Flying Clipper Review and Specifications
Specifications of Flying Clipper
|Builder||Brodosplit Shipyard (Split, Croatia)|
|Building cost||EUR 100 million (USD 110 million)|
|Owner||Star Clippers Ltd|
|Gross Tonnage||8770 gt|
|Passengers||300 - 300|
Review of Flying Clipper
Flying Clipper is Star Clippers company's 4th sailing cruise ship, will scheduled launched in 2018's first quarter. The vessel is also the world's square rigger. After in 1991 the Swedish yachtsman Mikhail Krafft established the Star Clippers cruise line, first was the Star Flyer, and second - the Star Clipper. Both are traditional-design tall sailing ships. The company went on with building the world's largest currently sailing cruise ship - the 5-masted Royal Clipper, launched in 2000.
History - construction & ownership
Flying Clipper is the biggest yet and first newbuild in 15 years for Star Clippers. Currently, it is being built by Brodosplit shipyard in Split, Croatia and will be delivered toward the end of 2017.
The ship is modeled on France II, the legendary sailing vessel which, when it was launched in 1912, was the biggest in the world. Just as Swedish entrepreneur Mikael Krafft, Star Clippers' owner, modeled his last newbuild Royal Clipper upon the German Preussen, he turned to another great ship of early 20th century. In fact, the new ship's rig will be the same as that of France II, that sank in 1922. Flying Clipper will be the largest and most ambitious for the company, carrying 300 cruise passengers and 140 crew members. The ship will measure 8,770 GT and be powered by 39,288 sq.feet of sail, in addition to fuel-efficient, specially designed engines.
Cruise itinerary program
During the summer, Flying Clipper sails in the Mediterranean, and during winter months, she offers Caribbean voyages. The ship can visit the smallest ports which larger vessels cannot reach, because of her size. Between seasons, Transatlantic crossings are offered.
Flying Clipper has 150 cabins, including 34 balcony rooms and 4 Owner's Suites. The regular cabins are compact but with decent sized bathrooms, plenty of smart storage and decor that reflects clipper ships' Golden Age - lots of polished wood and prints on the walls of splendid ships under sail.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
Flying Clipper features one restaurant onboard, spanning 2 decks, with open-seating dining. Meals include buffet-style breakfast and lunch. Dinner is served, with a choice of dishes and vegetarian options. Occasional barbecues are held in the Tropical Bar and ashore. There is no room service, although tea, coffee and fruits are always available.
The focal point of Flying Clipper is the alfresco Tropical Bar, a Star Clippers' hallmark. It is where talks, musical entertainment, shows and exercise classes take place. Inside, there is an elegant Piano Bar for those who prefer calm music and air-conditioning. The ship also offers a Dive Bar by the pool on the aft deck. It is for the first time that the line has made space for alternative evening venue.
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
There are two plunge pools on Flying Clipper, one with a glass bottom, filtering light into the atrium below, as well as a spectacular scuba diving pool cthelose to the stern, descending 18 feet through 2 decks, with glass sides so guests below can watch the divers. Diving courses are offered onboard and the ship carries its own Dive Master, but brings local instructors onboard as permits for diving are only issued in case a local dive school is likely to benefit.
The water sports platform at ship's stern is lowered when Flying Clipper is at anchor. Free water sports include snorkeling, dinghy sailing, waterskiing and sea kayaking. When the ship is at sea, activities include supervised mast-climbing. Passengers are also allowed to lounge in the 2 nets strung either side of bowsprit. There is a small spa onboard for facials, nail treatments and Thai massage. The new ship also has a library and function room for guest lectures and private events.
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