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Star Clippers Review: Sailing the Caribbean on the Star Flyer

When it comes to sailing cruises, it’s hard to beat Star Clippers.

The line’s three tall ships are modeled after 19th century clipper ships – complete with thousands of square feet of sails, teak decks and polished brass fittings.

And when those sails are hoisted, the Star Clipper ships really strut their stuff!

But unlike most sailboats and sailing ships, you cruise in carefree comfort. There’s no roughing it like Jack Sparrow on these clipper ship cruises!

Star Clippers Review
Star Clippers’ sailing ships really do sail!

Star Clippers review

We recently enjoyed our fourth Star Clippers’ cruise, this time on the Star Flyer.

These cruises are always lots of fun and great value.

If you dream of a bucket-list sailing cruise to beguiling off-the-beaten-path islands and ports, here’s our Star Clippers review – and more specifically, our Star Flyer review.

Anchors aweigh!

About Star Clippers Cruises

Swedish industrialist and entrepreneur Mikael Krafft had a dream – to build beautiful real clipper ships that cruise the world.

And so Star Clippers was born.

Looking for romance on the high seas? A true sailing adventure? Then you'll love Star Clippers.
Looking for romance on the high seas? A true sailing adventure? Then you’ll love Star Clippers

Star Flyer ship

The first ship launched was the 170-passenger Star Flyer (in 1991). And despite her years, she’s still a real beauty.

A four-masted, square-rigged barquentine with 36,000 square feet of sails, she’s 360 feet long and carries 72 staff for up to 170 passengers.

Other Star Clippers ships

Star Clipper, identical to the Star Flyer, followed in 1992.

The third Star Clippers’ ship, Royal Clipper, is bigger at 439 feet long and 56,000 square feet of sails. She joined the fleet in 2000. (See our post on what it’s like to sail on the Royal Clipper.)

We sailed past the Royal Clipper on our Caribbean cruise.
We sailed past the Royal Clipper on our Caribbean cruise

Green cruising

Wind power is as "green" as you can get when it comes to cruising
Wind power is as “green” as you can get when it comes to cruising

Go ahead. Give yourself a pat on the back.

When you choose a Star Clippers’ cruise, you’re making an environmentally friendly choice.

Because their main source of energy is the wind, the Star Clippers’ ships are inherently green, earning them the “World’s Leading Green Cruise” award at least five times now.

When they need to power up their engines, the ships use only high-quality, low-sulfur gas oil.

That’s nice to know, especially with many cruise ships getting a bad rap these days for polluting the environment.

The sails on the Star Flyer at night
We loved going up on deck at night to watch the billowing sails

Star Clippers cabins

On all three ships, the cabins are nautical in feel, with royal blue-and-gold carpeting, gold damask drapes, blue fabrics for covered furniture, brass reading lamps and metal bedside drawers with polished wood tops.

Most cabins are outside cabins with portholes.

At 120 to 130 square feet in size (Star Flyer and Star Clipper) and 148 square feet (Royal Clipper), the standard cabins are admittedly snug.

This is especially true when compared to the staterooms and suites on luxury ships like, say the Seabourn Odyssey – or bigger traditional cruise ships like those operated by Celebrity Cruises or Princess.

A typical Star Clippers cabin
A typical Star Clippers cabin

But the cabins are definitely larger than what you’d find, say, on a chartered four- or five-berth sailing yacht or catamaran.

Each ship also has a handful of larger “suites.” For example, the Royal Clipper has 14 suites.

But don’t expect to throw any parties in the Star Clippers’ suites (they’re still cozy).

All Star Clippers’ cabins and suites feature TVs with DVD players, a closet for hanging clothes, a decent amount of drawers and storage space, and hair dryers in the private bathrooms.

Star Flyer cabins

On Star Flyer, all but six of the 85 cabins are outside.

Eight are deluxe deck cabins (suites) which have marble bathtubs and doors that open directly onto the outside deck.

Cabins are configured differently, depending on their location on the ship.

Be aware

Cabins near the dining room may be noisy at meal times. On a previous cruise on the Star Clipper, we had a cabin right beside the dining room and it lacked the privacy we would have preferred.

Light sleepers may also wish to avoid cabins near the stern, where you can hear some vibration noise.

Our Star Flyer cabin, #302, had a white privacy curtain we could pull to hide the bed and the rest of the interior from the corridor when the door was open.

A small cushioned bench in the corner under the TV was useful for stashing beach bags and towels.

Two narrow beds were pushed together to form a double/queen bed, covered with two white European-style duvets.

Our cozy Star Flyer cabin
Our comfy cozy Star Flyer cabin

At night, we loved feeling the power of the sea as it slapped against the hull outside our porthole and rocked us gently to sleep.

We also peeked into #308, which has the bed tucked behind a wall. It looked perhaps a bit more private.

Bathrooms are all-in-one, with a shower curtain separating the shower from the toilet and sink.

Bathrooms: Minor quibble

There’s not quite enough room to stand under the shower without having the shower curtain stick to you in a watery embrace. And if you’re showering when the ship sails, you may have to sop up some water with towels.

Thankfully our cabin steward did a great job with twice daily service and towel changes!

Public rooms

Tropical Bar

The open-air Tropical Bar is the main hub on all ships. Mid-ship on the top deck, it’s covered by a canopy (for sun and rain protection).

Wooden bar stools around the bar invite you to plonk yourself down and order a cool one.

Or you can seat yourself at one of the bar tables with stools scattered along the deck sides.

Cocktails on the Star Flyer cruise ship
Perhaps a colorful cocktail in the Tropical Bar?

Passengers also gather in the Tropical Bar for port briefings, afternoon canapés and evening entertainment.


Inside, beside the Tropical Bar, there’s an Edwardian-style library with a faux fireplace.

Paneled in dark wood, it’s a beautiful room, used mostly by guests who want a quiet place to read or play cards.

Guests read and play cards in the Star Clippers library.
Read, play cards, get out from the sun – the library is a comfy air-conditioned place to relax


The Star Flyer and Star Clipper ships have two teeny plunge pools (one at the stern and one mid-ship) with several blue sun loungers sprinkled around them.

The Royal Clipper features three small pools.

One pool has a unique glass bottom; guests in the piano bar below can see your legs kicking about in the water.

We were so busy during the day, however – out and about onshore – that, apart from a 20-minute spell, we didn’t have any time to spend relaxing by the pool on this Star Flyer cruise.

Next time?

Each Star Clippers ship has two or more small pools.
See the small pool behind the mast? Each Star Clippers’ ship has two or more small pools

Gift shop

For such small ships, the Star Clippers’ ships have great little gift shops. Specifically, we’re talking about the high-quality linen shirts for guys (which have a discreet Star Clippers logo on them).

Toward the end of the cruise, the shop holds a sale where several clothing items go for half-price. George bought a couple of beautiful linen shirts (lemon-colored and blue-and-white striped) at half-price.

Funnily enough, at dinner that evening, one of our fellow table companions also wore a new Star Clippers’ shirt (in a different color).

Dining on Star Clippers

Each of the ships has one restaurant, with tables for four, six and eight persons.

On the Star Flyer and Star Clipper, six-seat booths line the restaurant sides by the portholes; the center of the restaurant is taken up by circular tables.

The dining room is really quite an elegant-looking resto.

Royal blue carpeting is embellished with a design of gold ropes.

Brass candelabra wall sconces adorn the walls.

French Provincial chairs, upholstered in gold corduroy, add an extra dash of class.

The nautical decor of the Star Flyer ship is carried through in the dining room
The nautical decor of the Star Flyer ship is carried through in the dining room

Meals are open seating.

Breakfast and lunch are buffets, while dinner is served.


You can start your day with a full English or continental breakfast.

Everything from fresh fruit salad, lox and cream cheese, smoothies, pancakes, bacon, baked beans and sausages is on offer. For eggs, there’s a fresh omelette station.


Lunch on Star Clippers
What do we have for lunch today? Mussels and fish. Mmmm…

Lunch is always very good on Star Clippers.

We especially loved the tantalizing selection of healthy salads.

Salads are plentiful for lunch on Star Clippers cruises.
No excuse for not eating enough veggies!

Hot dishes might include fish in white sauce and deep-fried shrimp, and for dessert, perhaps warm peaches in caramel sauce.

Save room on the Italian lunch day for the exceptionally delicious tiramisu and lemon tart.


Come 7:30 pm, a crew member walks down the corridors and rings a bell to announce that dinner is ready.

The three-course meal is served anytime between 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm, but most guests arrive between 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm.

The cuisine is continental.

Meat, fish and a vegetarian option are always on offer as an entrée. If you like steak, you can eat steak and French fries every night, as that’s always available on request.

A cheese plate is offered after dessert.

Lobster tail is the most popular entrée at the Captain's dinner.
Lobster tail is the most popular entrée at the Captain’s dinner

While you dine, a pianist plays live classical music on a white baby grand piano.

We usually didn’t eat too much at dinner because the lunches were so good. (And we were often still full!)

Dinner was always pleasant – and it was lovely to see the restaurant gussied up for the evening, with white tablecloths and a fresh pink carnation in a silver vase decorating each table.

See our post on the Star Clippers drinks package (bar menu and prices) to find out what wine and other drinks cost.

The dining room on Star Flyer, dressed up for dinner
At night, the dining room on Star Flyer is dressed up for dinner

Dress code

There’s no need to pack fancy duds for your Star Clippers’ cruise.

Dress is informal – perhaps a simple dress, or capris and a blouse, for ladies (with flats, no high heels) and for men, casual travel pants and a golf-style T-shirt or cotton shirt.

If you wish, you could pack something a little dressier for the Captain’s gala dinner – maybe a pretty shawl and sparkly earrings for women and a long-sleeve linen shirt for men?

Activities and entertainment

Star Clippers’ cruises usually only have one day at sea, giving you full days ashore in different ports most of the time.

Still, several onboard activities are offered, some of which you can only do on Star Clippers’ ships.

Listen to port talks

Port talk about Dominica on the Star Flyer
No high-tech tools are used for this port talk about Dominica, just a simple whiteboard and felt pen

Port talks, held in the Tropical Bar, are quite relaxed.

The cruise director scribbles key information about the upcoming port on an erasable whiteboard.

Do yoga on deck

Welcome to early morning yoga on Star Clippers' cruises!
Welcome to early morning yoga on Star Clippers’ cruises!

Practise your down-dogs and stretch out those kinks during free early-morning yoga classes held on deck in the Tropical Bar.

Climb the mast

Climbing the ship's mast on Star Clippers
Up, up, up you go! Climbing the mast is unique to Star Clippers

One of the most thrilling activities, unique to Star Clippers, is to climb the mast.

Wearing a tethered safety vest, you can scale the rope ladder to the crow’s nest – 60 feet above the water – for spectacular bird’s eye views.

Recline in the widow’s net

The best spot to watch the waves whoosh along and the world go by?

The hammock-like netting stretched above the ocean at the very front of the ship.

Ahhh... The widow's net is the best place to hang out on the Star Flyer.
Ahhh… The widow’s net is the best place to hang out on the Star Flyer

On all Star Clippers’ ships, you can crawl into the bowsprit netting and hang there suspended above the water.

Keep an eye out for dolphins!

You look at things from a different perspective when in the widow's net on the Star Flyer.
You look at things from a different perspective when in the widow’s net

Chat with the captain

An open-bridge policy means you’re free to pop into the bridge to chat with the captain or officer on duty.

Learn about sailing

The sail maker mends a sail on the Star Flyer cruise ship.
Who knew! The sails do need mending, and they’re mended by hand by the sail maker

We found it fascinating to watch the sail maker mend the white sails on deck. The sail maker on each ship uses a honking-huge, old-fashioned sewing machine to do repairs.

And if you want to learn the art of tying nautical knots, there’s a session where crew will teach you.

Star Clippers itineraries

Star Clippers focuses on cruising the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia. And when in a specific region, the ships spend a whole season there.

Star Clipper, for example, sails Phuket, Malaysia and Singapore from November to the end of April.

As well, you can cross the Atlantic Ocean in a Star Clippers’ tall ship.

Ships visit famous ports mixed with small intimate ports that no other cruise lines visit – like Cres (Croatia), Plage D’Arone (Corsica), Dalyan River (Turkey), Porto Cervo (Sardinia), Belitung Island (Indonesia), Gili Sudak (Indonesia), Spetses and Skopelos (Greece) and Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia).

The Royal Clipper in Venice - a beautiful city and a beautiful ship!
The Royal Clipper in Venice – a beautiful city and a beautiful ship!

Star Flyer itinerary (Caribbean)

Our 7-night roundtrip cruise itinerary on the Star Flyer covered several of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean.

Leeward Islands itinerary (7 nights)

  • Philipsburg, St. Maarten
  • Day 1 – Charlestown, Nevis
  • Day 2 – Cabrits, Dominica
  • Day 3 – Terre-de-Haut, Iles des Saintes
  • Day 4 – Deshaies, Guadeloupe
  • Day 5 – Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
  • Day 6 – Gustavia, St. Barts
  • Philipsburg, St. Maarten

This roundtrip Leewards itinerary uses St. Maarten as its base.

St. Maarten was badly damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Star Clippers wanted to show support for the island by basing the Star Flyer there for the winter cruising season, starting in 2018/2019. The island has since bounced back very nicely.

Before and after our cruise, we stayed on the French side of the island – St. Martin – at Hotel L’Esplanade and Le Petit Hotel, two lovely Provencal-style boutique hotels. (The dual nation island is made up of Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin.)

The ports on this itinerary aren’t your usual ports found on various Caribbean islands.

If you’ve cruised the Caribbean with one of the big ship lines and think you’ve “done” the Caribbean, think again.

Star Clippers will introduce you to a slower, quainter side of the Caribbean.

Uncrowded beaches? Part of the Star Clippers experience
Uncrowded beach coves? Part of the Star Clippers’ experience

Day 1 – Nevis

After boarding the Star Flyer in St. Maarten the previous afternoon, we were happy to have a low-key day in Nevis, the first port-of-call on our cruise.

Tenders left every half hour – one to Charlestown and the other to Pinney’s Beach.

Pinney’s Beach just happens to be one of the best beaches in Nevis (the bright yellow beach umbrellas of the Four Seasons Nevis are found here).

We hopped on the beach tender for an afternoon on the beach.

Forsaking the busier Sunshine’s bar (famous for its killer rum punches), we rented two beach chairs and an umbrella from a quieter pop-up rental shack – and the three hours available passed very quickly.

Day 2 – Dominica

Also badly hit by Hurricane Irma, Dominica is the lushest and greenest of the Caribbean islands.

We tendered to the simple dock at Portsmouth, which is right by the entrance to Cabrits National Park. (Large cruise ships dock at the Roseau cruise terminal on the opposite side of the island.)

For a $5 USD park entrance fee, you can hike 5 to 10 minutes along a paved trail to Fort Shirley, a restored 19th century British outpost.

Several other longer hiking trails also criss-cross the small park. The forested park looked to us like something worth exploring.

We, however, were booked on a shore excursion to go river tubing on Layou River, a scenic one-hour drive away.

Star Clippers guests get ready to go tubing down the Layou River in Dominica
Star Clippers’ guests get ready to go tubing down the Layou River in Dominica

Curled up in bouncy round inner tubes, with our legs dangling in the water, the tubing turned out to be a barrel of laughs, bumping into fellow tubers and splashing along in the river.

Added bonus? Spotting furry tarantula legs poking out of holes burrowed into the mud riverbanks.

Day 3 – Iles des Saintes

Laid-back Terre-de-Haut is one of the most charming Caribbean islands.
Laid-back Terre-de-Haut is one of the most charming Caribbean islands

The most picturesque port we dropped anchor at was Terre-de-Haut, one of a cluster of tiny islands that make up Iles des Saintes.

Très Francais, this gem of an island is like a little slice of France, but in the tropics.

Picture-perfect Terre-de-Haut is small enough to explore on your own.
Picture-perfect Terre-de-Haut is small enough to explore on your own

No need to do an organized tour here!

Rent a moped or ATV-style buggy the locals favor, or use your feet. The fun is in discovering this island for yourself.

The houses on Ilse des Saintes are painted in bright colors
The houses on Ilse des Saintes are painted in bright colors

First on our agenda?

Huffing our way up a steep narrow road (past goats nibbling by the roadside) to the mid-1800s Fort Napoleon and its botanical gardens, where we were rewarded with splendid views.

Oh look, there’s our tall ship waaaaay down below!

We spotted our ship way below on the climb up to Fort Napoleon

Next? An obligatory cappuccino in one of the seaside cafés.

Then after a quick lunch back on the ship, we tendered to a narrow strip of sandy beach for some swim-and-snooze time.

Fort Napoleon on Terre-de-Haute in the Caribbean
Great views, goats and a British garrison – all part of the walk up to Fort Napoleon on Terre-de-Haute

Day 4 – Guadeloupe

Sometimes the best days aren’t planned. They just happen. That was the case with our day on Guadeloupe.

Our ship anchored off Deshaies, a small fishing village and home to a few casual seafront restaurants, cafés and T-shirt shops.

We thought we’d poke around Deshaies and then make our own way to Grand Anse Beach, a 5-minute drive away – perhaps by taxi, if we could find one?

As it turned out, this very non-touristy town had a little tourism booth at the dock.

We discovered you can hike from Deshaies, up the 700-foot-high “mountain” of Gros Morne, and then back down the other side to Grand Anse Beach.

We were wearing runners. Why not? A little exercise would be good for us!

The steep trail ended up being quite a bit more challenging than anticipated, what with side-stepping roots and volcanic rock boulders.

Thankfully, the forest provided lots of shade.

Hammering woodpeckers entertained us and a breeze cooled the sweat from our brows. And lo and behold, a couple of hours later, we descended onto the one-mile stretch of majestic Grand Anse Beach.

Guadeloupe’s pristine Grand Anse Beach: The water is crystal clear and the sand a beautiful golden color
Guadeloupe’s pristine Grand Anse Beach: The water is crystal clear and the sand a beautiful golden color

Carpeted in gold sand and fringed with swaying coconut palms, Grand Anse Beach is the mother of all beaches – untainted by resort development and picture-perfect.

We plonked ourselves down at the far end, closer to a smattering of restos tucked up behind the trees (hidden from the beach).

A quick refreshing swim. A quick nap. And then we quickly walked along the road (about 25 minutes) back to Deshaies, making it in time to catch the last tender back to the ship.

Day 5 – Antigua

Quick. What is Antigua known for? Its 365 beaches (one for every day of the year, they say).

So, what to do in Antigua on a Star Flyer cruise? Why, enjoy a beach barbecue!

Tenders ferried guests to idyllic Pigeon Point Beach on Antigua, where we climbed down a ladder from the tender at the water’s edge and sloshed our way up onto the sand.

Star Clippers uses a small tender is used to ferry guests to beaches.
A small tender is used to ferry guests to beaches

As with all beach stops, the Star Clippers’ water sports team hauled SUP boards, kayaks and sailing dinghies onto the beach for guests to use (complimentary).

After ample time for swimming, SUPping (is this a verb yet?) and lounging around on the beach under the shade of sea grape trees, we were ready for the ship’s BBQ.

We helped ourselves to grilled burgers, fish and salads, then ate – plates balanced on our laps – as we sat on our towels on the sand.

A fun beach day!

Day 6 – St. Barts

Small yachts, big yachts - Gustavia Harbor is filled with boats
Small yachts, big yachts – St. Barts’ Gustavia Harbor is filled with boats

Back in business, St. Barts – which was also slammed by Hurricane Irma – is another of the French Caribbean islands visited by the Star Flyer ship on this Leeward Islands itinerary.

We strolled the streets of Gustavia, St. Barts’ tony capital, peeking into very expensive designer boutiques and gawking at gleaming mega yachts in the harbor.

At the edge of town, we came to Shell Beach.

This very pretty beach is literally covered with millions of tiny unique shells. (Don’t worry, they won’t cut your feet.)

Millions of tiny shells make up Shell Beach on St. Barts.
Millions of tiny shells make up Shell Beach on St. Barts

You can rent a beach chair and umbrella at Shellona Restaurant – or join the bikini-clad vacationers lolling about on bean bags there for some bubbly or beer.

But all the beaches on St. Barts are free.

So we simply enjoyed a swim, followed by chill time at one side of the cove, where boulders offered shade.

Shellona Beach Club has beach chairs for rent on Shell Beach (Credit: Shellona Restaurant)
Shellona Beach Club has beach chairs for rent on Shell Beach

Authentic sailing cruise ships

The most enthralling aspect of cruising with Star Clippers is that the voyages are real sailing cruises.
Catching the wind…

Probably the most enthralling aspect of cruising with Star Clippers is that the voyages are real sailing cruises.

Wind charts are used for the mapping of exact itineraries.

Yes, the Star Flyer is really sailing!
Yes, the Star Flyer is really sailing!

In the Caribbean, for example, Star Clippers’ ships sail with the wind some 70% of the time.

Sailors in blue-and-white striped T-shirts and white pants handle ropes, use winches and flex a lot of muscles to unfurl the sails.

When setting sail, usually late in the afternoon, passengers gather on deck to watch the spectacle of leaving port.

Stirring music from the soundtrack for “1492: Conquest of Paradise” by Vangelis plays, as the sails catch the wind and the ship starts to move with the seas.

We never tired of the song.

Or of standing on deck, watching the twinkling lights on land get smaller and smaller as the enormous sails billowed in the breeze and we glided through the water, like ships since time immemorial.

Star Clippers review: Bottom line

Star Clippers Review: Star Flyer and Star Clipper are identical four-masted sailing cruise ships.
Star Flyer and Star Clipper are identical four-masted sailing cruise ships

Is a Star Clippers cruise right for you?

These bewitching cruises attract an international mix of mostly British, Europeans and Americans, along with a few Aussies and South Americans.

Most guests are in their 50s and 60s, but you’ll find younger couples too.

On our cruise, we chit-chatted occasionally with the very charming Italian celebrity Maria Teresa Ruta and her companions, who added some glamor.

Actress Maria Teresa Ruta "ties the knot" with her husband on the Star Flyer.
Actress Maria Teresa Ruta “ties the knot” with her husband on the Star Flyer

Some 60% of guests are repeaters.

Another vote of confidence: The Royal Clipper snagged a spot on the list of the “10 Best Small Cruise Ships (2023)” in USA Today‘s “10 Best” awards.

So, will you like a Star Clippers cruise?


That is… if you are easy-going, active and open to new experiences; like the intimacy of a small ship and the romance of sailing; can be happy squeezing into a small cabin; want to escape the crowds; and can do without a casino, show lounges and other amenities typically found on bigger ships.

These cruises are not suited for anyone with limited mobility, however.

There are no elevators, and agility is needed to climb stairs and clamber in and out of Zodiacs and small tenders.

This was our fourth Star Clippers cruise – and we can’t wait for our next!

Star Clippers cruise: Other things to know


On Star Clipper and Star Flyer, the voltage is 110V (standard for the U.S., Canada and most South American countries). So bring an American adapter if you’re British, European or Australian (or coming from another country that doesn’t use 110 volts).

The Royal Clipper is wired for European appliances running on 220V. So bring a European adapter if coming from North America.


Everything onboard is priced in Euros.

Gratuities on Star Clippers

Tips are extra. The cruise line recommends you tip 8 Euros ($10 USD) p.p. a day.

WiFi on Star Clippers

WiFi is available at a charge. It is patchy, with the best reception in port.

Star Clippers cost

Cruise fares are very reasonably priced for the value you receive.

More information

See the cruise line’s website.

More cruising inspiration!

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Windstar Cruises: What’s it like cruising with Windstar on their small ships? See our Windstar Cruise review.

Yacht holidays: Did you know that chartered yacht vacations aren’t just for the rich and famous?

Go bicycling on your cruise! Enjoy two-wheeling on boat-and-bike cruises (both river and ocean cycling cruises).

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Star Clippers review

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We sailed on this cruise as media guests for review purposes. But we always maintain the ability to write what we want, as we experience it.

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