Star Clippers announce new ship build
Star Clippers have announced they have started building a fourth ship to add to their existing fleet. This will be the first new-build since the launch of Royal Clipper in July 2000.
The new vessel, yet to be named, will be the biggest and most ambitious to date and will be launched in the second half of 2017, carrying 300 passengers, measuring 8,770 tons and powered by more than 6,350 sq.m of sails.
The new ship will technically be a five-masted, square-rigged barque. While the flagship Royal Clipper is modelled on the legendary German sailing ship Preussen, the new member of the fleet will be a near-replica of the even more dramatic France II, commissioned in 1911 and the largest square rigger ever built. Just as the original France II eclipsed Preussen more than a century ago as the world's largest square rigger, the new build will replace its sister, Royal Clipper, as the largest ship of its kind afloat today.
New Ship Facts
- Shipyard: Brodosplit shipyard, Split, Croatia
- Tonnage: 8,770 grt Hull: Steel
- Passengers: 300 in 150 cabins
- Crew: 140
- Sail: Area 6,350 m2
- Rig: Five-masted barque
- Facilities: Three pools; massage and beauty treatments; watersports platform with equipment; library; function room; piano bar; Tropical Bar; deck bar; sports bar; open seating dining
- Cabins: 150 cabins including 34 suites with balconies plus four owner cabins.
Here at The Luxury Cruise Company we think this is really exciting news and shows a real commitment by Star Clippers to invest in building traditional sailing vessels. But what of the name? Regal Clipper? Princess Clipper? Majestic Clipper? Let us know your ideas below!