An Island Escape cruise, as some will already know, is truly memorable. Many of our guests are multi-repeat travellers and their continual support is not easily won.
We provide an absolutely unique 24-passenger experience, hand crafted itineraries, space and comfort that is only usually found on larger ships and absolute attention to detail from our 10 debonair crew who love to over deliver our range of all-inclusive small ship cruise products.
The â€˜Island Passageâ€™ is purpose built to explore. We visit gorgeous coves, fiords and islands that larger ships simply cannot access.
Our cruises specifically exclude long periods of travel - we usually cover just 3 hours each day - and feature frequent daily guided excursions. We utilise easy access landing craft and discover the wilderness in groups of a dozen. Kayaks, snorkel and fishing gear are available as well as the helicopter for trips beyond the range of the ships tenders.
Relaxation, exceptional food and fine wines are an essential part of your cruise. The on-board wine cellar is brimming with a selection of award winning French, Australian and New Zealand wines. Fresh sea air not only clears your mind, it makes you hungry.
Simply put, there are two chefs on board and they are dedicated to ensure that every meal be magnificent. Local seafood, maybe even some that you caught yourself is featured daily. You’ll enjoy other delicacies and organic artisan foods produced locally. The best New Zealand organic lamb and Santo beef, fresh produce selected from local farmer’s markets, award winning cheeses and all presented by chefs with a strong European flair.
Dinner is usually served in The Anchorage, or if you wish, alfresco on The Terrace under the stars. Breakfast and lunch are usually served on The Terrace, so that you won’t miss a minute of the beautiful scenery.
The Saloon is the perfect place to relax and unwind with your fellow travellers after a busy day on the water.
Our on-board wine cellar is brimming with a selection of award winning French, Australian and New Zealand wines. This is constantly being updated with new releases plus our revolving collection that is personally selected from our favourite vineyards.
The ‘Island Passage' was designed to accommodate a 6-seater helicopter on the top deck.
All New Zealand itineraries, and prices, include the helicopter flights.
'Secrets of Auckland' and 'Bay of Islands' cruises include a 15 minutes scenic helicopter flight that departs from, and returns, to the ship.
Our Fiordland cruises are operating in the midst of extremely remote fiords. We are totally reliant on helicopters for transporting guests onto the ship at the start of these cruises. This spectacular 30-minute flight, that only a very select few will ever experience, begins at Lake Te Anau and winds a well proven route through the Southern divide.
We have a range of included activities available such as snorkelling, kayaks, paddle boards, fishing equipment and tenders, landing craft, hand chosen shore excursions.
In stateroom movies and a well-stocked library is also available.