe space including under bed storage for luggage and lots of hooks to hang clothing and towels.
– Daily Steward Service and nightly turn-down service
– Television, DVD player, phone, thermostat control, private safe, hair dryer
– 110 volt/American outlets.
Public Space Includes:
– Air Conditioned Dining Room with Sea Views from Every Table
– 2 outdoor swimming pools (dipping)
– Observation Lounge
– Piano Bar
– Tropical Bar
– Nemo Spa and Fitness Facility
No! Just relax and laze about and leave the sailing to Royal Clipper’s professional crew. But if you wish to learn the ropes, the crew is more than happy to have you help hoist the sails, take a turn at the wheel and even enjoy classes on knot tying, the stars, or navigation.
Climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to one of the passenger lookout crows-nests and get the most spectacular view ever!
As little or as much as you wish. This is your home away from home for the week, so you may sunbathe, jump off and swim or float, kayak, read, socialize, party, dance, lead, follow, participate in group games, steer the ship, enjoy sailing related classes, sleep on deck under the stars, play board games, exercise, or just sit and take in the beauty of the ship, listen to the wind in the rigging and the waves lapping against the hull. You are the master of your day! This is not a “if it’s 1 p.m., there’s bingo in the Lido” kind of an experience. Come prepared to be interesting and interested.
Yes! A Complimentary Watersports Program Includes Water-skiing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Sunfish Sailing and Snorkeling. Equipment is provided by the cruise line on a first come, first served basis.
A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for watersports.
Most of the day is spent in port exploring the ports of call. Excursions and activities vary from port to port. Hiking, mountain biking, snorkeling, island tours, beach BBQ’s, sunbathing on pristine beaches, hikes, and so much more. Most landings will be dry.
Excursion prices are subject to change at any time but generally cost $50 and up. STI will provide a sneak peak before you depart. All options are purchased onboard, not in advance, and billed directly to your shipboard account.
Yes. Coffee, tea and juices are available at all meals on a complimentary basis.
Singles Travel International has also included a Private, Singles Only Party with Complimentary Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres (on our second or 3rd night on the cruise) as well as a Complimentary Glass of Wine with Dinner Every Night!
Smoking is permitted in designated areas at the Tropical Bar and on Sun Deck. Candles, matches and lighters may never be used in your cabin.
Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 24 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day.
From the moment you board the ship, our STI Concierge is waiting to meet you at our Hospitality Desk or Welcome Event. Our first evening begins with a private, welcome aboard cocktail party followed by daily activities both onboard the ship as well as in each port. We dine together each evening in an open seating arrangement so that you have a chance to meet as many people as possible.
As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages. Our vacations are specifically designed for Baby Boomers and active travelers with an average age range of 50-70. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline.
We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.
We encourage our members to complete their personal profiles including a photo. Knowing who’s on the trip in advance makes socializing before and during your vacation easier and more fun.
Temperatures in Croatia and Italy will be around 65-75 degrees, during our sailing. Perfect weather for an adventure!
Seasickness is seldom a problem on large sailing vessels. The wind in the sails prevents much of the rolling motion that may cause sea sickness. If you are prone to motion sickness or have experienced seasickness in the past, consult your doctor for a patch, an appropriate medication or natural remedies. Make sure to take your medication prior to sailing or feeling ill, or it may not be effective.
STI notes that ginger used as an ingredient in many of the local dishes was a plus for keeping us from getting an upset stomach.
Currently, most airlines will allow you to check two bags, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.
Note: Pack light! We recommend a soft sided or duffel type bag due to limited space in your cabin. There are no safes in the cabins nor locks on the doors (except from inside), so leave those valuables at home.
This week is super relaxed, no formalities! Don’t forget a light jacket or sweatshirt for night breezes when star gazing. If you plan on hiking don’t forget a pair of sneakers or hiking boots, otherwise, bare feet and sandals are all you’ll need. The sun is stronger down in the islands, so make sure you use a stronger sunscreen than you’d use at home. If you must doll up and need to have your hairdryer and curling iron, electricity onboard is standard US 110 volts. Also bring, your contract of passage/Confirmation from STI, passport and picture ID.
Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable, including prescription medications and travel documents. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.
My Packing List: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.
– An open minded attitude and a ready smile!
– Soft sided duffle bag for easy storage and easy access (may be stored under your bed).
– Light jacket or long sleeve shirt for evenings on deck star gazing.
– Tevas or deck shoes for onboard (or barefoot).
– A pair of sneakers or hiking boots
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor. Sun is much stronger on the water than on land, even when temps are cooler.
– A pair of binoculars.
– Light rain gear.
– Air freshener.
– Bug spray and Benadryl cream.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials and a toiletry bag with hook for hanging.
– Drinking Swag (based on your personal needs): keep drinks cool or hot with a Travel Coffee Cup with lid, Travel water bottle, Beer Coozie, Turvis (insulted) glass, small collapsible cooler.
– Beach towel if desired, not necessary. Pareo wrap for ladies.
– Be the life of the party! Being glow in the dark party favors.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, Neosporin or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Power strip for all your gadgets – most cabins have only one outlet.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book (iphone/smart phone) for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of batteries and extra memory chips.
Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation. If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.
You may be able to use your own phone plan if you add an international calling package before you depart, generally .99-1.99 per minute (check before departure). Data packages are also a great idea to add to your plan if you wish to stay connected on social media. STI was able to get 120G for $30 with AT&T. Well worth it!
There are direct dial phones in each cabin aboard the SVP Star Flyer, but charges are generally $10 per minute. Internet cafes are available in some ports, not all.
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please have your family contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.
All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.
On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.
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Meet Your STI Concierge
Hi! My name is Vicki, and I am so happy to have joined the STI family as a Concierge! After having a career as a health-and-fitness writer and then having children, I decided to make a career change in order to pursue my love for travel. For 9 years now, I have designed small-group tours all over Europe and have led tours in Italy, Malta and Croatia. From the moment I began leading tours, being able to share wonderful experiences and make people smile through discovering a new location - or perhaps through discovering something about themselves - I felt as if I had found exactly what I was meant to do! I look forward to making your vacation dreams come true.