Star Clippers: Climbing the Mast

One of the unique activities aboard a Star Clippers tall ship is the chance to climb the mast. Guests are harnessed in and climb up a rope ladder to the Crow’s Nest. A great view is in store for all who make the climb.

Star Clippers: Love is Always in the Air!

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time to find romance. Love is always in the air on a Star Clippers sailing!

The graceful tall ships in the Star Clippers’ fleet provide an exceptionally romantic setting for lovers, for honeymooners, for anniversary celebrations and romantic voyages. Sailing in and out of the world’s most beautiful destinations in an atmosphere of casual elegance, a cruise on one of the three Star Clippers ships is parallel to having a fully staffed private yacht. Lay arm-in-arm on a deck-top sunbed, lie side-by-side in the bowsprit net with the waves skimming below, or spot dolphins together at dawn from the decks of a magnificent tall ship in full-sail. Make footprints on white sand beaches, snorkel the clear Caribbean waters, and drop anchor in small bays and harbors.

Star Clippers: Climbing the Crow's Nest

Have no fear, vacations are the time to try something new!  For an adrenaline rush you can climb to the crow's nest (in a harness and with the assistance of crew) on all our ships. Have you climbed our crow's nests???

Star Clippers: The Crow's Nest

Have you climbed the crow’s nest on our ships? Do you know how high it is?

The first platform is between 20-23 meters (66-75 feet) from the water level and about 15 meters (49 feet) to the deck level. The second platform (not accessible for passengers) is 40 meters from the water level, which is about 130 feet.

Star Clippers: Climb the Mast!

On Star Clippers you are encouraged to help raise the sails, learn how to tie knots, visit the open bridge, lay in the bowsprit net-suspended above the rushing sea, and most unique of all, climb the mast to the Crow’s Nest for a stunning panoramic view. Have you climb the mast yet on one of our ships? Share your images on our facebook page!

Star Clippers: Climbing the Mast

One of the unique activities aboard a Star Clippers tall ship is the chance to climb the mast. Guests are harnessed in and climb up a rope ladder to the Crow’s Nest. A great view is in store for all who make the climb. Share your images with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Star Clippers: From the Crow's Nest

Thanks for sharing your pictures of lounging in the bowsprit net. Here are some of our favorites!





Star Clippers: From the Crow's Nest

Thanks for sharing this great picture June Hudson, from your trip on the Star Clipper last week. June's husband climbing the mast on his 60th birthday!


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Getting a Crow’s Eye View of Sails and Sky on a Climb Up Star Flyer’s Mast

Special thanks to Travel Writer Wallace Immen for this wonderful article recounting his climb up to Star Flyer's Crow's Nest for an amazing 360 degree view of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica! Enjoy!

Don’t look down! The crowd on deck was ribbing me as I hung precariously from a rope ladder halfway up one of the masts of the sailing ship Star Flyer. It was a highlight of a day at sea: A chance to climb up into the crow’s nest on the foremast — that’s the front mast in hearty sailor-speak — for a 360 degree view of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica. Climbing into the rigging is actually easier than it looks and perfectly safe. I’m strapped into a harness that’s bit like a big diaper and it’s tethered to a sturdy metal safety line. It’s not the most elegant rig but it makes it impossible to fall

Me and my shadow on the rope ladder of Star Flyer.

It also helps that I’m climbing the rigging with the wind to my back. Never trying to fight the wind is one of the first lessons sailors of old learned when they had to scamper up the lines to unfurl sails on the nineteenth century clipper ships that were the inspiration for the ships in the Star Clippers fleet. The trickiest part is getting the hang, literally, of the rope ladder. It’s made of heavy ropes knotted together to make foot rungs that are more like loops that don’t feel all that solid beneath our feet. You have to make sure you step squarely into each step on that means you do have to occasionally look down. Fortunately I’m not afraid of heights. In fact I found it exhilarating to get a cloud view of the ship’s deck and the sea and sky.

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Climbing the Mast on Star Clipper

Special thanks to Travel Writer Kristin Luna of Camels and Chocolate: Tales from a Travel Addict for writing this wonderful article recounting her unforgettable experience climbing Star Clipper's mast during her recent Caribbean sailing. Enjoy!

The first couple days we were on board the Star Clipper, my monkey of a husband had an overwhelming desire to scamper up to the crow’s nest — particularly when he saw the crew doing just that. I brushed it off, as he often schemes, and figured he wouldn’t have the chance. And then, one day, an announcement over the ship’s loudspeaker beckoned any of us wanting an aerial view of the Caribbean to report to the upper deck.

I thought, surely for liability reasons, they aren’t actually allowing us to climb that thing. But oh yes, they were.

It will come as no surprise to you that SVV wasted no time jumping to the front of the line and getting clipped in by Chris, our intrepid dive master who showed us underwater Dominica.

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A View from the Top

Here are photos take from the Crow's Nest aboard Royal Clipper in July 2010. - Angelia McLean

View from the Crow's Nest

This was my view from the Crow's Nest on board the Royal Clipper, somewhere in the beautiful Mediterranean. Well worth the climb, and topped off this perfect trip of a lifetime with a group of friends. - Eleanor Godwin

Crow's Nest.

Two Shadows in a Sail

My wife and I as shadows in the sail of the Star Clipper taken from the crow's nest. - Steve Hayleck

Another Glimpse at Clipper the Dolphin

Here is some fresh news and a new photo of our adopted dolphin, Clipper, a very valuable member of the Star Clippers team. To read about how Clipper joined the Star Clippers family click here.

Observed in number of sightings: 18

Observed in number of days: 18

New nicks of the dorsal fin: 0

A part of a group with the mean size of: 7 individuals

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Flipper? No, it's Clipper!

Guests sailing the waters of northern Sardinia on Star Clippers next summer may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the company’s "own" dolphin, a young male aptly named Clipper.

Mikael Krafft, owner and president of Star Clippers, has sponsored the dolphin through the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute’s (BDRI) adoption scheme.

Clipper is thought to have been born in August 2008 and was first spotted swimming in the region with his mother the following month. He is distinguishable by two small nicks in his dorsal fin. In dolphin years, Clipper is still a calf and swims and hunts with his mother (unromantically named N31) and other females, Markita and Alitana, and males, Rinco and Tacca. There are abundant bottlenose dolphins around Sardinia’s Golfo Aranci as there’s a marine fish farm there that provides easy feeding.

The Sardinia-based BDRI is a marine center for research, education and training in bottlenose dolphin ecology and behavior, working closely to protect the wild bottlenose dolphins that frequent Sardinia’s Emerald Coast.

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Doriana: Part 2

Here are more photos showing Mikael Krafft's personal schooner, Doriana.


Les Voiles de St. Tropez: Part 1

his post was submitted by Marie Krafft, Star Clippers' director of sales.

Star Flyer is now on her way over to Barbados and will afterward set course toward Panama via Venezuela, Curacao, Aruba, Colombia. She will reach the Pacific side of Costa Rica mid November.

Before she left the Cote d’Azur, she sailed from Monaco to Corsica and then arrived in St. Tropez on October 2 where Les Voiles de St. Tropez took place. This is a spectacular unique event where all the most beautiful classical and modern sailing yachts from all over the world meet. Star Flyer sailed in the morning around all these magnificent boats and anchored in the late afternoon just in front of the little village of St. Tropez together with all the yachts.

Guests sailing on Star Flyer was invited over for a drink on board the Doriana, a beautiful wooden schooner from 1930. Doriana is the yacht of Mikael Krafft, the owner of Star Clippers, who hosted the guests himself.

Star Clippers President and Owner Mikael Krafft.

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From the Crow's Nest: An Interview with Mikael Krafft

"101 Holidays" recently conducted an interview with Mikael Krafft, owner and president of Star Clippers. The UK Web site provides a unique selection of some of the world’s greatest travel experiences.

It's not your typical interview about running Star Clippers, but more about Mikael and his personal likes. We thought you would enjoy getting to know the man behind the company.

101: Where are you planning to go on holiday this year, and why?

MK: I am planning to set sail from Rhodes to explore Southern Turkey in order to prepare and fine-tune a new itinerary for one of the Star Clippers sailing vessels next summer.

101: What is your favourite bolthole in the UK, and why?

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