Traditional sail ships are few and far between in the modern world of cruising but they are still out there and now they are better than ever. Star Clippers are a prime example of this and this exceptional cruise line offers passengers something truly unique when it comes to getting away. There are three different sail ships in the fleet known as the Star Clipper, Star Flyer and the largest of the three, the Royal Clipper. All of these fantastic ships offer a throw back in time and the chance to experience cruising in a very different way to what we have all become accustomed to. This method of sailing is a throwback to the classic sailing ships of the 19th century. On board you are more likely to discover antique paintings and glamorous brass fittings than interactive televisions screens.
So what’s it like and what’s it all about? Sat Clipper and Star Flyer are the smaller ships in the fleet and sister vessels. These two ships are four-masted, square rigged barquentines. Both ships are 360 feet in length and occupy up to a maximum of just 170 passengers with 75 crew members to emphasise exceptional service as much as possible. The Royal Clippers differs as it is the largest of the three vessels in the fleet and has an occupancy of up to 227 passengers with 105 crew members. The experience is so unique that 20 of the crew members are required just to handle all the sails, guests are even invited to join in if they wish.
On board you will find outstanding facilities despite the relatively small size of the vessels. Not only this but the accommodation is extremely comfortable with a great range of comforting amenities. This type of cruising combines elegance and grace with the chance to get stuck in and get your feet wet, no literally, when you arrive in port, you will be getting your feet wet, simply roll step off into the sea and head ashore, it’s a wonderful experience.
With Star Clippers you will find informal elegance with no strict dress codes just the chance to unwind and relax. This is an incredibly friendly and welcoming cruise line, one that offers something different and pays tribute to the traditional age of sailing. The ships themselves are truly special, in fact more; there awe inspiring and to pull up alongside one of these vessels is nothing like arriving alongside a more conventional cruise liner. The beauty of this cruise line is their ability to take you to places you never thought possible. The smaller sizes and designs allow the sailing ships to head completely off the beaten track and take in the most remote ports of call. Such offerings allow passengers looking to see new parts of the world the chance they have been looking for.
It’s the easy going, informality of Star Clippers that make each and every cruise so special. You’ll find the Captain’s daily briefing very informative each day and learn as you go, not forgetting highlighting the on board entertainment that will be taking place that day. Many of the activities during the day and the evening are derived from the Star Clippers sailing heritage and no other cruise line we deal with tips its cap so well to the past in honour of a wonderful period of sailing tradition. Of course with us constantly informing you of the many appreciations of the past on board, it is quite easy to forget the many modern day influences that also feature. Guests looking for entertainment will not be left disappointed with several bars on board including the renowned Piano Bar where guests gather together around the musical centrepiece or alternatively head to the Tropical Bar for a lively evening’s entertainment and enjoy some live music underneath the stars. This type of cruise is all about light hearted fun and just simply enjoying yourself amongst an enchanting atmosphere.
For such small ships you would expect certain aspects of the cruise to suffer in order to provide the timeless thrill of sailing however, this just isn’t the case. The cuisine on board is nothing short of spectacular with outstanding culinary presentations along with great dining venues.
There is no other cruise that can offer the chance to combine brilliant facilities with traditional sailing and the real thrilling experience of old-fashioned cruise travel with a modern edge. The figures speak for themselves with over 60% of passengers returning for a repeat sailing on one of the three vessels in the fleet. Guests choose between sensational itineraries all over the world including the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Far East and even ocean crossing opportunities.