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he is recreating the golden age of sailing. After
launching the 170-passenger Star Flyer and Star
Clipper in the early 1990s, in 2000, he introduced
the 227-passenger Royal Clipper, modeled after the
legendary 1902 Preussen. It currently holds the
Guinness World Record as the largest square-rigged
ship in operation, but it will be surpassed by Flying
Clipper, due in late 2018. The 300-passenger
Flying Clipper will have a range of modern amenities
and facilities, including 34 balcony cabins and four
owner’s suites. Similar to Windstar, watersports
are also a major component of Star Clippers, with
complimentary snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and
other activities offered directly from the ship.
Terri Haas, vice president of sales for the
Americas for Star Clippers, says the line’s market is
much larger than most agents realize — and next
year it will grow even larger.
“Every agent has a client for Star Clippers,” she
said. “It’s a very broad demographic. We get a lot of
younger honeymooners. Millennials love it because
it’s unique, and solo travelers love it because of the
friendly onboard culture. We get multigenerational
groups, where the youngest clients are 8 or 10 years
old, as well as active older cruisers.”
The line sees more than 60 percent return busi-
ness, and passengers range from sailing buffs to
anti-cruisers drawn by the unusual itineraries.
“Many are multimillionaires, although you’d never
know it,” Haas said. “They dress very casually and
join crew members in impromptu entertainment.”
Those who want to feel like they are sailing them-
selves should try Europa from owners Bark Europa
and homeported in The Hague, Netherlands. It
provides clients the extraordinary opportunity to sail
in Antarctica on a tall ship and experience the polar
landscape and wildlife like early explorers. Europa
also cruises the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and even
the U.S. Great Lakes.
Built in 1911 and fully restored in 1994, Europa
carries 48 passengers — called “voyage crew
members” — and a crew of 16 professionals. English
is the onboard language, and everyone pitches in to
help handle the sails, take the helm and navigate.
Cruises tend to be long — three weeks or more —
and the bonds made among the clientele is a large
reason why people rebook.
The ship’s teakwood decks and rich mahogany
set off the interior library, bar and cabins. There are
12 rooms: four for two passengers, four for four and
four for six, all with private bathrooms.
The U.K.’s Jubilee Sailing Trust, is for travelers
who want a life-changing adventure. Its mission is
to empower people of all physical abilities through
the challenge and adventure of sailing tall ships.
The company’s two ships — the 38-passenger
Lord Nelson, which was launched in 1986, and the
40-passenger Tenacious, which debuted in 2000
as the largest wooden tall ship built in the U.K.
in more than 100 years — sail the globe on cruises
ranging from a single day to an unforgettable
More than 37,000 people, many with physical
challenges, have sailed under the supervision of
Jubilee’s professional crew. The ages of cruisers
range from 16 to 90. The ships have wide flat decks;
facilities that include wheelchair lifts between
decks; a speaking compass; and hydraulic-power-assisted steering to enable people with limited
strength or mobility to experience the thrill of
steering a 586-ton sailing ship.
Passengers sleep dormitory-style in bunks, and
eight cabins are available for wheelchair users and
their assistants. Past passengers praise the food, but
it is the inspiring companionship that generates the
company’s exceptional reviews.
Sailing the Galapagos
Unlike other sailing ships, the 16-passenger
Mary Anne, from Andando Tours/Angermeyer
Cruises, stays in the Galapagos Islands, where the
Angermeyer family has been hosting international
clients for decades.
Mary Anne was built in 1997 and renovated in
2006; it consistently receives excellent reviews from
travelers. Besides nine crew members, who mostly
hail from the Galapagos, an English-speaking
naturalist (sometimes a family member) is onboard.
Guests learn how to tie knots and hoist the sails, and
they hear island legends from the crew who grew
up with them.
Mary Anne has a wood-paneled lounge with
a bar; a library with a television; and a dining
room. There are 12 staterooms — 10 with double
berths and upper berths and two with only double
berths — all with private bathrooms and portholes.
The ship is popular with singles, as there is no
supplement. Mary Anne also has kayaks onboard, as
well as landing craft for exploring onshore.
Whatever ship you book for clients, the excitement of sailing the high seas is something many
people fantasize about. Fulfilling this dream can win
you a client for life. l
The Details: Andando Tours/Angermeyer Cruises
( www.visitgalapagos.travel), Bark Europa (www.
barkeuropa.com), Jubilee Sailing Trust ( www.jst.org.uk),
Sea Cloud Cruises ( www.seacloud.com), Star Clippers
( www.starclippers.com), Windstar Cruises (www.
windstarcruises.com) S E A
Clockwise from left: Sea Cloud Cruises’
luxury owner’s suite; Mary Anne offers
a luxurious way to visit the Galapagos;
Mary Anne’s dining room