The Royal Clipper

Dominica will be one of the ports of calls as the world’s largest full-rigged ship makes a cruise through the Caribbean.

The Royal Clipper will be sailing out of Indianapolis in the US, to Barbados, from March 31 to April 7.

Along the way the ship will make stops in Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia.

Guests on the cruise are given the opportunity to put on the first-mate cap and help with hoisting the sails or hang out with the captain on the bridge or even climb the mast and serve as lookout.

Organizers of the cruise say the ship is luxurious, comfortable and roomy with a limit of 90 cabins and it’s very safe. “They are very, very strict about drills,” Othmar Grueninger, one of the main organizers, said. “You are shown where the life jackets are and the proper way to put them on and the same boats you use to disembark to tour the islands or visit the beach, are also the lifeboats. So everyone knows exactly what the lifeboat situation is.”

The Royal Clipper was built by a Swiss millionaire. It has 19,000 square feet of open deck, 42 sails and include luxuries such as three swimming pools, state-of-the-art navigation systems, a spa and health club with underwater portholes.