The company known as Island Escape Cruises has been operating in New Zealand and the South Pacific for 12-years – delivering cruises to a niche clientele seeking personalised sailing experiences. The company’s long-serving twin-hull catamaran Island Passage was retired from service in 2016 while a replacement vessel, Seasons, was built. Now with a firm delivery date for the new oceangoing ship confirmed, the company, along with the vessel, has been placed on the market for sale for $16 million plus GST. The business and assets are being marketed for sale as a going concern by Bayleys’ tourism and business division. Salespeople Paul Dixon and John Greenwood say that with a brand new boat and selection of tours, Island Escape Cruises is set to enter a new era.
- Dixon says the company has a varied catalogue of cruises scheduled in for the 2019/20 season, including:
- Seven-night return from Auckland to the Bay of Islands via Waiheke and Great Barrier islands
- Eight-night around the sounds of Fiordland National Park
- Seven and 10-night voyages around the islands of Tahiti and
- 12-night exploration of the Pacific Islands taking in Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Rarotonga.
Multiple departure dates are locked in for SEASONS’ New Zealand-based summer schedule before heading north to the Pacific Islands between June and October. In Tahiti, the ship’s cruising schedule was configured to link up with international flights connecting from the USA, Australia and New Zealand.