MIAMI (June 30, 2009) — Guests flying to the Orient often look to enhance their cruise vacation with a pre- and post-cruise land excursion, and Star Clippers is offering a free package for the 2009/2010 sailing season to entice travels to come explore the region.

Guests booking a seven-night sailing round-trip Phuket, Thailand, or between Phuket and Singapore aboard Star Clipper get a free six-night land-tour package that combines the four-night Vibrant City tour with either the two-night Phuket Fantasea or Lion City tour, depending on itinerary.

“Combining one of our spectacular Far East cruises with a land tours allow our guests to experience the best of both worlds: smaller, pristine island gems and three of the most popular cities in the Far East,” said Mark Carlson, director of marketing for Star Clippers Americas. “By including a free land tour with a cruise, we’re making a dream sailing in the Far East an affordable and attainable vacation option.”

The Vibrant City land tour in Bangkok includes a stay at the five-star Montien Riverside Hotel, breakfast daily, a half-day city tour with a visit to the Grand Palace, the short flight between Phuket and Bangkok, transfers and a cultural dinner show. Optional add-on tours are available, and there will be time to shop independently and explore the many splendors of Bangkok.

During the Lion City visit to Singapore, guests stay at the Orchard Hotel Singapore located in the island’s premier shopping and business districts near the well-known Orchard Road. The tour also includes a half-day city tour, breakfast daily, optional add-on tours and transfers.

The Phuket Fantasea tour features an evening performance of “Phuket FantaSea,” a spectacular show complete with traditional Thai shadow puppets, dancing elephants and daring acrobats, as well as a Thai dinner before the show. The tour also includes a seafront hotel stay at the Merlin Patong Phuket, time to explore independently, optional add-on tours and transfers.

The seven-night sailings between Phuket and Singapore include calls at unspoiled islands such as the Similans, Phang Nga, Ko Adang and Ko Miang, Thailand; and Penang or Langkawi and Malacca, Malaysia.

The seven-night round-trip Phuket Southern Route sailing includes calls at Butang Group, Penang, Ko Adang, Ko Khai Nok, Phang Nga/Ko Hong and Similan Islands. The seven-night round-trip Phuket Northern Route sailing calls at Surin Islands, Similan Islands, Hin Daeng/Ko Rok Nok, Ko Kraden, Phang Nga/Ko Khai Nok and Langkawi.

Cruise-only fares begin at $1,875 per person, double occupancy, and include the six-night land tour.

To request a brochure, call toll-free (800) 442-0556 or e-mail brochures. To make a reservation, contact a travel professional. For information, call Star Clippers at (800) 442-0551 or visit to view a video about the line or take a virtual tour of the Star Clippers ships.

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