Families under sail – top family activities on a tall ship cruise


Sailing beneath thousands of feet of billowing sails in the Caribbean, Mediterranean or South East Asia provides numerous opportunities for families to bond and to share unique and exciting experiences away from computer games, TV and social media. Star Clippers’ unique tall ship sailing voyages are crewed by friendly, hands on crew, to hoist the sails and navigate the ship, organise complimentary water sports, low key evening games and entertainment and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in the ships’ free-seating restaurants.

Fay McCormack, General Manager Star Clippers UK, said “Our ships are really ideal for families with school aged children, from around 8 years upwards, looking for active days and new experiences in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere. They are small enough not to lose sight of each other, but rather like a vast private yacht, there’s plenty of space and enough going on with the sailing activities and port calls to keep everyone occupied.”


1. Climb the rigging

Almost every sailing offers guests from 8 to 80 years old the chance to climb to the first Crow’s Next, some 50’ (15metres) above the teak deck. Secured by a safety harness and overseen by experienced Sports Crew, guests can ascend high above the surrounding ocean to get the best possible bird’s eye view of the ship. 

Get the best birdseye view of the ship on an exotic sailing through Indonesian waters. Departing from Bali, 31st Juy 2019, 10 nights from £2190 including all meals on board and port charges.



2. Learn a new watersport

Take to the water straight from Royal Clipper’s drop down Marina Deck, or via the gangplank on the two smaller ships, Star Flyer and Star Clipper. Each ship’s trained sports crew organise complimentary sail boarding, kayaking and water skiing (when ports allow) either directly from the ships, or during long days on the beach.

Dip straight into the Med from Royal Clipper’s Marina Deck on a 7 night sailing from Rome Civitavecchia, departing 30th May 2020, 7 nights from £1845 including all meals on board and port charges.



3. Discover the art of sailing

With an open bridge and approachable officers and sailing crew, families can learn about the history and techniques involved in navigating and sailing a vessel up to 135m in length (Royal Clipper), with 5 masts, 42 sails and a totally of 56,000 square feet of billowing cream sails. Regular Captain’s story time and informal chats on the bridge bring to life the art of sailing a vast tall ship.

Take the ship’s wheel, haul a rope or two and join the officers on the bridge during a 7 night sailing from Athens, departing 4th May 2019, 7 nights from £1655 including all meals on board and port charges.



4. Star gazing and dolphin watching

Bond with the family beneath inky black starry skies, spot Orion, the Great Bear and the Milky Way, easily seen above the decks of the ships at night. And early risers can join officers on deck to spot dolphins, swimming alongside, attracted by the vibration of the ships clipping the waves to the next port call.

Star gaze the myriad of stars above the ship by night, spot dolphins by day, on a 7 night Caribbean sailing, departing 4th January 2020, 7 nights from £1425 including all meals on board and port charges.



5. Sit around a table together

With family meals and schedules typically rushed and busy at home, a week or two on a tall ship gives the time and space to sit down together in the Clippers’ free seating restaurants, for buffet breakfasts and lunches, and waiter service at dinner. The simple art of dining together brings families and friends together, without the usual disruptions of home life.

Plenty of time for family meals and beach barbecues on a 7 night sailing from Barbados, departing 18th January 2020, from £1675 including all meals on board and port charges.



6. Tie the knot, and tie the knots

A pre-booked marriage blessing or re-blessing can bring Mums and Dads closer together with the kids on hand as witnesses, alongside the Captain and uniformed crew. Or for other kinds of knot tying, friendly crew hold regular informative sessions on how to tie nautical knots.

Say `I do’ on deck during a 7 night sailing from Singapore, departing 26th October 2019, from £1530pp, including all meals on board and port charges.



7. Take up yoga, fitness or fashion

Star Clippers are offering ten themed sailings in 2019 with personal trainers, a fashion expert and yoga practitioners on board. Five yoga themed sailings, with the opportunity to join in dawn and dusk meditation and yoga are offered in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asian waters, open to all ages and levels of experience.

Relax… yoga practitioner Liliana Skinner will be on board Star Clipper from 2nd November for a 7 night sailing from Phuket, from £1530pp including all meals on board and port charges.



8. Desert island family Christmas

Spend a peaceful family Christmas Day (2019) on the idyllic Thai island of Ko Adang, way off the radar of tourist groups and a world away from online shopping and rainy British High Streets. With only a handful of permanent inhabitants, the island’s pristine white beaches and deserted coves are mostly deserted, while the clear, warm waters are teeming with marine life, making it a perfect snorkelling spot.

About as far away as you can get from a stressful Christmas at home, hop on board Star Clipper’s 8 night sailing from Phuket on 21st December 2019, from £1750 including all meals on board and port charges.



9. Go wild with the wildlife

Spot rare and mythical Komodo Dragons during a port call eastbound from Bali, see the unforgettable seaward exodus of baby turtles on Caribbean beaches, immerse the family in the biodiversity of dense rainforests, and spot orangutan, clouded leopards and the Irrawaddy dolphin in South East Asia. Or simply don a snorkel and flippers (freely available to all guests) and discover the colourful and teeming wildlife beneath the waves.

Komodo Island is included in a 7 night sailing from Bali, departing 6th July 2019, from £1530pp, including all meals on board and port charges.



10. Sail + Motor Sport

Family F1 fans can take in the trials and finals of the Monaco and Singapore Grand Prix as part of a Star Clipper sailing experience. Grand Prix sailing packages available to be ashore for arguably two of the most spectacular races of the F1 season, on the streets of Monaco, with the ship at anchor in the Bay, and Singapore, as part of a city-cruise add on package.

Make your own way to the Singapore Grand Prix after a 7 night sailing from Bali, from £1530pp, or take a flight and hotel inclusive package. Departing 14th September 2019, the Grand Prix package includes two nights pre-cruise in the Conrad Bali, 7 nights sailing, three nights post cruise at the Parkroyal on Pickering in Singapore, return Heathrow flights, internal flight from Bali to Singapore and a 3 day Singapore Grand Prix ticket, from £3839, including all meals on board and port charges. 



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Notes to editors:

Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest fully-crewed sailing vessels, with a new ship currently under construction. The ships can drop anchor in smaller harbours and visit ports often untouched by larger cruise ships and providing guests with the amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht.

High standards of service are provided by an attentive crew and all three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, a convivial Tropical Bar on deck and a comfortable piano bar and are large enough to offer first class accommodation and dining.

The two smaller ships, Star Flyer and Star Clipper, take 170 guests each, with a crew of 70, while Royal Clipper carries 227 with a crew of 106.



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