‘Stranded’ on an island by a high boat – and we couldn’t be happier

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Taken ashore: The organisation who forsaken me during a beach in Amorgos (Picture: Dave Monk)

It’s routinely a bad pointer if a organisation take we alone off a ship, transport you to a seaside and dump we on a forlorn beach.

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But, thankfully, we hadn’t finished anything to dissapoint a captain – we was being carried in a Zodiac inflatable vessel to a fever island of Amorgos in Greece.

As we bounced opposite a waves we looked behind during a ship, Star Flyer, a normal block rigger anchored in a bay.

Its outrageous masts looking like hulk matchsticks opposite a low blue sky.

I took advantage of being a usually newcomer on a launch to explain a beach as my own, holding a resting float as a Zodiac returned to a mom ship.

Scrambling adult a grassy cliff, lizards scurrying as we walked, we admired the perspective over a blue-domed chapel to a vessel and a white houses beyond.

And, yes, a organisation did take me behind to a vessel later.

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Isolated: The beach during Amorgos (Picture: Dave Monk)

This is cruising, though not as we know it.

Star Flyer, built to take usually 170 passengers, was carrying usually 78 (and roughly as many crew) on a round-trip excursion from Athens, job at islands such as Amorgos, Patmos and Mykonos, with a stop in Turkey to see a ancient city of Ephesus.

With usually one grill and one bar, everybody gets to know any other flattering fast and really good – one dusk we were even dancing with a captain as he bounced along to a music on deck.

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Summer sails: The object lights adult Star Flyer (Picture: Dave Monk)

Star Flyer – partial of a Star Clippers swift – looks, feels and acts like a normal ship.

From a cabin usually above a waterline we frequently saw a Aegean whirl over our porthole, creation it demeanour like a inside of a soaking machine, but, oddly, we never felt seasick.

There’s lots of dim wood, nautical paintings – and steps.

Activities on board, aside from sunbathing by a dual tiny pools, embody scaling a paraphernalia to a crow’s nest (with some 21st century health and reserve thrown in), stargazing or tangle tying. A talent uncover by a organisation – and one ridicule newcomer – was surprisingly fun.

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Sea view: Sunset on Star Flyer (Picture: Dave Monk)

Amenities are refreshingly medium – such as a massage ‘tent’ on a tip rug with room for one chairman during a time. And there’s a DJ who turns his palm to all from a piano to an accordion to yield a entertainment.

Star Clippers tend to spend longer in pier than normal tour lines.

Therefore, there’s some-more time to retrace a stairs of bygone civilisations and biblical characters, to travel past windmills and turn bays, or to simply find a welcoming beach bar or grill to while divided a hours.

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Washing machine? No, this was a porthole during times (Picture: Dave Monk)

But days spent during sea are usually as fun.

This is sailing as it used to be, common with a sea and a sky, examination a environment object light adult a sails, seeing moonshine wink on a water, or stepping over ropes to admire a perspective over a bow.

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Ancient city: The Library of Celsus during Ephesus (Picture: Dave Monk)

With a outrageous sails billowing in a wind, we have some feeling of how sailors of aged felt as they set on their voyages of exploration.

Thank a Greek gods that thoroughly complicated touches – such as good food, accessible organisation and a well-stocked bar – meant Star Flyer is all bounty and no mutiny. Even if we are ‘stranded’ on a bliss beach occasionally.

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In full sail: Crew line adult on a crawl goddess of Star Flyer (Picture: Dave Monk)

How to get there and where to stay

Star Clippers (0808 231 4798, starclippers.co.uk) work 3 high ships, sailing year-round in a Mediterranean, Caribbean, Indonesian, Cuban and Asian waters.

A seven-night Southern Cyclades journey, sailing from Athens on Star Flyer costs from £2,329pp, including lapse flights from London, transfers and pier charges, departing August 12, 2017.

A seven-night ‘cruise-only’ package this summer costs from £1,460pp including pier charges, or a mini-cruise from £695 including pier charges for three nights, incompatible flights and transfers. 

Dave also writes about cruising on shipmonk.co.uk

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