Star Clippers boasts a fleet of three tall ships all of which circumnavigate the world. Established in 1990, Star Clippers is quite a modern introduction to the cruise industry, yet it embodies everything we love about the history and tradition of sea travel. The ultimate aim of Star Clippers is to revive the golden age of cruising, with the help of these three tall ships that assert an alluring and classic early 19th century charm.
The Star Clippers fleet is like nothing you will have sailed on before. Star Clipper and Star Flyer are both four-mast tall ships, carrying a minimal 170 guests per voyage, accommodated comfortably within the 360-foot long vessel. Royal Clipper holds the record for being the biggest full-rigged sailing ship in the world, with five masts, 42 sails, and an ability to hold 227 passengers during each sailing. Tall ship cruising is, of course, a totally different experience to big ship cruising, but that’s not to say it’s any less luxurious, or any less fascinating. The beauty of Star Clippers is that it’s modern fleet encompasses everyone’s favourite aspects from the larger cruise ships, including swimming pools (Royal Clipper boasts three!), bars and dining rooms, and even gymnasiums and saunas, but combines these aspects with of an intimate, yacht-like experience that is completely unique. It really does need to be seen to be believed.
The three tall ships of the Star Clippers fleet, Royal Clipper, Star Clipper, and Star Flyer, travel all around the world to some of the most beautiful, fascinating and energetic destinations. The Caribbean, Eastern and Western Mediterranean, and Central America (including Panama Canal transits) are very popular options, but a destination that really stands out is Cuba - a colourful and intriguing place that doesn’t usually feature on the itineraries of many cruise lines. Cienfuegos, Casilda, Cayo Largo, and Arch. De Los Canarreos are all explored in detail by Star Flyer each and every year, providing a unique opportunity to visit this country and experience it’s vibrant Latin American charm by sea.
We love cruise ship dress codes - however, ball gowns and tuxedos are not loved by all. Fortunately Star Clippers recognises this, and aims to make tall ship cruising as stress-free and enjoyable for all passengers, regardless of where they are travelling. Star Clippers adhere to an ‘informal elegance’ dress code on board, which means you can leave your cocktail dresses and jackets at home, and enjoy dining amongst a relaxed, laid back atmosphere each and every night. There are very few rules on board Star Clippers - dress in what makes you feel comfortable, eat whenever you want, and choose your own dining table companions. It is a truly different style of cruising, and one that has becoming hugely popular.
Star Clippers are nothing if not different, and this is patently obvious in their wide range of themed cruises that work to enhance your tall ship sailing experience. Star Clippers offer three wonderful and distinct themes to choose from. Culinary cruises is one of the most popular, complementing the mouth-watering on board cuisine perfectly. Enjoy lectures from culinary journalists such as Dagmar Von Cramm, demonstrations by world-renowned chefs including Timo Bobzin, and food & wine pairing classes with master sommeliers including Arno Steguweit.
Christmas-themed cruises take place throughout December (of course!), and you will be amazed by the enormous effort that goes into creating such a magical on board atmosphere. These cruises are designed to be in dock on Christmas Day, usually on beautiful, sunny islands adorned with white sands where you can forget all about the cold, harsh weather back home!
Finally, they offer yoga-themed cruises, which is something that only Star Clippers could successfully undertake. The selling point is the unique chance to meditate out on deck, under a billowing curtain of sails, helping to relax mind, body, and soul. Even if you don’t wish to participate in yoga sessions, you can still learn more about the concepts and beliefs behind the process through dedicated lectures, which really open your mind to the world of fitness, energy, and alternative treatments.