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Our New Vessel

After 12 years of loyal service, our lovely old vessel the ˘Island Passage˙ has just been sold. The ship that launched us into the small ship cruise arena was much loved and will be missed by our guests.

Our new-build replacement ship needs to have even more attractions and amenities. We have over-achieved in this department. Our original plan looked at classical style monohull ships but we quickly discarded these plans in favour of the inherent stability, space and functionality of a well designed coastal cruising catamaran for our 28 guests.

The lounge/dining/aft deck will ultimately define this ship. It's absolutely stunning. Now there are bi-fold doors that allows a superb opportunity to expand and integrate the dine/saloon area into the open wide aft-deck that creates an entertaining area of some of 288m2 (24 x 12 metres).

Aft Deck Saloon
While respecting the original values of the old IP we have made enormous improvements to the new suites. There will still be just the 2 Bridge Suites. They still have superb views from panoramic windows and still have doors directly onto the deck. In addition we have incorporated a shaded Lanai with beautifullly comfortable teak lounge seating and a fabulous new bar to further enhance the atmosphere on this amazing alfresco deck.

On the popular Promenade deck we have doubled the capacity to 6 gorgeous suites. As previously positioned, these suites offer a mid ship location by being on the same deck as dining, lounging and aft deck activities. Large viewing windows and doors opening directly to the deck are retained in the design. We have added 2 fold-away teak seats mounted outside each suite where you can relax and gaze at the ever changing views.

Promenade Suite

The Ocean category has 5 suites that are identical in layout with an optional twin/double configuration. There are also 2 dedicated Single Suites for solo travellers. All have large stylsh rectangular windows for even more natural light and wider view plus a writing desk.

The toys will include a helicopter, landing craft, tenders, paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel and fish gear to name some on the list. The larger aft swim platform will be well received. The crewing numbers are increased to 12 and will include a dedicated cruise manager.

We keenly look forward to welcome both past and new guests onboard our new vessel while apologising for any inconvenience caused to existing plans. ˘Windward Passage˙ is planned to deliver in early November 2018 and will begin service on 2nd December, 2018 with a ˘Bays and Beyond˙ 7 night New Zealand coastal cruise departing from Auckland.

Our 32 page brochure with schedules, pricing and full detailed vessel information will be available in January 2018.

Peter Bissett

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