Star Clippers

Since 1991 Star Clippers has offered sophisticated travellers the ultimate cruising vacation alternative – a tall ship “mega-yacht” experience aboard authentic re-creations of the classic sailing clipper ships that ruled the waves during the 19th century.

The brainchild of Swedish entrepreneur, Mikael Krafft, Star Clippers operates three of the largest barquentine and full-rigged sailing ships in the world. Star Clipper, Star Flyer and flagship, Royal Clipper are a triumvirate of four and five-masted sailing ships that offer the activities, amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht. With Star Clippers, Mikael Krafft has realized his lifelong dream to provide a unique sailing experience for his passengers in full harmony with the environment, the sea and often away from ports congested with tourists.

Star Flyer and Star Clipper

Launched in 1991 and 1992 in Ghent, Belgium, Star Flyer and Star Clipper were the first clipper ships since 1911 to be granted the certificate of Sailing Passenger Vessel (S.P.V.) by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and are now classified by DNV. They are both four-masted, square-rigged barquentines, 115,5m long, with 3,365 m² of sail and carry up to 166 passengers and 74 crew members. The two ships filled a niche in the market calling for the casual yet elegant style of a private yacht sailing vacation as opposed to the bigger-is-better theory of the huge floating hotel-cruise ships. Star Clippers ships feature open-seating dining, a convivial indoor-outdoor Tropical Bar with an intimate Piano Lounge, and an Edwardian style library with an Époque fireplace. Passengers will be pleased to see antique prints and paintings of famous sailing vessels and gleaming mahogany rails with brass fittings throughout the ship.

Royal Clipper

The success of Star Clippers over the decade of the 90’s convinced Krafft that the time had come to launch a new ship. Inspired by the “Preussen,” the historic flagship of the famed Flying P Line in Germany, Star Clippers commissioned Royal Clipper, out of the Merwede shipyard in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Royal Clipper is the first five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship to be built since 1902 when her inspiration, Preussen, was launched in Hamburg. Royal Clipper joined the Star Clippers’ fleet in July of 2000 and carries the highest rating possible of S.P.V. +100 A1. The Royal Clipper and all the ships are flying the Maltese flag.

The steel-hulled vessel is 134m long, has a beam of 16m, a draft of 5,6m and is now classified by DNV. She carries 42 sails with a total area of 5,000 m². Her highest mast, at an extraordinary 54m, includes a 5,8m hinged top section that can be folded down for passing under bridges and power lines. Royal Clipper accommodates 227 passengers and 106 crew members, of whom 20 are needed to handle all sails. The remaining 86 crew members serve passenger needs or are on support duty. Well-known yacht designer Donald Starkey of London, England, who has created the decor for many of the world’s most admired mega-yachts, was commissioned to design the Royal Clipper’s interiors. The ageless Edwardian style he chooses here suits Royal Clipper perfectly with its warm, welcoming atmosphere and traditional, nautical flourishes.

Star Clippers' Ships

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Ready to celebrate?

Whether it’s a cocktail party, a dinner or seminar onboard or a special excursion on shore, Star Clippers can take care of your needs.

Star Clippers is the inspired choice.

Whether it’s your honeymoon, a milestone birthday or anniversary, a family reunion, a special club or corporate gathering or other significant event, Star Clippers is the inspired choice. After all, what could be more romantic – or memorable than sailing away on a magnificent tall ship to distant lands! Aboard Star Clippers, celebrations become extraordinary occasions, because we are dedicated to making each moment very special.

Treated with care and attention to detail.

Family reunions, clubs or special interest groups and corporate events are treated with the same care and attention to detail that you would expect from a fine hotel or resort. Be sure to reserve well ahead of your cruise, because you’ll find that we will provide some great ideas and original touches to make your gathering even more rewarding. Whether it’s a cocktail party, a dinner or seminar onboard or a special excursion on shore, Star Clippers can take care of your needs.

Honeymooners can relax in perfect privacy.

There’s a complimentary bottle of champagne, and an assortment of sweet treats, offered to all honeymooners who have proof of their marriage within six months of their sailing date, as well as a special gift and a certificate signed by the Captain. If you are searching for the perfect way to begin your lives together, a Star Clippers honeymoon offers an idyllic combination of adventure and romance in a setting that inspires hearts.

244 Cruises · 3 Ships

Cruise Regions

  • Mediterranean
  • Transatlantic
  • Caribbean
  • Panama Canal
  • Middle East
  • S America

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WATERSPORTS

Sailing with Star Clippers is a unique experience!

Explore new horizons, push your boundaries & enjoy a range of nautical activities! Make the most of our complimentary water sports program and learn a wide variety of nautical activities, supervised by our officers & crew.

Water sports for all tastes!

On beach stops our sports team can offer you: kayaks, paddle boards and dinghies as well as water skiing and windsurfing. Enjoy your favourite water sports during the cruise or take the opportunity to try something new.

Snorkeling | Close your eyes and imagine you are soaking up the sun on a white sandy beach in the Caribbean; crystal clear waters invite you to explore the underwater world of coral reefs and colourful tropical fish. Star Clippers hands out snorkeling equipment to all passengers upon arrival on board, so all you have to do is dive in and explore. Sailor for a day! | Life on the ocean is one big adventure! Discover the sailing techniques used by our marine experts. Our crew will help you to hoist the sails, climb the mast, and tie marine knots. You will learn the names of the different sails and how to use a sextant. When evening comes and the velvety darkness is punctuated by stars, our officers will show you how to navigate at night with the help of the stars.Sailor for a day! | Life on the ocean is one big adventure! Discover the sailing techniques used by our marine experts. Our crew will help you to hoist the sails, climb the mast, and tie marine knots. You will learn the names of the different sails and how to use a sextant. When evening comes and the velvety darkness is punctuated by stars, our officers will show you how to navigate at night with the help of the stars.

Sailor for a day! | Life on the ocean is one big adventure! Discover the sailing techniques used by our marine experts. Our crew will help you to hoist the sails, climb the mast, and tie marine knots. You will learn the names of the different sails and how to use a sextant. When evening comes and the velvety darkness is punctuated by stars, our officers will show you how to navigate at night with the help of the stars.

Exclusive Sailing Destinations | Star Clippers takes you to the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia, far from all the crowds and congested harbours. Our tenders or zodiac service allow you to go ashore in comfort and disembark either in port or directly on the beach, so you are free to set off and explore each destination. On Royal Clipper, a specially designed marine platform can be lowered to sea level, so you can enjoy water sports directly from the ship!

CULINARY ARTS

Our inspired chefs make dining aboard a delightful culinary adventure with an international menu of foods from the corners of the Earth.

When you rise, help yourself to a continental breakfast with Parisian croissants or sweet Danish pastries. Or savour a full breakfast with fresh tropical fruit and crisp bacon, grilled sausage and omelettes cooked to order in the dining room.

At lunch, a marvellous buffet of seafood, salads and grilled favourites awaits your pleasure. If the day includes a stop at one of the paradisical islands we frequent, you might also be treated to a succulent outdoor barbecue on shore.

When evening comes, our elegantly appointed dining room becomes the setting for the chef’s finest culinary presentations, designed to please the eye and the palate, complemented by a selection of equally fine wines.

You’ll find our service to be friendly and gracious, befitting a tasteful restaurant. Of course, we would not presume to dictate your seating preferences. On all three ships, you are free to dine when and with whomever you wish - including with our officers, who join our guests in the dining room most nights. The dress code? No need for formal gowns and black tie, casual elegance is the order of the day and every single night.

REST ASSURED

There’s nothing so easy and pleasurable as falling asleep to the gentle rhythms of the ship and sea unless it’s awakening refreshed the next morning to a new-born day.

Like a fine resort, all the amenities are here; double bed or twin beds that can be converted to queen, marble lined bathroom, private safe, television video system and DVD player, direct dial telephone, hair dryer and comfortable furnishings.

The décor is tastefully traditional. You’ll find the accoutrements of a classic yacht, where everything is ingeniously designed for comfort, ease and efficiency. On Royal Clipper, 14 Deluxe suites offer the ultimate in cruising comfort, with private verandah, whirlpool bath and 24-hour room service.

Royal bliss. All but six of her 98 cabins are outside, and for the ultimate indulgence, two 40 square metre owner’s suites may be combined to accommodate up to 8 guests.

Star indulgence. On Star Clipper and Star Flyer, 8 deluxe deck cabins offer intimate cruising comfort, with marble baths and doors that open onto deck. All but six of the ship’s 83 cabins are outside, and for a relaxing indulgence, a 237-square-foot Owner's Suite offers a separate sitting area, minibar, marble bathroom and room service.

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