Star Clippers is giving passengers of its tall ship Royal Clipper the opportunity to gain a hands-on experience of marine biology on its Barbados-based cruises this Caribbean season.

Marine biologist Laura Del Rio Torres, a former champion swimmer and trilingual graduate of universities in Barcelona and New Jersey (she speaks fluent English, Spanish and Catalan) will be accompanying passengers on the vessel. Laura will carry out studies on the environments through which Royal Clipper sails, while treating passengers to talks on marine wildlife, daily whale- and dolphin-watching sessions, guided beach walks and dives.

Royal Clipper operates seven-night Caribbean cruises departing from Barbados from November through to April.

“We at Star Clippers are passionately committed to preserving the environment,” said Mikael Kraftt, owner-operator of Star Clippers, “And by offering more opportunities for our guests to learn and get involved, we hope to pass on our enthusiasm.”