- year built
- crew members
- 66 feet
- 20 feet
- cruising speed
- 9 knots
The 16-guest vessel Affinity was purpose built in the port town of Picton, New Zealand, by Carey’s Boatyard for adventure cruising. The vessel offers air conditioning in summer and central heating for winter sailings. A first-aid-certified crew provides the best in on- and off-board service and guiding. Her itineraries sail remote portions of the Fiordlands without internet access, creating a fully relazed atmosphere and the opportunity for a digital detox.
AdventureSmith Explorations’ Affinity review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Please read our Affinity review below then contact our small ship cruise experts to compare the Affinity with other New Zealand expedition ships and yachts. Choose the Affinity for her Kiwi charm and informal atmosphere.
Common Areas Aboard Affinity
Spacious both inside and out, Affinity includes a comfortable lounge area for dining and relaxing. Choose a book from the small onboard library, or challenge a shipmate to a board game. An ample deck affords guests the best views of the wildlife and landscapes of New Zealand’s Fiordland region. An onboard shop has numerous items for purchase, including local maps, T-shirts, hats, camera supplies and souvenirs, with cash transactions preferred. There are no laundry facilities on board, nor any cell phone service in most of the ship’s remote locations.
Dining Aboard Affinity
All meals aboard Affinity are fully catered and plated with intention. Kiwi-style home cooking is featured, with options such as casseroles, chicken, roast pork, steak, hamburgers and fresh fish. Guests may ensure their favorite drinks are available via the bring you own policy, as alcoholic beverages are neither included nor provided. Morning and afternoon tea with homemade scones, muffins and other baked goods help refuel between activities.
Activities Aboard Affinity
Affinity offers easy access both on and off the vessel, with platform steps at the stern of the vessel. A 13-foot inflatable tender transports guests off the ship for shore excursions, and is in use when divers are in the water. Gumboots are provided for use on deck and going ashore in wet conditions.
Be sure to pack your own fishing gear, plus hooks and sinkers, if you’re keen on fishing. Some gear is provided on board for casual anglers who want to give it a go.
Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Affinity
Accommodation is in 8 cabins (twin share – bed and bunk or double bed), with all linens supplied. Seven cabins can be either double (double bed on the bottom with a single bed above the foot) or twin share (two single bunk-style beds with the second bed above the foot of the bottom bed). One cabin is either just a single or double (does not have a bed across the foot of the other bed).
There are three bathroom facilities on the Main Deck (separate ladies and men’s rooms) with a good supply of hot water. Power outlets are available to recharge electronics and use hair dryers and razors, but please check with the skipper before recharging batteries so as not to overload the small ship’s system.