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Star Clippers To Build World's Biggest Square Rigger

Star Clippers, the tall ship sailing specialist, has announced the build of a fourth ship; its first new-build since the launch of Royal Clipper in July 2000.

The new ship will be the biggest to date and should launch in the second half of 2017, sailing popular itineraries in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

Offering space aboard for up to 300 passengers, she will be a five-masted, square-rugged barque.

While the Star Clippers 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 Star Clippers newbuild will replace its sister, Royal Clipper, as the largest ship of its kind afloat today.

As well as the generous deck space only found on a sailing ship, Star Clippers new fleet addition will offer three pools, including one that funnels sunlight through the ship’s atrium into the elegantly appointed dining room. There will be a watersports platform at the stern for use when the ship is at anchor, and a variety of cabin grades, including 34 suites with balconies and four luxurious owner’s suites. A restaurant in the light-filled atrium will accommodate all passengers for open-seating dining. Regular guests will be delighted to discover their favourite hallmarks of all Star Clippers ships, such as the cosy library, the bowsprit net and the popular, al fresco Tropical Bar, where evening entertainment takes place. Other onboard areas will include the Sports bar, Piano bar, library, function room and spa.

While the ship will have ecologically sound, high-tech engines, she will, like her sisters, rely on wind power and her sails wherever possible.

Bookings for Star Clippers newest ship are expected to open in 2016 – we will of course keep you updated, alternatively you can register your interest today with our team of friendly Cruise Experts by calling 0800 008 6677.