These are incredible voyages through the New Zealand Fiordland National Park. With like-minded travellers, we share a world class scenery seldom visited that will often take your breath away. All the while enjoying fine gourmet dinners under the stars, the discovery of stunning beauty while paddling a kayak on the fiords, wander unexplored foreshores or simply relax on deck enjoying cocktails as you take in these outstanding world heritage site surroundings inside Fiordland.

Highlights


• We invite you to explore New Zealand wonderland with us – we know this better than most – this is our home. With 15,000 kilometres of fabulous coastline and more than 25 marine reserves, ocean scented scenery is a large part of the New Zealand way of life. You will discover the captivating local culture, drop into museums and galleries so be prepared to fall in love with this amazingly beautiful country.

• Enter the mighty Milford Sound. Cruising the entire length as well as making stops under rainfall infused waterfalls along the way.

On arrival in Queenstown please make your own way to the Heritage Hotel where we have your room booked. You have enough time to fall in love with this fabulous alpine village. Dinner at one of the many restaurants beside the lake is just one of the numerous options available in this beautiful town.
We collect you after breakfast for a private charter coach to Lake Te Anau. You are free to explore the town before the helicopters depart for your 20-minute scenic flight that will have you landing on the ship's helideck in beautiful Doubtful Sound. Our crew acquaint you with the ship and safety systems before starting our cruise through the world-famous Doubtful Sound and to Nancy Sound where we anchor for the evening.
Today we are introduced to the beauty of Nancy Sound with trips to explore the shoreline of the fiord, where just a mere few have walked before you. There may be the opportunity to gather crayfish with The First Officer or try your luck at fishing at the head of the sound. We move north to Charles Sound for more exploring. This is one of our favourite fiords, with two beautiful arms. The Second Officer conducts a landing craft trip to push up the Irene River off the Emelius Arm. The natural beauty is amazing and we spend the evening at the top of the sound and enjoy the spectacular views and discuss the fascinating local history.
This morning we say goodbye to Charles Sound and make our way north. Bligh Sound is a Z-shaped fiord and named after William Bligh, the then Governor of New South Wales. We usually lunch and go ashore at beautiful Amazon Cove and hear the fascinating history and stories of the lost tribe and the Wild Natives River.
We depart during breakfast and travel north to enter the mighty Milford Sound. Cruising the entire length as well as making stops under rainfall infused waterfalls along the way. Circling through Harrison Cove we have stunning views of magnificent Mitre Peak to round off this world-famous fiord. As we cruise south you will likely see many sea birds, including albatross, and there could be the possibility to have a pod of dolphins visit the ship and on rare occasions even whales. We return to our safe anchorage in Bligh Sound for the night.
Tracking south we enter George Sound where we have access to the beautiful Alice waterfalls. Then there is the option of a hike up to the lakes above for those who are keen for the challenging walk. Anchorage Cove is another favourite with hot water springs, then a trip in the George River mouth and a stroll along the deserted foreshore. On clear evenings the pure dark sky is full of stars and the top deck is your perfect viewing platform with the sounds of waterfalls in the background.
We enter Caswell Sound where you may like to join the First Officer for a crayfish and blue cod fishing trip to the head of the fiord to restock our fresh dinner supplies. Tonight is our famous farewell dinner, set in the gorgeous Caswell Sound with views of the Ellice Falls to round off a wonderful Fiordland adventure.
The helicopters arrive after breakfast for your transfer to Te Anau. We expect to be at the Heritage Hotel by late afternoon where your room is booked for Saturday night. The afternoon is free to explore Queenstown. Perhaps concluding with dinner at a local vineyard or to take the steamer boat across the lake to Walter Peak sheep station for dinner to give you a glimpse of life in the high country.
Your itinerary with us concludes after breakfast. We wish you safe travels and look forward to welcoming you back onboard with us again soon
Itineraries are subject to change.

Ocean Twin

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean Twin
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean King

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean King
Bed: Twin or King | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Horizon Suite

$12,950
$11,655 NZD pp
Horizon Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 19sqm / 205sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Solo

$13,950
$12,555 NZD pp
Ocean Solo
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 14sqm / 150sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Owners Suite

$14,950
$13,455 NZD pp
Owners Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 26sqm / 288sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Twin

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean Twin
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean King

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean King
Bed: Twin or King | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Horizon Suite

$12,950
$11,655 NZD pp
Horizon Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 19sqm / 205sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Solo

$13,950
$12,555 NZD pp
Ocean Solo
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 14sqm / 150sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Owners Suite

$14,950
$13,455 NZD pp
Owners Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 26sqm / 288sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean King

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean King
Bed: Twin or King | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Twin

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean Twin
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Horizon Suite

$12,950
$11,655 NZD pp
Horizon Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 19sqm / 205sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Solo

$13,950
$12,555 NZD pp
Ocean Solo
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 14sqm / 150sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Owners Suite

$14,950
$13,455 NZD pp
Owners Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 26sqm / 288sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean King

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean King
Bed: Twin or King | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Twin

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean Twin
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Horizon Suite

$12,950
$11,655 NZD pp
Horizon Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 19sqm / 205sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Solo

$13,950
$12,555 NZD pp
Ocean Solo
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 14sqm / 150sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Owners Suite

$14,950
$13,455 NZD pp
Owners Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 26sqm / 288sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean King

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean King
Bed: Twin or King | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Twin

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean Twin
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Horizon Suite

$12,950
$11,655 NZD pp
Horizon Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 19sqm / 205sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Solo

$13,950
$12,555 NZD pp
Ocean Solo
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 14sqm / 150sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Owners Suite

$14,950
$13,455 NZD pp
Owners Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 26sqm / 288sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean King

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean King
Bed: Twin or King | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Twin

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean Twin
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Horizon Suite

$12,950
$11,655 NZD pp
Horizon Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 19sqm / 205sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Solo

$13,950
$12,555 NZD pp
Ocean Solo
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 14sqm / 150sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Owners Suite

$14,950
$13,455 NZD pp
Owners Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 26sqm / 288sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean King

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean King
Bed: Twin or King | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Twin

$9,950
$8,955 NZD pp
Ocean Twin
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 17sqm / 183sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Horizon Suite

$12,950
$11,655 NZD pp
Horizon Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 19sqm / 205sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Ocean Solo

$13,950
$12,555 NZD pp
Ocean Solo
Bed: Single | Deck – Ocean | Size – 14sqm / 150sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Owners Suite

$14,950
$13,455 NZD pp
Owners Suite
Bed: King | Deck – Horizon | Size – 26sqm / 288sq ft / Individually controlled air conditioning / Private bathroom with shower

Island Escape

Vessel Type: Yacht

Length: 53.5 metres

Passenger Capacity: 32

Built: 2020/2021

At Island Escape Cruises we are passionate about preserving the beautiful water in which we are travelling. We have built a yacht which goes above and beyond the future global standards for emission, but we want to go further. The elimination of single use plastic is our goal. Onboard each guest receives a reusable water bottle which can be refilled around the yacht and taken with you as a souvenir.

We have installed an advanced wastewater treatment system onboard enabling us to have zero impact in sensitive areas.

Our new yacht complies with SOLAS and is fitted with state-of-the-art stabilisers, fuel-efficient diesel-electric propulsion, and catalytic invertors that reduce NOX emissions to air up to 90%.

With this innovative technology and our 15 years of experience, Island Escape will set a new standard, making her one of safest, most environmentally friendly and comfortable yachts of her class.

To further reduce energy consumption, we have installed a waste heat recovery system that uses waste heat from the engines to make hot water for your showers and the galley. 

We want to leave any destinations we visit in the same or even better condition than we found it to make sure future generations will have the chance to experience it as we did. Therefore, we have fitted our yacht with a dynamic positioning system, which allows us to be stationary in areas where the use of anchors would damage the seabed.

The Art Of Dining

Relaxation, exceptional food and carefully selected wines are an essential part of your vacation. Fresh sea air not only clears your mind, it also makes you hungry. Our chefs are dedicated, ensuring that every meal is magnificent. Local seafood, maybe even some that you caught yourself, is featured daily. You´ll enjoy locally sustainable specialities and even an opportunity for the chefs to prepare some of your own fresh catch.

All Inclusive

We strive to give you a relaxing lifelong memorable experience on-board our yacht. All food, drinks, activities, unlimited Wi-Fi and services are included in your fare.

Our Suites

With only 32 guests on-board our yacht is spacious, yet intimate enough to give you a truly exclusive private yacht atmosphere.

All seventeen suites are designed by Tillberg Design of Sweden and come with ocean views. Our premium Owners suite and six Horizon suites are located on the upper deck and have floor to ceiling panoramic doors to your balcony. The spacious Ocean Suites are available in king, twin or single configurations.

Cabin layout for Island Escape

10% Early Bird Savings

A 10% early bird saving applies to all bookings confirmed by 7 May 2021 and paid in full within 7 days of booking. Terms and Conditions apply, special offer is subject to availability, please contact us for more details.

Inclusions


• Voyage fare does include Government taxes and fees imposed or sanctioned by any Government, foreign or domestic

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