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  • Royal-Clipper-Deluxe-Suite-balcony - The Deluxe Suite aboard Royal Clipper affords guests a private balcony.
  • Royal-Clipper-stateroom - Relax during your voyage in a cabin with king-size bed and two windows on your Royal Clipper sailing.
  • Royal-Clipper-stateroom-minibar - Royal Clipper offers guests cabins that feature a spacious living area and mini-bar.
  • Royal-Clipper-cabin - Book a cabin aboard Royal Clipper — some come with a full marble bathroom, king-size bed, living area and more.
  • Royal-Clipper-Owners-Suite - Royal Clipper's Owners Suites offers guests a spacious sitting area, king-size bed, mini-bar, full marble bathroom and more.
  • 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.
  • 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-at-sea-2 - Book a cruise aboard Royal Clipper for the cruise and sailing experience of a lifetime.
  • Tobago-Cays-beach - Take a lovely walk on the white sands of Tobago Cays beach while cruising aboard Royal Clipper.
  • Royal-Clipper-in-Caribbean - Feel the wind fill the sails of Royal Clipper during the sailing in the Caribbean. The ship switches on its engines now and then but mostly relies on wind power.
  • Star-Clippers-crew - An attentive crew — nearly one crew member for every two passengers — is ready to assist during your Star Clippers cruise.
  • Royal-Clipper-top-view - A top view of Royal Clipper, the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since 1902. Royal Clipper features including three pools, a gym, spa, large deck and solid dining options.
  • Royal-Clipper-bow - King of the world! Step right up to the front of Royal Clipper's bow.
  • Royal-Clipper-sails - Feel the wind fill the sails of Royal Clipper. The ship has five masts that fly 42 lovely sails with a sail area of 56,000 square feet.
  • Royal-Clipper-bridge-at-sunset - Head to Royal Clipper's deck at sunset for scenic views of the ocean and coastlines.
  • Royal-Clipper-in-Tobago - Royal Clipper calls on the island of Tobago in the Caribbean.
  • 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.
  • 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-at-sea-2 - Book a cruise aboard Royal Clipper for the cruise and sailing experience of a lifetime.
  • 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-Star-Clipper-shooting-the-pass - Royal Clipper, right and Star Clipper shooting the pass.
  • Royal-Clipper-at-sea-3 - Royal Clipper sails to such scenic destinations as the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Costa Rica.
  • 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-full-sail - Royal Clipper is listed in Guinness World Records as the largest square-rigged ship in service, with 56,000 square feet of sail.
  • Royal-Clipper-in-Venice - Take in Venice as you've never seen her during a sailing on the clipper ship Royal Clipper.
  • 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.
  • Royal-Clipper-main-dining-room - Enjoy a grand feast and meet new people in the main dining room aboard Royal Clipper.
  • Royal-Clipper-main-dining-room-2 - A look at the formal dining room on Royal Clipper.
  • Royal-Clipper-main-dining-room-3 - Some of the tables in Royal Clipper's dining room have windows with a sea view.
  • Star-Clippers-dessert - Enjoy a freshly prepared, yummy dessert as part of your cruise aboard a Star Clippers vessel.
  • Star-Clippers-chocolate-dessert - Live a little with a chocolate dessert after a day of explorations on your Star Clippers voyage.
  • Star-Clippers-cuisine - An entrée prepared during a Star Clippers sailing.
  • Star-Clippers-dessert-2 - Save room for dessert during your Star Clippers cruise.
  • Royal-Clipper-pianist - Relax to music played by the ship's pianist in Royal Clipper's Piano Lounge.
  • Royal-Clipper-staircases - The Royal Clipper features twin blue staircases that lead to the main deck.
  • Royal-Clipper-main-lounge - Meet interesting peole in the main lounge during your sailing aboard Royal Clipper.
  • massage-on-deck - Sign up for a restorative massage in a semi-private setting on your Star Clipper cruise ship's top deck.
  • Royal-Clipper-bell - The bell on the main deck of Royal Clipper commemorates its maiden voyage in 2000.
  • Royal-Clipper-whirlpool - Take a relaxing dip in the whirlpool while cruising aboard Royal Clipper.
  • Royal-Clipper-sails-at-night - Relax in Royal Clipper's deluxe whirlpool at night when the ship is lit up.
  • Royal-Clipper-ships-wheel - Royal Clipper is outfitted with many of the traditional touches you'll find on a sailing vessel, such as a ship's wheel.
  • Star-Clippers-bridge - For a fun learning experience, head to your Star Clippers cruise ship's bridge and get the chance to chat with the captain and even steer the ship.
  • Crew-Royal-Clipper.jpg - The captain and crew of the Royal Clipper, part of Star Clippers.
  • Royal-Clipper-in-Kotor-Montenegro - Royal Clipper arrives in Kotor, Montenegro, as part of a Mediterranean itinerary.  The ship carries just 227 guests and boasts 19,000 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools.
  • Royal-Clipper-in-Capri-Italy -   Royal Clipper, the world's only five-masted full-rigged sailing cruise ship, in Capri, Italy.
  • Royal-Clipper-in-Dubrovnik -   Royal Clipper, the world's only five-masted full-rigged sailing cruise ship, moored off Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • Royal-Clipper-in-Monte-Carlo - Spend a day hobnobbing with the jet-setters of Monte Carlo during your Royal Clipper voyage.
  • Royal-Clipper-at-Stromboli-Italy - Get breathtaking views of Stromboli, Italy's large volcano, as Royal Clipper sails the Tyrrhenian Sea, part of the Mediterranean.
  • Costa-Rica-beach - Jump in the sparkling waters of a Costa Rica beach during a Star Clippers cruise.
  • Citadel-Bonifacio - Visit the Bonifacio Citadel in Corsica, France, during a shore excursion on your   Royal Clipper sailing.
  • Royal-Clipper-at-Stromboli-Italy-2 - Royal Clipper passes Stromboli, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. It's been erupting almost continuously since 1932.
  • Costa-Rica-tropical-rainforest - Star Clippers guests spend a day on the beach, which runs right up to the tropical rainforest in Costa Rica.
  • Royal-Clipper-water-sports-in-Antigua - During your Royal Clipper shore stop in Antigua, take advantage of Star Clippers' complimentary water sports program.
  • Royal-Clipper-in-St-Lucia - Royal Clipper offers guests awesome views of St. Lucia and the Pitons as it sails the island nation's coast.
  • 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.
  • couple-with-Royal-Clipper - Couples will love spending quality time together on the beach during their Royal Clipper cruise.
  • South-France-Royal-Clipper.jpg - The Royal Clipper sails in the Mediterranean in the south of France.
  • Royal-Clipper-in-Venice - Take in Venice as you've never seen her during a sailing on the clipper ship Royal Clipper.

Royal Clipper: Traditional design meets modern amenities

Have you sailed on Royal Clipper? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Royal Clipper has the distinction of being the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship built in the past century. With her 42 sails, Star Clippers' Royal Clipper cruise ship looks as if she's from the grand age of sail, but she's got all of the new technology and amenities. 

For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 439-foot vessel offers a nice combination of traditional sailing with the luxuries of a yacht. Royal Clipper carries 227 guests with a full 19,000 sq. ft. of open deck and three swimming pools.

Who will like sailing on Royal Clipper

River cruising passengers wanting to experience traditional sailing in luxury yacht-like accommodations.

Where Royal Clipper sails

Home port: Bridgetown, Barbados

Destinations: The Royal Clipper winters in the Caribbean, with cruises to the Windward (St. Kitts, Dominica, and Antigua) or Grenadine Islands (Barbados, Grenadine and St. Vincent). The Royal Clipper sails the Mediterranean in summer, with cruises out of Civitavecchia (Rome) to the Ponzian Islands, Sorrento, Amalfi, and Taormina, Sicily.

Ratings & awards

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  • Best Tall Ship, Porthole Magazine Readers' Choice Awards (2015)
    Top 20 Small Cruise Ships, Conde Nast Traveler (2014)

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Dining

The ship's three-deck atrium allows sunlight into the three-level dining room, which features open-seating dining, deliciously prepared cuisine and a no-tie dress code.

Public spaces & water sports 

Passengers can find privacy on one of the "hidden" balconies on either side of the bow, or climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to one of the passenger lookout crows-nests, which are furnished so you can sit comfortably and enjoy an incredible view. 

For adventure-seekers, the ship has a marina platform that lowers from the stern for water sports. For those who want to stay dry, the vessel's one-of-a-kind Captain Nemo Lounge, which is also the site of the spa and health club, provides underwater glass portholes to take in the view another way.

View of a bay from the taxi ride to South Friars Beach on Saint Kitts.
Jim Bahn / Creative Commons BYView of a bay from the taxi ride to South Friars Beach on Saint Kitts.

Cabins

All cabins feature yacht-like décor and aim for comfort. Some cabins on the Royal Clipper have a private veranda and most cabins vary only slightly in size and layout. The biggest distinguishing factor between categories is location on the ship. The higher the cabin category, the higher or more central they might be located on board.

All accommodations feature a private bathroom and include a TV and DVD player, a phone, thermostat control, a private safe, a hair dryer, 220 volt/European outlets and nightly turndown service.

Interested in a cruise on this ship?

If you're interested in a cruise on Royal Clipper, contact a Cruiseable travel advocate at1-877-322-3773 or by email. You'll get a better deal than you can get by contacting the cruise line directly.

 

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Your take

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Whirlpool at night
  • Where: Main deck

  • What: Live music
  • Where: Piano Lounge

  • What: Historic bell
  • Where: Main deck
  • The only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship built in the past century
  • Captain Nemo Lounge with underwater glass portholes
  • Onboard marina platform lowers from the stern for water sports

Top dining options on board

Main dining room

  • Style: Local cuisine
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Formal dining room

  • Style: Local cuisine
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Main dining room

  • Style: Entree
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

227 Passengers [?]
106 Crew
4 Decks
1999 Maiden voyage
5,000 Tonnage [?]
439 Length in feet
54 Width in feet (max beam)

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