We were fortunate to have excellent sunshine for the first day, so that the initial 'ferry' over Lake Manapouri was a cruise in itself - Doubtful Sound has this major difference from Milford, that it's approached over water rather than a lengthy road. At Doubtful Sound itself, all ran very smoothy - a well designed small vessel, lots of viewing space (and room inside if needed), a relatively small max number of passengers (70 - but we were 57 in all); and a truly excellent 'crew' to provide wild life commentary, kayaking, personal attention and a very fine evening meal. We saw NZ fur seals (sealions), penguins and dolphins: and tremendous scenery. Note that all must be up by 7.30am the next morning to allow the ship to turn round. We had a double cabin with its own wc and shower - two comfortable beds not bunks. We tend to think that Real Journeys is a somewhat large business and may be loosing a persona touch, but their Doubtful Sound overnight was a highlight of our NZ holiday - very warmly recommended.
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