An authentic sailing experience with Star Clippers

An intimate, casual and relaxed private yacht-like experience on tall ships (aka “Clipper ships) … near replicas of the clipper ships from the early 1900’s, the Golden Age of Sailing but with modern accommodations and amenities.

Details about the Jan 2022 British Virgin Islands sailing.

Above, in the foreground, is one of the 4 masted sister ships, either the Star Clipper or the Star Flyer. Behind it is the (actually larger) 5 masted Royal Clipper.

They are the stars of the sea. Star Clipper and Star Flyer are as fleet as the wind and as graceful as swans.

These are true clipper ships reflecting their proud heritage in every inch of their polished brass and gleaming brightwork. Step aboard these unique vessels and discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day.

The décor of Star Clipper and Star Flyer is reminiscent of the grand age of sail. Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships please the eye, while teak and gleaming mahogany rails are richly reminiscent of Star Clippers’ proud nautical heritage.

All Star Clippers ships feature open-seating dining in an elegantly appointed dining room, our convivial indoor-outdoor Tropical Bar and Piano Bar, and an Edwardian style library where a Belle Époque fireplace glows with a warmth that reflects the friendliness and enthusiasm of Star Clippers’ hospitable officers and crew.

Inspired by the tall ship Preussen, the Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century. With her complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold.

Royal Clipper’s interior spaces are just as dazzling. They include a three-deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed, three-level dining room featuring open-seating dining, deliciously prepared cuisine and a no-tie dress code.

A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for watersports. And the ultimate unique Royal Clipper experience, the one-of-a-kind Captain Nemo Lounge, is the site of our spa and health club with underwater glass portholes!

Why Star Clippers?

  • An authentic sailing experience, not a typical cruise.
  • An intimate, casual and relaxed private yacht-like experience on tall ships (aka “Clipper ships) … near replicas of the clipper ships from the early 1900’s, the Golden Age of Sailing but with modern accommodations and amenities.
  • Ships that are propelled primarily with wind-power, which is emission-free and abundant … a smaller footprint on the environment when under sail. Itineraries built on the wind charts for an optimal sailing experience 70-90% of the time.
  • Working sailing vessels with a Captain and crew and an “Open Bridge Policy” for unique sailing activities onboard such as: Climbing to the mid-ship mast (a view from 100 feet above the ship’s top deck), helping set the sails, taking the helm of the ship, hanging out in the bow-sprit netting at the “bow” of the ship, knot-tying classes and nautical talks.
  • Star Clippers sails in the idyllic, yachtsman’s Caribbean where the trade winds are perfect for our authentic sailing experience! Star Clippers sails where the big ships don’t … hidden coves, uninhabited beaches, up-close-and personal because we’re nimble and can just drop anchor most anywhere & be very close to the beach or the port city we are visiting. The ships do not have to be in a port, like the big cruise ships, with thousands of people & away from the main attractions of the destination.
  • The ships are SPV … The movement of the ship is more like that of being in a rocking chair … a soothing forward and backward movement … the ship sits deep in the water, cutting through and moving forward in the water vs. a typical cruise ship with a shallow hull that sits on top of the water. With an adept Captain and crew, using the right sails for the wind at hand, propelling us toward our next hidden cove.
  • Royal Clipper is about a football field and a half … the Star Flyer is about a football field long … so there is a largesse to the ships; however, only 227 or 170 guests aboard respectively. Lots of open deck space and interior spaces, all with views of the sea.
  • Casual and relaxed. No jackets or ties required. Amenities such as shore excursions, spa treatments and massages, various beverages including alcohol, and Wi-Fi are available onboard, should a guest desire them. Not pre-packaged like many cruise lines … amenities based on guest choice which makes for a more personalized vacation experience.
  • Mobile, active lifestyle guests of all ages onboard … Millennials to Baby Boomers … social, curious, outgoing guests … a continental mix of like-minded guests to meet & enjoy. Lots of cross-over from other vacations such as River & Ocean Cruising, Water Enthusiasts and Boaters of all types, “Anti-Cruisers” as we are not a typical cruise, more adventuresome type of travel - Galapagos, safaris, all-inclusive 6-Star small ship cruises, and much more!
  • Over 60% of Star Clippers guests repeat within the first year! Once you sail once you will come back time and time again!

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