Island Passage

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Designed to accommodate a 6-seater helicopter on her top deck, the 24-guest Island Passage is a truly unique ship, with scenic helicopter flights available on many of her itineraries. She currently sails in the Tahitian Islands, as well as New Zealand’s Bay of Islands and Milford Sound regions, and is available for charter.

Island Passage Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Island Passage review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our New Zealand small ship experts have been aboard the Island Passage firsthand. Please read our Island Passage review below then contact our experts to compare the Island Passage with other small cruise ships offering New Zealand cruises.

Choose the Island Passage if you are looking for a small vessel equipped to travel to otherwise inaccessible areas and indulge in activities such as fishing, walks on trails, kayak outings and tender exploration. The Island Passage’s big standout is that she was designed to accommodate a 6-seater helicopter on her top deck. This motor catamaran offers a truly unique avenue to explore the Tahitian Islands, New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, Milford Sound regions and is available for charter.

Castaway Cabin

At 160 square feet, Island Passage’s 5 Main Deck Castaway Cabins have two wide portholes with ocean views and a lower deck location equaling less ship movement. Hotel-style beds in queen and twin sizes are available depending on individual room: Waimate – queen, Tiri Tiri – twin or queen, Jellicoe – twin or queen, Colville – twin, Rangitoto – queen. There is 1 Castaway Cabin (Aotea) on the Promenade Deck that measures 130 square feet with two large windows and a queen bed. Prices vary based on New Zealand dollar exchange rates.

The helicopter is also available on a charter basis for groups of guests who wish to venture farther away from the ship. Visit world-famous golf courses, vineyards and boutique seaside restaurants, all within only a short flying distance from the ship.

This outstanding amenity makes her among our top picks for our guests seeking unique luxury small ship cruising. It is truly the ultimate way to experience New Zealand’s stunning bays and fiords and Tahitian paradise. Read on for more information on the Island Passage, and contact the experts at AdventureSmith to compare this vessel with others sailing in the Pacific and New Zealand.

Common Areas Aboard Island Passage

The ship is very large for just 24 passengers, featuring a very generous dining and salon area plus an expansive aft deck where guests spend a large amount of their time. The feel onboard is never cramped, more like being onboard a luxury private yacht.

Meals Aboard Island Passage

Local seafood, maybe even some that you caught yourself, is featured daily aboard Island Passage. Enjoy other delicacies and organic artisan foods produced locally. The best New Zealand organic lamb and Santo beef, fresh produce selected from local farmer’s markets, award-winning cheeses are all presented by chefs with a strong European flair.

The onboard wine cellar brims with award-winning Australian and New Zealand wines and is frequently updated with new releases plus the Island Passage’s revolving collection that is personally selected from the crew’s favorite boutique vineyards.

Dinner is served in The Anchorage, or if you wish, alfresco on The Terrace. Breakfast and lunch are usually served on The Terrace, so that you won’t miss a minute of the beautiful scenery.

Crew & Guides Aboard Island Passage

Island Passage’s officers and crew are extremely well trained to ensure your safety and comfort. Many have backgrounds in the super-yacht industry and understand the needs of their guests well in advance. The onboard housekeeping crew aim to present the ship as if you are the first to step aboard. Island Passage’s guides also strive for perfection, and transfer you ashore with bottled waters, snacks, sunscreen, beach towels, daily sterilized snorkel gear, kayaks and first-aid kits. During each trip, the 10-person crew is on hand to share their knowledge of the ocean and the local activities.

Activities Aboard Island Passage

Included on board are a purpose-built landing craft, large tenders, sea kayaks, fishing gear and snorkeling equipment. The helicopter is available for trips beyond the range of the tenders or as required. There is never a dull moment, unless you want one, for which a deckchair is always available. All landing craft and tenders are designed to provide fast and efficient transport to and from the ship and are well suited for exploring the local bays, islands and rivers off ship. All boats are manned with guides, two-way radios and safety equipment for your peace of mind.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Island Passage

Island Passage’s oversized staterooms, generous en-suites, wide halls and decks ensure you’ll never feel cramped. Every little detail is thought after, including fine linens, an ever-changing selection of natural soaps and shampoos, a nightly turndown service with delicious chocolates and bottled water, the fresh smell of flowers, ample lighting and storage, and seating areas with individually controlled air conditioning. Staterooms are serviced each morning and each cabin’s private bathroom with shower features natural, French soaps and toiletries. As expected, bath and beach towels are also supplied.

Additional amenities in each cabin include original New Zealand artwork, a roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers, a Philips 26-inch flat-panel TV with 250 videos on demand (note: Runaway Suites have larger 32-inch models). Voltage is at 220.