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Alan and I are safely home again, and would like to express our great enjoyment of our time on "Island Passage." When we first saw the ship, we were very impressed, as were our son and daughter-in-law. When they were then so nicely invited on board by Vincent to see where we would be, our pleasure grew. That set the scene for a delightful, friendly, relaxed, but very efficient time on board. Our small group mixed very easily and the whole crew were so capable and helpful. We were also blessed by having the great skills of Vaughan Mabee with us. The weather was not so friendly, but we could not have been happier with the way the very best of each situation was explored. The evening when we were transported to the Antarctic with Mike was so interesting. We found the Hauraki Gulf absolutely beautiful. We were surprised when we were back in Auckland to find that almost no one knew about Island Cruises. They do now! Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to Patrick and his great crew. We hope their Vanautu adventures are proceedingly swimmingly.

Mary Fitzmaurice,

The trip was perfect , the crew made our trip what it was. I would recommend it to anyone that is coming your direction from the U.S.A.


There is a downside to the trip. After you leave the ship you'll find it difficult to adjust to life ashore. But you can also expect a fuller heart... once it mends. Pamela

Paul and Joan Whitehead,

January, 2010 - This was our first visit to NZ (from Australia) and we think our introduction to the Hauraki Gulf with this cruise was first class. The crew, without exception were wonderful. Activities cater for everyone, do as much or as little as you like....we will certainly be recommending this cruise to our friends.


It has been three months since we had our fabulous hauraki gulf cruise. We miss our ship every day. We will be back for more.


After a great but busy day tramping on Great Barrier Island it was wonderful to return to the beach where we wre met with fresh brewed coffee and home made cookies prepared by the chef. A trip of a lifetime. Thanks.

Susie Williams,

After cruising the Hauraki Gulf for over 30 years Island Escape enabled me to totally relax and not have to think about provisioning, catering, and maintaining a boat. Island Escape also gave me an opportunity in meeting with a wide variety of other nationalities to proudly look at the Gulf through their eyes. The Hauraki Gulf is a part of our city, and it amazes me how many Kiwis have not explored these waters. This is a world class cruise that Aucklanders can be very proud of.

Karen & John, Melbourne AUS,

Fabulous food, great service and friendly staff. Thank you!!!

Margie & Murray Millar, Victoria AUS,

Holiday of a lifetime!!! The crew added to a perfect experience :D

Heather & Paul, Kingston Ontario CAN,

Wow - a wonderful trip. Very memorable. Thank you!

V & J D'Lima, Kohimara Auckland, NZ,

The best experience ever. Such fantastic crew. Everyone of them great!

Phyllis, Arizona USA,

Thank you! This is a dream come true. The crew, the boat and New Zealand.

Edward, Alberta Canada,

The cruise & food is wonderful.

Beverley, Warkworth NZ,

A magnificent way to see the "Gulf". Everything and everybody great!

Jean, Waiheke Island NZ,

A very memorable week. Wonderful!

Susan, Auckland NZ,


Jill, Auckland NZ,

Fabulous! Beyond expectation!

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