Sailing ship cruises offer an intimate experience that connects you with wind and wave while providing a closer view of marine life and ship operations. It can be an exhilarating experience, feeling the power of the wind as it fuels your voyage. However, it is reassuring to know that these ships also have engines that are quite capable of keeping you on course should the wind not cooperate.
Passengers often participate in some of work that goes into sailing, and many people return from their cruises with new enthusiasm for sailing. There is much less formality aboard sailing ships than on the typical cruise liner as passengers come to know and make friends with the crews, as well as fellow shipmates. For the most part, the ships have all the accommodations for dining, lounging and, yes, even partying, but it’s all more relaxed and smaller.
There is a quite a variety of sailing ships offering cruise vacations, and travelers can find as much or as little luxury as they want to afford, particularly as it relates to their private cabins or communal berths. Sailing ship vacations also offer opportunities to visit smaller ports that may not be tourist traps because the larger cruise ships do not call there.
Itineraries are available to the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and on ocean crossings. Sailing to these destinations offers opportunities to enjoy destinations in an up-close and intimate way that is not as easily achieved on on traditional cruises.
Royal Clipper - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews
Royal Clipper is a yacht-size sailing ship, with a feeling of being on ones own private sailing yacht. The ship offers the ultimate in authentic sailing ship cruising. The elegant sailing ship calls on smaller, intimate yachting ports, hidden harbors, and secluded coves away from the crowds. Fine cuisine is served in the Clipper Dining Room, and the atmosphere is elegant casual, with no jackets required.
The ships cabins comfortable sailing ship cabins, with traditional porthole windows, wooden furniture in yacht-like fashion. They also have marble bathrooms. The ship features complimentary snorkeling, sunfish sailing, banana boating, waterskiing and windsurfing.
Year Built 2000 ♦
Ship's Class: Royal Clipper Class ♦
Country of Registry Luxembourg ♦
Tonnage 5,000 metric tons (a volume measurement, not weight) ♦
Length 439 ft - 134 m ♦
Sail Area 56,000 square feet ♦
Mast Height 197 ft ♦
Masts: 5 masts, 42 sails ♦
Barque rigged - square rigged on all masts ♦
Speed 8 to 20 knots ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 227 ♦
Passenger Decks 4 ♦
Officers and Crew 106 ♦
Officer's Nationality European ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International ♦
Passengers to Staff Ratio 2.14 to 1
Total 114 ♦
Suites with Balcony 0 (none) ♦
Suites without Balcony 16 ♦
Oceanview with Balcony 0 (none) ♦
Oceanview without Balcony 92 ♦
Inside 6 (none) ♦
Accessible Cabins (all categories) 0 ♦
Star Clippers cabins are comfortable sailing ship cabins, with traditional porthole windows and wooden furniture in yacht-like fashion. Amenties in all cabins include a marble bathroom, television, direct-dial phone, individual thermostat control, private safe, hair dryer, keyless entry, and nightly turn-down service.
TV and radio ♦
In-cabin movies ♦
Private Safe ♦
Open-seating dining in the Clipper Dining Room, with fine dining cuisine ♦
Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style, while dinner is a sit-down affair featuring seasonal and regional cuisine ♦
Specialty Restaurant: none ♦
There is no traditional 1st and 2nd sitting on Star Clippers sailing ships ♦
Dress code on Star Clippers is elegant casual, no jacket required, and there are no formal nights
Piano Lounge ♦
Observation Lounge ♦
Internet Center (2 computers in the Observation Lounge) ♦
Outdoor Pool Bar
Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦
Fitness Center ♦
Watersports – complimentary snorkeling, sunfish sailing, banana boating, waterskiing and windsurfing
Spread out like a great porous blanket ahead of the bow and supported by the bowsprit, the famed net is braided of heavy gauge netting line and the perfect spot for a secure nap, leisurely chat or unhurried read. Dolphins sometimes are visible below, seeming to brush their tails in play against the churning water at the bow of the ship.
On the Royal Clipper Lookout Stations have been created on each of the five masts some 60 feet above the Sun Deck. Stations have slatted teak deck, high safety rail and an all-weather comfortable teak settee for lounging while observing the action below. Passengers wishing to visit the Lookout Stations slip on a ship-supplied safety vest and a watchful crew member on the deck keeps the safety line taut as the guest makes the easy ascent up one of the ratlines.
Spa and Wellness
There is a Massage Therapist. No full-service spa
Children and Teens
There are no organized activities for children and teens
Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shop ♦
Laundry Service ♦