Royal Clipper

Inspired by the tall ship Preussen, the Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century.

With her complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold. You might think she was an apparition from the grand age of sail, but Royal Clipper is as new as tomorrow, boasting state-of-the-art navigation systems and all the comfort of today.

For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 134 metres Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea-going experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yacht. Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style. A full 1760 square metres of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment.

  • Size boutique
  • Style Premium
  • Type ocean
  • Year of launch 2000
  • Year of last refit 2010
  • Gross tonnage 4425t
  • Length 134.0m
  • Width 16.5m
  • Speed 18kts
  • Decks 4
  • Language English
  • Currency Euro (€)
  • No. of passengers 227
  • No. of crew 106
  • No. of cabins 114
  • -wheelchair access 0
Unique Features

Guinness World Record Holder The Royal Clipper was officially recognised by the Guinness World Record in 2001 as the World's largest square rigger in service.


Gratuities on the ship are not included in the cruise fare and are at your discretion. We suggest €8 per day and per person. Gratuities are divided among the waiters in the dining room and the stewards. You can pay these gratuities at the end of the cruise by credit card, indicating the amount you wish to give (a form will be placed in your cabin) or in cash placed in an envelope, deposited in the box near the Purser’s Office.

Children not advised
Designated areas only
Not available

There’s nothing so easy and pleasurable as falling asleep to the gentle rhythms of the ship and sea unless it’s awakening refreshed the next morning to a new-born day.

Like a fine resort, all the amenities are here; double bed or twin beds that can be converted to queen, marble lined bathroom, private safe, television video system and DVD player, direct dial telephone, hair dryer and comfortable furnishings.

The décor is tastefully traditional.

You’ll find the accoutrements of a classic yacht, where everything is ingeniously designed for comfort, ease and efficiency. On Royal Clipper, 14 Deluxe suites offer the ultimate in cruising comfort, with private verandah, whirlpool bath and 24-hour room service.

All but six of her 98 cabins are outside, and for the ultimate indulgence, two 40 square metre owner’s suites may be combined to accommodate up to 8 guests.


Our inspired chefs make dining aboard a delightful culinary adventure with an international menu of foods from the corners of the Earth.


Clearly, this is not a cruise ship in the ordinary sense.

On Star Clippers, you will find that there are no rigid schedules. You are free to do as you wish with your days – and evenings.

Now, is there anything more relaxing than this?

Friends gather round the piano bar and join in singing a few favourites. And in the Tropical Bar, the bartender shakes a pitcher full of some delicious cooling concoction. Now, is there anything more relaxing than this?

An authentic taste of the local music and arts

To entertain you at certain ports, we invite local performers, folk groups or musicians to liven up your evenings on board and our crew members are always ready to entertain you with games and nautical activities.

So rather than enduring another Broadway show, you can enjoy the conviviality of fellow shipmates while a live band plays tropical tunes from a real paradise.

The Captain and crew

The Captain and crew are superb improvisers of the kind of light-hearted fun you’ll only find on Star Clippers. The Captain’s daily briefing on deck is wonderfully informative and a chance to hear some great story-telling as well.

Health and fitness

The main health & fitness facilities onboard Royal Clipper are the Captain Nemo Lounge, a Thalasso, Health and Beauty Centre. Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy some watersports such as snorkelling and kayaking.

Kids and Teens

Children are welcome onboard Star Clippers cruises. While there is no structure programme providing supervision and care for young children, they are invited to participate in shipboard activities suited to their ability. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children occupying cabins as the third person will be charged the third person rate when availability permits.


Enrichment onboard Royal Clipper is done via classes about sailing-related topics. The Captain's daily briefing on deck is wonderfully informative, and a chance to hear some great storytelling as well.

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