“APT Small Ship Cruises” M.S. Island Sky & M.S. Hebridean Sky

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Introducing APT Small Ship Cruises

Featuring: M.S. Hebridean Sky, Island Sky and the Caledonian Sky,

The popular “APT Small Ships Cruising” fleet contains three delightful luxurious small expedition ships and there are countless advantages of cruising on these intimate ships. You will never be in a crowd, as these ships accommodate between just 99 to 114 guests and thus there will be smaller group sizes on excursions and you never have to queue when you disembark in port. In addition, thanks to their shallow draught these ships are able to venture where all those large cruise ships are simply unable to enter, thus there is a greater potential for amazing new adventures and getting closer to wildlife.

On an APT small cruise ship all meals and drinks are included, as are excursions, including zodiac experiences that take you closer to some amazing experiences, and all this is part of the all-inclusive lifestyle onboard their ships.

M.S. Caledonia Sky is seen at the Kimberley’s

APT’s Small Ship Expedition Cruises is about venturing further, seeing more, and experiencing more, whilst enjoying great food, wine and being pampered along the way. Your ship will generally stay close to the coastline meaning that there are no long days spent at sea and thus you will spend more time spent exploring exciting destinations. All cruises are led by the APT’s highly experienced expedition team, including geologists, marine biologists, naturalists, historians and more.

M.S. Hebridean Sky’s identical sister is the Island Sky and she is seen cruising in Europe

You will awake each morning to a new destination and a new adventure awaits, after a full breakfast it will be time to explore a remote island or discover a sprawling reef. Shipboard evenings commences with a decadent evening, commencing with delicious pre-dinner canapés followed by a long sumptuous meal, prepared by the best of Chef’s, and the meal will be accompanied by a selection of fine wines. Thereafter enjoy the various onboard experiences and enjoy your favourite drink with some new found shipboard friends.

APT has a variety of destinations, but very popular is the cruises around Australia and New Zealand which offer sceanerary which are simply spectacular, and these cruises offer so many exciting destinations and countless exciting experiences.

All Voyages Include:

·        All-Inclusive Beverage Package.

·        Certified Emergency MD and Clinic.

·        World Class Cuisine.

·        Live Entertainment.

·        24/7 Coffee/Tea station.

·        Voyage Photographer.

·        Dedicated Passenger Service Manager.

·        Complimentary Expedition Jacket.

·        Elevator serving all passenger decks.

·        Tinted sliding glass doors in all cabins on Marco Polo Deck.

·        Panoramic Top Deck Observation Platform.

·        Upgraded WIFI Internet.

·        Library with computers.

·        DVD Movie Library.

·        24/7 Coffee & Tea Station.

·        Bar/Lounge with Live Entertainment.

·        Audiovisual Facilities.

 

Introducing M.S. Hebridean Sky:

The delightful 114 guest M.S. Hebridean Sky

The “Hebridean Sky” is a sister ship of the “Island Sky” and both ships have spacious wood-panelled suites, all having exterior views, and there is a choice of a king sized or twin beds, each Staterooms has climate control, en-suite bathrooms and sitting areas.

The “Hebridean Sky”, like her sister the “Island Sky” is a spacious all-suite expedition ships. All 58 staterooms have ocean views, en-suite bathrooms, and a sitting area, as well as flat TVs, DVD players, dressing tables, and spacious wardrobes. Of all the suites, 29 suites have private balconies.

The Public Venues are luxuriously appointed and include a spacious Lounge and Bar, this venue is also used for informative lectures and movie screenings. In addition there is The Club with a Bar and a grand piano, a fully stocked Library as well as a magnificent Dining Room as well as an outdoor Dining area where you can enjoy wonderfully varied cuisine during your voyage. There is ample deck space offering areas to watch the wild landscape, or simply relax and enjoy the sun.

“APT small Ship Cruises” include all meals as well as drinks onboard. You can choose from a great selection of wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee, which are all available at any time.

The Bar at the “The Club” Lounge

 

The M.S. Hebridean Sky is seen in New Zealand’s waters

Deck by Deck tour:

Shackleton Deck:

Located far forward on Shackleton Deck is a specious open Sun Deck with ample seating and sun lounges provided for relaxing. Whilst up near the glass windows is a narrow deck being a viewing platform. In addition this Deck has 6 magnificent suites.

The Observation Deck

Hebridean Suite:

This is a two room suite with separate lounge and bedroom. The lounge has a 3 seat sofa, 2 lounge chairs, a coffee table and a desk with a chair, in the desk unit there is also a mini-fridge. There is a choice of either a Queen-sized bed or Twin beds, and there is an elegant en-suite bathroom complete with designer toiletries. There are 2 Flat screen TV’s with an inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone. Also provided is a hairdryer, plush bathrobes and slippers. Enjoy the convenience individual climate control and bottled water is provided daily. Additional benefits of booking this luxurious suite also include; complimentary internet usage, a coffee machine, and a mini-bar stocked with your preferences, also there is a complimentary laundry service available.

 

Above & below: two views of the magnificent Hebridean Suite

Suite = 45.7 square meters - 495 square feet including the 10.2 sq m - 110 sq ft Private balcony

 

 

The balcony stretches the length of the suite and is furnished with a table, chairs and sun lounges.

 

Owner’s Balcony Suites:

There is a separate sitting area with lounge chairs and a coffee table. There is a choice of either a Queen-sized bed or Twin beds and there is an elegant en-suite bathroom complete with designer toiletries. There is a Flat screen TV with an inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone. Also provided is a hairdryer, plush bathrobes and slippers. Enjoy the convenience individual climate control and bottled water is provided daily. Also provided is a hairdryer, plush bathrobes and slippers. Enjoy the convenience individual climate control and bottled water is provided daily.

Suite = 30 sq m - 322 sq ft - including the 7.24 sq m - 80 sq ft Private balcony

 

Scott Deck:

Amidships there are 8 Deluxe Balcony Suites followed by a Lobby with stairs and a Lift (elevator). Far aft is the rear Lido Deck, which I will cover after the Suites.

Deluxe Balcony Suites:

These Suites have a separate sitting area with a three seat sofa, table and a chair. You may choose either a Queen-sized bed or Twin beds. All suites feature with an elegant en-suite bathroom complete with designer toiletries. Also provided is a hairdryer, plush bathrobe, slippers, and there is a flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone. You will enjoy the convenience of a mini-fridge, individual climate control and bottled water provided daily. The balcony has a table & chairs.

Suite = 27.7 sq m - 300 sq ft - including the 3.7 sq m - 40 sq ft Private balcony

 

 

Aft there is Lido Deck which has many tables and chairs and this is the outdoor Café, bring a popular dining area and it is used as a Buffet for Breakfast and Lunch and a-la-Carte dining in the evenings when the weather is good. However, both breakfast and lunch can also be had in the Dinning Room. For the rest of the day this is the perfect place to relax, have a drink and watch the wake of the ship.

Lido Deck offers a fine outdoor Café ideal for casual dining and relaxing

 

Tables set for a glamorous Evening Meal

Mawson Deck:

On this deck forward there are 2 Corner Suites, which are followed by 13 Premium Suites, directly aft of these is the Lobby with the stairs and the Lift, followed by a superb Lounge and the Library.

Corner Suites:

Far forward are two delightful Corner Suites that offer a separate sitting area with a 3 seat sofa and lounge chair with a coffee table. You may choose either a Queen-sized bed or Twin beds. All suites feature with an elegant en-suite bathroom complete with designer toiletries. Also provided is a hairdryer, plush bathrobe, slippers, and there is a flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone. You will enjoy the convenience of a mini-fridge, individual climate control and bottled water provided daily.

Suite = 22 sq m - 240 sq ft - there are both side and forward windows

 

Premium Suites:

These Suites offer a separate sitting area with a 3 seat sofa and lounge chair with a coffee table. You may choose either a Queen-sized bed or Twin beds. All suites feature with an elegant en-suite bathroom complete with designer toiletries. Also provided is a hairdryer, plush bathrobe, slippers, and there is a flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone. You will enjoy the convenience of a mini-fridge, individual climate control and bottled water provided daily.

Suite = 21 sq m - 226 sq ft - with large windows

 

Continuing aft we arrive at the magnificent “The Club” with it’s Bar being located forward on the portside and the 24-hour tea and coffee station is located on the starboard side. A Grand Piano is located aft of the venue, and the ships pianist plays periodically throughout the day. Behind this tea and coffee station is a curved stairs the goes down to the Main Lounge below. Outside from the Lobby and all around “The Club” is a Promenade Deck for exterior viewing.

 

Above & below: We see the delightful The Club and Piano Bar aft of the room on Marco Polo Deck

 

Located through aft doors of the “The Club” is the Library, which is well stocked with reference books pertaining to the destinations the ship is visiting and a selection of good books. A collection of games and laptops to access the internet via the ship’s satellite can also be found in the Library. Access to the ship’s satellite Wi-Fi via your own device is complimentary on board (of course the signal strength may vary depending on location and demand). Newspapers are also placed in the library depending on availability.

The Library is directly aft of “The Club

Byrd Deck:

On Byrd Deck are 19 Superior Suites located forward of the deck, then just aft of amidships is the Main Entrance Hall and the Pursers office and the Lift, which is followed by the Main Lounge.

Superior Suite:

Superior Suites offer a separate sitting area with a 3 seat sofa and lounge chair with a coffee table. You may choose either a Queen-sized bed or Twin beds. All suites feature with an elegant en-suite bathroom complete with designer toiletries. Also provided is a hairdryer, plush bathrobe, slippers, and there is a flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone. You will enjoy the convenience of a mini-fridge, individual climate control and bottled water provided daily.

Suite = 22 sq m - 237 sq ft - with windows

 

 

 

Above & below: the ships Reception Lobby, with the Pursers Office, and as seen below a cosy area to relax

 

 Next is the delightful Main Lounge and Bar directly aft of the Entrance Hall.

The Main Lounge and Bar is seen here set up for a lecture, or possibly a screening

Amundsen Deck (2):

Standard Suites:

On this deck there are 11 Standard Suites and all offer a separate sitting area with a 3 seat sofa and lounge chair with a coffee table. You may choose either a Queen-sized bed or Twin beds. All suites feature with an elegant en-suite bathroom complete with designer toiletries. Also provided is a hairdryer, plush bathrobe, slippers, and there is a flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone. You will enjoy the convenience of a mini-fridge, individual climate control and bottled water provided daily

Suite = 21 sq m - 226 sq ft - all have from 3 to 4 good sized portholes

 

Located aft on Amundsen Deck is the elegant Dining Room which can seat all guests at the one sitting, and you choose to be seated at a table for two, four, or a table up to eight and enjoy delicious meals with your shipboard friends. Of course your meal will come fresh to order and wines and beers, etc are also served.

Every day for your enjoyment, delicious Canapés are served in the Lounge prior to your evening meal.

 

Above & below: Two views of the Elegant Dining Room

 

 

A lunch Menu

 

 

M.S. Hebridean Sky Specifications & Details:

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

Yard N°:                        1146.

Laid down:                     December 17, 1987.

Launched:                      April 13, 1991.

Completed:                    December 02, 1991.

Name:                           Hebridean Sky 2012 onwards.

Operator:                       “Australian Pacific Touring Small Ships Cruising”.

Class:                            Ice-strengthened expedition ship.

Registered:                    Bahamas.

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

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

Propellers:                     Two.

Speed:                          14.5 knots.  

Length:                         90.6 m.

Beam:                           15.3 m.

Draft:                            4.5 m.

Decks:                           5.

Cabins:                          59 for single and double use.

Guests:                         114.

Crew:                            75 International. 

 

Full Deck Plan:

 

 

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Also view the MS Caledonian Sky Feature

 

And the MS Island Sky Feature

 

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MS Caledonian Sky - MS Island Sky - MS Hebridean Sky

 

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