Star Clipper's New 'Flying Clipper' is Largest Square Rig Sailing Ship Ever Built.
We love the romance of sailing. We also love the story of this specialty cruise line. Star Clippers allows travellers to revisit a modern, luxurious reincarnation of the era before steam ships and ocean liners, when there were sailing ships.
Star Clippers is the vision of Swedish yachtsman and entrepreneur Mikael Krafft to recreate the 'Golden Age of Sail' a hundred years after its decline.
In 1991, Star Clippers launched its first ship the “Star Flyer,” a recreation of the classic sailing ships of the 19th century. Since then, the Star Clipper fleet has grown to three, and the company decided that the best way to celebrate this silver anniversary would be to give the fleet a brand new sailing ship.
Star Clippers has now announced the name of their fourth ship, Flying Clipper, a five-mast barque to be launched at the end of 2017.
The World's Largest Ship of its Kind
Flying Clipper will be the biggest and the most ambitious of the Clipper fleet to date, carrying 300 passengers, and powered by 35 sails totaling more than 6,350 square meters.
It is a near replica of the dramatic France II ordered in 1911 at La Gironde shipyard Bordeaux, which was the largest square rig sailing ship ever built. SPV Flying Clipper will be the world’s largest square rigger and the largest ship of its kind afloat today.
While the ship will have ecologically sound, high-tech engines, it will, like its sisters, rely on wind power and its sails wherever possible.
Golden Age of Sail Meets Modern Age of Luxury, Romantic Cruise Travel
Flying Clipper has three pools, one that funnels sunlight through the ship’s atrium into the elegantly appointed dining room. A water sports platform in the stern is for use when the ship is at anchor. Designs include a variety of cabin grades, including 34 suites with balconies and four luxurious owner’s suites. A glass Dive Bar occupies several compartments of the ship.
Regular guests will be delighted to discover their favorite hallmarks of all Star Clippers ships, such as the cozy library, the bowsprit net and the popular, alfresco Tropical Bar, where evening entertainment takes place.
More About Star Clippers
Star Clippers is a specialty cruise line currently operating three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels. They offer passengers the activities, amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht, and are able to visit ports often untouched by larger cruise ships.
The fleet sails in Mediterranean waters in the summer months and relocates to the Caribbean for the winter. In 2014 Star Flyer started sailing Cuban waters, one of the first lines to receive permission from the Cuban government. A new route in Asia starts in December 2016, on board Star Clipper; in Summer 2017 Star Clippers will sail into Indonesian waters for the first time, from Bali and Singapore and reverse.
Passengers can enjoy the romance of sailing on board a true tall ship in a relaxed atmosphere with high standards of service. All three current ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, tropical bars on deck and piano bars. They are large enough to offer first class accommodation but small enough to call into intimate ports, untouched by large cruise ships.
The two smaller ships, Star Flyer and Star Clipper, take 170 passengers each, with a crew of 74, while Royal Clipper carries 227 with a crew of 106. The upcoming Flying Clipper will accommodate up to 300 guests in 150 cabins, attended by 140 crew members.