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I lived in Japan for a dozen years, where I owned two international shipping lines. These companies were sold in 2001 to Norwegian interests and the family returned to New Zealand. In 2005 we founded Island Escape and in that same year started construction of the 'Island Passage'.

When I designed our first ship, I wanted a luxurious layout, spacious and comfortable for 24 like-minded guests. I wanted oversized cabins with generous ensuites, wide hallways and expensive decks to create an overwhelming feeling of being onboard a small private yacht. We more than achieved my wishes and after 12 years of faithful service sold the ‘Island Passage’ to offshore buyers in late 2017. 

After a year of travelling the world in search of a replacement ship, we finally decided to build a new ship from scratch and engaged a reputed shipyard in South East Asia for the project. Once again the instructions were clear and simple. This time we needed an ocean-going ship that was capable of delivering just 18 guests to the corners of the world in safety and comfort. All guests will have direct access to verandahs, the external relaxing spaces are to be expansive and invigorating. A cruising experience designed around the little details that really matter – fine linens, ever changing selection of natural soaps and shampoos, nightly turndown service with hand made chocolate and our own special water, the fresh smell of flowers, natural light and a hand picked professional crew who love to be of service. As with the ‘IP’, a swim platform directly off the aft deck for those morning splashes.

After yachts, my other passion is fine food. You’ll enjoy locally inspired delicacies from our chefs and each meal is magnificient. The best New Zealand lamb and Santo organic beef, fresh procuce from local farmers markets and fresh seafood from our oceans; some you may have even caught yourself. Our matching wine cellar is brimming with a selection of award winning New Zealand and Australian wines.

The 45 metre ‘Pacific’ will be delivered to us in early 2020. Good things do take time. Then I would love to see you onboard, both past and new guests, to experience this wonderful ship. I am so looking forward to time onboard the ship, strolling the teak decks at sunset and dining under the stars with groups of close friends.

Welcome onboard,


Peter Bissett - Founder


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