Island Escape Cruises

Island Escape Cruises was launched in 2006 by founder and CEO Peter Bissett. Having always had a passion for the water, after selling his interests in Japanese Shipping Companies, Peter embarked upon designing and building a boutique 24-passenger ship to explore the beautiful waters around New Zealand. Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, ‘Island Passage’ incorporates many relaxed yet refined lounging and 5-star dining with guests receiving excellent service from our 10 hand-picked debonaire crew.

Our adventures began with summers in Auckland and the Bay of Islands before expanding into Vanuatu for the winter seasons. After several years of lobbying, our Company received a 20-year approval for operations in the exquisite World Heritage Fiordland National Park to round off a fabulous annual cruising calendar.

Guests return to Island Escape cruises time because we provide an absolutely unique 24-passenger experience that simply is not available on larger vessels. Guests are seeing and are experiencing our destinations from a very close range and with supporting landing craft, helicopters, kayaks and experienced guides.

Plans are afoot to expand our services to new areas in the South Pacific to provide guests the opportunity to ‘explore new horizons’.