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New Zealand’s Island Escape to be delivered in April

An impression of Island Escape, currently under construction at Vard’s shipyard in Vietnam
Island Escape Cruises (NZ) Limited unveiled details of its 32-passenger 995gt yacht, Island Escape, under construction at Vard Vung Tau Ltd Shipbuilding Vietnam.

Interior designs are by Tillberg of Sweden. The 53.5mtr yacht’s suites will all have ocean views. 


There will be a helipad, two tenders and two Zodiacs, as well as fishing gear and water toys. 

Peter Bissett launched Island Escape Cruises in New Zealand in 2006 and its original 24-passenger catamaran, Island Passage, was sold to Canada’s Maple Leaf Adventures in 2018.

Bissett, who said Island Escape Cruises (NZ) Limited is a new company, is due to take delivery of Island Escape in April and bookings for its 2021/22 season are now open. 

Health protocols 

The company is introducing mandated protocols and its air conditioning system will continuously supply 100% filtered fresh air from outdoors to all indoor spaces.


Itineraries include Fiordland North and South, Bay of Islands and round heli-golf cruises from Auckland.

When restrictions ease, the company will release South Pacific and Tahitian programmes. 

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