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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 cruise the world famous Bay of Islands over Christmas and New Year during the NZ summer. Hot and sunny days of pure relaxation.

During the New Zealand winter, we move to the South Pacific where we call Tahiti our home. There is sensational small ship cruising in this tropical paradise with a casual french influence, first class activities and superb amenities. From here we venture out to the wide South Pacific with her thousands of gorgeous islands to explore at our pace.

Our original ship, Island Passage, has been sold after a dozen years of wonderful service. We have our new ship PACIFIC PASSAGE being delivered in early 2020. 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. 

An identical ship, POLYNESIE PASSAGE, is under evaluation for introduction to Tahiti and the Eastern Pacific in late 2021.

In line with my 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 Pacific. 

We do appreciate your patience and look forward to welcome you to our new experience. New cruise bookings will open from 4th April 2019. It will be well worth the wait.

Welcome aboard,

Peter Bissett
Peter Bissett - Founder

New Zealand

We invite you to explore this wonderland with us – we know it better than most – this is our home. With 15,000 kilometres of fabulous coastline and more than 25 marine reserves, ocean scented scenery is a large part of the New Zealand way of life. We have chosen for you the very best cruising regions of the north and south islands. 

You will discover the captivating local culture, drop into museums and galleries so be prepared to fall in love with this amazingly beautiful country. 

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

7 Night Cruise - Auckland to Auckland... Read more

Northern Fiordland

Northern Fiordland

8 Night Cruise - Queenstown to Queenstown... Read more

Southern Fiordland

Southern Fiordland

8 Night Cruise - Queenstown to Queenstown... Read more

South Pacific

The peoples of Asia and Oceania have travelled the South Pacific since prehistoric times. The Eastern South Pacific was first sighted by Europeans in the early 16th century.

The ocean’s current name was coined by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan during his circumnavigation of the world in 1521, as he enjoyed favourable winds. He called it Mar Pacífico, which in Portuguese means ‘peaceful sea’.

Polynesia Escape

Polynesia Escape

7 Night Cruise - Papeete to Rarotonga... Read more

South Seas Explorer

South Seas Explorer

12 Night Cruise - Cook Islands to Tonga... Read more

Tongan Whale Encounters 8 Nights

Tongan Whale Encounters 8 Nights

The Kingdom of Tonga is the ‘True South Pacific’ while the northern Vava’u Group is the jewel in the crown – an azure labyrinth of forested islands,... Read more

Fijian Escape

Fijian Escape

Fijian Escape | Tonga to Fiji 10 night cruise
... Read more

South Pacific Escape

South Pacific Escape

10 Night Cruise - Fiji to New Caledonia... Read more

Tahiti

Tahiti – the name alone builds images of the most romantic paradise. Tranquil turquoise waters with views of majestic peaks or seemingly endless stretches of magnificent white sand beaches. The islands of Tahiti are like nowhere else on earth. We call this home for three months each year.

Tahiti Temptation

Tahiti Temptation

7 Night Cruise - Papeete To Papeete... Read more

Tahitian Affair

Tahitian Affair

10 Night Cruise - Papeete To Papeete ... Read more

 
 
 
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