Star Clippers operates a fleet of three tall ships that offer an intimate, mega-yacht sailing experience. Royal Clipper, the flagship of the fleet, carries 227 guests, while sister-ships Star Flyer and Star Clipper carry just 170 guests in a relaxed, friendly and casual environment.
With just a select group of guests onboard, Star Clippers is like traveling with your close friends and family on a private yacht. No long lines, no crowds and no need to hurry through an over-abundance of daily activities.
For connoisseurs of sailing, the ships offer the ultimate sea-going experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of a modern yacht. The expansive open decks create a wonderfully spacious outdoor atmosphere.
Accommodations on Star Clippers are tastefully traditional with the accoutrements of a luxurious classic yacht. Everything is designed for comfort, ease and efficiency. Like a fine resort, guest will fine a double bed or twin beds that can be converted to a queen, marble bathrooms, brass fittings, mahogany brightwood and soft natural fabrics that reflect the colors of the sun, sea and sky. Prints of famous clipper ships and sailing yachts grace the walls.
Additional in-cabin amenities include a television, direct-dial phone, DVD player, private safe and hairdryer. Suite guests enjoy a mini-bar.
Royal Clipper features 14 deluxe suites with a private verandah, and Star Clipper and Star Flyer offer deluxe deck cabins that open to the outside deck so guest can take in the fresh sea air. On each ship, the Owner’s Suites are generously sized and available when Mikael Krafft, the owner of Star Clippers, is not on board.
The casually elegant Clipper Dining Room offers one, unhurried open-seating that can accommodate all passengers and officers at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style, while dinner is a sit-down affair featuring seasonal and regional cuisine. The elegantly appointed dining room with deep woods and rich décor is the ultimate setting for the chef's finest culinary presentations. The atmosphere is festive but never intimidating.
On Royal Clipper, a spiral staircase begins in the Atrium and ends in the heart of the three-level dining room allowing for a dramatic entrance.
The indoor/outdoor Tropical Bar is the perfect venue to enjoy the fresh sea air and a beverage while lingering on deck. A cold-buffet breakfast is served for early risers awake to watch the sun rise, and a late-afternoon snack is available each day.
On Star Clippers, there are no rigid schedules. During the day guests can lounge on deck while catching up on a good book, take a dip in one of the pools, meet new friends at the Tropical Bar or try out some of the more nautical activities like visiting the open Bridge, climbing the mast or even helping to hoist the sails.
All ships feature an extensive watersports program, with Royal Clipper boasting an aft marine platform. Passengers can take advantage of complimentary snorkeling, sunfish sailing, waterskiing and windsurfing – all without having to go ashore. Guests are able to use the ship’s snorkeling gear for the duration of their voyage, so when in appropriate regions like the Caribbean, Costa Rica and some parts of the Mediterranean, an underwater world awaits.
Ship officers, including several of the captains, give daily talks on deck that often take on a nautical theme such as celestial navigation or the history of tall ships. The cruise director also hosts classes on topics such as knot tying.
In the evening, guests gather in the Piano Bar for a pre- or post-dinner cocktail. The popular Tropical Bar features light entertainment when local entertainment is not brought on board, and the crew even showcase their own talents at the guest-favorite crew show.
With multi-generational travel continuing to rise in popularity, Star Clippers is attracting more junior cruisers each year. Parents and grandparents are looking to give their children and grandchildren an experience that is filled with more than grand buffets and Vegas-style shows— they’re looking for a memorable adventure on a tall ship from the pages of a bedtime story or latest blockbuster film, with an educational element thrown in the mix.
While there is no official children’s program on board, the staff do their utmost to look after the kids by planning activities such as scavenger hunts and encouraging them to learn more about our tall ships by climbing the mast or visiting with the captain on the Bridge.
As the ships glide into port, junior cruisers get an up-close look at each destination with shore excursions designed to showcase the best of the region both on land and in the water. They can learn about local history and culture or safely encounter a stingray on a diving exploration.