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New Zealand Luxury Small Ship Cruises

Island Escape Cruises

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Intimate island exploring, gourmet dining and active adventure | Fiordland National Park | Bay of Islands |

Discover the best of New Zealand on a small ship luxury cruise

Island Escape's "Island Passage" takes you to places in a way that large cruise ships can't, up close and very personal. Go where few have been before, into small bays and hidden passages… discover the ultimate in floating luxury. This is an experience that will leave you amazed, pampered, enlightened and inspired.

Island Escape Cruises invites you to enjoy a luxury getaway aboard the 42-metre Island Passage. The Island Passage is unique in that other vessels of her size carry more than double the 24 passengers that she can accommodate. This gives her guests much more room to relax with 12 spacious and individually-designed cabins fitted with DVD, flat screen TV and air-conditioning.

On 'Island Passage', Island Escape Cruises' beautifully-appointed small ship, you can explore in a way that combines the graciousness of gourmet travel with the spontaneity and intrepid spirit of an explorer's expedition. Weighing in at almost 500 tonnes, Island Passage is equipped to travel to remote, hardly-visited areas while delivering the highest level of passenger comfort.

The Island Passage operates with a crew of ten and is registered as a New Zealand vessel under NZ Safe Ship Management. The ship carries a selection of landing craft, tenders and kayaks to allow exploring off the ship into bays, estuaries and islands. The helicopter is available for trips beyond the range of the sea craft.

Choose from these luxurious New Zealand cruises or take a private charter with friends and family, or a group of couples. Island Escape Cruises ensures that your cruise choice is the ultimate in luxury and leisure.

Island Escape Cruises offers first-class excursions, led by expert guides who travel with you and uncover the mysteries of the region's wildlife, history, guided walks, kayaking, fishing, small boat exploration, shore transfers and island tours. Or you may choose to just relax in the sun...

Private and Corporate Charters

Chartering ships is a growing trend. On a private charter you have complete control over the utilisation of all the public areas, activities and entertainment... the ship is yours, without any conflicts from other passengers or other activities. Island Escapes invites you to arrange whatever you want, tailoring programs for any interest or group.

New Zealand Small Ship Cruises

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand - 8 nights Queenstown to Queenstown | Departures: January, February, March
Join Island Escape Cruises on one of these spectacular Fiordland National Park small-ship cruises aboard the beautifully-appointed Island Passage. Island Escape Cruises allows guests the ultimate access, in safety and comfort, to the wonders of this majestic World Heritage site. Get to know the Fiordland National Park alongside ecology guides who travel with guests into the territory to explore the region’s beauty and endless undiscovered secret spots in this geological mosaic.

Bay of Islands - 6 nights Bay of Islands to Auckland or reverse| Departures December
The Bay of islands is one of the most interesting and beautiful maritime environments on the planet, complete with 144 islands and many fascinating stories from New Zealand’s history. Casual yet elegant, this is New Zealand summertime cruising at its best.

Tahiti Small Ship Cruises

Tahitian Affair - 7 or 10 nights Papeete to Bora Bora | Departures: May-October
These intimate voyages commence in Papeete and travels through French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands to complete in the beautiful Bora Bora. With only 24 fellow guests, share an experience outside the usual tourist clichés, where your senses are loaded with colour, emotion and simple pleasures. Sample the romance of dinner under the stars, the discovery of stunning beauty whilst paddling a kayak on the lagoon, swimming with turtles, wander exquisite beaches or simply relax on deck while enjoying cocktails as the tropical sun slowly merges with the sea ... welcome to tropical paradise.

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