Sail the Three Seas
Every cruise on the Royal Clipper is unique, as the ship itself is a destination. She is a vessel that harkens back to sailing ships of yesteryear with polished brass, teak, and miles of billowing sails. Aboard the ship guests can be on the lookout for dolphins as they relax in the bowsprit net with a glass of champagne or climb the rigging to take a look at the vast beauty of the ocean from up high. They can lounge upon the deck chairs in sun or shade, or converse in the glass-bottomed midship pool that allows sunlight to illuminate the dining room three decks down.
Our itinerary for the Three Seas highlights some of the most stunning locations the Tyrrhenian, Adriatic, and Ionian Seas have to offer. By focusing on full-day and evening stays our guests can experience ports to their fullest and make the most of all the nude opportunities we arrange. Guests fly into Rome and home from Venice so they have the chance to explore two historic Italian cities before and after their cruise.
There is truly nothing like the first time you experience the glamour of sailing away on the Royal Clipper. As the music crescendos and all forty-two sails are hoisted, you can’t help but slip into Bare-a-dise.
After Dark and Over Nights
Cruising with Bare Necessities is different. We don’t always pull into port at 9:00 a.m. and leave at 3:00 p.m. In certain destinations, we’ve extended our stays so you can do everything or nothing at all. This is a vacation, right?
For example, one of our overnight destinations is Sorrento, Italy, where you can take your time exploring the city overlooking the Bay of Naples or visit nearby areas like the Amalfi Coast and Capri’s Blue Grotto. You even have time to take a day trip to tour the ruins of Pompeii or Herculaneum… or both! Sorrento provides easy driving access to the colorful, classic cliffside towns of Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi. When you stay the night in Sorrento you can enjoy the ambiance after dark and into the wee hours of the night if you choose.
After two days in Sorrento, Italy, we’ll say goodbye to Mount Vesuvius and hello to Mount Etna from Giardini Naxos, Sicily. A short, scenic, and curvy drive uphill from this port is Taormina. This mountaintop town is a wonderful place to stroll, shop, and take in the view of the Royal Clipper at anchor in the bay below. One of the highlights is an ancient Greco-Roman theater that is still being used for opera and theatrical performances. Shop at any of the fabulous stores and boutiques or sip an espresso on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea. There is plenty of time to explore, have dinner, hike, and shop as we’ll be anchored here until midnight.
The next couple days of our journey are spent at sea before we enter the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro through a natural fjord with mountains rising up from the sea on both sides. Once we anchor, we’ll have plenty of time to explore the Old Town of Kotor located within walking distance of the pier. You can hike the steep steps that zigzag up the fortified walls or brave the maze of streets in Old Town and discover the local history. In the evening, you can find a waterfront restaurant and stroll colorful Old Town until midnight when we leave for our journey to Croatia.
Our first stop in Croatia will be in Dubrovnik. From there, we’ll head to Hvar, Rab and Split. One of the most nudist-friendly places on earth, Croatia boasts plenty of nudist beaches and parks and is rich in culture and history. So whether you are a history buff or just enjoy beaching it in the buff, Croatia has something for you.
Before our last stop in Venice, we will spend the day in Piran, Slovenia, a colorful seaside town with quaint cafes, restaurants, and great shopping. Spend the day beachcombing, taking in a cultural tour or enjoy lounging on the ship. We arrive in Venice, Italy by dawn the following morning as sailing in at sunrise is a real treat. The sun plays with the water, making Venice look like a golden wedding cake perched precariously on the horizon. While it may be the last stop on our cruise, it very well could be the beginning of more adventures in this wonderful city.