Miami, FL (February 2018) — Few countries offer more cultural and geographic diversity than Indonesia. Comprised of some 17,000 islands—fewer than half of which are inhabited by people speaking more than 300 languages—Indonesia is by far the largest and most varied archipelago on earth. It also spans two continents, covering almost 773,000 square miles between Asia and Australia. From the bustling capital city of Jakarta to the exotic Komodo Island where dragons still roam to the dramatic beaches of Bali, Indonesia offers an experience to fit just about every travelers’ bucket list. Star Clippers starts and ends its Indonesia sailing season with epic, 14-night sailings between Singapore and Bali, and in the months of May through October offer an assortment of seven-, 10- and 11-night sailings round trip from Bali covering East and West coast Indonesia. Following are six great reasons why a Star Clippers sailing in the waters around Indonesia aboard a majestic tall ship is the ideal way to discover the color, culture and diversity of this unique country.Go Island Hopping: On all of its Indonesian sailings, the Star Clipper visits multiple islands, ensuring guests a well-rounded view of this large and complex nation. Travelers can experience lively Java, the world’s most populous island and home to the capital city of Jakarta, as well as tiny, uninhabited Satonda, an island believed by locals to be sacred and surrounded by coral reefs ideal for snorkeling and diving. Star Clippers Indonesian sailings also visit Bali, Lombok, Komodo, Bangka, Giligenteng, Sumba, Sumbawa and Thousand Islands.Walk with Dragons: Star Clippers’ 7- nights Eastbound Bali, and the 10- and 11- nights sailings pay a visit to Komodo Island, home to the fierce and aptly named Komodo dragon—earth’s largest lizard, which can grow to an amazing 10 feet in length. Guests can visit the national park here, which was founded in 1980 with the aim of preserving this unique lizard and its habitat, and if they’re lucky, spot one of these fearsome creatures in its natural environment.Beach It: The beaches of Indonesia are as varied as its cultures. Located on Bali’s north shore, Lovina Beach is known for its dramatic black sand and calm seas that are ideal for swimming. On Komodo Island, Pink Beach, or Pantai Merah to the locals, is one of only seven pink sand beaches on the planet. The amazing color here comes from microscopic animals called Foraminifera which leave a red pigment on the coral reefs. Pink Beach is bounded by turquoise blue sea and is known to be one of the best spot for snorkeling on the island.Get a Fresh Perspective: Indonesia’s varied topography, which ranges from densely forested volcanic mountains to shallow seas covering brightly colored coral reefs, is one of the many natural assets that draw visitors to its shores. Some of the best views of these incredible vistas can be had from the deck of a tall ship as it sails through the island chains. For the ultimate long view, brave guests are invited climb the ship’s rigging to the crow’s nest—located almost 100 feet in the air.Explore More: Travelers yearning to extend their Indonesian getaway and further explore the beautiful island of Bali can add a pre- or post-cruise land tour package with Star Clippers. A four-day, three-night package at the Nusa Dua Beach Resort includes hotel, breakfast and lunches, a full day Spirit of Belimbing Tour and a full day Balinese Culinary Experience. A similar but shorter, three-day, two-night package is also available. Both are available pre- or post-sailing, giving guests flexibility in their travel plans.Book Now and Save: Guests booking select seven-, 10- and 11-night Indonesia sailings will receive an $800 air credit per cabin, $500 onboard credit per cabin and 15% off cruise fares on consecutive sailings. This offer is good on a range of sailings from June through September 2018 with rates starting as low as $995 per person based on double occupancy. For more than 25 years, Star Clippers has been introducing travelers to the thrill of modern tall ship sailing to remote ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia and Far East. The company operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels: Star Clipper and Star Flyer are traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, while the 227-guest Royal Clipper holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship in service today. All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, convivial tropical bars on deck and piano lounges. The brand’s newest vessel, Flying Clipper, will debut in late 2018. For more information or to make a booking, contact your travel agent, or call 800-442-0551 or visit www.starclippers.com.
The police estimated that 9,000 people joined the Edinburgh demonstration. Organisers said they believed some 60,000 had taken to the streets (BBC)Thousands took to the streets of Edinburgh in a third day of protests against Donald Trump’s UK visit.They demonstrated as the US president played golf during a visit to his Turnberry resort on the Ayrshire coast.Mr Trump is in Scotland on a private visit with his family ahead of a summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.No protesters were arrested in Scotland, but the Met Police said 12 people were detained following pro-Trump processions in London.Donald Trump spent most of Saturday afternoon playing a game of golf at Turnberry, the course he bought in 2014 (Getty Images)While Mr Trump was at Turnberry, police estimated that about 9,000 protesters walked from the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to the Meadows for a “carnival of resistance”.The event featured the giant Trump Baby balloon, which was banned from both Turnberry and Holyrood.The baby Trump balloon that featured in protests in London on Friday was a feature of the Edinburgh protest (Reuters image)Tens of thousands of people – organisers claim up to 250,000 – protested in London on Friday against Mr Trump’s UK visit.Demonstrators also filled George Square in Glasgow ahead of his arrival in Scotland.However, the UK government’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the BBC that the anti-Trump campaigners were “an embarrassment to themselves”.He believed that the large scale protests in London and other cities “did not reflect the genuine good manners and hospitality of the British people”.As well as the protests in Edinburgh and at Turnberry, there were supporters of Mr Trump at London’s “Welcome Trump” and “Free Tommy Robinson” processions. (Excerpts from BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMASS PROTESTS: Global marches against TrumpJanuary 21, 2017In “World”G20: Hamburg sees clashes between police and protestersJuly 6, 2017In “World”Women lead unprecedented worldwide mass protests against TrumpJanuary 22, 2017In “World”