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Royal Clipper: Traditional design meets modern amenities
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.
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.
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.
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Top highlights on this ship
- 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