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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises

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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

Posted by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 10th Dec 13 at 11:08 - 1 comment

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