Steve’s Sojourns; Luxury Under Sail
More people want to be environmentally friendly when they take a cruise these days and you can’t get much greener than a sailing ship especially one that has been converted into a 5 Star luxury cruise liner with all the modern conveniences and safety factors.
They do have engines but these are mostly used when arriving and leaving port or to catch up time if needed.
Star Clippers has three ships in their fleet and all are modern, high-tech, re-creations of the classic clipper sailing ships that dominated the oceans of the world in the 19th century. Star Flyer, Star Clipper and their sister, the five-masted Royal Clipper, sail on voyages in the Caribbean, South East Asia and Mediterranean and, more recently, the islands of French Polynesia.
Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH of Hamburg, Germany have two five star sailing ships in their fleet. The Sea Cloud and Sea Cloud II are both windjammers where the sails are still set by hand by trained riggers but with some mechanical winches involved.
Central America and NorthernEurope
Windstar is considered a high-end cruise line and also have three sailing ships in their fleet. These ships are more of a luxury yacht style with sails. The line was established as Windstar Sail Cruises in 1984, and its first ship, the Wind Star, launched in 1986, was followed by the Wind Song and Wind Spirit. The ships are registered in the Bahamas. Their ships cruise all over Europe including the Baltic and the Med. In addition, the winter seasons are spent in the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Panama, and Tahiti.
French cruise line Compangie De Ponant are renowned for their high end luxury cruise yachts but in fact their Le Ponant was their first vessel. It was founded in April 1988 by officers of the French Merchant Navy.
Ponant’s signature are Frenchstyle cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment.
The company operates four ships, all of which operate under the French flag.