Can you imagine the elation of being at the helm of one of the world’s largest fully rigged sailing vessels, thousands of feet of sail unfurling above you, a turquoise sea below, and a sun-kissed horizon beckoning you to some far-flung emerald isle? Well, this is how you’d feel if you took a voyage with Star Clippers, which operates three of the largest and tallest fully rigged sailing vessels in the world.
Sailing enthusiasts are encouraged to lend a hand hoisting the sails, climbing the mast or taking to the helm. However, if you prefer, you can simply sit back and let the crew do all the work - easy-going informality sums up the atmosphere on-board. Star Clipper and Star Flyer weigh in at 2,290 tons and carry just 170 guests, with expansive teak decks and ample space for relaxing. The 5,000-ton Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted sailing ship built since her predecessor, Preussen, was launched at the beginning of the last century. With her complement of forty-two sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold, carrying 227 guests in fabulous style.
Star Clippers calls at a variety of stunning destinations, including the Mediterranean, during the summer months along the coasts of France, Italy, Greece and Turkey. In the winter, cruises sail to Cost Rica, Panama and through the jewels of the Caribbean, anchoring off exquisite, untouched islands. In addition, there are thrilling sailing adventures that transit the Panama Canal, as well as enticing eastbound and westbound Atlantic crossings.
Itineraries are organised to maximise the time under sail and at ports of call - with minimal distances between, sometimes making it possible to overnight ashore.