Star Clippers

Posted by Dana Elford · Jun 02 · about River or Ocean Cruises

One of our preferred cruise line partners is Star Clippers, known for its stunning tall ships, and informal elegance. As Star Clippers is one of the preferred suppliers of Virtuoso, we are able to secure you special amenities and perks with North South Travel that you're not able to get anywhere else!


The beautiful masts and sails of Star Clippers ships are absolutely unique in the cruising world. They are classified SPV (sail powered vessel), which means that unlike sailing ships classified MSY (motor sailing yacht) guests will experience the thrill of moving under the power of the wind as much as possible. Engines keep guests comfortable inside, but if the wind is in your favor it will gently move you from port to port.

Royal Clipper

Inspired by the legendary tall ship Preussen, Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since its predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century. With a complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold. For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 439-foot Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea-going experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yacht. Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style. A full 19,000 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment. A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for ocean access for watersports activities. The ship’s interior spaces include a three-deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed, three-level dining room, featuring open-seating dining, deliciously prepared cuisine and a no-tie dress code. Experience the one-of-a-kind Captain Nemo Lounge, the site of our spa and health club with underwater glass portholes. And the Piano Bar is the ideal spot for a pre-dinner aperitif.

Star Clipper & Star Flyer

Star Clipper and Star Flyer are modern cruise ships in every way, created for luxury-loving passengers who also love the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships. Star Clipper and Star Flyer are both 360 feet long and each carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort. Sixteen sails billowing in the wind let all who come aboard know that they are about to embark on an adventure that is far from ordinary. Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like traveling on a private yacht. Each ship offers spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one, but two swimming pools. In fact, these ships offer more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships. The decor of Star Clipper and Star Flyer is reminiscent of the grand age of sail with a modern touch. Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships please the eye, while teak decks and gleaming mahogany rails are richly remindful of Star Clippers’ proud nautical heritage. All Star Clippers ships feature open-seating dining in an elegantly appointed dining room, our convivial indoor-outdoor Tropical and Piano bars, and an Edwardian-style library where a Belle Époque fireplace glows with a warmth that reflects the friendliness and enthusiasm of Star Clippers’ hospitable officers and crew.


With Star Clippers, there are no rigid schedules. You are free to do as you wish with your days – and evenings. On-board there are local performers on board to give passengers an authentic taste of the local music and arts, and enjoy the conviviality of fellow shipmates while a live band plays tropical tunes from a real paradise. The Captain and crew are superb improvisers of the kind of light hearted fun you’ll only find on Star Clippers. The Captain’s daily briefing on deck is wonderfully informative and a chance to hear some great story-telling as well. And there are other events and activities, such as knot tying and navigation classes, that have evolved from Star Clippers’ sailing heritage. Star Clippers' easy-going informality has made it highly enjoyable for their passengers.

Continental Cuisine, Culinary Delights

Inspired chefs make dining aboard a delightful culinary adventure with an international menu of foods from the far corners of the earth. When you rise, help yourself to a continental breakfast with croissants, toasted English muffins or sweet Danish pastries. Or savor a full breakfast with fresh tropical fruits and crisp bacon, grilled sausage, smoked salmon and omelettes cooked to order in the dining room. At lunch, a marvelous buffet of seafood, salads and grilled favorites awaits your pleasure.

"There’s nothing so easy and pleasurable as falling asleep to the gentle rhythms of the ship and sea – unless it’s awakening refreshed the next morning to a new-born day"

Like a fine resort, all the amenities are here: double bed or twin beds that can be converted to queen, marble bathroom, private safe, region TV/free multimedia DVD player (except in Category 6 cabins on Star Flyer and Star Clipper), direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and comfortable furnishings. The decor is tastefully traditional. You’ll find the accoutrements of a luxurious classic yacht, where everything is ingeniously designed for comfort, ease and efficiency. Burnished brass fittings and mahogany bright work recall nautical heritage. Soft natural fabrics reflect the colors of the sun, sea and sky. Prints of famous clipper ships and sailing yachts grace the walls. Everything is immaculately maintained and your steward knows exactly when to appear or disappear.

Star Clippers' sails to many destinations around the world, including:

  • Caribbean
  • Panama Canal
  • Western Mediterranean
  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cuba
  • Indonesia

Contact one of our Cruise Specialists for more information or to discuss booking your next informal yet elegant tall ship cruise with Star Clippers! Contact us above or call us at 604-736-7447

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