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.
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
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
"[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
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
"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.
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