South Pacific and New Zealand Elegant Cruise Journeys

Why Guests Continually Choose Island Escape Cruises ..

My life has always been around yachts, ships and the ocean. I love the feeling you get from strolling teak decks, fine wine while viewing the sunset and dining alfresco with a few close friends. Not to mention these same friends sharing the excitement of discovering beautiful new destinations with interesting, sometimes challenging, activities each day.

I owned international shipping companies in the Far East until selling my interest and semi-retiring in 2002. Then came the opportunity of building my dream company – Island Escape Cruises was born. I have never enjoyed life as much and each day is a real pleasure to come into work.

When I designed the ‘Island Passage’ the instructions were simple. I wanted a luxurious layout, spacious and comfortable for a maximum of just 24 like-minded travellers. Similarly I wanted oversized suites, generous en-suite bathrooms, wide halls and decks that would prevent any feeling of being cramped. Critically important was to create an overwhelming feeling of being onboard a private yacht.

There needed to be a surplus of equipment onboard to allow guests to be as active as they desired. Several tenders, landing craft, kayaks, fish and snorkel gear and a licensed helicopter pad for those excursions to explore further away from the ship. However, relaxing with a good book from our wide onboard selection would be a perfectly acceptable option ...

I wanted an experience designed around the little details that really mattered; fine linen, ever changing selection of natural soap and shampoo, nightly turndown service with hand made chocolates, the fresh smell of flowers and fabulous cuisine to name just a few of the 'million' points. Most essential was that we have a personally hand-picked superstar crew who love to provide sensational service to our guests. 

Simple, but important, details like non-surcharge solo cabins for single travellers and complimentary airport transfers, in and out, for every passenger on every cruise departure to make your holiday just that much easier to arrange - not rocket science but it makes a difference.

My other passion is food and wine – simply put each meal has to be magnificent. Local seafood, maybe even some that you caught yourself, to be featured daily along with delicacies and organic artisan foods produced in the local regions where we explore. The best New Zealand organic lamb and Angus beef, fresh produce selected from local farmers markets, award winning cheeses that are prepared by chefs with a strong Pacific flair. These being complimented with award winning New Zealand and Australian wines that is constantly updated with new releases along with our revolving collection that is personally selected from our favourite boutique vineyards.

Inside these pages you will find our selection of the best intimate small ship cruising that New Zealand and Vanuatu has to offer. We always work hand in hand with local environmentalists and the local village chiefs to ensure out guests are receiving the absolute best experience and that our impact on the area is minimal. 

We trust that you will enjoy these cruise journeys as much as we have enjoyed meticulously designing them for your pleasure.

Peter Bissett, Founder and CEO.


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