Tall ship sailing is being touted as one of the most intimate, exciting and authentic ways to cruise. One moment you may feel like you step back in time and the next find yourself enjoying the most modern comforts and amenities.
One of the tall ship sailing specialists gaining a lot of national attention for its ships, service and innovation is Star Clippers. The company operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels, each a re-creation of the classic clipper sailing ships that dominated the oceans of the world in the 19th century.
Although “large” is all relative when you’re talking about cruise ship size, Star Clippers’ ships carry a modest number of passengers, averaging around 200 per sailing (with an enviable crew-to-passenger ratio). One significant benefit of operating smaller ships is the ability to visit ports that are often untouched by larger cruise ships. Docking at those ports often means offering unique activities and excursions.
Star Clippers currently operates three tall ships, each of which has expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, a Tropical bar on deck, a comfortable piano bar and much more. The newest ship in its fleet will launch later this year and will be a near-replica of the impressive France II, commissioned in 1911 and formerly the largest square rigger ever built.
Although the Star Clippers’ ships, including its newest vessel, all have ecologically sound, high-tech engines; they rely on wind power and its sails wherever possible. Truly part of the romance and allure of traveling by way of tall sailing ships!
These tall sailing ships operate in several of the most popular destinations worldwide, including the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and the Panama Canal, among others.
As part of Virtuoso, Pique Travel is able to offer select Star Clippers sailings on specially designated Virtuoso Voyages. Each Virtuoso Voyage cruise will feature a Virtuoso host, cocktail reception and a unique shore excursion experience.
Want to learn more about tall ship sailing and Star Clippers? Watch the video below and email our cruise specialist, Liz Matassa, at LizM@PiqueTravel.com.