The 170-passenger Star Flyer — an impressive, four-masted tall ship — was the first of Star Clippers’ trio of clipper ships, and it's designed to celebrate the sailing experience. The ship was meticulously created to look as close as possible to a full-rigged, 19th-century clipper ship with thousands of square feet of sails and rigging. Inside, nautical details include teak decking and polished brass that you rarely find on cruise ships these days.
For all that Star Flyer has to offer in both authenticity and the opportunity to call on smaller ports, it lacks some of the creature comforts of a larger, mainstream ship. With just 85 staterooms and suites, guests can choose from seven different cabin categories, and the majority of the cabins are very small. In addition, all but six staterooms have portholes, but none have balconies. For cruisers who want to experience what it might have been like to sail on a clipper ship, the trade-off of space for authenticity is an easy one, especially since the cabins have gorgeous wood furniture and elegant details such as built-in couches and polished wood paneling.
To make it easier to choose the right cabin for you, we’ve walked you through the choices.
Inside Stateroom — Located on the Commodore Deck, or deck one, these diminutive 97-square-foot staterooms sleep two guests with upper and lower twin-sized bunks and a small sitting area with a desk.
Inside/Outside Stateroom — You’ll find these only slightly larger 118-square-foot cabins on decks one and two. It's a strange cabin category name, but basically these cabins divide into two very different types: Two of the eight staterooms are inside cabins, with three beds and no porthole windows. The remaining six have ocean views, and double beds that are raised four feet off the floor and reachable by a small ladder.
Outside Stateroom — On decks one and two, you’ll find outside staterooms in categories three and four. These cabins are also 118 square feet with porthole windows, but some feature two twin beds that convert to a double, while others have a fixed double bed or a triple berth.
Larger Outside Stateroom — Guests looking for something slightly larger may want to consider these cabins on deck two. With 129 square feet of space, they offer the same variety of bed configurations as the outside staterooms in categories three and four.
Deluxe Outside Stateroom — While the Star Flyer does not have any accommodations with a balcony, its eight deluxe outside staterooms each have windowed stateroom doors that open out on to either deck three or deck four. They also have a bathroom with a whirlpool tub and 150 square feet of living space.
Owner’s Cabin — At 226 square feet, even the largest cabin on board is smaller than the smallest cabin on most other cruise ships. Located at the ship’s aft on deck two, it features multiple porthole windows, a double bed, a wraparound sofa, and a bathroom with a whirlpool tub.
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