A family trip on board Clipper Stad Amsterdam in the Caribbean.

A family cruise as first cruise of the season this year! There were 32 guests on board. Half consisted of children from the age of six months to 15 years old. A wonderful and special challenge for our crew.

The Tube

Swimming was a daily activity as well as visiting white sandy beaches. Snorkeling, walks in the rain forest, pirate games and climbing in the ship’s masts: there always was plenty to do for young and old. By far the most favorite activity involved the "tube", some sort of rope that you can pull behind the dinghy. The sharp turns have everyone’s preference: falling off is even more fun than staying on of course.

Sea turtles
And there is good food all the time. Meals sometimes festive and chic, sometimes casual, sometimes at anchor or taking place during sailing. New Year’s Eve we spent at Jost van Dyke and after dinner everyone went to Foxy's Bar for the best New Year's party of the Virgin Islands. After a Caribbean night with not much sleep and a perfect rest at a nice beach the following day, we headed for Anegada. A meeting with sea turtles in "Turtle Bay" at St. Barth was certainly a highlight on the last day of this cruise. I ordered those turtles and fortunately they were there for a meet. How difficult it would have been if I had to disappoint the youngsters. Our guests had a very enjoyable time and so did we. The entire crew took delight in offering the guests an unforgettable holiday. Having to say farewell came too quickly for many of us and saying goodbye wasn’t easy for everyone. Who knows, they say it is very likely to meet at least twice in a lifetime.

12°09’N 068°37’W
Photo 2: ©Klaas Pieter

about the author

Moritz Kuhlenbäumer - Captain Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Between 2007 and 2012 Moritz sailed on the Stad Amsterdam already as second officer for one year and as first officer for four years. In June 2015 Moritz Kuhlenbäumer became one of the two captains on board.