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Join us for a very special overnight cruise in New Zealand’s most remote and beautiful wilderness areas. Purpose built for cruising Doubtful Sound, the Fiordland Navigator combines the character of a bygone era with all the modern comforts to accommodate guests.
2 days/1 night Doubtful Sound Cruise – ex Manapouri
Departing from Manapouri, begin with a cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm before boarding a coach and crossing the alpine route of Wilmot Pass through some of Fiordland’s most dense rainforest. Real Journeys Doubtful Sound overnight vessel, the Fiordland Navigator, is designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow to reflect Fiordland’s heritage. The vessel is purpose built for these waters to accommodate passengers either in private cabins with ensuite bathrooms or in quad-share bunk style compartments with shared bathroom facilities. Board the overnight cruise vessel at Deep Cove for a leisurely exploration of Doubtful Sound. The vessel has spacious deck areas offering stunning views of waterfalls, abundant wildlife, rainforest and mountains. It is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals and when in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguin. An on board nature guide with specialist knowledge of the region’s history, flora and fauna provides detailed interpretation in English with a roving microphone.
Activities include kayaking and excursions in the tender vessels to explore the coastline. The vessel then anchors overnight in one of Doubtful Sound’s hidden arms. The overnight cruise includes a three-course buffet evening meal and beverages are sold at the licensed on board bar.
The next morning, following a cooked or continental breakfast, there is time for further cruising before returning to Deep Cove and retracing the steps back to Manapouri. The Manapouri Underground Power Station is not included. Suitable for most ages except infants. Not suitable for wheelchair clients due to steep stairs.
Evening dining includes three-course buffet meal with a selection of mains, including a vegetarian option. Breakfast includes a choice of cooked and continental. All meals are served in the dining saloon. It is recommended that passengers either bring a lunch or order a Picnic Lunch for Day 1. It is at additional cost and should be pre-booked for collection at Manapouri before boarding the vessel at Pearl Harbour.
What to Bring:
Comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing, a change of clothes, swimwear (optional), sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and camera.
NOTE: ONLY ONE OVERNIGHT BAG SHOULD BE BROUGHT ON BOARD FOR PASSENGER CONVENIENCE AND SAFETY REASONS.
18 cabins with ensuite bathroom (12 cabins with twin single beds, 6 cabins with double beds). Please note cabin allocation is at the descretion of Real Journeys. You may request a double room at the time of booking, however this cannot be guaranteed. Price for cabin is per person, not per room.
9 quad-share bunk style compartments with shared bathroom facilities.
Bed linen, duvet, towel and pillow are provided for both cabins and bunkrooms.
Infants (1-4 years of age inclusive) may travel in twin-share cabins only and are charged at the child rate.
Babies (0–12 months of age) travel free of charge if sleeping in a cot and may travel in twin-share cabins only.
Please specify if a cot or bed is required at time of booking.
NOTE: THIS TOUR IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR INFANTS.
Only one overnight bag should be brought on board for passenger convenience and safety reasons. Limited lock-up storage facilities are available at the Real Journeys Visitor Centre in Manapouri.