Star Clippers (Small Cruise Lines)
Flying Clipper Review and Specifications
Specifications of Flying Clipper
|Year built||2018 new ship|
|Builder||Brodosplit Shipyard (Split, Croatia)|
|Class||5-Masted Schooner (sailing ship)|
|Building cost||EUR 100 million (USD 110 million)|
|Owner||Star Clippers Ltd|
|Operator||Star Clippers Cruises|
|Speed||20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph|
|Gross Tonnage||8770 gt|
|Passengers||300 - 300|
Review of Flying Clipper
Flying Clipper is Star Clippers company's 4th sailing cruise ship. The vessel (square rigger / 5-Masted Schooner) is also the world's ever largest clipper (tall-sailing) ship.
History - construction & ownership
When in in 1991 the Swedish yachtsman Mikhail Krafft established the Star Clippers cruise line, company's first ship was Star Flyer (1991) followed by Star Clipper (1992). Both are traditional-design tall sailing ships (4-masted schooners). The company went on with building the world's largest sailing cruise ship - the 5-masted schooner Royal Clipper (launched in 2000).
Flying Clipper is Star Clippers' biggest ship, and also the company's first newbuild since Royal Clipper. Shipbuilder is Brodosplit shipyard (in Split, Croatia). The vessel was scheduled for delivery in end of 2017, but was re-scheduled for spring 2018.
The ship is modeled on France II, the legendary sailing vessel which, when it was launched in 1912, was the biggest in the world. Previously, Star Clippers modeled Royal Clipper (capacity 227 passengers) on Preussen (German, steel-hulled 5-masted ship, launched in 1902). The new ship's rig is the same as that of France II, that sank in 1922. Flying Clipper is the largest and most ambitious for the company, with capacity 300 passengers and 140 crew members. The ship has gross tonage of 8770 tons and is powered by 39288 ft2 (3650 m2) of sails (all square rigged). Alternative power is provided by new-design, fuel-efficient diesel 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 staterooms and 4 Owner Suites. Standard cabins are compact but with decent-sized en-suite bathrooms, plenty of luggage storage space. Cabin decors reflect clipper ships' Golden Age - featuring plenty of polished wood and prints on the walls of the world's most famous sail ships.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
The ship has one restaurant (dining room) spanning 2 decks and operated with open-seating. Meals include buffet-style breakfast and lunch. Dinner is waiter-served, with a choice of gourmet dishes and vegetarian options. BBQ parties are held in the Tropical Bar (on sun deck) and also ashore. There is no onboard room service. Tea, coffee and fresh 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 of the swimming pools is glass-bottomed, funneling sunlight through into the Atrium below. A third pool (scuba diving pool) is located aft (close to the stern), descending 18 ft (5,5 m) through 2 decks. This pool is flass-walled, allowing guests to watch the divers. Diving classes are offered onboard as the ship carries its ow professionally-trained Dive Master.
The aft-located water sports platform (marina at the ship's stern) is lowered when Flying Clipper is at anchor. Complimentary water sport activities include snorkeling, dinghy sailing, waterskiing, sea kayaking. When the ship is at open sea, a signature onboard fun activity is the supervised mast-climbing. Passengers are also allowed to lounge in the 2 nets strung either side of the bowsprit.
This sail cruise ship also has a small spa (facials, manicure / pedicure, Thai massage), a library, function room (for guest lectures and private events). Star Clippers has no kids programming. Babysitting and childcare are also not available onboard. However, kids-friendly activities are occasionally organized on select itineraries during summer holidays.
Flying Clipper wiki
- This clipper cruise ship is a close replica of France II - French sailing ship built in 1913 by Chantiers et Ateliers de la Gironde shipyard (in Bordeaux). The ship was ordered in 1911 by the company Societe Anonyme des Navires Mixtes and served on the shipping route from Rouen France to Australia, New Caledonia (Noumea) and the USA. The ship run aground in July 1922 (on Teremba reef / Urai bay, approx 110 km northwest of Noumea (Grande Terre island, New Caledonia), while en-route to Europe and loaded with chrome ore. As the shipowner refused to pay for towage, the wreckage remained at the Ouano reef until 1944, when wasa destroyed by American bombers bombing it for target practice.
- The original France II ship had a total of 38 sails (including : 20 square, 12 staysails, 4 fore, 2 spanker), tptal sail area 68350 ft2 (6350 m2), 4 lifeboats, cargo capacity 7420 tons, crew capacity 50, max speed 20 mph (32 kph.
- The new Flying Clipper ship has a steel hull (with teak decking) and is ice-strengthened. The 5-masted square-rigger's overall sail area is 68300 ft2 (6345 m2). The ice-class allows the vessel to sail in all oceans, including Arctic and Antarctic. Its max speed is 23 mph (37 kph) under sails or 18 mph (30 kph) under diesel engine power. The new vessel is larger than France II (wider by 18,5 m / 60 ft), but its sails and rigging are exact copies.
- In June 2015, KfW IPEX Bank GmbH (the largest subsidiary of KfW / German government-owned bank) provided a syndicated loan to finance the ship's construction. In June was also signed the corresponding agreement with the shipowner Star Clippers. The bank provided a tranche (portion of the money) covered by export credit guarantee from the Croatian export credit agency HBOR.
- On June 10, 2017, was the vessel's launch at Brodosplit Shipyard.
The following YouTube video shows the vessel's launch at the Croatian shipyard.