Island Sky

Island Sky Review and Specifications

Specifications of Island Sky

Year built 1992  /  Age : 25
Flag state Bahamas
Builder Nuovi Cantieri Apuania (Marina di Carrara, Italy)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Owner Noble Caledonia
Operator Quark Expeditions
Speed 12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA) 91 m / 299 ft
Beam (width) 15 m / 49 ft
Gross Tonnage 4200 gt
Passengers 108 - 118
Crew 70
Passengers-to-space ratio 36
Decks 5
Cabins 57
Decks with cabins 5
Last Refurbishment 2013
Former names Renaissance 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.

Cabins

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 2017

The below listed Island Sky cruise prices on 2017 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.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Punta Arenas cruise port

12 December 2017 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $16725
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12 Dec      Departing from Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   
12 Dec      Departing from King George Island, Antarctica   
14 Dec     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
14 Dec     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
15 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
16 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
17 Dec     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
18 Dec     King George Island, Antarctica   
18 Dec      Arriving in Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   

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Punta Arenas cruise port

17 December 2017 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $16725
show itinerary map
17 Dec      Departing from Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   
17 Dec      Departing from King George Island, Antarctica   
19 Dec     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
19 Dec     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
20 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
21 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
22 Dec     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
23 Dec     King George Island, Antarctica   
23 Dec      Arriving in Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   

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Punta Arenas cruise port

22 December 2017 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $16725
show itinerary map
22 Dec      Departing from Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   
22 Dec      Departing from King George Island, Antarctica   
24 Dec     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
24 Dec     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
25 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
26 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
27 Dec     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
28 Dec     King George Island, Antarctica   
28 Dec      Arriving in Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

29 December 2017 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip Antarctic Explorer
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $13610
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29 Dec      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina (flight)   
29 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
31 Dec - 01 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
02 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
03 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
04 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
05 Jan - 06 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
07 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
07 Jan      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina (flight)   

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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.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Punta Arenas cruise port

05 February 2018 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $13494
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05 Feb      Departing from Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   
05 Feb      Departing from King George Island, Antarctica   
07 Feb     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
07 Feb     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
08 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
09 Feb     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
10 Feb     King George Island, Antarctica   
10 Feb      Arriving in Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   

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Punta Arenas cruise port

09 February 2018 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $13494
show itinerary map
09 Feb      Departing from Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   
09 Feb      Departing from King George Island, Antarctica   
11 Feb     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
11 Feb     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
12 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
13 Feb     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
14 Feb     King George Island, Antarctica   
14 Feb      Arriving in Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   

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Punta Arenas cruise port

13 February 2018 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $13494
show itinerary map
13 Feb      Departing from Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   
13 Feb      Departing from King George Island, Antarctica   
15 Feb     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
15 Feb     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
16 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
17 Feb     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
18 Feb     King George Island, Antarctica   
18 Feb      Arriving in Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   

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Punta Arenas cruise port

17 February 2018 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $13494
show itinerary map
17 Feb      Departing from Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   
17 Feb      Departing from King George Island, Antarctica   
19 Feb     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
19 Feb     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
20 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
21 Feb     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
22 Feb     King George Island, Antarctica   
22 Feb      Arriving in Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

23 February 2018 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip Antarctic Explorer
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $13610
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23 Feb      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina (flight)   
23 Feb      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
25 Feb - 26 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
27 Feb     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
28 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
01 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
02 Mar - 03 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
04 Mar     Ushuaia, Argentina   
04 Mar      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina (flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

03 March 2018 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip Antarctic Explorer
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $13610
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03 Mar      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina (flight)   
03 Mar      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
05 Mar - 06 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
07 Mar     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
08 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
09 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
10 Mar - 11 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
12 Mar     Ushuaia, Argentina   
12 Mar      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina (flight)   

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Mindelo cruise port

29 March 2018 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Island Hopping in Cape Verde
Prices starting
from $7342
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29 Mar      Departing from Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   
31 Mar     Maio Island, Cape Verde   
01 Apr     Sal Island, Palmeira, Cape Verde   
02 Apr     Sao Nicolau Island, Tarrafal, Cape Verde   
03 Apr     Santo Antao Island, Porto Novo, Cape Verde   
04 Apr - 05 Apr     Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde (Overnight)   
05 Apr     Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde   
06 Apr     Fogo Island, Sao Filipe, Cape Verde   
07 Apr     Brava Island, Furna, Cape Verde   
08 Apr - 09 Apr     Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde (Overnight)   
09 Apr      Arriving in Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   

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Naples cruise port

01 May 2018 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Naples to Barcelona
Prices starting
from $8842
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01 May      Departing from Naples, Italy   
03 May     Naples, Italy   
03 May     Ischia Island, Italy   
04 May     Amalfi, Italy   
05 May     Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
06 May     Portoferraio, Elba, Italy   
07 May     Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy   
08 May     Calvi, Corsica, France   
09 May     San Remo, Italy   
10 May     Menton, France   
11 May     Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   
12 May     Toulon, France Riviera   
13 May     Cassis, France Riviera   
14 May     Sete, France   
15 May     Palamos, Spain   
16 May      Arriving in Barcelona, Spain   

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Copenhagen cruise port

29 August 2018 12 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   

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Stockholm cruise port

10 September 2018 14 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   

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Puerto Madryn cruise port

12 November 2018 20 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 (Overnight)   
17 Nov     Falkland Islands   
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)   

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