Exciting New Ship and Exciting New Routes for Star Clippers
22nd May 2015
You may have already sailed on board the Royal Clipper, Star Clipper or Star Flyer around the Mediterranean or Caribbean and had many fond memories. For those who have yet to experience the elegance and beauty of tall ship cruising; sailing on board a Star Clippers cruise ship is like stepping into a glorious bygone era.
This week, an announcement was made that Star Clippers would be launching a new and ambitious ship project, set to be based on France II. Additionally, it was also announced that Star Clippers would be introducing new itineraries around Asia, starting in 2016. We take a closer look at these announcements and what we can expect from Star Clippers over the next few years.
The new build will be Star Clipper’s fourth ship and is the first new-build since the launch of Royal Clipper in 2000. This yet to be named vessel is set to launch in the second half of 2017 and will measure 8,770 tonnes; with 6,350 sq metres of sails and capacity for 300 passengers.
Whilst the Royal Clipper was modelled on the legendary German sailing ship, Preussen, the new addition will be modelled on the even more dramatic and elegant France II. Just as the original France II eclipsed Preussen more than a century ago as the world’s largest square rigger; the new ship will eclipse Royal Clipper as the largest tall sailing ship afloat today.
France II was one of the most elegant and luxury cargo ships of its time and the new build is set to replicate that. There will be a variety of cabin grades on board, with 34 suites with balconies and luxurious owner’s suites.
The on board restaurant will accommodate all passengers for open-seating dining and regular guests will find all the features that are familiar across the Star Clipper fleet. These include a cosy library, bowsprit net and al fresco Tropical Bar; and the stern will also feature a water sports platform for use when the ship is at anchor.
The new ship will spend her maiden season, the second half of 2017, sailing the company’s most popular itineraries around the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Sales are expected to open in 2016.
In addition to a new ship, Star Clippers have also announced exciting plans for a range of Asian itineraries due to start in December 2017 and continue through to April 2017. This marks the line’s return to the region for the first time since March 2010.
The 170 passenger Star Flyer will spend the summer season of 2016 in the Mediterranean, before completing a sailing to Phuket via the Suez Canal and Sri Lanka. Star Flyer will operate two itineraries, northbound and southbound from Phuket, and there will also be seven departures that either begin or end in Singapore. These itineraries are set to commence from 2nd December 2016.
Passengers will have the unique opportunity to explore the many islands scattered off the coast of Phuket, some of which are only accessible by boat. These islands will startle and amaze, with some of the most stunning beaches and dazzling marine life.
Some of the exciting destinations listed on the itineraries include: Ko Surin National Marine Park, a cluster of five forested islands with exquisite beaches and spectacular underwater life; Ko Rok Nok, an uninhabited island with incredible reefs; and Langkawi in Malaysia, which boasts beautiful beaches and temples.
This is perfect for travellers seeking an adventure in the Far East; whilst the fleet’s other two ships, Star Clipper and Royal Clipper, will operate already popular itineraries around Cuba and Barbados respectively during the same season.