Star Clippers Cruises let you feel the wind fill the sails. Climb high in the rigging. Relax in the bow net. Life aboard a sailing ship appeals to adventurous travelers who are eager to explore unspoiled parts of the world in relative comfort. Leave conventional cruise formalities such as dressing up for dinner or rigid timetables to conventional cruise ships. Star Clippers’ fleet of three vessels — the flagship Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer — does just that, and with great panache, aboard some of the fastest and largest clipper ships ever built.
The man at the helm of Star Clippers cruises is Mikael Krafft, a Swedish entrepreneur who, at the age of 6, landed his first job at a shipyard near his home in the Stockholm archipelago. As a child, Krafft listened to the stories the old seamen told, and his love of sailing was born. When he was 12, he sailed his own 18-foot boat over 20 miles of open seas. Later, he practiced maritime law in Sweden and France. In 1986, Krafft relocated to Brussels where he founded the White Star Group, involved with real estate development. White Star Group is the parent company of White Star Clippers, which commissioned Star Flyer and Star Clipper. Krafft launched the Star Flyer and Star Clipper in 1991 and 1992 in Belgium. They were the first clipper ships since 1911 to be granted the certificate of highest quality by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping. The even more ambitions Royal Clipper was launched in 2000 as the largest clipper ship built in a century.
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