The S.P.V. Royal Clipper
The Largest Full-Rigged Sailing Ship in the World
The Sailing Passenger Vessel Royal Clipper of Star Clipper Cruise Lines is a modern clipper ship launched in 2000 and combines a true sailing experience with elegant accommodations and fine dining. With 42 hand raised sails comprising over 56,000sq. ft., held aloft by five masts, the ship draws attention everywhere she sails. The intimate size- 439 ft. will allow us to visit some of the smaller, out-of-the-way anchorages normally accessible only to cruising yachts. A full complimentary water sports program onboard provides kayaks, paddle boards, sailboats, and Zodiac trips.
*All cabins are thoughtfully designed and feature private bathrooms, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player, and telephone. All cabins include a porthole(s) excluding Category 6 which are inside cabins. Deluxe Suites and Owner Suites include picture windows. Royal Clipper's electrical output is 220 volts with North American style outlets.
Owners Suite (OS): Clipper Deck- deluxe outside suite (no private verandah), one queen and one additional double bed, separate sitting area, complimentary minibar, one full marble bathroom with whirlpool, one 1/2 bathroom, complimentary room service, 24 hr cabin steward service, 430 sq ft. Maximum occupancy per suite is 4 persons. There are 2 Owner's Suites on the Royal. Please contact Local Knowledge for more detailed cabin and occupancy info before booking.
Deluxe Staterooms (DLX): Main Deck- deluxe outside suite, picture windows, private verandah with seating, one queen or two single beds, sitting area, minibar (additional), marble bathroom with whirlpool, complimentary room service, 24 hr cabin steward service, 280 sq ft. There are 14 Deluxe Staterooms on the Royal.
Category 1: Main Deck- deluxe deck cabin, picture window, one queen bed, minibar (additional), marble bathroom with whirlpool, cabin door opens onto aft deck, 156 sq ft. There are two Cat. 1 cabins on the Royal.
Category 2: Clipper Deck- superior outside cabin, one queen or two single beds, some with optional fold-down single bed for third person, marble bathroom with shower, 145 sq ft.
Category 3: Clipper Deck and Commodore Deck- outside cabin, one queen or two single beds, some with optional fold-down single bed for third person, marble bathroom with shower, 145 sq ft.
Category 4: Clipper Deck and Commodore Deck- outside cabin, one queen or two single beds, some with optional fold-down single bed for third person, marble bathroom with shower, 145 sq ft.
Category 5: Commodore Deck- outside cabin, one queen bed, marble bathroom with shower, 118 sq ft. There are four Cat. 5 cabins on the Royal.
Category 6: Clipper Deck- inside cabin, one small double bed (lower), optional fold-down single bed (upper) for third person, marble bathroom with shower, 108 sq ft. There are six Cat. 6 cabins on the Royal. Note- the "one double small bed" is very small for a double and not recommended for use by two full size adults. For two adults we recommend using both the small double bed and the fold-down single bed in a two-single bed configuration.
All dining is open seating. Dine when and with whomever you wish, including the ship’s officers, who join guests in the dining room most nights. An international menu of foods from the far corners of the earth. When you rise, help yourself to a continental breakfast with croissants, toasted English muffins or sweet Danish pastries. Or savor a full breakfast with fresh tropical fruits and crisp bacon, grilled sausage, smoked salmon and omelets cooked to order in the dining room. At lunch, a marvelous buffet of seafood, salads and grilled favorites awaits your pleasure. When evening comes, the elegantly appointed dining room, featuring a splendid collection of paintings of sailing ships, becomes the setting for the chef’s finest culinary presentations, designed to please the eye and the palate. And complemented by equally fine wines. You’ll find service to be friendly and gracious, befitting a tasteful restaurant.
Local Knowledge will develop a custom charter itinerary which will provide adequate time in a few select ports for passengers who wish to enjoy dinner ashore at a relaxing pace. More info to come on those ports where we will be staying until late evening.
Spa: Enjoy a traditional Thai massage, spa treatments, and steam room in the Captain Nemo Lounge (additional charges apply).
Fitness Center: Complete with treadmills, stationary bikes, and basic weight resistance machines and free weights.
Watersports: The Royal Clipper is outfitted with a fold-down watersports platform at the stern of the ship which is the base for the comprehensive onboard watersports program including complimentary snorkeling gear, Sunfish sailboats, ocean kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards. Rigid-hull inflatable Zodiac boats for coastline tours.
Recommended Dress: No jackets required! Overall the recommended cruise attire is casual. Beach attire on-deck during the days. Indoor dining areas during the day require shorts, wraps, shirts, footwear, and no bathing suits. Evenings in the dining room are best for dress shorts, pants (slacks or jeans), dress t-shirts and collared casual shirts/polos (no tank tops) for men. Skirts, sundresses, dress shorts, slacks, jeans, etc. for women. A light long-sleeved shirt is recommended for the evenings as the trade winds can get a little cool on recently sunbathed skin.
Weather: on average one can expect daily high temperatures in the low to mid 80‘s and low temperatures from the low to mid 70‘s this time of year. Sea water temperatures should average in the mid to low 70’s.
Persons with Physical Challenges and Disabilities- The Royal Clipper is a true sailing ship and passengers must be physically capable of negotiating stairways inside the ship as well as while boarding and disembarking the ship via the gangway alongside a dock and at anchor. There are no elevators aboard. The ship will also be at anchor almost exclusively throughout the week which requires passengers to use the steep gangway and board tenders which will transport guests to small docks or beach landings. As the ship is a foreign flagged vessel and the cruise line is based in Europe, there are not the accommodations for disabled persons aboard as you may find in the US. Please contact Local Knowledge for more detailed information.
Royal Clipper Specifications
- Tonnage: 5,000
- Length: 439 feet
- Beam: 54 feet
- Draft: 18.5 feet
- Sail Area: 56,000 Square feet
- Mast Height: 197 feet
- Total Staff: 106
- Passenger Capacity: 227
- Masts: 5 Masts, 42 Sails