The 170-passenger Star Flyer was the first of Star Clippers’ trio of clipper ships to debut back in 1991. The gorgeous, four-masted tall ship combines comfort and a spirit of adventure that appeals to an international mix of old-school ship lovers from all over Europe and North America — so don’t be surprised when announcements are made in English, German, and French. Mostly, though, passengers are left alone to peacefully enjoy the scenery on board (and off) from a padded chaise lounge on the deck.
What We Love
Climbing the Mast: You can climb the rigging to the crow's nest, help pull up the sails, and check out navigational charts — just as sailors did in the old days.
Casual Dress Code: Nice pants and a polo shirt will do for men, and casual dresses, skirts, and pants with flats are all women need to pack.
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Authentic Design: The ship's not a replica straight out of an amusement park. Founder Mikael Krafft used the architectural drawings of Scottish-born Donald McKay, a leading naval architect in the 19th century, as a model for Star Flyer's design.
Water Sports: When the vessel anchors in calm seas, guests can use kayaks, sailboats, and paddleboards launched right from the ship or from a nearby beach (crew members will transport gear via tender boat).
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Who It's Best For
Couples: The Star Flyer is the perfect setting for couples looking to rekindle their romance by relaxing side by side on the sun deck or canoodling in one of two pools.
Families With Older Children: Although there are no video games or supervised programming, Star Flyer offers a one-of-kind adventure that Jack Sparrow-loving children ages 12 and up will want to brag about.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Dining Room Booths Can Be Annoying: Booths that seat six line two sides of the restaurant; if you have a window or middle seat, you'll have to play musical chairs with your table mates every time you want to get more food.
Cabins Near the Dining Room Can Be Noisy: These cabins are on the receiving end of ambient noise and traffic at mealtimes — a nuisance if you're in your room and not at a table.
Heidi Sarna is a Singapore-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Condé Nast Traveler and USA Today.
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Star Flyer at a Glance
- Line: Star Clippers
- Number of Passengers: 170
- Ship Size: Small
- Launch Date: 1991
- Refurbish Date: 2012