For this issue I’m concentrating on a different type of cruise vessel that visited Cartagena recently on October 29th; the ship named Star Flyer, described as a four-masted barquentine and operated by Star Clippers Ltd of Sweden.

Star Flyer has a capacity of 170 passengers and was built in Belgium and launched 1st May 1991. It has 16 sails with a ‘Caterpillar’ engine. With advanced navigation systems and a refined finish this is proof that she is by no means outdated.

The publicity brochure describes the ship as follows – if taken by the spectacle and grandeur associated with the art of a traditional sailing, but you want the comfort and luxurious confines offered by a conventional cruise, THEN THIS IS IDEAL.

With ample outdoor space its sizeable cabins come complete with all mod cons. It’s stated that you will never feel cramped aboard this excellent ship. Rigid schedules have been abolished with no clothing and dining restrictions. Teak decks and mahogany rails abound. There are two swimming pools and an outdoor Tropical Bar and below deck the opulent (described as) the Clipper Dining Room can be found and the indoor Piano Bar gives the opportunity to relax in peaceful surroundings.

From Cartagena Star Flyer departed for Malaga, Tangier, Cadiz, Safi (Morocco), to the Canary Islands and then across The Atlantic, with the first call at Bridgetown, Barbados (giving ETA 23rd November). Calling at a number of Caribbean Islands and Central American mainland including Cartagena’s namesake in Colombia prior to transiting The Panama Canal (8th December) and Pacific Ocean Islands, this is a wondrous itinerary and way of cruising.

My pictures include the vessel alongside the cruise terminal and coming ‘away’ with tug assistance, passing Navidad Lighthouse outwards, sea bound. On the latter it will be noted rigging of the sails has begun. Also included is a brochure picture showing the vessel in full sail and an internal view on the main deck. 

May I take this opportunity of thanking the kind persons that have endured my contributions over this last year, wishing all a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

As a postscript, I am booked for a cruise on a brand new MSC ship over Christmas, hoping for pictures to follow.

Mike Smith