Star Flyer was the first big sailing ship to join the Star Clippers' fleet in July 1991. This true clipper ship sets sail with a maximum of 170 guests and combines traditional unfurled sails, expansive teak decks, and polished brass with spacious cabins and plenty of space to relax and play. The hospitable crew and officers are also on hand to add to your tall ship cruising experience.
Spend your days at sea making the most of shipboard life - help raise the sails, visit the open bridge, learn how to tie a knot, lie on the bowsprit at the prow of the ship, or even climb up the mast to the Crow's Nest to enjoy panoramic vistas. Soak up the sun by the duo of pools or lose yourself in a book by the Belle Époque fireplace in the charming library.
Explore worldwide destinations in style aboard Star Flyer.
Star Flyer's dining room tempts your tastebuds with tasty destination-inspired cuisine made from the freshest of local ingredients. Start the day with a light continental breakfast of pastries, croissants and English muffins, or indulge in a cooked feast of crisp bacon, grilled sausages, and eggs and omelettes cooked to order.
Lunch is buffet-style with seafood, salads and grilled delights to savour; occasional outdoor barbecues ashore add to the culinary delights. The dress-code for dinner in the dining room is 'casual elegance', with the option of dining at a time to suit and with whomever you wish.
The indoor-outdoor Tropical Bar and Piano Bar are the heartbeat of the ship from dawn until dusk. This is the perfect spot to chill out with your morning coffee or to relax after dinner with your favourite tipple as you chat with new-found friends.
The evening usually starts with a daily briefing from the Captain on deck, recapping the day's events and forthcoming ports of call. Local performers come aboard at some ports to entertain you or there is live music and the chance to socialise with your fellow guests and crew in the Tropical Bar and Piano Bar.
Day 1: UK to Malaga, Spain
Fly from selected UK airports to Malaga and be privately transferred to the port to board Tall Ship, Star Flyer.
Day 2: Almeria (Costa Almeria), Spain
The charming city of Almeria sits on Spain's southern coast. Almeria's winding streets and surrounding areas are filled to the brim with things to see and do. Explore the history of the impressive Alcazaba citadel, Al-Mariyya watchtower and the Murallas de Jairán monument. Admire the 16th-century Cathedral de Almeria and the collection of artefacts in Museo de Almeria. Take a stroll under the palm trees of Nicolas Salmeron Park, or unwind with tapas at a cafe on La Rambla. Visit cave dwellings in La Chanca or take a ride on the tourist train around the old quarter and port area.
Day 3: Cartagena, Spain
Cartagena is a port city in the Murcia region of southeast Spain. Discover the Muralla del Mar, Palacio Consistorial and the Old Cathedral in the Old Quarter. Explore the city's Roman heritage at the Roman Theatre Museum and Casa de Fortuna. Pay a visit to ARQUA Marine Achaeology Museum and the Municipal Achaeology Museum. Take a stroll along the shop and cafe-lined Calle Mayor. Venture further afield to view Bateria de Castillitos at Cape Tinoso.
Day 4: Ibiza (Balearic Islands), Spain
Ibiza is part of Spain's Balearic Islands. Famous for its lively nightlife, this popular island also features plenty of landmarks and activities to enjoy. Walk the perimeter of Dalt Vila's Renaissance ramparts and see the 18th-century Sant Carles church. You can stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage site of the old town district and stop for a beer or coffee at one of the welcoming cafes and tapas bars. Sail to Es Vedra — a tall limestone island that is famous for being a site of myths and legends. Ibiza Town and San Antonio Bay have a huge selection of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues open both day and night. Enjoy paella, lobster and steaks at a waterfront restaurant, before an evening of wines, cocktails and live music.
Day 5: Menorca (Balearic Islands), Spain
Mahon is the capital of the Balearic island of Menorca and sits on the island's east coast. Sail past old forts and picturesque islands and coves as you approach the sheltered natural harbour. Admire Fortaleza de La Mola at the harbour entrance and discover Menorca's unique history at Museu de Menorca. Meander through the old town streets to the spacious Plaza de Espana town square to admire the 18th-century neo-classical Iglesia del Carmen church and explore the traditional market. Sample the locally-produced gin at Xoriguer distillery or admire the local marine life on a glass-bottom boat tour.
Day 7: Cagliari (Sardinia), Italy
Cagliari is the capital of the Italian island of Sardinia. Golden-hued palazzi, domes and buildings wind their way up the rocky hillside to Il Castello and the Old Town district. Stroll along the tree-lined boulevards by the seafront Marina. Stop by the impressive Cattedrale di Santa Maria or step back in time at Museo Archaeologico Nazionale. Take the lift from Piazza della Costituzione to Bastione San Remy for sweeping views. Spend a few hours soaking up the sun on Poetto Beach or enjoy a glimpse of local life at Mercato di San Benedetto. A visit to the pink flamingos at Parco di Molentargius is a must-do too.
Day 9: Gozo, Malta
Gozo is an island and part of the Maltese archipelago. During your time here, you can visit the medieval citadel at the centre of Victoria — which is Gozo's biggest town — or have fun at the red, sandy beaches. With warm and clear water, snorkelling and swimming are popular activities here, but you can also see spectacular natural attractions, such as rock formations and salt pans. Make sure to sample the local cuisine, which includes ftira — a type of pizza or tart — and conserves flavoured with figs, lemons, oranges, and prickly pears!
Day 10: Valletta, Malta
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be privately transferred to the heart of Mellieha for your five- night stay at the four-star Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa.
Day 11 - 14: Mellieha, Malta
The large coastal village of Mellieha sits on the top of a hill to the north of the island of Malta. This village draws the crowds thanks to its picturesque setting and the stunning sandy Mellieha Bay beach (aka Ghadira). Explore the main Mellieha Square with its 18th-century Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary and the nearby Sanctuary of Our Lady and Our Lady of the Grotto Shrine. Take a walk up to the 16th-century Saint Agatha's Tower to enjoy wide-reaching views. Discover the artefacts and history at Tunnara Museum, housed in a Battery built by the Knights of Malta. Pay a visit to the Selmun Palace, a villa on Mellieha's Selmun Peninsula. No visit here would be complete for movie buffs without visiting Popeye's film set in nearby Anchor Bay. Mellieha is also just a short drive away from Cirkewwa, where you can hop on the ferries to the neighbouring islands of Gozo and Comino.
Day 15: Malta to UK
Today your holiday comes to an end. After check-out you’ll be privately transferred to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.