Island Escape Cruises
NB: Island Passage has been sold and a new ship will be available from 01 December 2018
If you have traveled with the big ship cruise lines in the past, it's time to start rethinking everything you thought you knew about cruising. Furthermore if you have been avoiding cruising because you imagined it would be like traveling in a shopping mall, it's time to think again. We offer something else altogether. Island Escape Cruises invites you to enjoy a luxury small ship adventure cruising aboard the Island Passage. With just 11 cabins accommodating a maximum of 22 passengers the Island Passage offers a truly affordable, unique and intimate cruising experience.
The Island Passage is renowned for her large spaces; large cabins and en-suites, large saloon and dining areas and huge outdoors teak deck space. She is also, being a displacement catamaran, very stable and with a depth of just over 2 metres can access areas that larger ships simply do not even contemplate; adding even more to your experience. Coupled with landing craft, tenders, helicopters, kayaks for up-close exploration of remote areas and shore landings she makes a wonderful floating home to explore our destinations in safety and comfort.
We invite you to experience a cruise on the Island Passage and enjoy a unique and wonderful cruising experience, we will exceed your expectations!
Cuisine on the 'Island Passage' is designed to be a memorable experience.
All chef prepared meals during the cruise are included.
Relaxation, exceptional food and fine wine are an essential part of your cruise and we ensure that you will enjoy the best of both when cruising with us.
Our chefs will present you a with a wide range of fresh produce and Pacific inspired flavours throughout your cruise.
The Island Passage is equipped with a professional galley and a chef who's dedicated to ensuring every meal will feature delicacies and organic artisan foods produced in the local region.
We always use the freshest of ingredients featuring fresh seafood, locally grown meat, fruit and vegetables.
Lobster, fish, shrimp & squid is usually caught that day and presented on the evening menu - a seafood lovers delight!
Chef also uses New Zealand's best lamb and if taking a Vanuatu cruise then tasting the 'Santo Beef' is an experience you will never forget.
On the aft deck there is a large barbeque and 2 teak tables to encourage alfresco dining.
Breakfast and lunch are usually served alfresco in this area ensuring that you won't miss a single minute of any of the beautiful scenery.
In the evening you'll enjoy fine dining in style in the Rangitoto Dining Room which is situated on the Promenade deck where every evening there are 2 large tables set up, each seating 12 guests.
Conversation is invariably lively and lots of fun.
Standard dining times are:
Breakfast from 7am - 9am.
Lunch at 12:30pm.
Dinner from 7pm.
Meal times may vary according to the day's activities but we will always advise of times through the daily bulletins.
Chefs are more than happy to prepare any special dishes.
If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate you.
The indoor-outdoor licensed bar is located in this area and is a wonderful spot to share tales of the day with your fellow adventurers.
Our on-board wine cellar is brimming with a selection of award-winning New Zealand wines.
Soft drinks, juices, tea, espresso coffee and bottled water are all included in the cruise price.
Tipping is always optional, however if you feel the service supplied by the Island Passage team has surpassed your expectations then a gratuity will be gratefully accepted. It is shared equally by the crew.
Children 13 yrs & over are welcome onboard Island Passage.