Happy Earth Day!

On this Earth Day we celebrate clean, green travel!

Star Clippers’ major source of energy — wind propulsion— is both abundant and emission free! Operating the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels, Star Clippers sails under wind power whenever possible. This enables guests to experience a true tall ship sailing experience and the line to reduce its carbon footprint.

In the Caribbean during the winter months, where the wind is most predictable, the ships operate under wind power up to 70% of the time, thus minimizing use of auxiliary engines which also power the air-conditioning and provide electricity.

Sailing versus motor cruising means substantially lower fuel consumption and emissions. Using a figure of 60% average power coming from wind energy saves 1,839 gallons per day. That amounts to a reduction of 671,000 gallons per ship per year.

When Star Clippers ships do consume fuel, it is a less polluting grade. All the vessels only utilize very pure high-quality low-sulfur gas oil. For this, the line has been awarded the International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate. Star Flyer was the first ship in the world to receive this certificate, and later Star Clipper and Royal Clipper received the same certification.

Star Clippers' fleet is equipped with small low power, energy efficient caterpillar engines whose performance far exceeds the new requirements imposed by the international maritime organization. The engines on Star Clippers ships also are designed to exceed new regulations on exhaust gas emissions.

Additionally the line promotes sustainable seafood, recycling, and eco-friendly, biodegradable products onboard the ships among other green initiatives.

After all, we love the seas we sail and the lands we visit!

Do you love sailing the cleanest seas and to the purest destinations? Tell us what you think in the comments!

Star Clippers 2015 Resolutions

As we sail into the new year, Star Clippers decided to propose a few resolutions.

In 2015 we resolve ...

... to explore!
Heading into off the beaten path ports like the Balearic Islands and small ports in the Caribbean, going ashore for adventures in biking, snorkeling and culture, and always chasing the horizon are all things we look to do in 2015.

... to be brave!
Whether it's climbing the mast, getting up on waterskis or taking a running jump into the middle of the ocean -- we're going to do it all in 2015! Mimi Mary Skinner Auchter said,

"I plan to climb to the Crows Nest and assist with the winches for the sails."

... to connect with friends, new and old!
Guests become family onboard Star Clippers. In 2015 the crew and guests look forward to welcoming back old friends and greeting new friends alike! Guest Jackie Reay said,

"My resolution is to return soon to see all my friends onboard! Miss you all!"

... to love the earth we travel!
Sailing has a much lower environmental impact than other forms of travel, and

Star Clippers are always looking to continue reducing the carbon footprint.

The Greenest Ships to Sail the Deep Blue Sea

Happy Earth Day from the greenest ships to sail the deep blue sea!

Our sails are more than just beautiful -- did you know that Star Clippers ships are classified SPV (sail powered vessel)? That means fewer emissions and more beautiful beaches.

The fleet is equipped with engines to ensure the comfort and safety of our guests but we sail under the power of the wind as much as possible. If the wind is in our favor it gently moves the ships from port to port.

Happy Earth Day and Happy Sailing!

Happy Earth Day 2011!

Today is Earth Day! At Star Clippers we pride ourselves on being the greenest company we possibly can be. What are you doing to make your life a little greener?