Ship details

Accommodations

  • Two 592-square-foot owner's suites
  • 30 deluxe, 323-square-foot suites
  • Two deluxe, 215-square-foot deck cabins with private balconies
  • 104 outside cabins, 162 square feet each
  • 10 inside cabins, 129 square feet each
  • Dining and entertainment

  • A two-level dining room capable of accommodating all passengers in one seating
  • A private dining room for groups of up to 50
  • A piano lounge for dancing and evening music and cocktails
  • A two-level bar for lectures, games and evening shows
  • A second bar with music and TVs
  • A club room that can convert to a 160-person conference room
  • An observation room forward of the open bridge
  • Sports and recreation

  • A library, spa and gymnasium
  • Three swimming pools, including one designed with an area for scuba training
  • A retractable marina for access to water sports, snorkeling and diving.
  • Star Clippers will commission a new, five-masted ship with an expected 2010 delivery, which the line said would be the largest sailing ship afloat.

    Once Star Clippers places the order, it will be the first masted, or tall ship, built for cruise service in more than seven years.

    Star Clipper's owner, Mikael Krafft, has been planning the line's fourth vessel for several years, according to Jack Chatham, the company's vice president of sales and marketing.

    Chatham said the line was in talks with several European shipyards for the construction contract but would not disclose what the ship was expected to cost.

    Star Clippers did say that the ship had already been designed by Krafft and his team of consultants and that at 7,400 gross tons it would be 48% larger than Star Clippers' biggest ship, the Royal Clipper, which is currently the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world.

    However, the new vessel would carry only 30% more passengers, with a capacity for 296 guests and a crew of 140.

    Chatham said it was important to Krafft to expand the ship's tonnage by more than the capacity.

    "[Krafft] wanted to keep it under 300 passengers, which allows us to have the opportunity to offer more things onboard but also to retain the intimacy of the product," Chatham said. 

    The line currently sails three vessels -- the Royal Clipper, the Star Clipper and the Star Flyer -- that are some of the largest clipper ships at sea.

    Star Clippers has not divulged what the ship's itineraries will be, but Chatham said it was expected to sail seasonally in the Mediterranean, where the line has been capacity-constrained since it sent the Star Flyer to Tahiti.

    "Not having three ships in Europe is a pretty drastic reduction in capacity for our market," said Chatham, who noted that 50% of Star Clippers' passengers were European. "So we can really take advantage of extra tonnage at this point."

    Chatham said the new, larger ship would have more amenities, such as a conference room that seats 160 people, which is expected to make the line more attractive to the incentive and charter market.

    At 518 feet long with 37 sails, the new ship will feature an 8,200-square-foot sun deck area, Star Clippers said.

    Krafft has built the Star Clippers fleet to resemble early-20th century sailing ships, and the new one will be no exception. The new vessel is modeled on the France II, a 5,000-ton vessel that was the world's largest sailing ship when it was launched in 1912.

    To contact reporter Johanna Jainchill, send e-mail to [email protected].

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