'We are progressing with negotiations with a European yard, and hope for a delivery in Spring 2010,' she told Seatrade Insider.
After Royal Clipper -- whose design was based on the 1902-built, 5,081-ton German tall ship Preussen, the world's largest five-masted full-rigged ship -- Star Clippers owner and ship buff Mikael Krafft will go for another historic design.
This time he found inspiration in France II, a 5,633-ton, five-masted barque constructed in Bordeaux by Chantiers Navals de la Gironde in 1911.
France II retains its title as the longest sailing ship ever built. It was also one of the first ships used for cruising, with a piano bar, photography darkroom and the first saltwater treatment spa at sea.
The 296-passenger newbuild will stretch 157 meters with a meter-wider beam (18.5 meters) than France II, to meet modern stability requirements. Draft will be six meters.
The new ship will sport 37 sails for a total of 6,350 square meters of sail surface area. The rigging will extend 65 meters above the waterline and the open Sun Deck will span 2,500 square meters.
All the designs have been made by Star Clippers. The vessel's name and the builder are to be revealed in the near future.