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Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise

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    What to Expect
    Explore the spectacular fiords of New Zealand on an overnight cruise—a leisurely way to see Milford Sound. Make your way to the Milford Sound Wharf to board the Milford Mariner, a purpose-built vessel designed to accommodate passengers in private single or twin-share cabins with en suite bathrooms, catering to those who enjoy a combination of comfort and adventure.
    Take a seat in the observation lounge or large open deck to view the stunning landscape of the South Island’s Fiordland National Park from the water. While the cruise boat departs, you’ll glide past cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests, and cliffs carved by ice-age glaciers.
    The knowledgeable nature guide on board points out natural landmarks, such as the oft-photographed Mitre Peak, and discusses the area’s wildlife. Keep an eye out for sunbathing fur seals, as well as penguins, dolphins, and even the occasional whale. If you’d like, relax with a drink in hand, sold at the licensed, onboard bar.
    After reaching the open sea, your captain hoists the sails for a period (subject to favorable weather conditions) before returning the Milford Mariner to Harrison Cove to anchor overnight. In the sheltered cove, enjoy activities including sea kayaking and exploring the shoreline on the tender craft, or simply relax on deck.
    Your overnight cruise includes a delicious 3-course buffet dinner, served in the spacious dining saloon, before you retire to your private cabin for the night. The next morning, enjoy a hearty cooked breakfast and further cruising before you’re returned to the Milford Sound Wharf.
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    Reviewed April 21, 2019

    The bus journey down was long and we had Karl as a driver. He was very knowledgeable and very talkative but at times we craved some peace and quiet so that we could take in the spectacular views as we got closer to Milford. The...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank ptoney7
    Reviewed April 3, 2019 via mobile

    We do have the scenic drive from Queens town to Milford sound to board the Milford Behringer for an overnight fjord cruise. We boarded at 4:15 and the ship quickly left at 4:30. The captain gave a brief welcome and introduced the crew, which was...More

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    Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2019

    N7622BMkarenb, Thanks for your comprehensive review of our Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise. This will be very useful for other travellers. I like your wording "it was a quick trip, but full trip and a wonderful way to experience Milford Sound". Maybe on your next visit...More

    Reviewed March 20, 2019

    This was a great night on the water in Milford Sound in a lovely boat with friendly staff who went out of their way to be helpful. We went on a walk on the Milford track with guides who gave an informative, historical, interesting commentary...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Lynda M
    Reviewed March 10, 2019

    This is an iconic place to experience in New Zealand, and it didn't disappoint. The weather had been dry for a week, which, in Milford, represents drought-like conditions, I gather. There were many fewer falls than is apparently typical, and those that were running were...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank john s
    Reviewed February 23, 2019 via mobile

    I can’t begin to tell you how good this trip is. The Sound is beautiful and truly Awesome (as the Kiwi kids say!) the staff and guides are relaxed, helpful and work hard to make the trip as good as it can be. The cabins...More

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