Star Clippers’ fleet of large clippers stand out in any port with their impressive silhouettes and classic yet modern design. The largest ship in the line, the 228 passenger Royal mower, turns heads wherever he sails and evokes the question: “is this a pirate ship?” It is not, in fact, a pirate ship, but in 2001, Royal mower was officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest square-rigged sailing ship in service, and she retained this honor for over 20 years.
Inspired by the legendary Preussen tall ship, the 439ft Royal Clipper offers the adventure and tradition of sailing with the service and amenities of a private yacht. With 9,000 square feet of open deck, 42 sails totaling 54,000 square feet, three swimming pools, a marina platform for ocean access for water sports activities, a tri-level dining area and a spa and fully equipped health club, Royal mower sails year-round, offering itineraries from three to 28 nights in the eastern and western Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Here are the top five reasons to book a cruise on the majestic Royal Clipper:
Experience the Grand Prix in style
Visiting Monaco during the Grand Prix races is a must for racing fans, and Royal mower offers sailing in 2023 and 2024 designed to put guests at the center of the action. The itinerary, an eight-day sail between Cannes and Rome, stops in Monaco in time for the Grand Prix Final, without having to worry about finding a hotel during the busiest time of the year.
Sail through the famous Panama Canal
Royal mower offers the opportunity for a true bucket list experience: sailing through the Grand Panama Canal. Built over 100 years ago connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the canal offers interesting vantage points of Panama’s flora and fauna as the ship winds its way through the locks. This 14-night sailing also offers the option to visit favorite ports such as Willemstad, Curacao, Cartagena, Columbia and Balboa, Panama.
Crossing the Atlantic by Sailboat
Many cruise lines offer ocean crossings, but none do it like the Star Clippers, relying primarily on the power of the wind. Every spring, Royal mower sails the 16-night eastbound crossing between Bridgetown, Barbados and Lisbon – or for those who want more, a 28-day option sails to Rome. In the fall, she does the reverse, returning to the Caribbean for the winter season. These transatlantic crossings offer passengers the opportunity to commune with the ocean, seek a quiet sanctuary on deck to admire the endless horizon, and enjoy the authentic experience of crossing the Atlantic aboard a real sailboat.
Claim bragging rights
Sailing on Royal Clipper is an experience worth bragging about. As well as holding the Guinness World Record for largest square-rigged sailing ship, the Royal Clipper has recently received several other accolades. Earlier this year, USA Today 10 Best Awards named Royal Clipper the Best Small Ship of 2022. And last month, Star Clippers ranked in the top 10 in the Small Ship category at the 2022 Conde Nast Readers Choice Awards.
Live like a sailor
Royal Clipper offers its customers unique opportunities that can only be obtained on a genuine sailboat. A guest favorite is climbing the mast to the crow’s nest – 75 feet above water level, the crow’s nest offers incredible views of the ship’s upper deck as well as the the landscape beyond. Another favorite place on Royal mower is the bowsprit net, where guests can recline with the ocean below them and watch the world go by. The long bowsprit, which extends 30 feet forward from the bow, is open to passengers during the day, and the hammock-like net suspended over the ocean provides probably the most unique and enjoyable on any cruise ship afloat.
For over 25 years, Star Clippers has been introducing travelers to the thrill of the modern tall ship sailing to remote ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. The company operates three of the largest and tallest sailboats in the world: Star trimmer and star flyer are traditional clipper vessels with modern equipment carrying 170 guests, while the 227 guests Royal mower holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest and only fully rigged five-masted sailing ship in service today. All three ships feature expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal restaurants, friendly tropical deck bars and piano lounges.