Three yoga-themed cruises announced by Star Clippers for 2014

Tall ship specialist Star Clippers (0808 231 4798 / is offering guests free daily yoga and meditation classes on three cruises in 2014: the spring and autumn 2014 transatlantic crossing of the line’s flagship, the 227-passenger Royal Clipper, and a Balearics voyage on Star Flyer from Palma departing August 2.

Qualified yoga teacher Christel Vollmer, back on board by popular demand, will be on the two crossings, holding the daily sessions of Astanga yoga, also known as power yoga, on deck in the cool morning air, with a second session just before sunset, including meditation. Christel will also deliver lectures on the philosophy of yoga and advice for practice at home.

Astanga yoga is a dynamic and powerful style of yoga based on a sequence of easy-to-learn movements called asanas. Christel’s classes, which take place in English, will be suitable for all levels and no prior experience is required. There is no upper age limit for practicing yoga.

Australian-born Raphaella Rose will offer daily classes on the Palma sailing. Her speciality is Ishta style yoga, a highly personalised form of yoga that embraces Hatha postures and Tantric and Ayurvedic philosophy. Tantra offers specific meditation techniques and tools to calm the mind, while Ayurveda with posture modification aims to rebalance the individual mentally and physically. Raphaella has practiced yoga for 16 years and taught regular classes since 2005, in the USA, Britain and Spain, running regular retreats alongside her class schedule.

For those who want to follow a healthy or vegetarian diet during any of these cruises, Star Clippers’ usual sumptuous breakfast buffets, piled with fresh, seasonal fruits, and magnificent arrays of salads at lunchtime will be available, as well as vegetarian choices at dinner.

The yoga cruises are as follows:

Royal Clipper with Christel Vollmer, 16 nights from Barbados to Malaga, departing April 12 and arriving April 28, from £1,420 (flights extra).
Royal Clipper with Christel Vollmer, 16 nights Lisbon to Barbados, departing November 6, from £1,540 for 16 nights; (flights extra).
Star Flyer with Raphaella Rose, seven nights round-trip Palma, departing August 2, from £1,470 (flights extra).

To book, call 0845 200 6145 or visit