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Star Clippers

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ABOVE: The five-masted Royal Clipper and the Star Clipper (in the background) are full-fledged sailing ships. INSET BELOW: A suite on the Royal Clipper and a couple below the bowsprit.

photoStar Clippers is an international cruise line with head offices in the U.S. and Monaco. The company has three sailing ships: the 170-guest Star Clipper and Star Flyer, and the five-masted, 227-passenger Royal Clipper (which was inspired by the square-rigger Preussen of 1902). A fourth ship, said to be the world's biggest square-rigger, will be delivered in 2017.

photoAll Star Clippers vessels offer "casual elegance" in cruising, with activities that range from leisurely dining to climbing the mast or sunbathing in a net under the bowsprit.

Star Clippers normally offers cruises of varying lengths in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean from spring through early fall. The company also has lengthy repositioning cruises (including time under sail) between Europe and the Caribbean.

In 2016, the line's European season begins in late April and runs through late October. Transatlantic voyages are also on the cruise calendar.

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