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Star Clippers

Star Clippers Ltd. offers sophisticated travellers the ultimate cruising holiday alternative. Experience a tall ship “mega-yacht” holiday aboard authentic re-creations of the classic sailing clipper ships that ruled the waves during the 19th century. Star Clippers’ three tall ships are able to reach smaller ports of call which larger cruise liners are simply unable to access, making your holiday   even more exciting and unique.

Star Clippers operate three of the largest barquentine and full-rigged sailing ships in the world. Star Clipper, Star Flyer and flagship, Royal Clipper offer the activities, amenities and casual yet elegant style of a private yacht; unlike today’s big cruise liners, with their glitz and glamour entertainment, here you are more likely to join in good-natured competitions and games, though the dance floor is never empty.

Flagship Royal Clipper is the largest true sailing clipper ship in the world today and joined Star Clippers’ fleet in 2000.  She is the first five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship to be built since 1902 and at 439 feet long, she carries 42 sails with a total area of 56,000 square feet. Her highest mast, at an extraordinary 197 feet, includes a 19 foot hinged top section that can be folded down for passing under bridges and power lines.

Royal Clipper accommodates 227 passengers and 105 crew members, of whom 20 are needed to handle all sails. The remaining 85 crew members serve passenger needs or are on support duty. Royal Clipper’s ageless Edwardian style, designed by Donald Starkey, delivers a warm, welcoming atmosphere with traditional, nautical flourishes. This majestic ship balances magnificence and adventure with luxury and tradition to create the ultimate seagoing experience.

Star Flyer and Star Clipper, launched respectively in 1991 and 1992, are the first clipper ships since 1911 to be granted the certificate of Sailing Passenger Vessel (S.P.V.) by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping. They are both four-masted, square-rigged barquentines, 360 feet long, with 36,000 square feet of sail and they can carry up to 170 passengers and 75 crew members.

All three ships are charming and stylish, their interiors are traditional and nautical – all gleaming brass and polished teak – and comfortable and intimate throughout. Cabins are well appointed and up on deck, plunge pools are surrounded by sun loungers, so you can watch the waves go by.  With open-seating dining, a convivial indoor-outdoor tropical bar with an intimate piano lounge and an Edwardian style library, you can relax in style. But for sheer romance, it’s those early evenings on deck with the sails soaring and the scent of the sea on the air that will be best remembered.

Almost 60% of passengers making a repeat voyage with Star Clippers, choosing among itineraries in the Caribbean, Central America, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Far East, as well as six options for ocean crossing.  Malta registered Star Clippers enjoys a well deserved reputation for that special, once-in-a-lifetime, holiday that guests want to experience over and over again.

For more information and prices, call us on 01923 883523 or email and we will be delighted to help.

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We had a fantastic time in Sicily. Thank you for your suggestion - so much more than we expected, lots of interesting places to visit and the hotels were excellent.


We felt as though we were away for ever and had not 1 but 3 holidays!

The Kingston family

The list of superlatives about the holiday is endless...You can be assured that we will be in contact with Ultimate Destinations in the near future to discuss our next “tailor made” requirements.

Tony and Barbara

We had a terrific time. Everything worked like clockwork; your organisation was wonderful.
Thank you for everything you did to make this holiday trouble free. We'll be back to see you for our next holiday!


Debbie - thanks for arranging our return boarding passes. Great service.


Our holiday in the USA was "awesome" as they say. All the hotels you provided were excellent. Thank you for helping us make it such a great experience...and for the fantastic memories.

Mr and Mrs H

We were planning a special trip to the Maldives and we chose Diamonds Thudufushi in the South Ari Atoll. Andy helped make all the arrangements including sourcing seats on direct BA flights at a competitive price. The holiday was wonderful and very relaxing. Would definitely recommend this beautiful island.

Liz Patel

Thank you for booking such a great holiday - we had the best time we didn't want to come home! Orlando was absolutely fantastic, we loved it there - and we really liked Tampa too shopping there was great!! Was honestly the best holiday we've had! I'll have to start thinking soon where's next!


Thank you for organising our ANZCRO trip, it was fantastic. All the connections and hotels were spot on. Will recommend you to anyone thinking of doing any long haul trips.


Thank you for organising our trip to the States. We had a fantastic time everywhere we went. Hotels were well chosen and were very clean and comfortable with just the right amount of luxury for two night stays. Transport links all worked smoothly and having Cape Cod as our final stay was perfect with wonderful accommodation and beautiful beaches. Many thanks for your guidance!


We had the most fabulous time imaginable on our trip to India and would certainly go back.... we were lucky to come to you to arrange this trip.

The Jopling Family

I just wanted to thank you for your excellent service arranging our recent trip to Cyprus, no problems with the car park or flight. Also thanks for your prompt assistance with our queries while we were there. If you keep 'holding our hands' like this you'll never get rid of us!


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I cannot recommend Buffalo Tours highly enough. Many thanks, Andy, as ever, for organising our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. It was certainly an adventure and a half!

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Thank you for arranging our trip to Athens. Hotel Hemes in Athens was a short walk away from everything we needed.


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