The thrill and mystery and quiet seduction of unfurled great sails opening out from tall masts is an unforgettable experience. The Star Clipper fleet of three small, swanlike sailing ships uniquely allows you to climb up the rigging “ratlines” and sit in the crow’s nest 60 feet above the deck.  Wow.  They do supply a safety vest, and ever-so thoughtfully attached to a safety line.  Their largest, The Royal Clipper, a 5-masted ship with 42 sails, coddles just 227 guests.

Try sailing with them into protected anchorages, private beaches, past and to tiny islands in the Caribbean first (December to April), and then you can branch out into French Polynesia, the Med… and on.

Or for the chickens among us, how about the virtual crow’s nest view: