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New Zealand’s Island Escape Cruises cancels another Kimberley voyage

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Island Escape entered service last year for a new company called Island Escape Cruises (NZ) Limited
Mystery continues to surround the fate of New Zealand’s Island Escape Cruises, which was to make a round Kimberley voyage from Broome next Wednesday.

As reported earlier, Island Escape Cruises’ 32-passenger yacht Island Escape crossed the Tasman to operate a series of 12-night ‘Wild Kimberley Coast’ 2022 round cruises from Broome, but has cancelled three.

Executive departures

The company’s founder Peter Bissett has reportedly resigned and sales coordinator Nikita Smith has also departed, with director Erik Helseth taking over as CEO.

Bissett launched Island Escape Cruises in New Zealand in 2006 with a catamaran called Island Passage.

New company

That was sold in 2018 and he took delivery of the new 995gt Island Escape from its shipyard in Vietnam last year, starting a company called Island Escape Cruises (NZ) Limited.

Helseth has not responded to enquiries from Seatrade Cruise News.

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