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

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Introducing APT Small Ship Cruises

Featuring: M.S. Island Sky, Hebridean 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.

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 are 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 Promenade Deck 4.

·        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.

An aerial view of the “Island Sky”



Introducing M.S. Island Sky:

The delightful 110 guest M.S. Island Sky is seen at anchor

The “Island Sky” is a sister ship of the “Hebridean Sky” and both ships boasts 57 similarly 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 “Island Sky”, like her sister the “Hebridean Sky” is a spacious all-suite expedition ships. All 57 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.

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Far forward topside on Explorer Deck is a specious deck, which is the Observation Deck and there are ample seating provided for relaxing.

The Observation Deck

Aft on Erikson Deck is the rear Lido Deck which has many tables and chairs and this is the outdoor dining area and is used as the Buffet at lunch and a’la Carte dining in the evenings when the weather is good.

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

The Club is located on Marco Polo Deck and here is also one of the two Bars onboard, aft of the venue is a Grand Piano where the ships pianist plays periodically throughout the day. Also available at The Club is the 24-hour tea and coffee station. Aft 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.

A comfortable sofa in a lobby



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



The Library is directly aft of The Club

On Columbus Deck we find the ships Main Lobby, being the Reception and Pursers office area and the delightful Main Lounge and bar just aft.


Above & below: Just aft of amidships on Columbus Deck is the ships Reception area with the Pursers Office



The Lounge and Bar aft on Columbus Deck

The Dining Room can seat all guests at one sitting is located aft on the Magellan Deck, cuisine on all three APT

The elegant Dining Room


A lunch Menu


M.S. Island Sky seen cruising the Indian Ocean and she is off the coast of Sri Lanka

With spacious, well-appointed suites, stylish common areas, an ice-strengthened hull, and redundant core technology, the Island Sky represents the height of comfort and style.  In 2017, she was fully upgraded and tinted sliding glass doors to all cabins were added on the Columbus Deck.

Deck Plan:


All suites feature outside views and feature an elegant ensuite bathroom, there is a hairdryer, plush bathrobe, slippers and designer toiletries are provided. There is a flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone. Enjoy the convenience of a mini-fridge, individual climate control and bottled water is provided daily. Beds are configurable as twin beds or a single King bed.

Suites are shown from a Standard Suite to top of the line Owners and Island Suites.

Standard Suite:

Island Sky - Magellan Deck, Standard Suite - 226 sq ft / 21 sq m

Superior Suite:

Island Sky - Columbus Deck, Superior Suite - 237 sq ft / 22 sq m

Premium Suite:

Island Sky - Columbus Deck, Premium Suite - 269 sq ft / 25 sq m

Corner Suite:

Island Sky - Marco Polo Deck Corner Balcony Suite - 291 sq ft / 27 sq m

Deluxe Balcony Suite:

Island Sky - Erikson Deck, Deluxe Balcony Suite - 268 sq ft / 24.9 sq m


Owner's Balcony Suite:

Island Sky - Explorer Deck, Owner’s Balcony Suite - 322 sq ft / 30.5 sq m


Island Suite:

Island Sky - Explorer Deck, Island Suite with balcony - 462 sq ft / 41.9 sq m



M.S. Island Sky Specifications & Details:

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

Launched & completed:    1992.

Name:                           Island Sky 2012 onwards.

Owner:                          “APT” (Australian Pacific Touring).

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) Diesel Engines - 9,435 HP.

Propellers:                     Two.

Speed:                          12 knots.     

Length:                         90.6 m.

Beam:                           15.3 m.

Draft:                            4.5 m.

Decks:                           5.

Cabins:                          57 for single and double use.

Guests:                         108 to 118.

Crew:                            75 International.


M.S. Island Sky is seen with the differently designed “Caledonian Sky” 


Also Visit the MS Caledonian Sky Feature


The Hebridean Sky - Online Soon


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


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Or … APT - MS Caledonian Sky



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