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APT’s Luxury Small Ship Cruises offer a whole new way to explore the world’s most enticing destinations. Out of reach for the ordinary traveller, step aboard as we set sail on a stylish voyage of discovery.


Enjoy incomparable comfort and elegance aboard the Variety Voyager on your private cruise with APT.

Experience the freedom of the seas.

A Small Ship cruise offers a brand new perspective from which to view the wonders of the world. On board, sheer luxury abounds, and onshore, rich history, local culture and a wealth of enriching experiences beckon. 

Boutique Ship Size

Our ships have been carefully selected for their boutique size. Offering all the comfort of a larger ship, our vessels can venture where others can’t – whether it be accessing a remote port, exploring a narrow fjord, or landing on an otherwise inaccessible beach. 

An Intimate Experience

With few other passengers, your APT Luxury Small Ship journey is a refined, intimate affair. Relax in the lounge with new friends after a morning spent exploring a pristine island, as you embark on a voyage of discovery with a small group of like-minded travellers. 

At Your Service

Exceptional service comes as standard on a Luxury Small Ship cruise. With a high crew to passenger ratio on all of our ships, you’ll enjoy the luxury of truly personalised service. From the maître d’ who welcomes you by name, to the bartender who knows just how you like your aperitif, the attentive crew take care of your every need. 

Expert Lecturers, Local Guides

 In addition to the attentive crew, expert guest lecturers enhance your Small Ship cruise experience. Sit back, relax and take in an enthralling expert presentation in the lounge area and enjoy informative port briefings before every stop. In certain destinations, local guides join the group to reveal the hidden secrets of the region that only a local could know about.

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Your Dining Experience

Indulge in exquisite cuisine when you tour with APT. Exquisite gourmet cuisine is sure to be a highlight of your Luxury Small Ship cruise.

Delight in an enticing range of flavours and produce throughout your adventure, as each meal showcases world-class quality and impeccable service in true APT style.  

An Intimate Dining Experience

Dining on board your ship is a relaxed, friendly experience. Enjoy delicious, high quality food in the company of a small number of other guests. On each of our ships, meals are offered in a leisurely single seating, so you can enjoy a relaxed meal reflecting on the day’s discoveries with new friends. 

Delicious Buffet Breakfast

In the elegant dining room of each ship, breakfast is served buffet-style, and features a wide variety of tempting options. You’ll also enjoy the luxury of dishes cooked specially to order. Fruit juice, tea and coffee complete a fresh start to the day. 

Lunch & Dinner à la Carte

At lunch and dinner, friendly and professional table service means all you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your meal. For lunch and dinner, you’ll love the tempting choices available on our ever-changing à la carte menu. Herb-crusted rack of lamb with potato gratin; trellis of salmon and sole with a champagne and saffron cream sauce; bitter chocolate marquise with pistachio ice-cream; these are just a few of the mouth-watering dishes on offer. 

Included Beverages

To enhance your onboard dining experience even further, a daily selection of house wines, beer and soft drinks are included at lunch and dinner.

Dine Al Fresco

Most of our ships boast an outdoor dining area, where, when weather permits, meals can be taken al fresco – allowing you to take even greater advantage of the stunning surrounds. 

Enjoy a Touch of Local Flavour

We recognise that a key part of Luxury Small Ship cruising is the opportunity to discover the local flavours of the regions we visit. That’s why we include many opportunities for you to sample the local cuisine on our journeys ashore. Where possible, our talented chef will obtain local produce in markets or buy the catch of the day from a passing fishing boat.

MS Island Sky - Europe, Asia & Middle East

Experience the finest in luxury small ship cruising with APT.Your luxurious floating boutique hotel.

Spend the day discovering the world’s greatest wonders, and at night, return to the quiet tranquillity of the luxurious MS Island Sky – your stylish home away from home. Spacious suites, elegant public areas and first-class service ensure your ship is a destination in itself. 

The Ultimate in Luxury

Completely refurbished in 2010, the stylish MS Island Sky is the ideal vessel for your Luxury Small Ship voyage. With just 57 suites, APT guests will enjoy the benefit of unusually spacious suites all with ocean views. Luxuriously appointed public areas abound, and large outside deck areas are perfect for taking in the ever-changing panoramas. Due to her boutique size, the MS Island Sky enjoys the freedom of the seas and is perfectly suited to Luxury Small Ship cruising. 

Exceptional Service

Aboard the MS Island Sky, high quality service and attention to detail come as standard. The professional and attentive crew cater to your every need, and thanks to a high ratio of crew to passengers, you’ll enjoy truly personalised service. 

Space to Unwind

The MS Island Sky offers the perfect balance between the spacious comfort of a large ocean liner and the boutique advantages of a smaller ship. The stylish lounge area hosts daily briefings and talks throughout the voyage, and a pianist plays regularly at the elegant bar. The onboard library is stocked with reference books, a selection of games and two computers with internet access. Outside, you’ll find the rear sun deck, where delicious meals are served in warm weather under shade, a bar and comfortable deck furniture for relaxing with a book. On the top deck there is a further observation and sun deck complete with jacuzzi. There is also a small hairdressing salon with appointments available upon request (own expense). 

Your Luxurious Suite

Passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks. All suites have outside views and feature elegant ensuites with a marble-topped vanity unit and walk-in shower and/or bathtub. A hairdryer, plush bathrobe, slippers and designer toiletries are also provided. A sitting area, flat-screen television with DVD player, and a telephone feature in your suite, as does a spacious wardrobe, electronic safe, dressing table and large mirror. Enjoy the convenience of a mini-fridge, individual climate control and bottled water provided daily. Some suites also have private balconies. Soft hues and blended tones enhance the traditional maritime style ensuring your suite is an inviting and relaxing place to be.

Ship and Suite Plans

All 57 suites on board the MS Island Sky feature elegant ensuites with a marble-topped vanity unit and a walk-in shower. A hair dryer, plush bathrobe, slippers, and designer toiletries are also provided for your comfort. A sitting area, flat screen television with in built DVD player, and a telephone feature in your suite, as do a spacious wardrobe, electronic safe, dressing table and large mirror.

Ship Deck Plan

See MS Island Sky Deck & Suite Plans here. (File Size: 191kB)

Cabin Plans

Columbus Deck Superior Suite Cabin Plan (File Size: 51kB)

Erikson Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite Plan (File Size: 54kB)

Explorer Deck Owners Balcony Suite Plan (File Size: 54kB)

Magellan Deck Standard Suite Plan (File Size: 55kB)

Magellan Deck Standard Suite Forward Plan (File Size: 66kB)

Marco Polo Deck Corner Suite Plan (File Size: 49kB)

Marco Polo Deck Premium Suite Plan (File Size: 60kB)

Virtual Tour

The MS Island Sky offers the perfect balance between the spacious comfort of a large ocean liner and the boutique advantage of a smaller ship. View a virtual tour of the MS Island Sky expedition ship here.  

MY Variety Voyager - Europe

Enjoy a luxury private cruise with APT.Set sail for Europe’s most  intriguing destinations.

Experience incomparable comfort and elegance aboard the  M/Y Variety Voyager. Sleek design and flawless service add to the  irresistible feeling of ultimate luxury. Perfectly designed to enjoy the freedom of the seas and featuring elegant appointments, spacious suites and impeccable service, the state-of-the-art M/Y Variety Voyager sets the standard for Luxury Small Ship cruising. 

Experience Sheer Luxury

The newly-built M/Y Variety Voyager, completed in 2012, exudes a warm and peaceful ambience. Equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and boasting a modern and elegant design, your cruise vessel is every bit as enticing as the destinations you visit. With just 36 suites, you’ll enjoy an intimate private mega-yacht experience. 

See ship plans for the MY Variety Voyager here.

Flexibility & Freedom

One of the key benefits of a cruise aboard a boutique-sized vessel such as this is its unique capability to dock in small ports or drop anchor in any suitable spot. Unlike larger ships which can only dock in the major ports, the M/Y Variety Voyager enjoys the freedom of the seas, which means we can take you where others can’t. 

An Intimate Small Group Experience

A high crew to passenger ratio ensures you enjoy a truly personalised onboard experience. The professional and attentive crew of 32 provide impeccable service, every time. With a maximum of just 70 passengers, our ventures ashore will be  an intimate affair, as we delve deep into the region’s culture and history with local guides, free from the challenges faced  by larger ship cruises. 

Relax in Style

Designed with sleek lines and ample deck space, the M/Y Variety Voyager is furnished with warm fabrics, rich marble and soft tones. Located on the Main deck, the lounge is gracefully designed and offers ample seating space for relaxing, or taking in an onboard lecture. Relax in style on the sun deck, on a comfortable Balinese day bed, or perhaps enjoy a little music in the Horizon bar and lounge. These stylish lounge and deck areas throughout the vessel provide the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the company of other like-minded travellers. The glass enclosed dining room boasts spectacular views,  and a truly elegant dining environment. 

Your Spacious Suite

Arranged over three decks, all suites  on board the M/Y Variety Voyager boast marble ensuites and power showers, complete with luxurious bathrobes and deluxe toiletries. Spacious and sleek, all suites are a minimum of 130 square feet. APT guests will enjoy the added convenience of individually controlled  air conditioning, an in-suite mini-fridge, and a safety deposit box. A state-of-the-art flat-screen television and DVD player  also feature in each suite. 

See ship plans for the MY Variety Voyager here.

MV Tere Moana - Europe

Relax in comfort in your well-appointed suite aboard the MV Tere Moana with APT.Relish this exclusive travel experience.

Sophisticated and intimate, APT’s MV Tere Moana provides the attention to detail that makes each moment on board memorable and truly indulgent.

See the ship deck and cabin plan here.

Sheer onboard delight

Newly renovated and accommodating just 88 guests, the MV Tere Moana offers relaxing staterooms; two restaurants, L’Etoile and La Veranda; and a luxurious spa, to name but a few features. Onboard, you are assured of the highest standard of personal service, with one crew member for every 1.5 guests.

Your luxurious retreat

You’ll take no time at all to settle into one of the 44 cabins onboard located on three of the five decks. Each offers stunning ocean views and features including a king sized bed; bathroom with full-size shower; desk/vanity area with 110V and 220V outlets; closet with drawers; TV; CD/DVD player; complimentary in-room movie channels; direct-dial satellite telephone; personal safe; refrigerator and more.

Sumptuous dining experience

Restaurant L’Etoiles features the signature menu and culinary expertise of Jean-Pierre Vigato, Chef Propriétaire of the world-renowned, two Michelin-starred Restaurant Apiciusin Paris. For lunch, you can dine à la carte, or enjoy the buffet, while breakfast is also served buffet-style. And for your convenience, complimentary 24-hour room service is available, so you can enjoy quality meals whenever you like.

Stylish public areas

There is no shortage of spacious and finely decorated public spaces on the MV Tere Moana for you to relax in. They include a whirlpool; a Pool Bar; a Fitness Centre; the Deep Nature Spa; DVD library; and La Boutique which sells clothing and duty free gifts. There are also a range of vantage points where you can soak up the sun and relax. At the end of the day, the perfect place on the ship is Le Salon. Here you can enjoy cocktails, live piano music, and the chance to get to know your fellow travellers as you soak up the scenery.

Life on the high seas

On MV Tere Moana you can expect an informal and relaxed atmosphere that makes your journey truly enjoyable. After dinner, enjoy live piano music in the lounge bar or listen to an interesting talk from the cruise director or guest speaker. After a day enjoying your explorations on land, you are guaranteed comfort and peace as you relax.

Rely on us to look after you

You can feel confident and relaxed in the knowledge that your comfort and safety is paramount to us during your cruise. MV Tere Moana’s licensed and registered doctor is on call 24-hours for professional and emergency services (own expense).

Technical Data

Length: 100.5 m, Width: 14 m, Cruising speed: 14 knots, Tonnage: 3,504, Refurbished: 2012, Guest Capacity: 88, Crew: 60, Suites: From 194 to 298 sq. ft

See the ship deck and cabin plan here.

American Star - Eastern Canada

Cruise the New England Islands aboard the American Star with APT.Cruise along the East Coast of the USA as you discover  the enchanting delights of the New England Islands aboard the luxury small ship, the American Star. Departing from Providence in Rhode Island, the American Star cruises to the idyllic villages of Nantucket, Newport and Martha’s Vineyard. Explore fascinating museums and quaint ports as you uncover the rich maritime history of this region.

See the ship deck and suite plans here.

Boutique Coastal Cruising

On an exclusive departure with APT aboard the American Star, you’ll travel with a maximum of just 100 APT guests, guaranteeing you a truly personalised  and intimate cruising experience.

Set Sail Aboard the  Luxurious American Star

In keeping with our commitment to innovation, in 2015, APT is excited to introduce New England Islands cruising aboard the boutique-sized luxury small ship, the American Star.

Fully chartered by APT, you’ll discover  the beauty of this stunning region in  the company of like-minded travellers. Featuring the very best amenities, from  the largest staterooms in their class,  to the comfortable public areas, and  even a putting green on deck, you’ll  be travelling in true style on this idyllic, tranquil and immersive journey.

Exquisite Cuisine

You’ll enjoy a superb all-American menu aboard, with a carefully tailored regional twist designed by culinary masters.  Using only the freshest seafood, meat  and locally-sourced produce, there is something for everyone, and the delightful Maine lobster served aboard in  28 different preparation styles is sure to be  a highlight of your culinary journey. You’ll also enjoy Maine Root Blueberry Soda and local craft beers.

Complimentary Beverages

Beer and wine is served during lunch and dinner, and throughout cocktail hour,  a wide range of beverages are available.

Finely Appointed Staterooms

Boasting spacious staterooms at over  200 square foot, the American Star is perfect for a comfortable and luxurious cruise through the picturesque  New England Islands. Each stateroom features large opening picture windows, and most have a private balcony. Complimentary Wi-Fi, a satellite TV with DVD player, twice-daily room service and an individual climate control system are also included with each stateroom for your comfort.

See the ship deck and suite plans here.

Sea Cloud II - Scandinavia & Central America

Experience a unique twist on APT's luxury small ship experience, aboard the Sea Cloud II.Experience the romance of the nautical lifestyle.

Set sail for the voyage of a lifetime aboard the Sea Cloud II, where luxurious refinement, stylish elegance and attentive service are all part of the experience. 


Maritime Elegance

Launched in 2001, the Sea Cloud II is a stunning yacht built along traditional lines. This stylish vessel effortlessly combines the timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. With just 45 cabins, guests will enjoy a truly exceptional experience. 

See ship plans for the Sea Cloud II here.

Sail Away From It All

As the only sailing ship in our fleet, the Sea Cloud II offers a unique twist on the Luxury Small Ship experience. The ship’s 32,150 square feet of sails are set by hand. To watch this delicate operation in action is a magical sight sure to delight sailing enthusiasts and nautical novices alike. With an atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era, APT guests will be enchanted by the irresistible grandeur of travelling under sail. 

Life Aboard the High Seas

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of relaxing on your ship’s deck, chatting with new friends over a cool drink whilst a team of world-class sailors manoeuvre the sails high overhead. In the evening, take a seat on the comfortable deck chairs and watch in wonder as the fiery red sun dips below the horizon, creating a breathtaking display of liquid light dancing across the ocean. 

Suite Features

All suites aboard the Sea Cloud II boast rich and elegant appointments. Marble baths are trimmed with gold fixtures and inlays creating an impressive ensemble. Enjoy guaranteed outside views no matter which suite you choose. Your suite also boasts a sitting area, a TV with DVD player, a dressing table and ample storage space. 

An Elegant Setting

Gather for each meal in the modern and airy dining room, where creative cuisine is served with a generous side of friendly hospitality. Experience the stylish conviviality of the Sea Cloud II’s lounge. From morning to night, this is the central venue for guests on board the ship. Cosy seating areas decorated in warm tones and featuring rich mahogany furniture punctuate the lounge’s exclusive country club atmosphere. Relax and admire the passing views, or listen to the pianist at the magnificent Steinway. Take in a lecture, or relax at the elegant bar. Perhaps pick up a special gift from the boutique, or take time out in the library. The spacious Lido deck provides the perfect setting in which to relax with a good book, or simply let your mind wander out over the horizon and beyond.

See ship plans for the Sea Cloud II here.

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