Seafood Odyssea Cruise
Seafood Odyssea Cruise
5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Relax and enjoy the stunning Marlborough Sounds with the exclusive afternoon Seafood Odyssea Cruise, departing Picton. As you cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui, sample local seafood such as Regal salmon, and Greenshell mussels, with Marlborough sauvignon blanc for the definitive wine/food match. Discover the natural beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui while relaxing aboard our well-appointed catamaran. Take in the picturesque scenery, keeping an eye out for local wildlife including seals, dolphins and birds.
Picton, New Zealand

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Wanderlust
Nottinghamshire, UK240 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
In our minds, a seafood odyssey conjures up an exquisite mix of seafood delicacies to try, whilst sailing upon a beautiful craft.
In reality, we arrived after being told to check in on berth 6 to find they'd actually changed it to berth 5 without letting anyone know. The vessel at berth 5 already had approximately 25 people on board and the area chained off stating "staff only". After querying with random other staff passing by we were informed this was indeed the correct vessel, these people were having a barbecue before the sailing.
Upon boarding, very little space was left to even find a comfortable seat.
Oh, you can have 1 complimentary glass of wine the rest to be charged.
Very little commentary, barely 15 minutes for the whole excursion. Staff were there, not particularly engaging but present.
Then the highlight - seafood!!! As many steamed mussels you can eat if you're prepared to jostle with the other 40 people of board, more like a rugby scrum. Copius piles of cubed bread to accompany. Then the highlight of salmon, picture attached, this was handed out individually, all 2 inches square of it. The salmon was actually very nice for the morsel we had.
Marlborough Sound is beautiful, we didn't see any dolphins, which understandably is the joy of nature and being in the right place at the right time.
Maybe if they renamed the cruise "Mussel bunfight", that might have been nearer the mark. Very disappointed.
Written 5 February 2024
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R M
Yardley, PA60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The fresh steamed mussels were certainly a special treat but the whole experience is special in itself. The scenery is lovely. The crew was friendly. The narration interesting. The the other food was also delicious.
Written 3 April 2023
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awave4u2
Kaitaia, New Zealand31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
I travelled with my elderly and mobility impaired parents, aunt and sister. So we were requiring a little extra assistance. We were welcomed immediately and after a little hesitation could board while the BBQ was cooking. We made our way upstairs and had a great time. Nick the skipper and Karen were lovely. They served food and drinks to our heart’s content. We love seafood so everyone was happy. The day was spectacular and Nick manoeuvred us out of the breeze for dinner and fish feeding. This would be the perfect half day out for any and everyone. Highly recommended from the front desk to the farewells, We all had a lovely time.
Thank you Nick Karen and Summa and the front desk woman! Awesome
Written 15 March 2023
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Lois G
Christchurch, New Zealand17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
this was the best cruise in a long while. the staff were attentive and informative.
the plates of mussels just kept coming and our mouths watered as we watch the salmon being cooked on the BBQ excellent Marlborough wine. Totally recommend this cruise
Written 10 February 2023
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Roz T
San Luis Obispo, CA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
A great trip that is totally recommended.Nicole skippered wonderfully and Claire was a consummate host.
Written 17 April 2022
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Hayley A
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
Lovely experience - you get an amazing selection of clams, (huge) green shell mussels and salmon, accompanied with a lovely glass of Marlborough wine. The catamaran is large and comfortable, and the staff (Nicole, I think her name was!) lovely and genuinely passionate about you having a good time. The tour of the Sounds and the mussel and salmon farm are really interesting an informative, and you even have the opportunity to get up close and personal feeding some blue cod. It's just a lovely, relaxing few hours with great views and food.
Written 20 April 2021
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Hi 82hayleya, thanks so much for your wonderful review. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your cruise and all there was to see along the way, the seafood, that you found the boat comfortable and that you received great Marlborough hospitality along the way. We enjoyed hosting you and look forward to seeing you back again!
Written 9 May 2021
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Beth
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
We did this tour on a whim as we had nothing planned that afternoon. This became the highlight of our trip. Blair and Ellie were amazing. Blair is very knowledgeable when explaining the intricacies of the mussel and salmon farm that we visited. They both made us feel relaxed and welcomed.
Ellie cooked some mussels and Cloudy Bay clams for us and paired them with a nice Pinot Gris from the region. She also had some salmon for us. That was fantastic.
The leftovers were given to some blue cods in a sheltered bay. Love seeing them.
All in all, a very good experience. I will definitely do this again as it is a great way to see the Sounds.
Highly recommended.
Written 8 December 2020
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Hi 4everspringtime, thank you for your fantastic review. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your cruise, the hospitality from our crew and of course the local seafood paired with Marlborough wine. We enjoyed hosting you and hope you'll come back to see us again soon.
Written 13 December 2020
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Rob B
Auckland Central, New Zealand45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
A very relaxed trip from Picton. Great crew who kept us entertained and so well fed. The seafood was fantastic and a perfect compliment to the visits to mussel and salmon farms along the way. Late highlight feeding the huge blue cod who were waiting for us to appear.

Great crew, great food, great value. Highly recommended
Written 8 November 2020
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Hi Rob B, your review is wonderful - thank you so much. We're thrilled that you received great hospitality from the crew and enjoyed the delicious onboard seafood, as well as seeing the farms. We're also pleased you liked the blue cod, which are often a highlight for our guests. We hope you'll join us again soon!
Written 12 November 2020
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Travelling_tadpole
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
The best combo of Marlborough, New Zealand. Comfortable Cruise + unspoilt nz nature + seafood from its source + marine life in their protected homeland+ welcoming humble crew. Thank you John and the team.

Regards from Lucy, Sophia, Eden & Elva
Written 4 November 2020
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Hi Lucy, Sophia, Eden and Elva, thank you for your great review. It's great to hear that you enjoyed so much about your cruise. We enjoyed hosting you and look forward to welcoming you back onboard again.
Written 12 November 2020
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Maryann
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Lovely trip with John and Heather on a beautiful winter's day. Plenty of bird and sea life to see, delicious food and we had the Sounds to ourselves.
Written 1 August 2020
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Hi MaryannNZ, thank you very much for your great review. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your cruise in the beautiful winter Sounds, that the wildlife was out that day and that the seafood was delicious. We enjoyed hosting you and look forward to welcoming you back again one day.
Written 21 October 2020
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