Caledonian Sky

Caledonian Sky Review and Specifications

Specifications of Caledonian Sky

Flag Bahamas
Builder NUOVI CANTIERI APUANIA S.P.A.
Year built 1991
Speed 15.5 kn / 29 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA) 90 m / 295 ft
Beam (width) 14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage 4200 gt
Passengers 114
Crew 75
Passengers-to-space ratio 37
Decks 5
Cabins 57
Decks with cabins 5
Last Refurbishment 2012
Former names Hebridean Spirit, Renaissance VI

Review of Caledonian Sky

MS Caledonian Sky, together with Island Sky and Hebridean Sky, are between the finest small vessels in the world sailing as cruise ships. The company Noble Caledonia acquired the ship MS Caledonian Sky in May 2012 after a planned refurbishment. Caledonian Sky was initially ordered in 1991 for Renaissance Cruises under the name Renaissance VI.

History - construction & ownership

The 4,200-ton, 114-passenger cruise ship Caledonian Sky was under construction at the same time and in the same Italian yard as the other ship of Noble Caledonia, ms Island Sky. The vessel offers to its passengers wine at lunch and dinner, a high-brow guest speaker programme and in-depth excursions included in the price of the ticket. 

Starting 2000, when the ship was bought by Hebridean Island Cruises, ms Caledonian Sky sailed under the name Hebridean Spirit. Nine years later, for some reasons, the company had to sell the cruise ship to a Middle Eastern buyer who wanted to transform her into a private yacht. A few years later the vessel came back on the market and was again bought by Noble Caledonia and used as a cruise ship. 

Cruise itinerary program

Caledonian Sky itinerary program is based on South Pacific cruises from Papeete, Tahiti. The cruise ship also operates on Australian voyages from Perth, Australia.

Caledonian Sky

Cabins

Caledonian Sky is a spacious, yet intimate, all-suite expedition vessel. All 57 suites boast an ocean view and offer en suite bathroom, a sitting room, flat screen TV, dressing table and spacious wardrobes. 23 of the suites have private balconies.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

With a maximum of just over 100 guests and only one sitting, the cuisine onboard Caledonian Sky is of consistent superior quality. Where possible, the chefs obtain local produce or buy the catch of the day from passing fishing boats. Pre-dinner canapes and afternoon tea take place every day in either the lounge or out on the Lido Deck.

When dining, guests are able to choose their seating arrangements, whether that be joining a table of 4 to 6 other passengers outside on the Lido Deck or whether enjoying meals in the à la carte restaurant. Those travelling alone are seated with other like minded travelers. In the main stylish dining room, breakfast is buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order. Lunch and dinner are an à la carte 5-course affair. A selection of wines are included with both meals to further enhance dining experience.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Refurbished in 2012, the beautifully designed public spaces of Caledonian Sky include a large lounge with piano, stylish bar, sun deck, enclosed panoramic viewing deck, library, and small gym. The ship carries a fleet of Zodiacs, available for accessing remote shores and islands and equipped to offer scuba diving.

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Caledonian Sky Itineraries 2016

The below listed Caledonian Sky cruise prices on 2016 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
21 December 19 nights / 20 days, round-trip The Best of New Zealand
Prices starting
from $17692
22 Dec        Departing from Auckland, New Zealand
23 Dec        Tauranga, New Zealand
24 Dec        White Island, New Zealand
25 Dec        Napier, New Zealand
26 Dec        Napier, New Zealand
27 Dec        Wellington, New Zealand
28 Dec        Kaikoura, New Zealand
29 Dec        Christchurch, New Zealand
30 Dec        Akaroa, New Zealand
31 Dec        Dunedin, New Zealand
01 Jan        Ulva Island, Scotland
01 Jan        Stewart Island, Oban, Rakiura, New Zealand
02 Jan        Dusky Sound, New Zealand
03 Jan        Milford Sound, New Zealand
04 Jan        Dusky Sound, New Zealand
05 Jan        At Sea
06 Jan        Abel Tasman National Park,New Zealand
07 Jan        New Plymouth, New Zealand
08 Jan        At Sea
09 Jan        Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
10 Jan        Arriving in Auckland, New Zealand

Caledonian Sky Itineraries 2017

The below listed Caledonian Sky cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
09 January 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Auckland to Queenstown
Prices starting
from $11992
10 Jan        Departing from Auckland, New Zealand
11 Jan        Tauranga, New Zealand
12 Jan        White Island, New Zealand
13 Jan        Napier, New Zealand
14 Jan        Wellington, New Zealand
15 Jan        Nelson, New Zealand
16 Jan        Picton, New Zealand
16 Jan        Marlborough Sounds,New Zealand
17 Jan        Kaikoura, New Zealand
18 Jan        Akaroa, New Zealand
19 Jan        Dunedin, New Zealand
20 Jan        Ulva Island, Scotland
20 Jan        Stewart Island, Oban, Rakiura, New Zealand
21 Jan        Dusky Sound, New Zealand
22 Jan        Milford Sound, New Zealand
23 Jan - 24 Jan        Queenstown,New Zealand (Overnight)
24 Jan        Arriving in Queenstown,New Zealand
11 February 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Auckland to New Britain Island
Prices starting
from $12592
12 Feb        Departing from Auckland, New Zealand
13 Feb        Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
14 Feb        At Sea
15 Feb        Norfolk Island, Australia
16 Feb        At Sea
17 Feb        Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
18 Feb        Tanna Island, Vanuatu
19 Feb        Moso Island,Vanuatu
20 Feb        Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
21 Feb        Solomon Islands
22 Feb        Santa Ana Island, Solomon Islands
23 Feb        Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
24 Feb        Marovo Lagoon, New Georgia,Solomon Islands
25 Feb        At Sea
26 Feb        Arriving in New Britain Island, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
25 February 16 nights / 17 days, one-way from New Britain Island to Manila
Prices starting
from $11918
26 Feb        Departing from New Britain Island, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
27 Feb        Vitu islands, Papua New Guinea
28 Feb        Admiralty Island, Alaska
01 Mar        Sepik River
01 Mar        Wewak, Papua New Guinea
02 Mar        Jayapura,New Guinea, Indonesia
03 Mar        Pulau Padaidori Island,Indonesia
04 Mar - 05 Mar        Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia (Overnight)
05 Mar        Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia
06 Mar        At Sea
07 Mar        Bitung,Sulawesi, Indonesia
08 Mar        Manado,Sulawesi, Indonesia
09 Mar        At Sea
10 Mar        At Sea
11 Mar        At Sea
12 Mar        At Sea
13 Mar        At Sea
14 Mar        Arriving in Manila, Luzon Island, Philippines
25 April 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Niigata to Kobe
Prices starting
from $12442
26 Apr        Departing from Niigata,Japan
27 Apr        Sado Island, Japan
28 Apr        Kanazawa, Japan
29 Apr        Matsue,Japan
30 Apr        Hagi,Japan
01 May        Ulsan, Gyeongju, South Korea
02 May        Busan, Pusan, South Korea
03 May        Jeju Island, Cheju, South Korea
04 May        Nagasaki, Japan
05 May        Yakushima Island,Japan
06 May        Uwajima,Japan
07 May        Hiroshima, Japan
08 May        Kurashiki,Japan
09 May        Arriving in Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan
08 May 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Kobe to Kanazawa
Prices starting
from $9442
09 May        Departing from Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan
10 May        Kurashiki,Japan
10 May        Okayama,Japan
11 May        Hiroshima, Japan
11 May        Itsukushima Island, Miyajima, Japan
12 May        Uwajima,Japan
13 May        Yakushima Island,Japan
14 May        Nagasaki, Japan
15 May        Ulsan, Gyeongju, South Korea
16 May        Hagi,Japan
17 May        Matsue,Japan
18 May - 19 May        Kanazawa, Japan (Overnight)
19 May        Arriving in Kanazawa, Japan
17 May 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Kanazawa to Kobe
Prices starting
from $10042
18 May        Departing from Kanazawa, Japan
19 May        Kanazawa, Japan
20 May        Matsue,Japan
21 May        Hagi,Japan
22 May        Ulsan, Gyeongju, South Korea
23 May        Nagasaki, Japan
24 May        Yakushima Island,Japan
25 May        Uwajima,Japan
26 May        Itsukushima Island, Miyajima, Japan
26 May        Hiroshima, Japan
27 May        Okayama,Japan
27 May        Kurashiki,Japan
28 May        Arriving in Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan
17 September 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Honiara to Lautoka
Prices starting
from $11392
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18 Sep        Departing from Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
19 Sep        Santa Ana Island, Solomon Islands
20 Sep        Vanikoro Island,Solomon Islands