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New ZealanD-South pacific luxury SMALL SHIP Cruising


Island Escape Cruises is a luxurious small ship cruise experience. In New Zealand we own 20-year permits from the Government to explore the entire World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Virtually isolated with access by sea and helicopter, this region is beyond sensational and often described as the ultimate nature lovers paradise. We also cruise the beautiful Bay of Islands Marine Park region over Christmas and New Year during the NZ summer season. Hot and sunny days of pure relaxation.

For six months during the NZ winter we move to the South Pacific Islands where call Tahiti our home. There is sensational small ship cruising within this tropical paradise with her French influence. Offering first class activities and amenities with her Pacific mythical feeling, Tahiti is our favourite South Seas destination and one that is constantly loved by our onboard guests.

 Our original ship, Island Passage, has been sold after a dozen years of wonderful service. And to celebrates our 12th anniversary, we have our new-build replacement ship SEASONS being delivered in August 2019. Measuring 44 metres in length, she has been meticulously designed for just 18 passengers to cruise New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands in superb comfort. She is purpose designed for coastal cruising and island hopping to explore where the larger ships simply cannot access.

In line with my demanding ambitions, she represents a beautiful eco-friendly ship designed to over-deliver experiences whilst providing the highest standards of safety, comfort and enjoyment for guests while they are exploring our part of the planet. 

We do appreciate your patience and look forward to welcome you to our new experience. It will be well worth the wait.

Welcome aboard,

Peter Bissett
Peter Bissett - Owner