Yoga cruises

Star Clippers adds six yoga-themed cruises in 2015

MIAMI — Star Clippers has scheduled six yoga-themed itineraries in 2015.

World-class yoga instructors will be onboard Star Clipper’s Jan. 24 and 31 Caribbean sailings, Royal Clipper’s May 16 and 23 western Mediterranean cruises and Star Flyer’s Aug. 1 and 8 Balearic Islands itineraries.

All classes are complimentary and will take place on deck in the fresh air under the billowing sails at sunrise and sunset. The instructors also will give lectures on the philosophy of yoga and advice for practice at home. All of the classes are appropriate for all skill levels, so beginners are as welcome as advanced participants.

“You can’t ask for a more relaxing yoga environment than on the open deck of a Star Clippers ship surrounded by the sea and sails,” said Mikael Krafft, owner and president of Star Clippers. “We continue to look for unique experiences to offer our health-minded guests, and the yoga classes have been met with enthusiasm.”

Yoga teacher, author and life coach Inge Schöps will join the seven-night Caribbean sailings on Star Clipper roundtrip from St. Maarten, Jan. 24 and 31, offering yoga and meditation classes. Schöps is based in Cologne, Germany, where she teaches, and she also runs yoga retreats in the Mediterranean on the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Formentera. She is an author and has published yoga apps and e-books.

On Royal Clipper’s May 16 and 23 seven-night western Mediterranean cruises roundtrip from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, guests can learn Ishta-style yoga, focusing on asana, meditation, anatomy and yogic and tantric philosophy under the instruction of Raphaella Rose. A yoga practitioner for 17 years, Rose promotes friendly and accessible yoga, and has taught classes in the U.S., Great Britain and Spain, running regular retreats alongside her class schedule.

Yoga expert Christel Vollmer will join the seven-night Balearic Islands sailings on Star Flyer roundtrip from Palma de Mallorca, Aug. 1 and 8. She will give two classes daily: 60 minutes of power yoga in the morning and a 40-minute wind-down class at sunset, followed by meditation. Vollmer brings many years of teaching experience to Star Clippers, having trained under Bryan Kest, yoga guru to celebrities including Madonna, Cindy Crawford and Sting.

All classes and lectures will be conducted in English and are optional. Additional ship activities will be offered as part of the standard daily program.

Other features of a Star Clippers cruise that appeal to the health-conscious traveler include an abundance of fresh fruit daily, healthy menu options and active shore excursions including watersports and bike tours.

Cruise fares for the Caribbean sailings featuring yoga with Inge Schöps begin at $1,993, the western Med cruises with Raphaella Rose begin at $1,740, and the Balearic Islands voyages with Christel Vollmer begin at $1,575, all per person, double occupancy.

Star Clippers’ new 2015-16 brochure features significant fare savings on bookings made before Jan. 31, 2015. To request a hard-copy brochure, call 1-800-442-0556 or e-mail brochures@starclippers.com.