APT Small Ship Cruises M.S. Caledonian Sky

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Introduction:

Welcome to this new feature covering a remarkable small expedition ship, the M.S. Caledonian Sky. There are countless advantages of cruising on this intimate luxury ship, for with just 99 guests there are obviously smaller group sizes on excursions and you never have to queue when you disembark in port. In addition, thanks to her shallow draught she is able to venture where those larger cruise ships are unable to enter, thus there is a greater potential for amazing and new adventures, especially whilst she is on her popular cruises along the Australian coast, and the most popular cruises she undertakes are her spectacular Kimberley’s cruises from Broome to Darwin as it offers some of the most spectacular scenery and amazing wildlife. However, this cruise is usually fully booked well in advance and it needs to be booked early. In 2022 she will offer a variety of cruises around Australia as well as New Zealand. Note: Links to itineraries and brochures are located at the bottom of this page.

Included during your cruise are a range of spectacular Zodiac excursions, and she also offers an inclusive cruise with complimentary beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that are served at your discretion all day, including regional beer and wine.

The “Caledonian Sky” one of a fleet of three similar small expedition ships owned by “Australian Pacific Touring Small Ships Cruising”, they also own two similar ships the “Island Sky” as well as the “Hebridean Sky”.

 

“APT Small Ships Cruising” fleet also contains the M.S. Island Sky and the M.S. Hebridean Sky

 

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M.S. Caledonian Sky

A fine aerial view of the luxury small expedition ship M.S. Caledonian Sky

“APT Small Ships Cruising” acquired the “Caledonian Sky” in May 2012 after she had been dry-docked and given an extensive refurbishment. Further refurbishments took place in 2018 and just this year in 2021, constantly improving this fine ship!

Cruising on an APT Small Ship:

APT makes things as easy as possible for you, for when you book to sail on an APT small ship everything you need is included and is superbly organised. Thus instead of wasting time stressing about the small details of your vacation, you can book knowing “APT Small Ship Cruises” will take care of every small detail, ensuring that you will have a delightful hassle free vacation. It is the kind of luxury that sets you free and provides you with a unique cruise vacation.

To sum up the “Caledonian Sky”; she is without a doubt a luxury boutique expedition small ship, hosting just 99 guests, who are cared for and served by 75 highly experienced and a very friendly crew.

A fine bow shot of the “Caledonian Sky” seen along the Australian coast

M.S. Caledonian Sky offers the perfect balance as for a small ship she is remarkably spacious and offers all the comforts of a larger cruise ship, yet she has the advantage of being more intimate and offers the delights of a small luxury expedition ship.

A Complete Tour of the Ship:

Let us take a Deck by Deck tour of the “Caledonian Sky” and we will discover what she has to offer as we visit her decks, all Public venues, decks and her excellent Suites.

Before we start the tour I would like to add some details regarding the ships Suites.

The “Caledonian Sky” has 57 Suites all being exceptionally spacious and well-designed. 23 Suites have a private balcony and they are located on Promenade and Bridge Decks. Following a comprehensive refurbishment of the Suites recently, the Suites on each deck have their own colour theme utilising fabrics from companies such as “Osbourne & Little” and “Zimmer & Rohde”. There are soft hues, blended tones and the fine contemporary fabrics to enhance the traditional maritime style making all the ships Suites an inviting and relaxing place to be.

All Suites are arranged over four decks and all have ocean views, and they certainly are luxurious, with wood panelling and brass features throughout. All have well-appointed en-suite bathrooms, large closets, a vanity table, refrigerator, and a television. There is also a personal safe, hairdryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, but it is important to note that there are American style power outlets with two flat prongs and are 110 volts.

For interest, there is a full Deck Plan located down the page complete with Suites colour coded categories listed. But at each deck I will add that decks plan.

On our Deck-by-Deck tour of the “Caledonian Sky” I will commence from the top deck, and generally on each deck I will start forward and then head aft,

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Forward there is a spacious outdoor deck, that is named “Sun Deck” offering not just stunning views, but it is also the perfect location to relax as there are ample comfortable wicker style lounge chairs with matching tables as well a good number of equally comfortable wicker sun-lounges, all having excellent cushions. Far forward of Sun Deck you can take the stairs and head up to a viewing deck

An aerial view of the ship, and note the forward Viewing Deck

 

 

Above & below: The spacious and delightful “Sun Deck”

 

On the Sun Deck images you will have seen those large windows and doors to the only large indoor venue on this deck. This is the magnificent and elegant Panorama Lounge. This lounge has large windows on her three sides, and as we can see below it is a stunning and a comfortable venue. In the middle of this Lounge there is a stained glass dome featuring a compass.

Aft of the room is a Bar on the starboard side, as well as a partially separated fully stocked Library on the port side, you will soon discover that there is free internet access available there.

The magnificent Panorama Lounge, note the dome in the centre of the room

 

The beautiful stained glass dome featuring the compass

 

The Panorama Bar and the entrance to the Library can be seen near the TV

 

 

Above & below: here are three views of the ships cosy Library

 

 

Aft of this delightful venue, between the Bar and Library is the door to the venue, and heading and turning aft along the starboard side is a small hallway containing the main stairwell of the ship, of course there is also an elevator (Lift) onboard which serves all five passenger decks.

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Far forward is the Ships Bridge, which has all the most up-to-date navigation equipment as well as the very latest technology and safety features.

The highly advanced Bridge has the most up-to-date technology that is available in 2021

All Suites feature:

·        Sitting area complete with coffee table & armchairs.

·        Flat screen televisions (DVD players and DVDs can be borrowed from reception for use in your suite

·        King-size bed or twin beds

·        En-suite bathroom featuring a country style wash basin, a heated towel rail, shaver outlet and vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower and/or corner bath tub

·        Dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort

·        Spacious wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool

·        Mini-fridge, cabin to cabin telephone, programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating

·        Bottled water replenished daily

Deluxe Balcony Suite

A Deluxe Balcony Suite

Bridge Deck has eight Suites, all being Deluxe Balcony Suites that are 260 sq ft - 24.2 sq m, and feature beds that are configurable as twin beds or a king sized bed, there is a sliding glass door leading to a private balcony.

Far aft of Bridge Deck is a spacious partially covered and open deck, which is the ships outdoor dining area. Located just inside is the Pantry that has a dumb waiter that travels down to the galley, and outside there is a Buffet located on the port side and a Bar on the starboard side.

This area is Sky Deck, containing the Buffet

 

Chefs create the finest of meals and are served by some of the finest waiters at sea

 

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This deck has 19 Suites covering three categories, and these are seen below.

Owner’s Corner Suites:

The glamorous Owner’s Corner Suites are the finest luxury Suites aboard

The two Owner’s Corner Suites are 243 square ft - 32.2 sq m, and feature beds that are configurable as twin beds or a king sized bed, there is a sitting area, en-suite bathroom, and a sliding mirrored glass door leading to a huge wrap around private balcony.

Premium Balcony Suites:

A Premium Balcony Suite

There are thirteen Premium Balcony Suites each being 217 square ft - 25.8 sq m, and feature beds that are configurable as twin beds or a king sized bed, there is a sitting area, en-suite bathroom, and a sliding mirrored glass door leading to a private balcony.

Premium Suites:

A Premium Suite

Also there are four Premium Suites aft on the Promenade Deck are 217 square ft - 20.2 sq m, and feature beds that are configurable as twin beds or a king sized bed, there is a sitting area, en-suite bathroom, with one window and two Suites that also have an additional porthole.

Far aft of Promenade Deck the is the well equipped, but a compact Gym on the starboard side, and the ships Hairdressing Salon on the port side.

The Gym

 

The Hair Salon

 

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Superior Suites:

A Superior Suite

Forward there are nineteen Superior Suites on this deck, these are 232 square ft - 21.6 sq m, and feature beds that are configurable as twin beds or a king sized bed, there is a sitting area, en-suite bathroom, and a large window.

Just aft of amidships is the ships Main Lobby and Entrance Hall, it is here you will find the Pursers Office, as well as the Elevator (Lift) that reaches all 5 decks. Directly aft is Main Lounge and the Bar located forward of the venue on the port side.

The ships Main Lounge

 

Another view of the Lounge and its Bar aft

Outside, along the sides of the lounge and aft there is also a Promenade Deck, where there are once again those delightful wicker lounge chairs and tables.

Promenade deck far aft

 

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Far forward on the port side is the Doctor’s surgery, and the ships hospital, followed by eleven Suites.

Standard Suites:

And finally the Standard Suites

The Standard Suites are a very spacious 244 square ft - 22.7 sq m, and feature beds that are configurable as twin beds or a king sized bed, there is a sitting area, en-suite bathroom, and each room has three good sized portholes.

As you head aft via the starboard side lobby, you will arrive at the spacious Dining Room. Dining on the Caledonian Sky offers a relaxed and a friendly experience. The venue offers tables for two, four or six, and of course you will be dining with a small number of guests, and meals are offered as an open sitting but Dinner it is a single seating.

The elegant and spacious Dining Room

Dining onboard the “Caledonia Sky” is a relaxed and friendly experience, the meals are simply outstanding and her cuisine and service has been hailed by her past passengers as “Simply outstanding and we gave it 5 Stars.”

Breakfast and lunch is served buffet-style but a-la-Cart is also available, and dinner is served in the restaurant.

You will always dine in the company of a small number of other guests. And meals are offered in this leisurely single seating ensuring that you will enjoy a relaxed dining experience.

The M.S. Caledonian Sky also has a spacious covered outdoor dining area up on Lido Deck, located aft on Bridge Deck and when weather permits, meals can also be enjoyed there alfresco.

Pre Diner canapés are served

Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapés are served daily, in either the comfort of the Lounge or on the Lido Deck buffet area. Tea and coffee are is available 24 hours a day. Special diets can be catered for, but you should advise this when booking as sufficient notice is required.

A stern view of the M.S. Caledonian Sky with her zodiacs’ located aft

 

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The beautiful M.S. Caledonian Sky is as I have already stated a spacious yet an intimate expedition ship and she was last refurbished in 2021. This fine ship with her beautifully designed public spaces was designed to sail the South Pacific, the wilds of Alaska, and of course Australia and New Zealand and so much more. The Caledonian Sky is the perfect ship for expedition cruises as well as for the exciting excursions ashore, as can be seen above, she carries a fleet of four Zodiacs.

A excellent photograph of the “Caledonian Sky” at sunset

 

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Deck Plan

Colour Coded Suites: 

  

Category 1

  

Category 2

  

Category 3

  

Category 4

  

Category 5

  

Category 6

  

Category 1

  

Category 2

  

Category 3

  

Category 4

  

Category 5

  

Category 6

 

Passengers returning from an excursion

 

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M.S. Caledonian Sky Specifications & Details:

Built by:                        “Nuovi Cantieri Apuania Shipyard” in Marina di Carrara, Italy.

Launched & completed:    1991.

Name:                           Caledonian Sky 2012 onwards.

Owner:                          “APT” (Australian Pacific Touring).

Operator:                       “Australian Pacific Touring Small Ships Cruising”.

Past names:                   Renaissance Six 1991 to 1998.

.                                   Sun Viva 2 1998 to 2000.

.                                   Megastar Capricorn 2000 to 2001.

.                                   Capri 2001.

.                                   Hebridean Spirit 2001 to 2009.

.                                   Sunrise 2009 to 2011.

Class:                            Ice-strengthened expedition ship.

Registered:                    Bahamas.

Last refurbished:             2021.

Tonnage:                       4,200 GRT (Gross Registered Tons), 1,263 NET (Net Tonnage).

Engines:                        MAN (Burmeister & Wain) Diesel Engines - 9,435 HP.

Propellers:                     Two.

Speed:                          16 knots.     

Length:                         90.6 m.

Beam:                           15.3 m.

Draft:                            4.5 m.

Decks:                           5.

Cabins:                          58 for single and double use.

Guests:                         99.

Crew:                            75 International.

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Actual Passenger Reviews:

“We decided to take this cruise for it was heading to some of the most unique and remote locations and the scenery was just stunning with Western Australian Kimberley’s and Northern Territory vast landscapes. I had decided to book this cruise as my wife and I had already toured with the excellent ACT Tours. We sailed from Broome on an 11 day cruise to Darwin.”

The Kimberley’s is one of Australia’s most popular destinations and

this region is visited during the popular Broome to Darwin cruise

Note: This cruise is usually sold out very early, thus book well ahead!

“This was our first APT cruise and what an amazing cruise it turned out to be. Everything was simply perfect be it the experiences, the learning, the company, the food, the wine, the cabin, the entertainment and yes, the amazing crew. It was obvious that there was a genuine respect and appreciation between all staff, and even though the crew had to answer the same questions and provide the same information countless of times, each crew member acted as if it was their very first and it was always with a great big smile.

Cabin stewards and the ships catering and other hospitality staff looked and sounded as if they were really delighted to see you, they were amazing. The entertainment and the expedition team were just amazing, and always so enthusiastic, generous, knowledgeable and without a doubt very skilled. It was the perfect cruise with stunning Kimberly scenery. Thank you APT, I will be back for another voyage next year.”

“There is no doubt that this excellent ship was the perfect size accommodating just 99 guests, and the ships public rooms were so luxurious offering elegant décor, the best we had ever seen on any other ship we have sailed on. We ate most our meals outdoors up on the Lido Deck (aft on Bridge Deck) as the weather was just perfect every single day. Our dining experience was outstanding as the food was of an excellent quality and the stewards were the best ever, to say the least! Meals ordered seem to arrive quickly and was always fresh and hot. Onboard most alcoholic beverages are included and there was a better than excellent selection of Australian wines.”

Ratings for the “Caledonian Sky” by past passengers were from 4.5 Stars to a full 5 Stars!

Here we see the Caledonian Sky from her port side.

 

Enjoy a Virtual tour of the Caledonian Sky

 

Also Visit the M.S. Island Sky Feature

 

And the M.S. Hebridean Sky Feature

 

View APT’S 2022 Australian & New Zealand Cruises … HERE

 

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For further information visit the APT site

MS Caledonian Sky - MS Island Sky - MS Hebridean Sky

 

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