Posted by: cruise2 | 1 June, 2015

Star Clippers Orders Its First Ship In 15 Years

by Kevin Griffin of our London office for

Fifteen years after its last newbuilding, Star Clippers has confirmed that it is building a fourth ship. The new vessel, to carry 300 passengers, will be delivered in the second half of 2017.

The latest square rigger in the Star Clippers fleet is now under construction at the Brodosplit Shipyard in Split, Croatia, and will be the most ambitious project yet for the Monaco-based sailing specialist, whose owner Mikael Krafft has long wanted to recreate France II, one of the two largest square-riggers ever built.

The Royal Clipper

Royal Clipper

The new ship’s rig will be identical to France II, at 68,350 square feet of sail, and dimensions will be very similar. France II measured 480 by 56 feet. Star Clippers’ last newbuilding, the 227-passenger Royal Clipper is based on Preussen, one of the most famous sailing ships of the early 20th Century.

While Royal Clipper measures 440 by 54 feet, Preussen herself, at 482 by 54 feet, was a contender with France II for the title of largest square-rigger ever built.

Carrying five masts, Star Clippers’ new ship will measure 8,770 tons. Under the masts will be found three swimming pools, one of which will allow sunlight into the dining room below, much like in Royal Clipper.

Another pool on the aft deck will be for dive training and will descend twenty feet down through two decks, with glass sides. There will also be a water sports platform at the stern for use when the ship is at anchor.

Star Clippers' new ship (Illustration courtesy of Brodosplit Shipyard)

Star Clippers’ new ship (Illustration courtesy of Brodosplit Shipyard)

The new ship will feature a variety of cabin grades, including thirty-four suites with balconies, a first for Star Clippers, and four owner’s suites.

A restaurant in the atrium will accommodate all passengers at open-sitting dining and other features will include an intimate library, the now-traditional bowsprit net where passengers can sunbathe high above the water, and the al fresco Tropical Bar for evening entertainment.

At least initially, the new ship will sail Star Clippers’ most popular itineraries in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

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