She’s tall and a real beauty. Meet the Royal Clipper!
Modeled after the greatest German clipper ship, the historic 1902 Preussen, the 439-foot, 227-passenger Royal Clipper is one of the largest true sailing ships in the world.
She’s operated by Star Clippers; our most recent cruise with them was a Caribbean cruise on the Star Flyer.
Flaunting 56,000 square feet of sails – 42 sails in all – the Royal Clipper is under sail whenever possible (not engine power).
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Royal Clipper ship
Several years ago, we sailed on the Royal Clipper through the Grenadine Islands in the Caribbean.
Rummaging through old pics, we found these Royal Clipper photos – taken on our trusty film camera!
The Royal Clipper has two smaller and older sister ships, Star Clipper and Star Flyer.
For Mikael Krafft, the 70-something Swedish entrepreneur who owns Star Clippers, these ships are the product of a lifelong dream to recreate and build real clipper ships that sail the world. (The word “clipper” comes from the phrase “to go at a good clip”.)
Indeed, the Star Clipper and Star Flyer are the first clipper ships since 1911 to be certified as passenger sailing vessels by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping.
Star Clippers cruises
We love this line – their intimate sailing ships are among the “greenest” in the world.
And we can’t wait to sail at a good clip with them again!
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Photo credits: © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase (except lead image, courtesy Star Clippers)