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About Island Escape Cruises

I was born in Auckland, New Zealand and like most of the population in this 'City of Sails' was never far from the ocean. My life has always been involved with ships and the sea. I owned international shipping companies in New Zealand, Japan and the Far East before selling my interests in 2001 and retiring to our island near Auckland.

After 3 years I needed to reactivate my brain. I established Island Escape Cruises as a premier small ship experience that resembled the happy days I had spent on my own yacht. I loved the feeling one gets from strolling barefoot on teak decks, tasting fine wine at sunset and enjoying gourmet dining with a few close friends who share the excitement of new experiences each day.

I demand an experience designed around the details that matter; fine linen, natural soaps and products, nightly turndown, the smell of fresh flowers, super comfortable suites and most importantly a superb team of people who love to be of genuine service to our guests.  Now, I have never enjoyed business as much as I do these days. 

My other passion is food and wine. Simply put, each meal has to be magnificent. Local seafood, maybe even some that you caught yourself, the best New Zealand poultry, lamb, beef and fresh produce selected from local markets that are presented by our chefs with a European flair. Our onboard wine cellar holds our favourite New Zealand and Australian selections and is continually upgraded with offerings that are personally selected from boutique vineyards.

We respect our precious environment and feel privileged to operate cruises in some of the most spectacular waters on the planet. We always work hand in hand with local environmentalists to ensure our guests are receiving the best experience and that our impact on the area is minimal.

We are licensed by the New Zealand Government and Department of Conservation to explore well inside Marine National Parks. In the South Seas we again work closely with these Governments to protect the beautiful resource that we are showcasing to our guests. 

My crew and I look forward to welcome you onboard and sharing our unique small ship experience with you.

Best wishes,


Peter Bissett



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