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Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

An adventure in itself just to get there. First get to Manapouri, then a ferry across the lake, then a bus ride a day then you board the ship. We had an outside doubles room with a view. We kayaked, swam, saw two sets of whales and great scenery. Surprisingly good food fir a buffet. Make sure you brig NZD dollars for alcohol. I missed on that.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Ken W
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Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed the overnight boat trip with teal journeys on the Navigator. We had our car so drove to Manapouri leaving the car there. We then went on board a boat for a trip across the lake and then a bus over to Doubtful Sound.
Then boarded our boat for an overnight cruise...we had a private cabin which was very comfortable with ensuite facilities.
Dinner was buffet and enjoyable but wines were ridiculously priced over $60.00 .
This is a very well run and enjoyable cruise...with options of going on a tender boat or kayaking and even if you dare..swimming. Sighting seals, penguins and bird life is exciting too.
But what was so special was when the engines were turned off, no cameras or phones....complete silence to take in the beauty surrounding us in the most beautiful Doubtful Sound...most memorable experience..Thank You

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Rosemarie G
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound in spite of cold rain and wind. The bus and boat trips to reach the Sound were enjoyable: Our bus driver on route and on the return entertained us with running commentary, very amusing. We saw many waterfalls on route and the Sound as a result of the rain.There is time for one activity the first day: individual kayaking or a group tender boat trip with narrative. The buffet dinner and breakfast were ample and satisfactory. Alcohol in the afternoon and with dinner costs extra at the bar. The staterooms and ensuite baths are tiny but manageable for one night. Passengers need to be prepared for cold and rainy weather (depending on the season) and potential seasickness. The naturalist spoke at length during the voyage about various aspects and particularly conservation efforts. We spotted little blue penguins, seals and some birds. The second day there was a period of about 10 minutes of requested silence to enjoy the ambiance. Important to know: The Queenstown area had snow the night before our cruise and afternoon Milford Sound cruises were cancelled due to impassable roads. For this reason it may be prudent to book Doubtful Sound cruises.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank simcha
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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

We did the day cruise of Doubtful Sound and were really disappointed. Half the boat was one tour bus of a group traveling together. Unfortunately this group overtook the ship with their selfie sticks and unrelenting selfie/photo taking. The entire outside area was chaos and anytime anything remotely interesting happened they rushed, literally over people, to get their selfies.

Of course we’d expect other people on the boat to take pictures, but this was completely distracting, loud, and create a vibe of total touristy mayhem. Would suggest to Real Journeys to outline some
Guidelines of common courtesy relative to selfie sticking. Not sure if they were attracting big tour buses to fill their boats as a money grab? But the staff was ambivalent and had no emotion when speaking or explaining anything.

Would highly suggest a smaller boat and tour company for a real NZ experience. (I emailed Real Journeys with feedback and have yet to hear back from them.)

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Derekthedog
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to post this review. We are a disappointed to see that the trip did not live up to expectations for you. We definitely don't try to fill the boats with tour buses and as one of the only companies that operate in Doubtful Sound, will receive bookings from all channels. We are sorry to see that other patrons photo taking had a negative impact on your experience and will pass your feedback onto the team to keep a closer eye on things there. I am sorry you did not hear back from our team, please feel free to email me directly on social.media@realjourneys.co.nz and I will forward on your behalf. Kind regards, Will and the team at Real Journeys.

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

This was the most awe-inspiring experience of our 2 week South Island holiday. We decided to splurge on the 'Real Journeys' Doubtful Sounds Overnight Cruise on the 'Fiordland Navigator' on the advice of some friends and were extremely glad that we did. Talk about 'getting back to nature'. We were immersed in it. Leaving the trappings of civilisation behind us we entered a realm that few have ever seen. Pristine beauty unspoiled by man whose barely left so much as a footprint in this windswept wonderland. It was like being on another world. Steep side valleys split by rugged ravines draped with flowing waterfalls that cascaded into the blackened waters of the sound itself. The 'Fiordland Navigator' was full of seafaring charm and the cabins themselves (whilst very small) had a nautical romance to them that added to the overall 'boating' experience. Joining a dozen other brave souls we boarded the cruises aluminium dingy and braved the squalling rain for am informative guide tour of the sound and its treasures. Crazy stuff, but you only live once right? The meals were sumptuous and the company great as you dined with people of other nationalities from all over the world. I want to go back. I want to go back!

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Graeme J
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Hi Graeme, thanks for the 5 star review! We are delighted to read how highly you rate this experience. We would absolutely love to have you back again in the future!
Kind regards, the Real Journeys team.

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