Star Clippers has announced that the passenger ship Star Flyer will operate out of Tahiti from 30 December 2007. The cruise ship will start from Papeete, capital of Tahiti each Sunday, to sail seven, ten and eleven night voyages, which will include the Society Islands and the Tuamotus visiting, amongst others Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine and Raiatea, Taha’a and Rangiroa.
The Tahitian people have always prided themselves on being one of the first cultures to conquer the seas and French Polynesia has identified cruising as a vitally important part of its tourism industry. Since 2002, the market has doubled and now represents 20% of tourism in French Polynesia, enabling guests to visit off the beaten track islands.
Star Flyer combines the pampered luxury of mega yacht cruising with the thrilling sensation of sailing aboard an authentic clipper ship. More like a sailing ship cast adrift from a period drama, it offers guests the chance to discover what it was like to sail the high seas and call on intimate ports untouched by larger cruise ships. With a capacity of 170 passengers, it also makes for the last word in informal and intimate.
The four-masted clipper ship exudes a relaxed elegance and guests are encouraged to dress in casual attire and dine in graceful surroundings whilst enjoying the unhurried atmosphere of the perfect sailing experience. The onboard entertainment is relaxed and you can lounge in vast hammocks or chart the progress of tips of the masts tracing patterns across the starry skies.