Island Escape Cruises is a New Zealand family owned Company established in 2005. Step aboard our Small Ship Cruising experience that enables you to explore remote destinations not accessible to larger cruise ships. “Island Passage” has luxurious accommodation onboard for just 24 guests. By nature of her design she encourages a friendly atmosphere and a unique sense of occasion and community with like-minded travellers. She makes a wonderful floating home to explore our hand picked New Zealand and South Seas Destinations. We will love to see you onboard to explore new horizons.
Founder and CEO
I owned shipping companies in New Zealand, Japan, China, Europe and America before selling in 2001 and retiring for a couple of years. In 2004 I needed to be active and decided to build my dream company along with my dream luxury passenger ship. In all honestly, I have never enjoyed business as much as I do these days. Everyday is a pleasure for me to come to work.
Tracy always has a smile on her face and has been with us for several years. She runs the office administration along with all of the booking control. Tracy has a background in retail travel and has first hand experience of being on the ship in our destinations. Ask her about anywhere that we cruise and she will give you a full run down.
Accounts & Documents
Keiko is responsible for our accounting as well as assisting Tracy with passenger services. Keiko and her Kiwi husband, who worked with Peter in Japan, moved to New Zealand some 12 years ago. She just loves being out on the ship whenever the opportunity presents.
Quality Assurance Director
Tony’s career has spanned four decades in management and seagoing roles with some of the world’s finest luxury cruise lines including Crystal, Cunard and Royal Viking. This valuable experience has given him a keen enthusiasm to maintain and develop the quality and impeccable standards that have become associated with Island Escape.
Jessica works alongside Tracy running the office administration and customer bookings. Jessica has a fantastic customer service background and will personally make sure every need is met before you depart on your cruise. Growing up in the Bay of Islands, Jessica knows the Bay like the back of her hand.
Vince certainly goes out of his way to ensure that guests see the most that is available on all of our cruises. Vince has sailed extensively and will provide an interesting history of the regions as well as introducing you to the many local characters along the way. Vince is a New Zealander who makes Waiheke Island in Auckland his home when he is not onboard the ship.
Georgina is our 1st Officer and has spent much of her life on square rigger sailing ships around the world. Georgina enjoys being on the water and loves fishing, kayaking and entertaining guests with our many local activities. Georgine calls Whangarei home and when not working is restoring her own boat.
Francis sailed his 23-foot yacht single-handed across the Pacific from Florida to Vanuatu so he knows the ocean well. With an extensive knowledge of Vanuatu and the Vanuatu local language Francis adds yet another unique character to the ship. He calls Miami home when he is away from the ship on leave.
Anderson calls Santo his home away from the ship. Anderson will be driving you ashore to visit our attractions and with the sea in his family (his Father is the Santo Harbour Master) he will introduce you to the many secrets of our fabulous destinations.
Justin is Australian and comes from Cairns. His career has been associated with luxury small ships around the Pacific and he has a complete knowledge of the customs, culture, history and highlights of all our cruises as well as a giant personality to match his enthusiasm.
Emma is our English Rose and the delightful leader of our hospitality team with a superb eye for detail regarding everything onboard. She has a strong Superyacht background, loves the ocean and is an accomplished diver. Emma will ensure that your stay with Island Escape is nothing short of memorable.
Tiffany is an outdoors girl who enjoys tramping and climbing. She will thrill you with her charm and entertain you with wonderful stories about the New Zealand outdoors. All the time providing guests with a superb level of Island Escape hospitality.
Yanno is from Santo, Vanuatu and he has trained under some of the very best chefs. His style of cuisine matches the regions where we are cruising with his French/Pacific flair. Always with a smile on his face you will be delighted with his superb dishes.
Donald is from Port Vila and has a passion for preparing fabulous pastry dishes for our guests. Breakfast and afternoon snacks are an absolute delight along with his ever charming smiles.
Taoho is passionate about the sea. He has a Masters Degree in Marine Science and will provide guests with a fascinating explanation of what happens below the surface of the water in each of our unique destinations. He enjoys taking guests into the water and around the shore to gather fresh seafood for the dining table.
You are welcome to visit us in the office at 6 Kent Street, Newmarket, Auckland.