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Caledonian Sky
-- / 5.0
5 reviews

Pros
Small, luxury expedition vessel which has undergone extensive renovation
Cons
Cheaper cabins have portholes rather than windows
Bottom Line
Offers a level of comfort in line with much newer ships

About

Passengers
114

Crew
71

Passenger to Crew
1.61:1

Launched
1991

Shore Excursions
0
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Sails From
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Caledonian Sky Overview

Caledonian Sky began life as one of the Renaissance octuplets, a family of eight virtually identical small, luxury expedition ships laid down in the late '80s. When Renaissance Cruises went bankrupt, the ships were dispersed to various operators and have been in continuous service ever since.

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This 91-metre-long ship joined Noble Caledonia in 2012 after an extensive refurbishment to bring it into line with Island Sky. This was at the time of Noble Caledonia's merger with Australian travel company APT, which still charters the ship several times a year. It had previously operated under the name of Hebridean Spirit with other companies.

Of the original eight Renaissance small ships, Caledonian Sky is widely considered to be one of the best maintained vessels, offering a level of appointment and comfort in line with much newer ships in this niche and highly competitive market segment.

A maximum of 114 passengers are accommodated on five passenger decks, with cabins arranged in various configurations on four of those decks. Cabins are divided into seven categories, ranging from Standards (with portholes) on the lowest deck to Deluxe Balcony Suites on Bridge deck.

The aft sections are devoted to public areas and dining, with the main restaurant on the lower (Castle) deck, the lounge and presentation space on Caledonian Deck and the alfresco dining (buffet) on the Bridge Deck.

Cruisers embark and disembark for Zodiac excursions from the rear transom/marina.


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Caledonian Sky
SuziOz
Sail Date: Jul 2017
We chose this cruise as it was to a unique and remote location with stunning landscapes. We departed from Broome for an 11 day sail to Darwin. Before hand we had done an APT land tour with 18 ppl who all embarked... Read More
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allesca
Sail Date: Sep 2016
This cruise was operated by Noble Caledonia who have chartered the ship for several years from APT who apparently have a share in NC. The trip: It was an expedition cruise along the coast of Java, ending in... Read More
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Goingagin
Sail Date: Sep 2016
We sailed out of Broome in the north of Western Australia, This was the last cruise of the season before the temperatures became too excessive and the wet arrives. What a delight this small ship is! For those who... Read More

Noble Caledonia Fleet

Island Sky
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

6 reviews

Island Sky accommodates 114 passengers. Seven categories of cabins, spread across five passenger decks, range from standard suites (with portholes) to deluxe balcony suites and owner's balcony suites.

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Caledonian Sky

Caledonian Sky originated as a luxury expedition ship under Renaissance Cruises, in the late '80s. It's now widely considered to be one of the best maintained vessels of the defunct fleet.

Hebridean Sky (Noble Caledonia)
4.5 / 5.0
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Hebridean Sky, which underwent a multimillion-pound refit in 2016. Like its sisters, Hebridean Sky is more reminiscent of a smart, country house hotel than a cruise ship, with generously sized cabins, comfortable, informal lounges, a beautiful library and a big deck.

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