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  • Royal-Clipper-Star-Clipper-Iles-Des-Saints - Royal Clipper leads the way for Star Clipper in exploring the Îles des Saintes near Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.
  • Royal-Clipper-at-night - Step out onto Royal Clipper's deck at night and admire the clipper ship's beautiful lit-up five-masted sails.
  • Star-Clipper-in-Caribbean - Cruise the turquoise waters of the Caribbean aboard Star Clipper (shown here) or its identical sister ship, Star Flyer.
  • Star-Clippers-rigging - View of the rigging from the top of the mast on a Star Clippers sailing.
  • Royal-Clipper-crew-guests - Crew and guests gather on the bow of Royal Clipper, the world's only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship.
  • Royal-Clipper-water-sports-in-Antigua - During your Royal Clipper shore stop in Antigua, take advantage of Star Clippers' complimentary water sports program.
  • Santorini-Star-Clippers.jpg - The stunning landscape and architecture of Santorini makes it a popular destination on Star Clipper cruises.
  • meal-Star-Clippers.jpg - A meal on a Star Clippers sailing.
  • drone-frigate-bay-north.jpg - Drone image of the narrow beach and coastline of Frigate Bay in St. Kitts, looking north.
  • Royal-Clipper-at-sea - Royal Clipper, a steel-hulled five-masted fully rigged tall ship, is 439 feet long and holds up to 227 passengers.
  • star-flyer-frigate-bay-st-kitts.jpg - Star Flyer anchored in Frigate Bay, St. Kitts and Nevis.
  • Royal-Clipper-and-sister-ship - Royal Clipper, foreground, the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since 1902, sails alongside a sister ship.
  • Royal-Clipper-at-sea-3 - Royal Clipper sails to such scenic destinations as the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Costa Rica.
  • Star-Flyer-double-rainbow - Guests enjoy a double rainbow during a sailing aboard Star Flyer. The clipper ship carries up to 170 passengers.
  • Star-Clippers-dessert - Enjoy a freshly prepared, yummy dessert as part of your cruise aboard a Star Clippers vessel.
  • Star-Clipper-in-western-Mediterranean-2 - Star Clipper during a western Mediterranean sailing. The clipper ship is 360 feet long and carries 170 guests.

Star Clippers: Tall-ship cruise adventures

Star Clippers bills itself as "the only modern-day cruise line dedicated to re-creating the golden age of the tall sailing ships while providing passengers with a mega-yacht experience."

Its three ships provide true sailing experiences. The intimate, small-ship voyages combine the traditions of the past with the modern comforts and amenities of a private yacht.

Star Flyer and Star Clipper entered service in the early 1990s as the tallest clipper ships ever built

Star Clippers ships are for people looking for an authentic sailing experience. Propelled by the wind, these ships can take guests to small, off-the-beaten path locations that large cruise ships can't get to.

Meticulously researched and designed, Star Flyer and Star Clipper entered service in the early 1990s as the tallest clipper ships ever built, with main masts rising 226 feet and a maximum sailing speed of 17 knots. In July 2000, the twin sister-ships were joined by Royal Clipper, the line’s flagship and the first fully rigged square-rigger with five masts built since Preussen in l902 (we don't quite remember that one). 

Visiting ports untouched by larger cruise ships and offering passengers the activities, amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht, Star Clippers is recognized as one of the premier specialty cruise lines. Guests dine in one unhurried seating in a casually elegant atmosphere. Whether climbing the mast for a better view or relaxing in the net off the bow, guests step into a world where new experiences await.

Current itineraries

Royal Clipper: During winter and spring, Royal Clipper sails throughout the Caribbean. The ship repositions to the Mediterranean for the summer and fall seasons.

Star Clipper: Star Clipper spends the winter and spring in the Far East, repositioning to the Mediterranean for the summer and fall seasons.

Star Flyer: Star Flyer cruises the Mediterranean from spring to October and then crosses the Atlantic for Caribbean sailings. 

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Ratings & awards


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Highlights and what impressed us

  • Star Clipper and Star Flyer, identical sister ships, have four masts and carry 170 guests.
  • Royal Clipper, the flagship of the fleet, has five masts and carries 227 guests.

Star Clippers fleet

Fast facts

3 Ships
1990 Founded
Tall ship sailing Style
Monaco HQ


“Friendly service in a casual, extremely laid-back setting, under the romance of sail (when there is enough wind), is what Star Clippers is all about, and the food variety, creativity and quality are all extremely good.”

Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships

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