From: European Cruise Guide
ABOVE: The MS Island Sky departs from
Venice on its way to the Adriatic.
is primarily a tour operator and cruise-travel agency, but it does have four
chartered oceangoing ships
that it operates under its own brand:
Island Sky (formerly the Renaissance VIII), an
intimate 4200-ton vessel that carries a maximum of 116 passengers. The ship
underwent a major overhaul in 2010 and now offers such modern amenities
as flat-panel TVs with DVD players and Wi-Fi Internet access in both cabins and
Caledonian Sky (the former Renaissance VI and
Hebridean Spirit), which was acquired in 2011 and is a sister ship to
Quest, which carries only 50 passengers and cruises
in Scotland, Norway, Svalbard, and Greenland.
Variety Voyager, a new megayacht that will offer a
small number of seven- to 12-night cruises in Europe during the spring of
In addition, Noble Caledonia has chartered two river vessels for
2013: Johann Strauss (which will cross Europe from the North Sea to the
Black Sea in a series of cruises) and the smaller Rembrandt, which is
cruising in Burgundy and Provence.
Cruise line's Web site:
MS Island Sky in Venice, Italy