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South Seas Island Voyage

An island hopping expedition from Tahiti to Fiji aboard the MS Island Sky

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By wind, wave and star the ancient people of Polynesia ventured to the farthest reaches of the South Pacific. Isolated by miles of ocean over thousands of years, these, the world’s first island cultures, developed a pantheon of gods, myths and legends. This voyage tells the story of Polynesia and uncovers its history and legends as we sail through the South Seas and visit the captivating islands. The real age of European exploration did not take place until the 18th century and many of the islands we will visit have changed little since that time. Their sheer isolation has been their saving grace and apart from an influx of missionaries in the late 19th century, western culture has made few inroads into most of the islands. You are invited to join us aboard the MS Island Sky to explore the Pacific in all its vastness, diversity and warmth. To experience the descriptiondefying beauty of its islands, its culture and its ambience which have attracted generations of adventurers, explorers and travellers to its magical shores. With our fleet of Zodiac landing craft we can explore inlets, bird sanctuaries and land in otherwise inaccessible places and although we set sail with a set itinerary, it is often the unscheduled events that become the highlight. We will be joined by a hand-picked expedition team, consisting of naturalists, marine biologists and ecologists who will share their knowledge and enthusiasm during forays ashore and whilst on board. 

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  • What To Expect…

    Nasautabu, Fiji

    Flexibility is the key to an expedition cruise; sometimes the whole day’s schedule will be changed to maximise your experience, something that would not be possible on a large cruise ship. Each day holds something new and below is an extract from the MS Caledonian Sky’s (sister ship to the MS Island Sky) ship log from when she last visited Bora Bora. If you are new to expedition cruising, this extract should provide you with an idea of what to expect.

    Bora Bora – 18th December 2015: Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful islands on earth, home to film stars, captains of industry and oligarchs, hotels with rooms on stilts in the sea, coral reefs and sun-drenched sands. And when we woke, looked out of our cabin windows or portholes, there it was in all its splendour. Zodiacs took us ashore to the main town of Vaitipu where we boarded buses for a tour of the island. The buses had been built on lorry chassis (le truck) with windows which remained open giving a cool breeze as we drove slowly around the coast road. Stops were made at various vantage points including Faanui Bay, the Faanui Marae, the island’s biggest ancient temple where Polynesian gods and idols were worshipped long ago, and a wall of large sandstone and coral slabs could be seen. Bora Bora’s involvement in World War II was marked by metal bunkers built by American forces who used the island as a military supply base. It had an oil depot, airstrip (the only international airport in French Polynesia until Faa’a in Tahiti was opened in 1960) seaplane base and defensive fortifications. It was officially closed on 2 June, 1946. Our tour passed some of the remnants of this occupation. On the landward side we had the twin peaks of Mt Pahia and Mt Otemanu (it marks the highest point of the island at 727m or 2,385ft) remnants of a long extinct volcano. Superb sea views over a huge lagoon were enjoyed from the Belvedere lookout while at Anau we had time to sample Matira Beach the most famous on Bora Bora. Our options after lunch included snorkelling from one of two Zodiac platforms close to the ship (a moray eel was seen by most who went), taking a trip back to Matira Beach for snorkelling lessons or swimming, or relaxing in Vaitapu town. Our departure from Bora Bora was equally exciting as the ship sailed into a beautiful sunset which illuminated the fast disappearing island.

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Island Sky

Island Sky

The MS Island Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Caledonian Sky and MS Hebridean Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Tahiti, French Polynesia.

Fly by scheduled indirect flight.

Day 2 - Tahiti.

Arrive this morning and transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay. The afternoon and evening will be at leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.

Day 3 - Tahiti.

After breakfast in the hotel we will embark on a full day tour of Tahiti. We will start at the Arahoho Blow Hole. This lava tube, designed by liquid lava flowing under cold and hard lava, has created a channel. When waves crash against the rocks and enter the channel the result is a powerful sea water geyser. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Museum of Tahiti And Her Islands. Later this afternoon we transfer to the MS Island Sky and sail tonight.

Day 4 - Raiatea & Taha’a.

Raiatea is recognised throughout Tahiti as its “Sacred Island”, the cultural heart of all Tahiti Polynesia. Local Polynesian legends say Raiatea, formerly known as “Havai” was the island of origin of great voyaging canoes that took the people as far as Hawaii. This, the second largest Tahitian isle, was the centre of religion and culture over 1000 years ago and still lends enchantment to ancient legends told to this day. This morning’s island tour will include a visit to the Taputapuatea marae which dates back over 1000 years. This afternoon we sail over to the neighbouring island of Taha’a where we plan to visit a vanilla plantation. With the rich aroma of vanilla lingering heavily in the air, Taha’a offers a glimpse of the traditional, tranquil life of the Tahitians.

Day 5 - Bora Bora.

One of the most stunning islands on the planet, Bora Bora’s interior is crowned by majestic eroded volcanic formations and a distinctive black basaltic peak. A tour of the island will take you past colourful villages, archaeological sites and World War II relics. This afternoon explore independently or alternatively take the chance to swim from the beach or enjoy our first snorkelling opportunity in the clear waters.

Day 6 - At Sea.

Relax on board as we sail to the Cook Islands.

Day 7 - Atiu, Cook Islands.

Our first stop in the Cook Islands is the small island of Atiu. With only 560 residents we will be guaranteed a special welcome. There will be the chance to join the local expert “Birdman George” on a walking tour to search for the Rarotonga monarch, chattering kingfisher, Cook Islands fruit dove and Atiu swiftlets. Alternatively, discover the island on a tour which will include James Cook’s landing site from 1777, the coffee plantations and a visit to some of the local houses. After lunch on board there will be the chance to return to Atiu for a relaxing afternoon exploring from the beach or maybe enjoy a taste of the local Tumunu, a traditional drink brewed from fermented oranges.

Day 8 - Aitutaki.

This lovely lagoon is famous for its fascinating coral formations and bountiful brightly hued tropical fish. After a lively welcome, choose this morning from an island drive which will explore the sleepy village of Arutanga seeing the oldest church in the Cook Islands. We will see the lush forest of Nikaupara and from the top of Mount Piraki will see the bunkers built during World War II. From the top of Maunga Pu we are treated to breathtaking views of the island and lagoon. Alternatively, you may wish to join our naturalists for a cruise and snorkel in the lagoon. We sail after lunch and enjoy an afternoon on board as we cruise to our next island.

Day 9 - Palmerston.

The engaging history of the William Masters family comes alive as we meet the descendants of this eccentric 19th century Englishman who took three native brides. We will be welcomed by the local officials before enjoying a walk through the village. Extremely fine handicrafts are made on this island and here the birdwatchers could catch sight of the red-tailed tropic birds. This afternoon we will have a chance to swim or snorkel from the beach where large coral blocks team with goatfish, boxfish, groupers, stingray and turtles.

Day 10 - At Sea.

Enjoy a day at sea, maybe join a lecture in the lounge or simply find a spot on deck and watch the world go by.

Day 11 - Niue.

Niue is one of the smallest independent nations on earth at just 260 square kilometres with a population of just 1200 people. Populated since the 10th century the first European to sight Niue was Captain Cook in 1774 but his attempts to land were refused by the inhabitants. Today we will visit the capital, Alofi Village, and stop at the Philatelic Bureau, where some of the world’s most sought after stamps may be purchased. We will continue to Matapa Chasm, a secluded cleft in the sea cliffs, where we discover the perfect swimming hole. Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at sea.

Day 12 - Vava’u, Tonga.

After crossing the International Date Line (so it is now 1st May), we arrive this morning in the Vava’u islands part of the kingdom of Tonga and the pretty port of Neiafu. Spend the morning independently exploring the town, maybe visit the local market or enjoy a drink in a harbourside cafe.

Day 13 - Ha’apai Islands.

Today we arrive at the Ha’apai group which consists of 62 islands comprising of lagoons, barrier reefs and active volcanoes. The islands have a rich maritime history with Abel Tasman being the first European to visit the islands in 1643 whilst Captain James Cook visited twice in the 1770s. However, the most famous event was Mutiny of the HMS Bounty which occurred between the islands of Lifuka and Tofua. It was on the island of Tofua that Captain William Bligh landed after being cast off from the Bounty with limited provisions and nautical equipment. A hostile reception from the islanders meant they quickly fled to sea again. Tropical forests grow along gentle slopes here and at the centre of the island is the volcanic crater, with a clear blue lake at its base. During the morning we hope to offer a hike on the slopes of the volcano through a spectacular forest full of birds, unique tree ferns and ironwood or, depending on conditions, a Zodiac cruise and snorkel. This afternoon we continue our journey towards Fiji.

Day 14 - Fulaga, Fiji.

Our first call at a Fijian island will be on Fulaga, famous for its woodcarving and the making of large outrigger canoes. Over 100 tiny islands in the Fulaga Lagoon have been undercut into extraordinary mushroom shapes and the surrounding waters are tinged with striking colours by the dissolved limestone. On arrival we hope to meet with the village elder to welcome us to the island before spending the morning using our Zodiacs to explore the rocks or find a suitable beach to land for swimming, snorkelling or beachcombing.

Day 15 - Levuka & Leleuvia.

The island of Levuka and the town of Ovalau has a special place in Fijian history as it was here in 1874 that the Fiji islands were ceded to the British and also where in 1970 Fiji was declared independent again. The town in unlike any other Fijian town having retained the colonial buildings which made it the first Fijian site to be granted UNESCO status. Join a walking tour around Nasova village on the shores of the bay and visit the museum and Cession Monument, the site where Chief Cakobau signed the deed ceding Fiji to Great Britain. This afternoon we will relocate to Leleuvia where we can relax on the beach or join an organised snorkelling trip.

Day 16 - Tavenui Island.

We have a choice of excursions this morning. The nature lovers can take a fourwheel drive to Dos Voeux Peak. At the summit we will be treated to fantastic views of Taveuni and across to Lake Tagimoucia. Here we will see the tropical plants, palms and rainforest and hope to spot spectacular birdlife such as orange-breasted doves, ferntails and the elusive silktail or local parakeet. Alternatively, join a walking trip to the Bouma Heritage Park to see some of the waterfalls and enjoy a swim. The view from the highest waterfall is spectacular. Our cultural tour will give the opportunity to witness lifestyles in a traditional Fijian village and see cooking demonstrations. In the afternoon we will head to one of the neighbouring islands for some swimming and snorkelling opportunities.

Day 17 - Savu Savu.

Often referred to as Fiji’s hidden paradise, Savusavu is much the same as it was 30 years ago. It was originally established as a centre for sailing ships trading in sandalwood and copra. It is a small bustling town with an interesting heritage and the surrounding landscape is stunning. This morning choose to either join a nature walk in the Waisali Rainforest, home to Fijian Kauri trees and thirty species of orchid and birdlife including the collared lory and the red shining parrot. Alternatively, a village visit will take us to the chief of Savu Savu where we partake in a cava ceremony before learning more about village life, local crafts and culture. This afternoon will be free to explore the town independently before we sail in the evening.

Day 18 - Fiji to London.

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our scheduled indirect flight to London.

Day 19 - London.

Arrive today.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER– SAVE £500 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
19 April 2019 to 8 May 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Magellan Deck Standard Suites £11295 £10795
Columbus Deck Superior Suites £11595 £11095
Marco Polo Deck Premium Suites £11995 £11495
Marco Polo Deck Corner Suites £12495 £11995
Erikson Deck Deluxe Balcony Suites £13495 £12995
Explorer Deck Owner's Balcony Suite £13695 £13195
Explorer Deck Island Suite £14695 £14195
Magellan Deck Standard for sole occupancy £15495 £14995
Columbus Deck Superior for sole occupancy £16495 £15995

Tour Reference Code: SCISK19419

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel for international flights, overnight hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in Tahiti, 15 nights aboard the MS Island Sky on a full board basis, house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, Noble Caledonia Expedition Team, shore excursions, gratuities, transfers and port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, visas.

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Island Sky

The MS Island Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Caledonian Sky and MS Hebridean Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world.

 
  • MS Island Sky
  • Standard Suite (Magellan Deck)
    Standard Suite (Magellan Deck)
  • Superior Suite (Columbus Deck)
  • Premium Suite (Marco Polo Deck)
  • Corner Suite (Marco Polo Deck)
  • Premium Balcony Suite (Erikson Deck)
  • Owner's Balcony Suites (Explorer Deck)
  • Lido Deck
  • Lido Deck
  • Restaurant
  • Library
  • The Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Your Suite

    On board there are 59 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies, whilst those on the Marco Polo Deck feature tinted, sliding glass doors allowing greatly enhanced viewing opportunities from your suite and quick access to the deck when a pod of whales or dolphins is spotted. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass, which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht.

    The passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views. Each affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walkin shower, a large wardrobe, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries, air-conditioning and heating. The suites on each deck have their own colour theme. Soft hues and blended tones enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be. The comfortable beds in each suite can be configured as either double or twin.

    The impressive Island Suite located on the Explorer Deck features an extra large balcony stretching the length of the suite. Additional features of this marvellous suite include complimentary internet usage, complimentary minibar stocked with your preference of beverages and complimentary laundry.

  • Your Space

    The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge on the Columbus Deck featuring a selection of seating options from individual armchairs and sofas to side cushioned benches. Daily briefings and talks given by the Noble Caledonia onboard team take place in The Lounge which is fitted with the highest standard of presentation equipment including multiple screens. For your convenience, it is also possible to follow the onboard lectures from the comfort of your suite.

    In addition to the main Lounge on the Columbus Deck, there is also The Club, located on the Marco Polo Deck which features the main bar where the onboard pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The Club also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station. Towards the aft of the ship on the Marco Polo Deck is The Library. Well stocked with reference books pertaining to the destinations the vessel is visiting and a selection of essential reads, you will not find yourself short of excellent literature on board. A selection of games and two computers complete with complimentary internet access can also be found in the Library. Daily newspapers and magazines are also placed in the library depending on local availability. Throughout the vessel you will find a fine selection of artwork and photography, many of which have been drawn or taken by members of our expedition team.

    The main dining room which can seat all guests at one sitting is located on the Magellan Deck and outside there is a rear Lido deck located on the Erikson Deck, complete with deck tables and chairs where meals are served in warm weather under shade. Whilst heaters and blankets make dining al fresco comfortable in cooler climates. Further to this on the top Explorer Deck the observation area complete with sun loungers is ideal for sun bathing, relaxing with a book or spotting wildlife. The walk around promenade on the Marco Polo Deck provides a unique circular view of the passing seascapes. There is also a small hairdressers on board offering a small selection of beauty treatments. For your comfort, there is also a clinic with doctor onboard and a lift which serves all decks.

    As is the joy of small ship cruising, we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the progress of the vessel (subject to weather or security conditions).

  • Dining

    It is quite a task to create a dining experience as that found on board MS Island Sky when you are cruising in far-flung corners of the globe, indeed it takes a team of highly talented chefs to deliver fresh, varied dishes no matter where you are at sea. Fortunately, our catering teams are well adapted to the world of small ship cruising where no two days are the same and the menus are often scheduled and tailored around the days’ excursions.

    With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the cuisine on board is of a consistent superior quality. Where possible and when it meets their high standards, our accomplished chefs will obtain local produce in markets. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and enable the chefs on board to exhibit their culinary skills and bring a local touch to the varied menus, emphasising the international expertise of the chefs on board. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapes take place every day in either the comfort of the Lounge or out on the Lido Deck when the weather is favourable. Tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day. Special diets can be catered for with sufficient notice.

    In keeping with the informal atmosphere onboard, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. Whether that be joining a table of four to six other passengers outside on the Lido deck in the evening’s sunshine or whether you prefer to enjoy meals in the à la carte restaurant. For those travelling alone, our onboard friendly restaurant staff will take care to ensure you are seated with other like-minded travellers. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order on request. Lunch and dinner are à la carte with an excellent choice of dishes, with the menu reflecting the daily catch or local delicacies. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with both meals and there is also a comprehensive wine list with a wide selection of new and old world wines from which to choose.

    The onboard catering and restaurant staff are experienced at sea and enthuse a passion for superb service. Whether it be ensuring you have an outdoor blanket as you enjoy the crisp sea breeze on the Lido Deck or sharing their knowledge of the characteristics of the days’ wine selections, you will experience a service on board like no other. You may also enjoy sumptuous barbeques on deck whilst at times, the chef will make your dish to order at special pasta or stir fry stations.

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  • Life Onboard

    If large resort-style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers are your ideal, then our ships are not for you as you will not find endless entertainment, round the clock buffets and the people management which is so much a part of today’s big ship on board style. However, if like us you prefer a more peaceful life at sea you will find our flagships the perfect vessels.

    When choosing your next voyage the choice of vessels is astounding. You can select a ship carrying in excess of 4000 passengers with impersonal service or join us aboard the MS Caledonian Sky, MS Island Sky or MS Hebridean Sky where peace, high quality service and attention to detail are the order of the day. We promise there will be no organised entertainment, fancy dress, deck games or any of the usual big ship experiences. Instead, the atmosphere is warm and convivial and more akin to a private yacht or country hotel in which you can learn more about the wonders of nature, culture and ancient civilisations in the company of like-minded people. A little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, Guest Speakers and informative port briefings from our Expedition Leader or Cruise Director and of course good food with wine included at lunch and dinner, all contribute to make any voyage aboard these wonderful vessels a memorable and joyful experience. After a day ashore you will return to the comfort and peace of an exceedingly comfortable ship.

    The daily programme on board is in the capable hands of our Cruise Director or Expedition Leader and staff who coordinate with the Captain and Officers to make the most of each day. Briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage together with a ‘Daily Programme’ that is distributed every evening to your suite outlining the next day’s activities. Dress on board is casual and relaxed and there will be no ‘black tie’ evenings.

  • For your comfort

    MS Island Sky is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilizers to minimize the ship’s motion. During your voyage we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the vessels progress by charts and learn more about your journey. You will also find on your suite television a navigation channel showing the routing of the vessel as well as the view from the Bridge. On board you will also find a clinic and doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to a specific area on deck.

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download.

    We are delighted you have chosen the MS Island Sky for your upcoming voyage. The 118-passenger, all-suite vessel is one of the finest small ships in the world and benefits from unusually spacious accommodation, public areas and outside decks.

    You will find the atmosphere on board akin to a private yacht or country hotel with a little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, talks from our onboard team and informative port briefings from your Cruise Director or Expedition Leader. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a well-run and exceedingly comfortable ship.

    Along with the Captain and officers and the Noble Caledonia team, our crew of 70 are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience during your time on board.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    ADAPTORS

    Adaptors for hairdryers, mobile phones etc. can be obtained from the Reception Desk, located on Deck 3 midships. These should be returned to Reception at the end of the cruise and are the property of the MS Island Sky.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    The entire ship is air-conditioned. All cabins feature individual temperature controls. In order to keep the air-conditioning system working efficiently, please keep doors closed when in use.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The ship uses a public address system to advise guests of all important information and activities during the cruise. Announcements can be heard throughout the public areas of the ship and in all cabins.

    CABINS

    On board there are 59 exceptionally spacious and well designed cabins. All feature a sitting area, en suite bathroom with marble topped vanity unit and walk-in shower, spacious wardrobe, dressing table.

    Cabins on Explorer (Deck 6) and Erikson (Deck 5) have private balconies.

    Cabins on Marco Polo Deck (Deck 4) have tinted sliding doors for enhanced views and quick access to the deck if any wildlife is spotted.

    All cabins have the following facilities: • Dressing gowns and slippers • TV • Electrical outlet • Hair dryer • Heating and air-conditioning (individually controlled) • Mini bar & Fridge – upon request it can be filled with soft drinks and beer for purchase. The mini bar is stocked on arrival and replenished daily. Price list can be found in the cabin. • Safe • Molton Brown toiletries: hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, hair conditioner and body lotion • Telephone

    Each cabin has two twin beds that can be reconfigured to form a double bed upon request. Please advise the Reservation Department or the Reception if you want a double bed. Cabins are serviced each morning by your cabin attendant and again in the evening when the beds are turned down. Please note that on MS Island Sky, all cabins have a shower but none have baths.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    If you wish to contact the ship please call 001 954 672 6785. This is a US number so calls to this number are charged at an international rate. There is a phone in your cabin, which has access to an outside line. Outgoing call costs will be advised on board. You can make cabin-to-cabin calls free of charge (see section on Telephone Calls). You can contact the ship by email at rec@is.salenship.com please indicate passenger name and cabin number as the subject.

    There are two computers with complimentary internet access in The Library. In addition Wi-Fi is available in The Library, public areas and in passenger cabins. In order to access the Wi-Fi you will need to bring your own laptop, tablet etc and purchase an internet card which are available to buy at reception. Depending on the ship's location, please note that there may be times when the connection is very slow or is disrupted and the same level of connectivity that you enjoy at home cannot be expected on board. Please also follow the instructions about logging off carefully in order not to waste any minutes.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin daily.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free and low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak to the Chef or the Maitre D’ at dinner on your first night on board to reconfirm your needs.

    DINING AND DRINKING

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served in the Restaurant. During good weather, early riser’s coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner may also be served on The Lido Deck. Afternoon tea is served in The Club or in The Lounge depending on activities. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are available self-service 24 hours a day in The Club. House wine, beer and soft drinks are included at lunch and dinner. MS Island Sky operates an open seating policy which greatly enhances the convivial atmosphere on board. The Restaurant has table configurations of 8, 6, 4 and some 2’s. Room service is not available on board. As we operate an open seating policy, we regret that reservations cannot be made. Please note that passengers are not permitted to consume their own supplies of alcohol on board. Water is safe to drink on board and is treated with chlorine. A complimentary bottle of water is provided in your cabin upon embarkation and can be replenished upon request.

    Special dietary requests such as vegetarian, low salt and low cholesterol should be made with Noble Caledonia in advance. However, we recommend that you contact the Maitre D’ once on board to reconfirm such requests. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    There is a elevator/lift, but the ship does not have facilities for disabled or wheelchair dependent passengers. Additionally, most shore excursions involve some walking and some excursions are walking tours only. There is no chair lift on board and access to the ship is by gangway.

    DISEMBARKATION

    Your Cruise Director / Expedition Leader will provide you with detailed disembarkation information prior to the end of your cruise. This will include transfer information (where applicable). If you should have any specific queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Cruise Director / Expedition Leader as soon as possible after embarkation.

    DRESS CODE ON BOARD

    The dress code on board is defined as casual. During the day, comfortable and casual attire is appropriate. The evenings are smart casual. Jackets and ties are not required. However, we kindly ask you to refrain from wearing shorts during evening meals in the Restaurant. You may wish to wear something a little dressier for the Welcome and Farewell Dinners, for example, a jacket and tie for gentlemen and a dress for ladies. No “black tie” is necessary. It is recommended to wear footwear at all times whilst on board.

    ELECTRICITY

    Voltage is 110V/60Hz (American standard) and a 220V razor socket. This is only suitable for low voltage electrical appliances, e.g. mobile phone or camera charger. We recommend that you bring a two-pin American adaptor for the 110v plug. Please note that the use of personal hairdryers, clothing irons, coffee makers, curling tongs, etc. in the cabins is strictly forbidden as they may damage the ship’s electrical system. Hairdryers are provided for your convenience in the top right hand drawer of your dresser. If you require electrical medical equipment, please notify the Reservation Department as soon as possible.

    GOING ASHORE

    Wait in public areas or in your suite until an announcement is made with instructions to disembark. Sailing times for each port are listed in the Daily Programme. Please note sailing times and ensure that you return back to the vessel at least 30 minutes prior to departure. In some ports a passport or port landing card must be carried when going ashore. This will be announced over the PA System if required. If the ship is in a remote area and you hear a continuous blast of the ship’s horn then please return immediately to the landing site. When leaving the ship at any time while in port always ensure you have checked IN/OUT at the gangway.

    HAIR & BEAUTY SALON

    MS Island Sky has a hairdresser providing haircuts and hairstyling. Some beauty treatments and massage are also available. Appointments for hair styling can be made on board only by dialling 9 / 301 from you cabin or at the Reception Desk. Fees for all treatments are available at Reception and will be charged to your onboard account. Each cabin is equipped with a hairdryer, this can be found in the right hand top drawer of the dresser.

    HEALTH & HYGIENE

    In order to maintain health standards you will find hand sanitizers at key positions around the ship particularly at the entrance to restaurants and near the gangway. We kindly ask you to use these regularly.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    Laundry service is available on board. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the wardrobe in your cabin. Please complete the laundry list and leave it together with the bag of dirty laundry on your bed. Your laundered items will be returned within 24 hours. There are no public launderette or ironing facilities on board. In the interest of safety we ask that you do not use an electric iron in your suite. An ironing service is available at reasonable cost. Dry cleaning facilities are not available on board. In the interest of the environment, towels will not be automatically changed every day. We ask that you put used towels on the bathroom floor if you wish them to be changed for fresh towels. Towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed.

    LIFT

    All passenger decks can be reached by lift/elevator. Please do not use the elevator in the case of a fire or an emergency.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you disembark the ship, please check your cabin to ensure you do not leave anything behind. On board the ship, any liquids, cosmetics, paper(s) and perishable items left behind will be disposed of immediately. Any books left on board the ship will be incorporated into the ship’s library or donated to charity. Other items left behind on the ship will be kept on board for 1 month or 2 cruises (whichever is the longer period), and after this period, any unclaimed items will be given to a local charity at the next main port the ship visits. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia within 21 days of disembarking. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MAIL

    Although reception staff are happy to post letters on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or at the port of call at which you make such a request. Some postal services are unreliable and many letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en route. Under no circumstances can we be held liable for such occurrences.

    MEDICAL FACILITIES

    Medical services are available 24hours a day. There is a doctor on board, and crew members are trained in first aid. Cabin visits by the ship’s doctor are available. Please note that all consultations and services are charged for. To arrange an appointment with the ship’s doctor please contact Reception by dialing 9/301* or in an emergency 500. It takes some people longer to find their sea legs. Sea sickness tablets are available from Reception, and should be taken at least one hour prior to departure.

    MINI BAR

    For your convenience a Mini Bar facility has been set up in your suite on a chargeable basis. Items consumed during the cruise will be charged to your onboard account. Your Stewardess will restock your mini bar on a daily basis and replenish consumed items. The mini bar price list is placed in the cabinet of your mini bar. The final statement will be delivered to your cabin in the early morning of your disembarkation.

    NEWS

    News channels are available on your cabin TV and in addition daily news bulletins can be found at Reception and in The Library.

    NOBLE CALEDONIA TEAM

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by your Noble Caledonia team who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests you may have.

    ONBOARD ACCOUNT

    All passengers will have their own “ship account” which allows you to sign a receipt for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of the cruise. You will need to register your card at Reception shortly after sailing. If you are sharing a suite with a friend and would like separate bills, please inform Reception. Prices on board are shown in British Pounds. All final accounts will be presented in British Pounds. Your ship’s account can be paid by: • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). A 2% charge will be applied to all payments made by credit card. By their bank. • Cash (British Pounds, Euros or US Dollars). • Travellers’ Cheques (British Pounds, US Dollars or Euros). Debit cards and prepaid credit cards are not normally accepted.

    PASSPORTS

    All Passports are collected by the Purser upon embarkation. Passports are necessary to facilitate immigration formalities at each port of call and are returned at the end of the cruise.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    The Club – Located on Deck 4 aft, The Club features the main bar and a 24 hour tea and coffee station. A quiet place to meet friends or relax during the day. In the evening our onboard resident pianist plays before and after dinner.

    The Library – Located on Deck 4 aft. In The Library you can find a well stocked selection of reference books pertaining to the destinations. Fiction books, games and playing cards are also available for your pleasure. Novels brought on board may be exchanged with other books in the paperback library. Should you wish to donate any books which you may have brought with you, we will be happy to add these for the pleasure of future guests. Reference books may not be removed from the ship. In addition, a selection of DVDs are available to play on your cabin TV. Please take the empty DVD box to Reception to collect the DVD disk. Please return all borrowed materials as soon as you have finished using them.

    The Lounge – Located on Deck 3 aft. Daily Briefings by the Cruise Director or Expedition Leader are given in The Lounge which is fitted with multiple screens and presentation equipment. Informative talks from the Guest Speaker or Expedition Team are also given here.

    Observation Deck & Sun Bathing – On the Explorer Deck, Deck 6, there is an area for sun loungers ideal for sunbathing as well as a forward facing observation platform.

    Promenade Deck – MS Island Sky has a walk around Promenade Deck, on Deck 4. We kindly ask for your consideration to those guests whose cabins are located on and beneath the Promenade Deck. Please use the deck for walking / jogging between the hours of 08h30 – 21h00.

    QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us therefore before your cruise ends, you will receive a questionnaire. We are always looking for ways to improve your holiday experience and appreciate the time you take to complete the questionnaire. Kindly hand your completed questionnaire in at Reception.

    SAFE

    There is a safe in every suite located in the closet. The safe can be programmed with your own code, instructions can be found inside the closet door. We recommend that you leave money and other valuables in the safe. Kindly remember to remove all items from the safe before disembarking the ship at the end of your cruise.

    SAFETY DRILL & SAFETY

    International Maritime Law requires a lifeboat safety drill to take place prior to sailing. All guests must attend this compulsory and important exercise. Please listen for the announcements. During the drill, all ships services will be suspended. Your assigned lifeboat station, location of your life jacket and the signal for lifeboat and fire drills are clearly explained on the emergency card posted on the back of your suite’s door. Life jackets are located in your suite. During the safety drill you will be shown how to wear the life jacket. It is essential that you take certain safety precautions while on board: • Walk, never run and be especially careful on wet and slippery decks. • Ladies are advised to wear low heeled shoes especially on deck. • Footwear should be worn at all times. • Hold on to the handrails in passageways and stairways.

    SHIP’S ID CARD

    These personal ID cards with essential information are issued to each guest during embarkation. Please ensure you remember to check in and out at the gangway with the crew member on duty in order to ensure that you are on board prior to sailing.

    SMOKING POLICY

    The MS Island Sky offers a smoke-free cruise environment. Smoking is not permitted inside the ship, including the balcony areas. Smoking is only permitted in the designated area outside on Deck 4 aft. Please never throw any cigarette ends overboard – the breeze could carry the smouldering end back on board and start a fire. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

    TELEPHONE CALLS

    Calls to other cabins can be made free of charge by dialing the cabin number. Lift the handset and dial the cabin number. If you wish to make an outside call, please check at Reception to purchase a prepaid telephone card and instructions. Costs are available from Reception and charges are automatically billed to your onboard account.

    TELEPHONE DIRECTORY
    THE CLUB Ext: 401
    RECEPTION Ext: 9/301
    RECEPTION AFTER HOURS Ext: 500/501
    THE RESTAURANT Ext: 211
    SUITE STEWARD/ESS Ext: 9/301
    IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY Ext: 500/501
    HOSPITAL Ext: 201

    TELEVISION

    All suites are equipped with a flat screen television with a built-in DVD player which can also play CD’s. DVD’s are available to borrow from The Library, please take the empty DVD box to Reception to collect the DVD disk. DVDs are configured to Region 2.

    TOILETRIES

    Molton Brown shampoo, hand soap and shower gel are provided in your bathroom. If you have forgotten anything ie. toothpaste, please ask Reception, who have a selection of items available for purchase.

    VISITORS

    For the safety and security of all passengers no visitors are allowed on board the ship.

    VISITING THE BRIDGE

    At times Bridge visits may be possible. If visiting the Bridge, please note this is a working area and access may sometimes be restricted.

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested through the Reception Desk by dialling 9 or 301 before 11pm.

    WATER

    Currently the MS Island Sky uses 54,000 bottles of water a year. In order to reduce the damage caused to the environment by waste plastic, we are replacing plastic bottled water where possible with reusable water bottles. The water bottles are for your use during the cruise and we kindly ask you leave them in your cabin at the end of the cruise. The bottles can be filled from the tap – the tap water is safe to drink – or from the water station in The Club. Some bottled water will be available in your cabin on arrival and can be replenished upon request.

    ZODIAC OR LOCAL BOATS TO TENDER ASHORE

    Some destinations may require the use of the ship’s Zodiacs or local tender boats to go ashore. Guests will be advised where and when to meet the Zodiac or local tender boat to go ashore. Please ensure that your hands are free at all times and accept the assistance given by the crew on board the MS Island Sky when boarding tenders / Zodiacs. A Zodiac safety briefing will be given.

    Please note:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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What To Expect…

Flexibility is the key to an expedition cruise; sometimes the whole day’s schedule will be changed to maximise your experience, something that would not be possible on a large cruise ship. Each day holds something new and below is an extract from the MS Caledonian Sky’s (sister ship to the MS Island Sky) ship log from when she last visited Bora Bora. If you are new to expedition cruising, this extract should provide you with an idea of what to expect.

Bora Bora – 18th December 2015: Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful islands on earth, home to film stars, captains of industry and oligarchs, hotels with rooms on stilts in the sea, coral reefs and sun-drenched sands. And when we woke, looked out of our cabin windows or portholes, there it was in all its splendour. Zodiacs took us ashore to the main town of Vaitipu where we boarded buses for a tour of the island. The buses had been built on lorry chassis (le truck) with windows which remained open giving a cool breeze as we drove slowly around the coast road. Stops were made at various vantage points including Faanui Bay, the Faanui Marae, the island’s biggest ancient temple where Polynesian gods and idols were worshipped long ago, and a wall of large sandstone and coral slabs could be seen. Bora Bora’s involvement in World War II was marked by metal bunkers built by American forces who used the island as a military supply base. It had an oil depot, airstrip (the only international airport in French Polynesia until Faa’a in Tahiti was opened in 1960) seaplane base and defensive fortifications. It was officially closed on 2 June, 1946. Our tour passed some of the remnants of this occupation. On the landward side we had the twin peaks of Mt Pahia and Mt Otemanu (it marks the highest point of the island at 727m or 2,385ft) remnants of a long extinct volcano. Superb sea views over a huge lagoon were enjoyed from the Belvedere lookout while at Anau we had time to sample Matira Beach the most famous on Bora Bora. Our options after lunch included snorkelling from one of two Zodiac platforms close to the ship (a moray eel was seen by most who went), taking a trip back to Matira Beach for snorkelling lessons or swimming, or relaxing in Vaitapu town. Our departure from Bora Bora was equally exciting as the ship sailed into a beautiful sunset which illuminated the fast disappearing island.

Tour Extensions

    • 7th to 11th May 2019

      If you would like to extend your time in Fiji, we are offering a relaxing three night stay at the Lomani Island Resort. Lomani is located in the Mamanuca group of islands which are offshore west of Fiji’s main island, Vitu Levi. The Mamanuca islands are famous for their white sand beaches and this boutique hotel features just 24 suites.

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    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Beachfront Bure: Double occupancy £1095
      Beachfront Bure: Sole Occupancy £1795
      Beachfront Pool Bure: Sole Occupancy £1845
      Beachfront Pool Bure: Double occupancy £1195

      Price Includes: Three nights accommodation on half board basis (breakfast and dinner), orientation tour, transfers to and from the resort using local boats.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, gratuities.

    • 18th to 21st April 2019

      Extend your time in Tahiti with our two night stay on the island of Moorea, this heart shaped island is situated close to the main island of Tahiti and is renowned as one of the most beautiful in the world. From our hotel base there will be the opportunity to enjoy water sports or alternatively you may wish to explore the island seeing the plantations of cotton, coffee, sugarcane and pineapples and the majestic mountains with views over the island and wonderful waterfalls.

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    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £595
      Single £795

      Price Includes: Two nights hotel accommodation in Moorea on a bed and breakfast basis, transfers from airport to hotel and from hotel to the MS Island Sky using local boats and vehicles, half day island tour.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, gratuities.

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