If you’re taken by the romance and history associated with the art of traditional sailing, but want to spend your holiday in comfort and luxury, then a trip aboard Star Flyer is exactly what you are looking for.
It’s easy to see the influence of Star Clippers’ heritage - the gleaming teak and shining brasswork proudly waves the flag for tradition, whilst the elegant piano bar, sizeable cabins and fantastic food indulges the need for modern luxuries.
Doing away with the rigid schedules or clothing and dining restrictions of many modern large cruises, you will feel relaxed and liberated on board this unique vessel.
Star Flyer was built in 1991 for Star Clippers as a four-masted, 170-passenger, tall clipper ship, technically a square-rigged barquentine. The ship currently ranks, along with its sister Star Clipper, as the loftiest tall ship in the world, with a mast that rises 226 feet high. Both ships, along with their bigger sibling, Royal Clipper, and a further ship under construction, are the realization of a childhood dream of Swedish entrepreneur Mikael Krafft, and apart from the German-owned Sea Cloud ships, are the only authentic square riggers in the world offering a comfortable cruising experience (as opposed to the many sail training tall ships, where you sleep in bunks and have to sail the ship).
This is the point of Star Clippers: you don't have to do any work at all, although you can play sailor by hauling on the ropes every now and then with the crew, or climbing the mast, under supervision.Sailing on Star Flyer is like stepping back in time to a golden era when clipper ships ruled the waves.
The unfurling of the sails, to the stirring "Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis, is a highlight of each day, and passengers can live out their nautical fantasies by climbing the mast or sunning in the widow's net hanging off the bow of the ship.