Island Sky

Island Sky Review and Specifications

Specifications of Island Sky

Year built1992  /  Age : 26
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderNuovi Cantieri Apuania (Marina di Carrara, Italy)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
OwnerNoble Caledonia
OperatorQuark Expeditions
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)91 m / 299 ft
Beam (width)15 m / 49 ft
Gross Tonnage4200 gt
Passengers108 - 118
Passengers-to-space ratio36
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2013
Former namesRenaissance VIII (Renaissance Cruises)

Review of Island Sky

MS Island Sky cruise ship belongs to the fleet of Noble Caledonia, together with MS Caledonian Sky and MS Hebridean Sky. The vessel was originally built for the now defunct Renaissance Cruises (as "Renaissance VIII") and was launched in 1992.

History - construction & ownership

The 4,200-ton, 114-passenger cruise ship Island Sky was under construction at the same time and in the same Italian shipyard as the other ship of Noble Caledonia, ms Caledonian Sky. In 2012, APT bought nearly 50% stake in Noble Caledonia, retaining control of the ship. The vessel offers to its passengers wine at lunch and dinner, a professional guest speaker program and in-depth shore excursions included in cruise ticket prices.

Island Sky cruise ship

The vessel's draft is only 13 ft (4 m) allowing access to remote islands and unique coastal destinations. The ship is powered by two B&W MAN marine diesel engines (total power output 4750 HP). The hul is ice class 1D. The ship has all 4 lifeboats, which are fully enclosed. Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet).

Cruise itinerary program

Island Sky itinerary program is based on Suez Canal cruises from Aqaba, Jordan. The ship also operates on Mediterranean voyages from Venice, Italy.


Island Sky is a spacious, all-suite expedition vessel. All 57 staterooms are with ocean views, en-suite bathrooms, sitting room, flat TVs, DVD players, dressing tables, spacious wardrobes. Of all cabins, 23 have private balconies.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

With a maximum of just over 100 guests and only one sitting, the cuisine onboard Island 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. Lunches and dinners are an a la carte 5-course affairs. A selection of wines are included (complimentary) with both lunch and dinner meals.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

The ship's beautifully designed public spaces include a large Lounge (with a grand piano), stylish bar (served by a professional bartender), sun deck (with plenty of observation space), enclosed panoramic viewing deck, Polar Library, Lecture Theatre, spa pool, small gym.

The ship carries a fleet of Zodiacs and stand-up paddleboards for accessing remote shores and islands. The ship also provides complimentary equipment for scuba diving. Passengers also enjoy high-quality onboard entertainment and enrichment program.

MS Island Sky's Quark Expeditions fly-cruise deals

As chartered by Quark Expeditions, Island Sky cruise ship is operated with all-inclusive deals. The ship's capacity was also decreased to 108 max passengers.

Quark Expeditions "Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake" cruise itinerary (duration 7 or 8 days) vists King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula without crusing the Drake Passage (instead flying over it). This Antarctica fly-cruise is inclusive of charter flights between Santiago (Chile), Punta Arenas (Chile) and South Shetland Islands (King George Island), where is the embarkation on the ship bound to Antarctica. The itinerary's duration is 7 or 8 days.

Quark Expeditions "Antarctic Explorer: All-Inclusive" cruise itinerary (duration 10 days) visits Antarctic Peninsula and is themed on wildlife viewing and onboard lectures (penguins, seals, whales). This fly-cruise is inclusive of domestic flights in Argentina (between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia), also of all gratuities and onboard drinks. Ship embarkation is in Ushuaia (late afternoon). The itinerary includes passing through Beagle Channel, cruising through Drake Passage, South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Disembarkation is in Ushuaia with following flight to Buenos Aires (price-included).

Quark Expeditions "Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle" cruise itinerary (duration 11 days) is also inclusive of all domestic flights (between Punta Arenas and King George Island, where are the ship embarkation / disembarkation). This fly-cruise is inclusive of 2 charter flights and features crossing Drake Passage (on day 2) and Crossing the Antarctic Circle (on days 6 and 7).

Quark Expeditions Antarctica cruise itineraries map

Quark cruise deals

Quark Expeditions cruise deals are inclusive of:

  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay, group transfers (airport-hotel on the day prior departure, and hotel-ship on embarkation day)
  • onboard accommodation (daily housekeeping service)
  • all onboard meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) - know that the ship's galley / kitchen can't prepare kosher meals
  • all Zodiac landings (daily, weather permitting) and Zodiac transfers and cruising (daily)
  • media presentations by Expedition Team members and special guest lecturers
  • waterproof expedition boots (on shore landings)
  • complimentary Quark Expeditions logoed parka
  • lifejackets and immersion suits
  • complimentary coffee, tea and cocoa (24 / 7)
  • hairdryer and bathrobe (in all cabins)
  • pre-departure materials (including maps)
  • all service taxes and port fees
  • all onboard luggage handling
  • emergency evacuation (medevac) insurance to a max benefit USD 100,000 pp
  • Fly-cruise deals are inclusive of complimentary house wines (by the glass), beers and spirits on the ship, also of all gratuities (staff and crew) and all domestic flights (prior to embarkation).
  • Shipboard laundry and Ironing services are available at additional cost.
  • Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet) and cost extra.

Photos of Island Sky

Island Sky Itineraries 2018

The below listed Island Sky cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Quark Expeditions 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.

Itinerary ports
Copenhagen cruise port

29 August 201812 nights / 13 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm
Prices starting
from $8092
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29 Aug      Departing from Copenhagen, Denmark   
31 Aug     Ronne, Bornholm Island, Denmark   
01 Sep     Gdynia, Gdansk, Poland   
02 Sep     Klaipeda, Lithuania   
03 Sep     Riga, Latvia   
04 Sep     Saaremaa Island, Kuressaare, Estonia   
05 Sep     Tallinn, Estonia   
06 Sep - 07 Sep     Saint Petersburg, Russia(Overnight)   
07 Sep - 08 Sep     Saint Petersburg, Russia(Overnight)   
08 Sep     Saint Petersburg, Russia   
09 Sep     Helsinki, Finland   
10 Sep - 11 Sep     Stockholm, Sweden(Overnight)   
11 Sep      Arriving in Stockholm, Sweden   

Stockholm cruise port

10 September 201814 nights / 15 days, one-way from Stockholm to Dover
Prices starting
from $8842
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10 Sep      Departing from Stockholm, Sweden   
12 Sep     Stockholm, Sweden   
13 Sep     Helsinki, Finland   
14 Sep - 15 Sep     Saint Petersburg, Russia(Overnight)   
15 Sep     Saint Petersburg, Russia   
16 Sep     Tallinn, Estonia   
17 Sep     Saaremaa Island, Kuressaare, Estonia   
18 Sep     Riga, Latvia   
19 Sep     Klaipeda, Lithuania   
20 Sep     Gdynia, Gdansk, Poland   
21 Sep     Ronne, Bornholm Island, Denmark   
22 Sep     Wismar, Germany   
23 Sep     Kiel Canal, Germany(Transit)   
24 Sep     Harlingen, Holland   
25 Sep      Arriving in Dover, England   

Puerto Madryn cruise port

12 November 201820 nights / 21 days, one-way from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $15742
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12 Nov      Departing from Puerto Madryn, Argentina   
14 Nov - 15 Nov     At Sea   
16 Nov - 17 Nov     Falkland Islands, Islas Malvinas(Overnight)   
17 Nov     Falkland Islands, Islas Malvinas   
18 Nov - 19 Nov     At Sea   
20 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
21 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
22 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
23 Nov - 24 Nov     At Sea   
25 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
26 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
27 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
28 Nov     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
29 Nov     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
30 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
01 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
02 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
03 Dec      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)