Star Clippers offers tall ship cruises that dreams are made of, with the following fleet of true sailing ships.
- Royal Clipper
- Star Clipper
- Star Flyer
- Flying Clipper (from 2018)
Royal Clipper is the largest and only five-masted full ship which has been built since early in the last century. She is 134 metres long, and has 42 sails measuring some 54,600 square feet, as well as modern navigation systems, and carries 227 guests in luxurious style. Despite her traditional appearance from the outside, the inside is very modern with a 3-deck atrium, and comfortable lounge, bars and restaurant. There are two short videos at the bottom of the page which I took when I was on Royal Clipper in the Caribbean cruising from Barbados to Antigua during December 2013, and the following link is my review of Royal Clipper.
Star Clipper and Star Flyer are identical, and measure 115 metres long with 4 masts holding 16 sails measuring 36,000 square feet, and each carries 170 guests.
The new ship, being launched in 2018, will technically be a 5-masted barque, and will supercede Royal Clipper as the largest square rigged sailing ship in the world. She will carry up to 300 passengers in 150 cabins, and have 35 sails measuring approximately 68,800 sq ft.
All ships in the fleet still use wind power whenever possible for sailing, and the sails are still raised and lowered by the crew, using powered winches, as opposed to being operated by a computer. Guests are allowed to assist the crew, under supervision, if they wish to. Guests are also allowed to climb the mast to the lookout posts, again under supervision of the crew, and must wear a safety harness.
The standard of food served in the open sitting restaurant is very good, with buffet selections at breakfast and lunch, and waiter service for dinner. The dress code is casual elegance, with no requirement for suit and tie. Sometimes deck lunches and beach barbecues are also arranged
Entertainment is low key, with the piano bar on deck being a focal point for people to meet. Local entertainers are often brought onboard as well. There is also a watersports programme.
The accommodation onboard ranges from inside cabins to the owner’s cabin on Star Clipper and Star Flyer, with the addition of Deluxe Suites and Owner’s Suites on Royal Clipper. There are also a number of guaranteed single rates offered on each cruise. While children are welcome on board Star Clippers, there is no structured programme providing supervision and care for young children.
(Page amended August 2017)