Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise - Fiordland Navigator

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Extremely friendly and gracious, across-the-board, and great food!

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Wonderful, beautiful, great staff and easygoing atmosphere.

Reviewed 26-Mar-2024

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Amazing experience.... wonderful crew on the Wanderer and Amazing scenery

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Once in a lifetime experience and scenery... worth every dollar

Reviewed 14-Mar-2024

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Well-planned, excellent information. Food on board was wonderful and plentiful - you won’t go hungry. Loads of information about the history and nature of the area delivered in a nice neutral way

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Tremendously good value, particularly with discount code

Reviewed 04-Mar-2024

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Everything was perfect. Really cannot think of anything that didn’t go smoothly from booking, to the logistics to get us to the boat, to the trip itself.

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Everything was easy and smooth

Reviewed 17-Feb-2024

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Easy to communicate with and my rep found me a cruise, even though the one I wanted was full. Much appreciated.

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Great crew. The food was pretty good. They handled my celiac with great care. They were engaging and communicative throughout the voyage. The sound itself is just beautiful. The ship had nice touches like coverings for your legs on the skiff if you went out into the sound. The captain was quite engaging and explained sound navigation. He even let one of the small boys steer while he watched over of course.

Reviewed 12-Feb-2024

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The crew was the best part of our experience~

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It was well worth what we paid for it

Reviewed 06-Feb-2024

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Parents loved the cruise, they described food as amazing and the driver Polie the potato was very kind. My folks are quite elderly and are nervous / anxious travellers, they felt very well looked after.

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Just fantastic and bucket list stuff all around

Reviewed 01-Dec-2023

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Everything was perfect, from their knowledge to their attitude. We changed the date of our trip on short notice and it wasn’t a problem for them

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The guide’s knowledge of the sound was very impressive. All the team were friendly and helpful

Reviewed 13-Oct-2023

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Fantastic trip, great guides staff, very friendly

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Well worth the cost of trip

Reviewed 23-Sep-2023

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All staff were friendly and helpful but best was our bus/tour guide Pauly (Potatoes.) He was wonderfully knowledgeable about everything from flora and fauna to geology, full of great stories, and very attentive to my special mobility needs. He clearly loves the Fjordlands and sharing his enthusiasm with others. Thanks Pauly for an unforgettable experience!

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went to Milford Sound, not Doubtful
Milford Sound was spectacular!

Reviewed 08-Dec-2022

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Great service! They booked me on to an earlier cruise so I could have a cabin to myself.

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Exceeded my expectations!

Reviewed 28-Oct-2022

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I wasn't planning to use your website but somehow ended up there and the lady was so very helpful that I did the booking through her. I'm sorry I don't remember her name. The trip was fantastic!

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The staff on board were very helpful and informative. The food was very good and the weather also played it's part. What an amazing place!

Reviewed 24-Oct-2022

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As below, great food, great smiles and service and not a spot or finger mark over the boat

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Not enough double beds for my booking so had a twin, we pushed the beds together easy enough, not sure I would pay the full price but would love to go back with the deal

Reviewed 24-Nov-2020

Reply from Everything Travel Group

Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your great experience. We are glad that you had an amazing time in Doubtful Sound & we hope to see you here soon again. All the best!

Posted 10-Jan-2021

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A fantastic trip and a must do on anyone’s bucket list. We have now booked the Milford overnight trip for next month. Staff were fantastic, food amazing accommodation great

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Definitely Great value for money.

Reviewed 15-Oct-2020

Reply from Everything Travel Group

Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your great experience. We hope you had a great time in Doubtful Sound! Have fun in Milford Sound and all the best & stay safe!

Posted 21-Oct-2020

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We had the most amazing trip on Fjordland Jewel. Arriving by helicopter and landing on the boat was memorable. The crew were fantastic and couldn’t do enough to make us comfortable. The scenery was stunning, the boat extremely comfortable and the food delicious. Throw in some seals, jumping dolphins and some kayaking what’s not to like!

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Please see first review..

Reviewed 20-Feb-2020

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Wow, sounds like you had an incredible time, glad you enjoyed it!

Posted 03-Mar-2020

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Everything went as it should have from our hotel pickup in Te Anau to being dropped off back at the hotel. The boat was comfortable and the crew was great. Experiencing Doubtful Sound overnight was fantastic.

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No purchase problems when we bought this experience.

Reviewed 23-Feb-2019

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We did the doubtful sound overnight cruise was absolutely superb. All staff involved from initial booking to the check in and the wonderful crew on the boat were fantastic; helpful, polite and friendly.

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Highlight of our trip, absolutely superb!!! Crew were amazing; knowledgable, helpful, friendly could not fault any of them. Food was delicious and cabin very comfy!

Reviewed 13-May-2018

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Organisation was brilliant, and the staff were excellent and welcoming. We felt the accomodation on the cruise needed some freshening up.

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Staff excellent, but facilities in the boat need freshening up.

Reviewed 19-Jan-2018

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Our night on Doubtful Sound was amazing. The service, the crew and the accommodations were excellent. Skipper Dave and Carol, the naturalist were so full of knowledge of the area and always ready to answer questions. Everyone worked together to make our trip an unbelievable experience not to be forgotten. We will be back! Next time maybe the 4 day cruise. We recommend the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise to anyone who wants to see a New Zealand treasure. Cheers Fiordland Navigator and crew!

Reviewed 25-Oct-2017

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good service, great experience

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Great, can recommend the overnight

Reviewed 09-Oct-2017

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definitely recommend. very professional & approachable

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easy to deal with on the internet

Reviewed 02-Oct-2017

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Prompt, informative and very friendly communication. No hesitation in recommending.

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I would give it 10 stars if I could. From the moment we arrived at check in at Manapouri until we returned the following day the entire experience was awesome. Staff were terrific,trip across Lake was wonderful, our accommodation on boat excellent, trip on Doubtful Sound magnificent, saw dusky dolphins, penguins, fur seals and birds and of course the mountains and water falls. Food was divine and abundant, on tap tea, coffee etc was welcome. Will go again for sure. Don't miss fiordland and treat yourself to an overnight cruise. You won't regret it.

Reviewed 01-Oct-2017

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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.

Reviewed 13-Feb-2017

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Everything went as planned!

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One of the highlights of our trip! BEAUTIFUL!

Reviewed 24-Mar-2016

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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.

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

Reviewed 11-Mar-2016

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

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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

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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.

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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

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Great company with friendly and helpful staff.

Posted 04-Nov-2015

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

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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

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Very good.

Posted 20-Apr-2015

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Very helpful with regards to possible dates for booking.

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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

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

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

Reviewed 06-Mar-2015

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Good service

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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

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Perfect service

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Thank you for so dedicated team & great service

Reviewed 02-Jan-2015

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Great!

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Amazing!

Reviewed 09-Dec-2014

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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.

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Have to do it!!!

Reviewed 07-Dec-2014

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

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

Reviewed 09-Oct-2014

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Friendly, helpful and prompt.

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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happy

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Reviewed 24-Oct-2013

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excellent

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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 Cruise - Fiordland Navigator

Do your rooms have windows on the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise

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The Twin/Double rooms on the Doubtful Overnight cruise all have 2 windows, the quad rooms have one window  

Comment by: Everything Travel Group on 30th Apr 24 at 09:53

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I was curious what time the cruise returns the next day? (My assumption would be at least by 10:30 to give time to prepare the boat for the next tour).

One other question. Assuming we drive to Manapouri is it best to leave large bags in the car, is there someplace to store it securely, or would it make sense to just bring it with us on the boat?

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Hiya Patrick,  Thanks so much for your question regarding the Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise Twin Share (Doubtful Sound). You will return into Manapouri at 12.00 PM the following day so yes you will depart the navigator at around 10.30 AM from Deep Cove and begin your journey back to Manapouri.  It is recommend to only bring your carry-on/ overnight bag, on the boat as there is not enough storage to have all your luggage you would need to leave this in your vehicle overnight while you are on

Comment by: Everything New Zealand on 20th Sep 23 at 12:41

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Hi is this price for 1 or 2 people?

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The Price for Doubtful Sound Overnight is per person.

Comment by: Everything New Zealand on 28th Aug 23 at 13:32

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Do u have an option to go from Queenstown for the overnight cruise at all

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Hiya Colleen,  Thank you so much for your question in regards to the Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise Twin Share (Doubtful Sound) - They do offer transport from Queenstown but this is at an additional cost. 

Comment by: Everythig New Zealand on 10th Jul 23 at 11:13

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Hi there im interested in booking a overnight with you on Wednesday 19th April
We have 2 x 11year old girls and 1 x 13 year old girl , plus my self and partner how do the bedroom configurations work ?

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Hi, i am looking to book an overnight cruise with you for the 5th and 6th of july for two people. We are also employees at Cardrona ski resort and were told there is some kind of reciprocal program with the cruise. Please let us know if that is possible. Kind regards, Noah

Comment by: Noah Lane on 19th Jun 23 at 15:22

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What does twin share mean please?

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Thanks for your inquiry regarding the Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise Twin Share. The twin share is a private room with a bedding configuration of two single beds. There are also private rooms with one double bed. Additionally there, are shared quad rooms which consist of 4 singles beds.

Comment by: Matt - ETG on 9th Dec 22 at 12:34

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Hi there, I'm interested in booking 3 Adults for an overnight stay on Friday 18th February. Just not sure on configuration with your rooms. Is it possible to do 3 in 1 room which would be my partner and I and my mum... Or if its two separate rooms, one for my partner and I and than one for my mother.. Costing wld be appreciated Because my mum is getting on we are not interested in doing anything too strenuous like hiking and canoeing but possibly a raft boat for us 3... Not sure if that is poss

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Hi there,

I am interested in booking the twin share overnight cruise. Are there any spaces available between the 1 - 8 April ?

Kind regards,
Leena

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Thank you so much for your enquiry.  Yes, we can certainly book a twin share room for you on the Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise. We have 1 last twin-share cabin available on the 1st of April, all the other days are booked out for private rooms.

Comment by: Everything Queenstown on 3rd Mar 21 at 17:33

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Can you bring a bottle of wine on the doubtful sound O/N trip?

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The Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise is a licensed cruise so you should purchase all alcohol from them on board. 

Comment by: Nige - Everything Travel Group on 31st Dec 19 at 10:41

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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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