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  • Flying-Clipper-digital-rendering.jpeg - A digital rendering of the five-mast tall ship Flying Clipper, launching in late 2017.

Flying Clipper: Sail on the world's largest square rigger


When it embarks on its maiden voyage, Flying Clipper will become not only Star Clippers' fourth and largest sailing ship but the largest square-rigged sailing vessel ever built — indeed, the world's biggest tall ship. The 300-passenger ship, powered by 32 sails, will become the first addition to the Star Clippers fleet since 2000.

When will that debut happen? Flying Clipper's launch has been delayed every year since mid-2017. We called Star Clippers in July 2019, and a representative said work stoppages at the shipyard has delayed the ship's debut until early 2020. 

Notable features include the ship's specially designed, fuel-efficient engines (the fleet's ship's already take plenty advantage of wind power), a small spa and three pools.

Where Flying Clipper will sail

Flying Clipper will offers sailings in the Mediterranean in summer and Caribbean (including Cuba) in winter, calling on smaller ports and destinations inaccessible to larger ships.  

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Amenities & features on board

Flying Clipper will feature three pools: two plunge pools on deck (one with a glass bottom, filtering watery light into the atrium below) and a scuba diving pool in the aft, descending 18 feet through two decks, with glass sides so passengers below decks can watch the divers.

In the Tropical Bar, a covered area with the sides open to the elements, you'll find musical entertainment, talks, exercise classes and shows, such as passenger talent shows or a crew fashion show. In the mood for something mellower? The Piano Bar will offer live piano music in a refined, air-conditioned setting.

During some sailings, when the ship is docked passengers will be able to use the water sports platform at the rear for kayaking, waterskiing, snorkeling and other water activities.

On all Star Clippers ships, informal talks take place each day on knot tying, celestial navigation, the history of clipper ships and sailing techniques.

Restaurants, bars & lounges

There is one restaurant on board spanning two decks and offering open-seating dining. Meals include a buffet at breakfast and lunch, with dishes such as omelets and pasta made to order from a separate station. Dinner features a selection of dishes and daily vegetarian options. There is no room service on Star Clippers' ships, although tea, coffee and fruit are available.

Cabins & suites

Passengers have a choice of 150 cabins, including 34 suites with balconies and four luxurious owner’s suites. The regular cabins are compact and economical, featuring decor that reflects the Golden Age of clipper ships, such as polished wood, brass and framed prints of beautiful ships under sail.


Star Clippers offers no formal children's program or child care, though older children find many of the trips to be engaging. 

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Fast facts

300 Passengers [?]
140 Crew
4 Decks
2020 Maiden voyage
8,770 Tonnage [?]
531 Length in feet
79 Width in feet (max beam)
23 speed (mph) [?]

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