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Adult (quad share per person):

  • from Manapouri Special NZD$278.00 (was NZD$427.00)
    (Special from 1 st April 2017 - 31 st October 2017)
  • from Te Anau Special NZD$288.00 (was NZD$437.00)
    (Special from 1 st April 2017 - 31 st October 2017)
  • from Queenstown Special NZD$338.00 (was NZD$487.00)
    (Special from 1 st April 2017 - 31 st October 2017)

Adult (twin share per person):

  • from Manapouri Special NZD$445.00 (was NZD$665.00)
    (Special from 1 st April 2017 - 31 st October 2017)
  • from Te Anau Special NZD$455.00 (was NZD$675.00)
    (Special from 1 st April 2017 - 31 st October 2017)
  • from Queenstown Special NZD$505.00 (was NZD$725.00)
    (Special from 1 st April 2017 - 31 st October 2017)

Child (quad share per person):

  • from Manapouri Special NZD$139.00 (was NZD$214.00)
    (Special from 1 st April 2017 - 31 st October 2017)
  • from Te Anau Special NZD$144.00 (was NZD$219.00)
    (Special from 1 st April 2017 - 31 st October 2017)
  • from Queenstown Special NZD$169.00 (was NZD$244.00)
    (Special from 1 st April 2017 - 31 st October 2017)

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Service rating:   excellent

Perfect - from pick up to drop off at Te Anau Top 10. Boat, food and accommodation excellent. What made the trip spedial was Captain Dave Allen and his crew.

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Reviewed 13-Feb-2017

Service rating:   excellent

Everything went as planned!

Product rating:   excellent

One of the highlights of our trip! BEAUTIFUL!

Reviewed 24-Mar-2016

Service rating:   poor

We were totally disappointed with the whole experience. Doubtful Sound was incredible but the cruise was a totally substandard overpriced con!

Product rating:   bad

Reviewed 21-Mar-2016

Reply from Everything Travel Group

Thank you for providing feedback about the Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise you went on for your honeymoon. All feedback is taken seriously and it is important to us and Real Journeys that such feedback is investigated so improvements can be made where necessary. We are sorry to hear the Doubtful Sound Overnight cruise disappointed, this is not the general feedback we receive about this cruise so it is concerning to hear. I've sent you an email requesting further information about why you felt the cruise was substandard and overpriced so we can pass this on to the operations team at Real Journeys who will follow this up. I look forward to receiving your email so we can follow this up from there.

Belinda Stewart
Everything Travel Group.

Posted 21-Mar-2016

Service rating:   excellent

The people involved at each stage of your journey to and from Doubtful Sound were very friendly and entertaining. The crew on the ship were wonderful and very helpful. I have raved about our journey to my family and friends. Will be back.

Product rating:   excellent

Loved the whole experience. Great people, which made the whole trip very memorable.

Reviewed 11-Mar-2016

Service rating:   excellent

ETG was very easy to book through. Communication was prompt and clear

Product rating:   excellent

This has been by far the best thing we've done in NZ. Real Journeys and the crew on board made our trip so pleasant. The whole experience loved up to the reviews you see online.

Reviewed 08-Nov-2015

Service rating:   excellent

The on line booking process was simple and easy to complete. I received my confirmation and tickets immediately as well as helpful information regarding meeting the coach.

Product rating:   excellent

My Mom and I both really enjoyed the trip. The journey to the boat was seamless from our pick up in Queenstown all the way through to boarding The Navigator. Our driver, Craig, was enthusiastic and full of local information which made the drive through the beautiful surrounding scenery even more enjoyable.
On board the boat all of the staff members were excellent. Their knowledge was amazing and you could tell that they all really enjoyed their jobs. The commentary whilst cruising the Fiord was great and we learnt lots about Fiordland. Our accommodation was very cosy and comfortable. We booked the quad share but due to low numbers had the room all to ourselves. The showers and toilets were spotlessly clean, with a lovely powerful hot shower and towels provided. We were served a delicious soup around 5pm followed by a buffet dinner where there were plenty of options to choose from and it was all very tasty.
During our trip we saw Seals basking on the rocks as well as Fiordland Penquins, there were sightings of a pod of Dolphins but unfortunately we missed them! We chose the option of the tender boat trip over kayaking which was informative and enjoyable.
As it was raining during the trip this brought the area to life and waterfalls appeared all over the mountain sides, we were glad we packed warm, waterproof clothing! Overall an excellent, relaxing trip.-

Reviewed 04-Nov-2015

Reply from Customer

Great company with friendly and helpful staff.

Posted 04-Nov-2015

Service rating:   good

Good helpful staff.
V. helpful booking staff.

Product rating:   poor

This cruise was a disappointment after spending big money and valuable time.
1) The small cabin bed has given me 'bad back ache' which I've nursed for nearly 3 days. 2) Tender boat was hovering 10 mtrs around the navigator ship for 30min rather than exploring surrounding natural formations. 3) Guide was much more interested in showing her knowledge of 'botanical names and plant species' that she managed to carry in a bucket on the Tender. 4) For God sake, I did not pay big money to have botany classes while sitting on a tender in freezing cold weather. This could have been covered in a slide show or presentation on the ship. 5) When I addressed the matter to the captain, he got furious on me!!!! stated, 'we don't have time to travel around'. 6) Hardly saw any wild life expect a 'yellow feet of penguins in some bush on far island'. 7) Need to clearly state that "luggage= 1 backpack" and "not a bag which international tourists carry". Had to carry my and partners luggage up and down on the cruise ship and from bus/ship transit terminal. Such a pain.
Never again will I subject my partner and friends to such a torture.
Only savior for the well cooked dinner. But I'll not recommend such an expensive dinner at the cost of 'bad back' and 'unhelpful and arrogant cruise captain/staff'.
What a disappointment !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed 27-Oct-2015

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Posted 27-Oct-2015

Reply from Customer

This cruise was a disappointment after spending big money and valuable time.
1) The small cabin bed has given me 'bad back ache' which I've nursed for nearly 3 days. 2) Tender boat was hovering 10 mtrs around the navigator ship for 30min (out of total allocated time of 40min for the activity) rather than exploring surrounding natural formations. Even canoes managed to travel atleast 500mtrs in different directions while we hovered around same area even after the mother ship 'Navigator' had relocated to pickup canoe members. 3) Guide was much more interested in showing her extensive knowledge of 'botanical names and plant species' that she managed to carry in a bucket on the Tender. 4) For God sake, I did not pay big money to have botany classes while sitting on a tender in freezing cold weather. This could have been covered in a slide show or presentation on the ship. 5) When I addressed the matter to the captain, he got furious on me!!!! stated, 'we don't have time to travel around'. 6) Hardly saw any wild life expect a 'yellow feet of penguins in some bush on far island'. 7) Manifest needs to clearly state that "luggage= 1 backpack" and "not a bag which international tourists carry". Was informed about the luggage allowance upon arrival at the check-in counter. Had to carry my and partners luggage up and down on the cruise ship and from bus/ship transit terminal. Such a pain.
Never again will I subject my partner and friends to such a torture.
Only savior was the well cooked dinner. But I'll not recommend such an expensive dinner at the cost of 'bad back' and 'unhelpful and arrogant cruise captain/staff'.
What a disappointment !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted 27-Oct-2015

Reply from Everything Travel Group

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback and I'm so sorry to hear the Doubtful Sound Overnight cruise didn't live up to your expectations. I have passed your comments on to Real Journeys for them to review and help to improve their service for future customers. It was disappointing to hear you weren't satisfied with the service from the crew members as this is something we haven't come across before and Real Journeys take immense pride in offering the best service they can.

In regards to not seeing much wildflife that is unlucky. Unfortunately the amount or type of wildlife you will see on this cruise cannot be guaranteed as it is in the wild and not contained in any way for the pleasure of cruise ship viewing.

We have also updated the luggage info recommending only to take a small overnight backpack as you are right. It isn't ideal for large suitcases to be on any of the overnight cruises.

Thanks again for providing this feedback to us. I will be in touch again directly when I've heard back from Real Journeys.

Belinda Stewart
Everything Travel Group.

Posted 27-Oct-2015

Service rating:   excellent

Bernadette was very helpful in helping me select and purchase my excursion.

Product rating:   excellent

Cruise was excellent, crew was very attentive and the food was amazing. Also the drivers from real journey's were super accommodating.

Reviewed 20-Apr-2015

Reply from Customer

Very good.

Posted 20-Apr-2015

Service rating:   excellent

Very helpful with regards to possible dates for booking.

Product rating:   excellent

We were absolutely stunned by the whole experience. The crew were so amazing, and so multi talented ! They all worked so well together and made the experience so memorable. We would recommend the cruise to anyone, and have such wonderful memories of the time we spent with them all. Their knowledge, helpfulness, general enthusiasm and friendliness was a joy to be amongst.Thanks to everyone involved. Regards, Jill wayn

Reviewed 30-Mar-2015

Service rating:   excellent

Very helpful with bookings and advice. Would use their services again.

Product rating:   excellent

This particular trip was memorable and staff on board were excellent.

Reviewed 06-Mar-2015

Service rating:   excellent

Good service

Product rating:   excellent

A really enjoyable, very well organised overnight cruise. Everything went smoothly. The accommodation was comfortable, the food was excellent, the staff were friendly & helpful. It's obvious that they love what they do. Proud of their country, they make a point if sharing their knowledge about the fiord lands history, geography. Well worth it!

Reviewed 31-Jan-2015

Service rating:   excellent

Perfect service

Product rating:   excellent

Thank you for so dedicated team & great service

Reviewed 02-Jan-2015

Service rating:   excellent

Great!

Product rating:   excellent

Amazing!

Reviewed 09-Dec-2014

Service rating:   excellent

Everything was perfect, had the most wonderful trip. The crew were great multi-taskers and so helpful. The buffet dinner and breakfast was soo yummy!! It helped the weather was awesome as well.

Product rating:   excellent

Have to do it!!!

Reviewed 07-Dec-2014

Service rating:   excellent

Fast and efficient. They were able to offer some tips and recommendations for other activities in the area also.

Product rating:   excellent

One of the best things I've done in this beautiful country. The silence is spectacular.

Reviewed 09-Oct-2014

Service rating:   excellent

Friendly, helpful and prompt.

Product rating:   excellent

Magic! So glad we did this trip. Doubtful Sound is very beautiful.
The trip exceeded my expectations & I will be telling all my friends. It was value for money & the food was excellent.

Reviewed 21-Apr-2014

Service rating:   excellent

I thought I was dealing directly with Fiordland Cruises. I was very happy with thw communication and feedback

Product rating:   excellent

The overnight cruise was wonderful. The 3 crew John, Freya and Natalie were extremely competent as well as great company and lots of fun. The food was fantastic.
We loved the peace, serenity and changing moods of doubtful sound

Reviewed 01-Mar-2014

Service rating:   good

Good website, easy to use. Didn't work great from my iPad though - needed the laptop to complete the purchase.

Product rating:   excellent

Awesome cruise, very happy with the experience. Just one suggestion - add a double kayak so that a child can go with an adult.

Reviewed 31-Jan-2014

Reply from Everything Travel Group

Hi Kurt. I'm so glad you enjoyed your Doubtful Sound overnight cruise and that's great suggestion about the double kayaks. We will certainly pass that idea on to the management at Real Journeys who operate the cruise. Also, in regards to our website not working very well on iPads, you are absolutely right. However as of last week we have just released a new responsive website which works really well on iPads and iPhones. I'd love to hear your feedback on the new look sites if you get the chance. Thanks for taking the time to provide your invaluable comments.

Kind regards,
Callum Goodall
Everything Travel Group

Posted 10-Feb-2014

Service rating:   excellent

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Product rating:   excellent

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Reviewed 24-Oct-2013

Service rating:   excellent

excellent

Product rating:   excellent

excellent

Reviewed 28-Sep-2013

Everything Travel Group Review

This is a must do activity. Even if all your accommodation is already booked, spend a night floating on Doubtful Sound. The food is plentiful, the staff are helpful, funny and knoweldgable and the scenery is second to none. It beats Milford Sound hands down!

Suggestions: Book well in advance as this is often booked up months ahead. The quad share is fine if you want to save a buck and a good way to meet new friends but if you really want to spoil your loved one then book a double room with a private ensuite.

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Reviewed 13 Jan 2012 by Everything Travel Group (Callum)

Latest Questions about Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises

I have filled details of my payment for 3rd of May but have not received a receipt notice and wonder if it has gone through ? Regards Don Jenkins

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We have booked an overnight cruise for July. We need to book lodging for the day before and day after the cruise. Where do passengers typically stay?

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Generally the night before you do the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise, people stay in Te Anau which is just a short 20 minute drive from Manapouri where the Doubtful Sound boats leave from. There is plenty of accommodation in Te Anau.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 21st Feb 17 at 23:47

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Hi 4 adults and requiring 2x cabins looking at overnight on Doughtfull Sounds on 2 /3 ? Jan 2018

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How much would be the cancellation fee in case we cannot make it?

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Hi there...my wife and I and daughter who will be five in November are interested in an over night cruise in October. ..are we able to book a twin share for the three of us? Or would you not recommend this trip with our daughter?
Thanks Kelvin

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We will be in NZ next Feb and March, 2017
Is it too early to book it now?

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The Doubtful Sound overnight cruise is very popular and often books up 6+ months in advance. Much of February and March is already booked up, so I would definitely advise booking asap. If you could let me know what dates you are thinking then I can check the availability for you.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 2nd Jul 16 at 16:40

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We are considering to join the doubtful sound overnight cruise. As we have four adults and one children of 11, do you provide one extra bed in a quad sharing room?

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The quad share rooms on the Doubtful Sound overnight boat only sleep a maximum of 4 people and there is no room to add an extra fold out bed for a child. The option for you would be to book 3 adults and 1 child in the quad share room and the 4th adult could go into another quad room that would have other travellers in it. Alternatively, if you wanted to have your own rooms then 2 adults could go into a private double or twin room and then you could book out a quad share room for the 2 other adults and 1 child plus you would need to pay for the 4th bed by booking a 2nd child rate. That would mean you would have 2 private rooms

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 14th Jun 16 at 12:50

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Can you confirm what accomodation options are available and does each cabin have it's own ensuite?

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You can either book a private room for 2 people (with a double bed or 2 single beds) that has your own ensuite bathroom, or you can book a single bed in a quad share room that you will share with 3 other travellers (of the same sex) and you share a bathroom with a few other rooms. The Doubtful Sound overnight cruise is very popular and often booked up many weeks/months in advance during the peak season.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 16th May 16 at 10:45

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Hi! I will like to confirm if the overnight cruise is available on 29 May 2016? Thanks!

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There are 2 overnight boat companies that operate on Doubtful Sound. The Navigator boat operated by Real Journeys does not operate during winter months and finishes up on the 21st May. However there is another boat run by Fiordland Expeditions, that does operate all year. This trip offers a smaller, more personalised boat that sleeps up to 14 people. 

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 17th Mar 16 at 20:57

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Looking to book this for 10th November 2015. I'll be in Te Anau on the 9th. Is it possible to take a coach connection fetching me from Te Anau and dropping me off at Queenstown the next day?

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Yes this is possible to book the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise with a pick up in Te Anau and a drop off in Queenstown. You'll just need to pay for the return option from Queenstown and then in the 'additional information' field in the booking page please mention where in Te Anau you need to be picked up from.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 1st Oct 15 at 10:34

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dear, we are coming to NZ wih the family (2 adults, 4 kids). Is it possible to go on the cruise the doubtfull sound in the period 10 to 14th of august ?

isabelle

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Hi Isabelle. There Fiordland Navigator boat operated by Real Journeys does not operate overnight cruises during winter, however there is one overnight boat that operates on Doubtful Sound during winter. There are currently rooms available on the Fiordland Expeditions boat departing on the 10th or 12th August. 

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 24th Mar 15 at 17:20

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Hi
We want to do a trip on Doubtful or Milford Sound with a 2 and a half yr old. Are the overnight cruises suitable? Is there availability at end of Jan/beginning Feb? We would need a double cabin (our daughter can sleep with us.)

I presume booking ahead in essential?

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Hi Philippa. It's a good question and not one with a short or simple answer. Basically, NZ maritime law states that anyone over the age of 1 needs to be assigned their own bed on board a vessel. If they are under 1 year old then they can sleep in a cot but if they are over one then they do need a bed which means you need to pay the child rate for them. This means that on the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise or the Milford Mariner overnight boat, which both only offer double or twin share, that you would need to book a twin room for 1 adult and 1 child and then a 2nd room sole occupancy for the 2nd adult. This is not a very cost effective way to do it I'm sorry. Alternatively, you could book a quad share room on the Milford Wanderer boat. These quad share rooms normally sleep 4 people but you can book the room out for just the 3 of you. In order to do this you would need to book 2 adults and 1 child and then an extra child to keep the 4th bed empty so no other traveller books it and you get the room to yourselves. The cost would be $270 per adult and $135 per child (so $810) in total for the Milford Wanderer quad share room if you drive yourself to Milford Sound and meet the boat there, or $1218 in total if you get the return coach from Queenstown. The overnight cruises on both Milford and Doubtful Sound are extremely popular and often book up many weeks in advance. I have checked the end of January and start of February and there are still a few days where there are quad share rooms available. If you would like to book please let me know which exact date you are thinking of and I can check if there is availability for you.

There is another company that operates small boat overnight cruises on Doubtful Sound and they offer a family room for 2 adults + 1 child.

Alternatively, you could do a day cruise on Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound and your 2 year old would travel for free. You can drive to the boat departure or you can get return coach transfers from Queenstown

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 10th Dec 13 at 11:08

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How many people are on the cruise normally in summer?

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Hi Linda. The Fiordland Navigator Doubtful Sound overnight boat sleeps up to 70 passengers and during the busy summer months (Dec - Feb) the boat is usually fully booked. The Navigator is a large vessel however and even with 70 passengers on board there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the experience. I would advise booking in advance as this boat is very popular and is often booked out.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 3rd Dec 13 at 12:57

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If I self drive from Queenstown,is it a straight forward drive, that is not likely to get lost on the way, and how long should I allow to get there.


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Hi Peter

Yes, you can self drive from Queenstown to Manapouri for Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, it's an easy drive and very scenic with lots of great stops on the way to take photos. When you make a booking I can email you a map that shows you exactly how to get there. It takes approximately 2.5 hrs from Queenstown to Manapouri.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Kris) on 22nd Sep 13 at 08:57

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If I want departure from Te Anau and reture to Queenstown, how much would be charges on Nov?

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Hi Carol, you can certianly depart for the Doubtful Sound Overnight cruise from Te Ana and return to Queenstown you will just need to book the Queenstown rate and mention in the additional information field that you want to be collected from Te Anau and returned to Queenstown. There is no cheaper rate in doing this they still need to reserve your seat from Queenstown and can't book anyone else on to ensure you can get back through to Queenstown. 

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 5th Sep 12 at 13:29

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