Star Clippers has announced that the line's fourth ship will be named the Flying Clipper when it launches at the end of 2017.
The new ship's launch will coincide with the company's silver anniversary, 25 years since the line debuted its first ship, the Star Flyer.
The Flying Clipper will be the largest of the line's ships, carrying 300 passengers and powered by 35 sails. It is a near replica of the France II, ordered in 1911 at La Gironde shipyard in Bordeaux, which was the largest square rig sailing ship ever built. Flying Clipper will be the world’s largest square rigger and the largest ship of its kind afloat today.
Flying Clipper will have three pools, one of which will funnel sunlight through the ship’s atrium into the dining room. There will be a water sports platform in the stern for use when the ship is at anchor and a variety of cabin grades, including 34 suites with balconies and four owner’s suites. A restaurant in the atrium will accommodate all passengers for open-seating dining and a glass Dive bar for younger guests will occupy several compartments of the ship. The ship will also maintain Star Clippers hallmarks, such as the cosy library, the bowsprit net and the al fresco Tropical Bar, where evening entertainment takes place. While the ship will have ecologically sound engines, it will rely on wind power and its sails wherever possible.
The ships sail in Mediterranean waters in the summer months and relocate to the Caribbean for the winter, with a new route in Asia starting in December 2016, on board Star Clipper. In summer 2017 Star Clippers will sail into Indonesian waters for the first time with 19 departures from May 6 - October 14 2017, and sailings of 7, 10, 11 and 14 nights, from Bali and Singapore, including Bali round trips and itineraries from Bali to Singapore and reverse.