Frequently Asked Questions

When should I arrive into Istanbul?

Please plan to depart the U.S. on DAY, DATE, and arrive into Istanbul (IST) on DAY, DATE.

When should I depart from Athens?

Please plan to depart from Athens (ATH) on DAY, DATE.

Can I use frequent flyer miles to purchase my airline ticket?

Yes; however, due to airline restrictions, MST cannot purchase these tickets for you. Please see your preferred airline's arrival and departure information.

Can Morning Star Tours help me with my flights?

Yes! We are pleased to assist with flight arrangements! Please contact FIRST LAST, Tour Manager, at

What is the baggage allowance?

You are allowed one checked bag and one carry-on.  Please note that cabins on the Star Clipper are smaller than hotel rooms and your luggage will need to be stored in your cabin.  The rule of thumb from experienced travelers is to pack lightly.  

Baggage restrictions often vary by airline.  It is important to refer to the airline's international baggage regulations prior to packing, as these can change without notice.

What is the payment schedule?

Deposit: $1,500 per person, due with registration
2nd Payment: $2,000 due by XXXXXX
Balance due by XXXXXX

If your payment date falls on a weekend or holiday, your payment will be processed on the following business day.

What is the Cancellation Policy for this tour?

To review the Cancellation Policy for this tour, please go to the 
Terms and Conditions.

What are the Star Clipper cabin amenities?

Your ship's accommodations are thoughtfully designed, featuring private bathroom with showers, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player, telephone and other amenities Morning Star Tour travelers have come to expect.

Can I use my phone while aboard the Star Clipper? 

There is not a phone available on the Star Clipper.  In the event of an emergency, your family may call Star Clipper’s 24-hour number at 305-773-3541.  A Star Clipper representative will contact the ship to reach you.

Cell phones will not work while at sea; however, if you plan to use your personal cell near or on land, it is important to contact your cellular carrier for international rate plans.

Is there internet access aboard the Star Clipper? 

Wireless internet is available on the Star Clipper in common areas, for an additional charge.  There is also one computer available for use in the library.  Please note the internet is slow and tends to improve closer to land.

The hotels in Turkey and Greece offer internet access for an additional charge.

I get motion sickness.  In which area of the ship is it best to reserve my cabin? 

Cabins that are lower and centrally located are the best options for guests who experience motion sickness.  The Star Clipper has a deep keel designed to minimize the feel of ship movement.

Is the Star Clipper handicap accessible? 

Unfortunately, the ship is not wheelchair accessible and in certain areas of the ship, even a walker can be difficult to use due to steps and narrow hallways.  Additionally, in many ports, tendering is required due to the ship’s deep draft and lower water levels in the harbors we visit.

Are all gratuities included?

Yes! A generous tip to guides, drivers, hotel and Star Clipper staff, and those serving you at applicable sites is included in your tour cost. We pray that this provision is a blessing and a testimony to those who serve you.

What out-of-pocket expenses should I expect? 

Morning Star Tours strives to take the question marks out of the overall trip cost. Your only out-of-pocket expenses may include beverages, one lunch in Athens, and personal expenses. 

The Star Clipper operates on a cashless system.  When you board, you will provide a credit card number and expenses will be charged to your cabin.  The ship accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

How much walking will we be doing?

Walking is done in small increments throughout the day and you will have frequent opportunities to rest if needed. To prepare yourself, start walking a little each day. We recommend properly “breaking in” any shoes you plan to wear while touring.   

Should I bring my young children on the tour?

Young children may find the pace of the tour to be too rigorous, and may find the time on the tour bus and quiet times of teaching challenging. We recommend that guests be age 10 or above.  

Dallas Theological Seminary has chosen to travel exclusively with Morning Star Tours for many years. They are unequaled in their commitment to biblical ministry, their attention to detail, and their passionate desire to serve each traveler.

Mark Bailey

Dallas Theological Seminary