by Richard Cutler, Hallmark Travel's cruise consultant
A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to visit the world's largest sailing ship while she was anchored close to Tower Bridge. This was not a museum piece, however, but the brand new Royal Clipper on her way from the Dutch shipyard where she was built, to Monaco, before sailing across the Atlantic to the Caribbean where she will be based for the winter.
Royal Clipper is the latest addition to the Star Clipper fleet whose three sailing ships cruise the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Far East.
Her five masts tower to 197 feet and carry 42 sails making her a magnificent sight under full sail. Rich in teak, mahogany and brass, Royal Clipper will carry 228 passengers in considerable luxury, with three swimming pools and 93 square feet of deck space for each passenger.
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