Island Escape Cruises - Island Passage
Vessel: Island Passage (a New Zealand-designed luxury catamaran)
Cruise Line: Island Escape Cruises
Port of Registry: Auckland
Entered Service: February 2006
Length: 42 metres
Beam: 12.8 metres
Tonnage: 497 GRT
Total Crew: 8
Passenger Capacity: 24 overnight; 200 day trip
Passenger Decks: 3
Facilities: dining room, library, alfresco bar, saloon bar, wide-screen plasma TVs (main recreational areas), laundry facilities, BBQ area, helicopter (6-seater, twin-engine), two sport fishing boats and one passenger transport boat, fishing and snorkelling equipment, kayaks.
Cabins: 10. Two Super Cape Class on upper deck. Four Queen Island class on main deck, one with wheelchair access and facilities for disabled passengers. Channel Class cabins on lower deck. All cabins have ensuites, air conditioning and access to generous movie and music selections.
This luxury catamaran operates in the area between Auckland and the Mokohinaus, including the Great and Little Barrier Islands in the summer months, then moves north to Vanuatu for the winter. Equipment on board includes a helicopter, sports fishing boats, kayaks, fishing and snorkelling equipment.
The cat was specifically designed to provide luxury cruising in these most beautiful areas of the world that are inaccessible to larger cruise vessels. Whilst she can take up to 200 day trip passengers, the cruisers have specific areas reserved for themselves so do not in any way feel part of a crowd. The cat visits some remote, unspoilt and fascinating places on both cruising grounds. Trips ashore include visits to wineries and rain forest trails.
The operators like to provide equipment for some exciting fishing and tasty fish are often barbequed just minutes after being caught. There is a specialist fishing chair with the dimensions of a throne situated on the stern. This is the most popular of the many facilities on the cat. There is also fishing from the specially designed boats or passengers might prefer to fish from the rocks in some of the hot spots visited on the cruises.
The accommodation consists of ten timber panelled and spacious en-suite cabins, most of which have doors opening directly onto the deck. All cabins are fitted with video, TV and audio equipment. Each cabin is also individually air conditioned for personal comfort.
The standard of the food on the cat is excellent and reflects the cuisine of the areas visited. There is a well-stocked library on board together with satellite television for those who simply want to relax.
Island Passage provides a unique cruising experience visiting out of the way beautiful places. It is particularly attractive to those who love fishing, but anyone who enjoys visiting out of the way places will enjoy a wonderful cruise.
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