Brand g Vacations is proud to offer an LGBT+, inclusive, guaranteed full ship charter, Western Mediterranean cruise, an experience unlike any you’ll find on another cruise ship.
Please note, this trip has been rescheduled from 2020 due to the pandemic. Previously booked guests were given the opportunity to rebook their cabins, thus affecting the inventory available to new bookings. If your preferred accommodations are not available at the moment, we encourage you to waitlist as these cabins often open up at a later date.
We have chartered the Royal Clipper, the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship. With a complement of 42 sails, the Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold. Experience the informal elegance, culinary delights, and gracious service in the intimacy of 227 gay and lesbian friends.
This cruise departs from Cannes, a perfect vacation destination due to its ideal weather conditions and glamorous harbor. Some of the most notable highlights include: beautiful Lerici, the ancient Etruscan remains at Portoferraio, the beaches of Corsica and the super-yachts of glamorous Monaco.
Laugh. Dance. Smile. Relax on this unforgettable adventure of the senses.
Arrive at Nice airport and transfer to the Gray d’Albion Hotel in Cannes. The balance of the day is free time to start exploring this beautiful coastal city. This evening we will gather at the hotel for a welcome reception. (Welcome Reception)
This morning’s included sightseeing reveals why Cannes is considered one of France’s most attractive cities. This afternoon you are free to explore Cannes on your own. Overnight at the Gray d’Albion Hotel. (B)
Glittering Cannes is the archetypal Mediterranean resort city, discovered by wealthy English nobles who came to the sunny south of France to escape their drafty old castles during the dreary British winters. Cannes’ high-flying lifestyle has attracted notables and the notorious ever since. Every year, the stars flock to celebrate the Cannes Film Festival at the colossal Palais des Festivals.
Enjoy breakfast and free time before we gather this afternoon to transfer to the pier and embark the Royal Clipper. After settling in to your cabin, enjoy a welcome aboard celebration, followed by dinner and Brand g signature entertainment and fun. Late tonight we set sail for Lerici. (B/D)
It was in the Villa Magni near Lerici that Percy Bysshe Shelley spent his last happy days before sailing his small boat on its stormy fatal voyage on July 8, 1822. Lord Byron, another Lerici literary resident, once swam across the Bay of Portovenere to visit Shelley, who was residing in San Terenzo. The small fishing villages of San Terenzo, Tellaro and Fiascherino and Montemarcello are similar to the more famous Cinque Terre. (B/L/D)
From his villa in Portoferraio, Napoleon, the exiled Emperor of France, looked out over the waiting ships in the harbour and dreamed of returning to glory. Enjoy a local vineyard tour, and near Portoferraio, discover the remains of an ancient Etruscan civilization. (B/L/D)
Santa Manza Bay is the most famous beach in Corsica, and has justifiably been voted one of the Top 10 best beaches in Europe. Backed by mountains and pines, this is a beautiful stretch of powdery golden sand and shallow crystal clear blue water which deepens gradually. Various water sports facilities are on offer including windsurfing, jet-ski, kayaks and pedal boats, and there are plenty of snack bars nearby.
Bonifacio’s almost land-locked harbor is one of the most dramatic, totally-protected harbors. It is a bustling port, with excellent seafood restaurants and a modern marina. The ancient citadel town is perched high atop a seemingly impenetrable cliff. (B/L/D)
Alghero is the main resort in the northwest of Sardinia, and is one of Sardinia’s most beautiful medieval cities. Its bustling historic centre is packed with excellent bars and restaurants, making it a great place to hang out. It is also ideally placed for exploring the beaches of nearby Riviera del Corallo. Interestingly, a form of medieval Catalan is still spoken, even though the Iberians left three centuries ago. (B/L/D)
The resort of Porticcio is clean and modern, and there are several beaches in the town. There is a long sandy stretch called the Plage de la Viva that is quite lively, with enough activities going on that most people are happy to stay put. However, if you do feel like venturing away, then head south towards Filitosa. This prehistoric site is in a lovely countryside setting, and is one of the rare places in the world where prehistoric engraved stones can be seen.
Ajaccio has a justified reputation as a very stylish city. Napoléon Bonaparte was born here in 1769, and as you would expect, the city has many sites relating to him, from his childhood home to seafront statues, museums and street names. Its immediate surroundings are a paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, trekkers and climbers. It provides a whole range of outdoor activities which you can enjoy by yourself or with professionals. (B/L/D)
Monaco is the fabled domain of princes and movie stars. The magnificent Palais du Prince and opulent Casino remind you of an elegant, pre-war era. With more wealth concentrated in one small area than almost any place on earth, this tiny principality retains its gilt-edged allure. (B/L/D)
The Royal Clipper is set to arrive to Cannes at 6:00 AM this morning. If you’re flying home today we recommend you schedule your departure flight from Nice (NCE) at 10:30 AM or later. All guests should plan to disembark by around 10:00 AM. Special exceptions may be made for guests with late departing flights. (B)
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A $1,000 per person credit card deposit is required to confirm your space. A second deposit of $1,000 per person is required 240 days before departure on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 (01/18/22). The balance of the trip is due 120 days prior to departure on Friday, May 18, 2022 (05/18/22). Failure to make payment(s) in a timely manner may cause your reservation to be cancelled
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Measuring 320 SqFt, Owner’s Suites feature a separate sitting area, free minibar, private marble bathrooms with whirlpool/shower, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and telephone. These suites feature two double beds convertible to a King bed and room service is available.
Measuring 255 SqFt, Deluxe Outside Verandah Suites have private marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs/showers, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player, telephone and a sitting area. They also feature private verandahs, which are furnished with a table and chairs. All cabins have two lower beds, which convert to a double bed.
These deluxe outside staterooms measure 175 SqFt, are situated behind the library and open onto the public deck. They feature fixed double beds, minibars, private marble bathrooms with a whirlpool tub/shower and are complete with bathrobes. They also feature air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and a telephone.
Category 2 superior outside staterooms measure approximately 148 SqFt. The accommodations are thoughtfully designed featuring: private marble bathrooms with shower, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and telephone. All cabins have two lower beds, which convert to a double bed. Some feature a third bed as indicated with a triangle on the deck plan. The third bed tucks completely out of the way if not in use.
Measuring approximately 148 SqFt, Category 3 accommodations are thoughtfully designed featuring: private marble bathrooms with shower, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and telephone. Some cabins have fixed double beds as indicated with the letter D on the deck plan, where others have two lower beds, which convert to a double bed.
Measuring approximately 148 SqFt, Category 4 accommodations are thoughtfully designed featuring: private marble bathrooms with shower, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and telephone. Some cabins have fixed double beds as indicated with the letter D on the deck plan, where others have two lower beds, which convert to a double bed.
Measuring approximately 148 SqFt, Category 5 accommodations are thoughtfully designed featuring: fixed double beds, private marble bathrooms with shower, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and telephone.
These cozy inside staterooms measure approximately 100 SqFt and feature fixed double beds, private bathrooms with shower, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and telephone.
dditional pre-program nights available for $338 per room per night based on double occupancy, or $300 per room per night based on single occupancy.
With an intimate atmosphere, Hotel Le Gray d’Albion shrouds its guests in delicate refinement. The transparent Starck furniture and the soft king size bed will transport you to a delightful other world. Waterskiing, summer nights whiled away on a private beach, and colourful cocktails shape an exhilarating trip. Wonderment on La Croisette. Thrills at the casino. Luxury boutiques. A whirlwind of pleasures right outside your hotel room door.
The Royal Clipper boasts 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.
Find your secret hideaway on one of the hidden balconies on either side of the bow. Or climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to one of the passenger lookout crows-nests, thoughtfully furnished with a comfortable settee, where you’ll have the grandest view of all!
Royal Clipper’s interior spaces are just as dazzling. They include a three-deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed, three-level dining room featuring open-seating dining, deliciously prepared cuisine and a no-tie dress code.
Your ship’s accommodations are thoughtfully designed, featuring: private bathrooms, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and nightly turn-down service. Cabins are equipped with 220-volt outlets, plus a 110-volt shaver outlet. Bring a converter if you need to use U.S. appliances which are not dual voltage.
The Royal Clipper offers a large number of activities to her guests. But, the real icing on the cake are all of the extra touches provided by Brand g along with the comfort you can only find in the environment of an all-gay and lesbian vacation.
The chefs aboard the Royal Clipper transform ordinary dining into an extraordinary treat. And you’re free to dine when and with whomever you wish—including the sailors, which is also very appetizing.
Every morning you can nibble on a continental breakfast with delicious muffins and rolls or feast on a full breakfast with fruit, bacon and omelets made to order.
For lunch there’s a marvelous buffet of seafood, salads and grilled favorites. And when evening comes, our elegantly appointed dining room becomes the setting for the chef’s finest culinary presentations, designed to please the eye and the palate, and complimented by a selection of equally fine wines.
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Arrivals: The closest airport to Cannes is Nice, France. Airport Code NCE. You may arrive at anytime on September 15th, or prior. Transfers will be provided to the host hotel, the Gray d’Albion Hotel in Cannes. Transfers may also be provided from local train stations to the host hotel. Please contact us to discuss your travel plans and we will advise you regarding availability of non-airport transfers.
Departures: One post cruise transfer will be provided on September 24th. The ship is scheduled to arrive to Cannes at 6:00 AM and therefore we recommend flights departing Nice (NCE) at 10:30 AM or later. We will transfer you from the Royal Clipper to the Nice Airport, local train station, or local Cannes hotel. Any further transfers will need to be arranged independently at your own expense.
International roaming charges can be expensive for cellular devices, and it is advisable to contact your domestic carrier to determine the charges and plans available for each country you are visiting, then select the best available plan for your expected usage.
All cabins have a direct dial telephone. Onboard, Wi-Fi cards are available for purchase for use of the internet.
The currency of France, Italy and Monaco is the Euro. Some vendors accept US dollars but may return change in Euros. It will be useful to have small amounts of local currency while touring.
The official currency on board the Royal Clipper is the Euro. All charges for services and products on board will be placed on the guest’s shipboard account to be settled at the end of the voyage. MasterCard, Visa and Euros are also accepted for the settlement of guest accounts.
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 45 days prior to departure of these requests.
The power onboard the Royal Clipper is 220v, European standard. To use any electrical product from the US or Canada you will need a plug adapter. If your device is not dual voltage (220/110v), you will require an electrical converter. Many electronic devices have built-in electrical converters, however please check the manufacturer’s specifications for details. Power on land is 110v with outlet types A and B, the same as in the US.
Citizens of the US and Canada are required to have a valid passport, which expires at least 6 months after the last date of the trip. Visas are not required for citizens of these countries. Citizens of all other countries should check with the consulates of the countries visited on the itinerary to verify entry requirements.
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. Gratuities for the included portions of this program have been pre-paid. At your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
Attire is casual by day, shorts and T-shirts. Evenings are casual, as well, there’s no need to pack formal-wear. Swimsuits, shorts and flip-flops are discouraged in the dining room. Men are expected to wear pants or nice shorts to dinner; women wear slacks or casual dresses. Bathing suits should be worn only on deck.
Laundry service is available at the pre-hotel and on board the ship. Costs will be listed in each suite’s directory, and charged to the guest’s account. Self-service laundry facilities are not available on the ship.
The comfort and safety of our guests is our first priority. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. On board the cruise, smoking is not permitted in the suites or enclosed, public areas. There is a designated smoking area on the Sun Deck. We request that you refrain from smoking during excursions.
In September, days can reach the upper 80s and the evenings are in generally in the 60s. On the Mediterranean, the sea can make it feel cooler, so don’t forget a shawl or light jacket.
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Information contained in these terms does not form part of any offer or contract. The transportation of guests and baggage on Star Clippers vessel is provided solely by Star Clippers and is governed by the terms and conditions printed on the Passage Contract. The Passage Contract will be included with your travel documents and contains complete and important information regarding cancellations, itineraries, Star Clippers’ liability, health and immigration requirements, and other relevant terms and conditions. The terms and conditions of the Passage Contract will apply to persons who have booked a cruise regardless of whether or not they have embarked the vessel. Please read your Passage Contract carefully. To the extent that any of the information in the brochure conflicts with the terms of the Passage Contract, the terms and conditions contained in the Passage Contract shall control.
Itinerary arrival and departure times are always subject to change without notice. Star Clippers reserves the right to cancel, alter, advance, postpone or substitute any scheduled sailing or itinerary, substitute another vessel for the scheduled ship, or substitute or cancel scheduled ports of call, which, in its sole judgment and discretion, is justified for any reason, and to do so without liability for any loss whatsoever to guests as a result of said change(s).
Brand g Vacations and Star Clippers are not responsible for incidents such as airline cancellations, re-routings or any disruption of scheduled services or accommodation, or lost luggage. All schedules, fares, and terms and conditions listed at www.brandgvacations.com are effective as of January 2019 and supersede any schedules, prices, and terms and conditions previously published.
Travel documents will not be dispatched until full and final payment and passenger Contact Information has been received by Star Clippers and cleared. For purposes of this Agreement, Contact Information shall mean a passenger’s full name, passport number, address, telephone number (land and mobile), electronic mail address and emergency contact information and any other information as requested.
2022 cruise fares cover certain shipboard services including: accommodations, onboard meals and entertainment, and complimentary beverages aboard ship (water, juice at breakfast, coffee, tea, house wines, select liquors, and select beers). All fares are quoted in US dollars, are per guest and based on double occupancy. Not included in your program tariff are premium beverages, premium wines, champagne, and optional shore excursions, meals taken ashore during the cruise, fuel surcharges, laundry, and purchases from the ship boutique, spa or any item or service of a personal nature.
Travel agents are considered to be the agent of Passenger and not of Carrier. Carrier is not liable for any representation, act or omission of Passenger’s travel agent. Passenger’s cruise fare is not considered paid until Carrier receives full payment, and the amount thereof is subject to change at any time prior to Carrier’s receipt of payment. Passenger shall at all times remain liable to Carrier for the price of passage. Carrier reserves the right to refuse embarkation if all charges and surcharges have not been paid in advance of departure.
All payments will be processed by Brand g Vacations. To reserve your trip, a $1000 per person deposit is required at the time of booking with a second $1000 per person deposit due 240 days before departure. Full payment is due no later than 120 days prior to departure. Guests will not be permitted to change travel agents once final payment has been received. Final documentation will be issued after receipt of final payment and approximately 30 days prior to tour. All reservations are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due date, and are guaranteed only when paid in full 120 days prior to tour. Reservations made within 120 days of tour require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Brand g Vacations. Payments may be made by AMEX / VISA®/ MasterCard® or DISCOVER®
Should you find it necessary to cancel your reservation or any component thereof, you are required to contact your Travel Professional or Brand g Vacations directly by telephone as well as submit your cancellation in writing. Refunds are subject to the schedule below regardless of suite/cabin resale and cancellation charges may not be converted to future cruise credits:
|Days Before Departure||Per Person Charges|
|Greater than 365 (through 9/14/21)||$250.00|
|365 – 241 (9/15/21 – 1/17/22)||$500.00|
|240 – 91 days (1/18/22 – 6/16/22)||$1,000.00|
|90-0 days (6/17/22 – 09/15/22)||100% of the total per person fare|
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By booking passage on this program and by boarding the ship, the guest represents and warrants that he/she is physically and otherwise fit to travel, and that the guest will comply at all times with applicable rules and regulations of the ship and orders and instructions of the ship’s officers.
Brand g Vacations or Star Clippers reserves the right without liability to require a guest to disembark and/or to refuse to board and transport a guest who, in the judgment of the hosts or the ship’s Captain, is unfit to travel or may require care beyond that which Brand g Vacations or Star Clippers is reasonably able to provide.
We strongly recommend that guests are able to navigate the stairs on-board without assistance. Should guests require assistance, they must travel with someone who is able to assist them both ashore and at Onboard. We are unable to offer special assistance. Please note that wheel-on and/or wheel-off access is not available at ports-of-call.
You may bring aboard the ship a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects without charge. Baggage for ship guests or guests on our land extension programs must be handled in accordance with regulations of our ground operators. Baggage exceeding these limitations is subject to the charges as set forth by the individual operators. Airlines are strict with baggage limitations. Guests are encouraged to contact individual airlines for weight limitations.
All baggage must be securely packed, and properly and clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and other articles not suitably packed are transported at your own risk. Brand g Vacations or Star Clippers is not responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any other personal item during air travel or land extension programs.
Baggage and personal belongings will be taken off the ship upon guest disembarkation. Under no circumstances will baggage be stored onboard without the owner of such baggage being on the vessel. Brand g Vacations or Star Clippers is not responsible for baggage stored in shore side facilities.
Under no circumstances may dangerous items (including but not limited to: explosives, firearms, combustible or illegal substances) be taken aboard the ship. We recommend that you hand-carry travel documents (passport, visa, cruise tickets), medications and valuables. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times.
All travel documents (air and cruise tickets, passport and medical insurance information) are the guest’s responsibility. It is also the guest’s responsibility to obtain any necessary visas and public health documents for all applicable ports and to comply with all customs requirements. Without the required documents, a guest may be denied boarding and accommodation by Star Clippers or the guest may be disembarked during the voyage and Brand g Vacations, or Star Clippers will not make a refund or be otherwise liable to any guest for such denial of boarding or disembarkation.
Please check with the appropriate consulate for specific requirements. Security measures imposed by governments may change from time to time and each guest will be required to comply with them. As a courtesy, we will endeavor to provide each guest with notice of measures that may affect them, but complying with any such requirements is the sole responsibility of each guest. Please consult your travel professional for advice on such requirements to avoid loss of boarding privileges.
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