Say `I do’ on deck: Star Clippers offers sunset marriage blessing

Combining the romance of sail with a spectacularly romantic ocean setting, Star Clippers is offering the opportunity for a sunset marriage blessing on the upper deck of the company's four-masted `Star Clipper’ or `Star Flyer’ and the five-masted `Royal Clipper’, conducted by the ship’s captain, attended by uniformed crew.

The blessing can be arranged on Star Clipper voyages in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Central America and the romance starts when honeymoon guests are welcomed on board with champagne and fruit basket in their cabin.

The recreation of these graceful 19th century style clipper ships for modern-day sailing voyages was the inspiration of a Swedish businessman, Mikael Krafft, whose first two vessels, Star Flyer and Star Clipper, were the first true clipper ships to be built since 1910, recreating the golden age of sail when square-rigged trading `clipper’ ships would race one another across the world’s great oceans as they delivered passengers and cargo to the world’s trading ports.

Today, passengers can enjoy the romance of sailing on board a true tall ship in a relaxed atmosphere with high standards of service provided by an attentive crew. 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, but small enough to call into intimate ports, untouched by large cruise ships.

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

Star Clippers (0845 200 6145, www.starclippers.co.uk) offers fully crewed sailing voyages on board the world's largest tall ships in the Mediterranean, the Baltics Central America and the Caribbean. A four night Mediterranean sailing on board Star Clipper in July 2012 costs from £711pp, 7 nights in the Caribbbean from £949 per person and 7 nights in the Med from £1248, including all meals and port taxes, based on two sharing. Prices exclude flights. Contact Star Clippers on 0845 200 6145, www.starclippers.co.uk

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