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Wonderful experience that both of us were going to do in the future. So glad we have done it... read more

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Mitford overnighter a must do

The overnight trip in Milford Sounds was so beautiful and special. The ship, the staff, the food... read more

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Reviewed 26 June 2017

We booked an overnight on the Milford Wanderer and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The boat leaves dock late afternoon and returns mid-morning. This means, that for the most part, there is no one else out on the Sound while you are there. The quiet enjoyment of the Sound, the Mountains and the wildlife that you see is really quite amazing.

Time is made available to get out on the water, either in one of the Ship's Tender Boats or on a guided kayak tour.

The food is plentiful (afternoon tea, dinner, cheese plates, etc, at night and a bountiful breakfast) and good.

The accommodations were more roomy than we had expected and the crew to passenger ratio was high.

There is a bar and snack shop on board as well.

If you are making the time to go to Milford Sound you should also make the time for this adventure. Not only do you get a much better appreciation of the Sound, you also get more time to enjoy the various sights along the road into and out of the area.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2017

Hi David, thanks for taking the time to post this review. We are delighted to read how much you enjoyed your visit to Milford Sound recently, it really is quire amazing as you say. So pleased to read that you were impressed with all aspects of this trip, from the scenery through to the staff and service. We definitely agree with your comments that people should make the time to go on this overnight adventure and experience the sound in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Kind Regards, the team at Real Journeys.

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Reviewed 25 June 2017

My family and I took the scenic tour. We were blessed with great weather - beautiful sunshine on an afternoon in winter. The scenery was breathtaking.We even saw some dolphins & seals. Our tour guide was very informative and knew her stuff, she knew just when to talk and when to stop (unlike some other tour guides who just ramble on and on)

Recommend that you have something to eat on the way there as there is only a small cafe at the information centre and then your next option would be expensive food on board the ship.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Natalie K
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

Kia Ora Natalie. Thanks for taking the time to post this fantastic, five star review. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed yourself on this trip. We are pleased to read how highly you rated the commentary from your guide - we pride ourselves on having a fantastic team that deliver an exception experience for guests. We have a variety of lunch options available for purchase, either as a packed lunch or the on-board options, however everyone is more than welcome to bring their own food with them. We do hope the rest of your time in the region was just as enjoyable.
Kind Regards, the team at Real Journeys.

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Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

My friend and I travelled to Milford Sound with Brian - a brilliant and entertaining guide. We were very lucky with the weather - beautiful sunshine on a winters day. The scenery, both on the coach tour and the boat, was breathtaking. A definite must do if you're visiting Queenstown.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 17 June 2017

Unless the only fish you've seen are the ones in your dinner plate, you can bypass the ‘Real Journeys Night Cruise & Aquarium’ in Milford Sound, New Zealand. Take any 2-hour or so day cruise instead, preferably in the afternoon. You will have the opportunity to admire the dozens, thousands according to someone from the ship-crew, waterfalls/streams of water coming down to the path of your ship. Actually, only fewer than ten of them reach the sea, the rest are blown away converted to drops in the wind. As for the seals lazing out on the rocks, we’ve seen so many around Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California and elsewhere in our travels to the 5 continents that we were left unimpressed.

First, you board the Milford Mariner, a ship made after the old trading scale ships, at 4:30pm, you sail going half way down the sound, actually the fiord, which is a very short distance. After a 15 minute slow sail you stop for kayaking or boarding a tender to take you closer to shore to see the small white or the tiny blue penguins except that the birds do not come out of their nests for pictures on demand, alas, so you have to wait and wait and wait for them to show up and you finally settle for some paradise or blue duckies if they happen to swim by. The time we visited was Spring for down-under and it rained, hard. Some 200 days of the year it rains in the area delivering 6-9 meters, not centimeters! which is 18-27 feet of water per year, we were told by the experts. So if you get lucky you return to the cruise ship soaking wet clutching under the raincoat you're given the trophies of some fuzzy penguin or duck pics.

Now, its time for dinner, buffet style, if you mind. A limited number of selections for the price paid, such as salad, seafood salad, yams, potatoes, rice and a couple of carved meats, dessert, coffee or tea. If you're thirsty for a soft drink, beer or wine you have to pay extra!

Pretty soon the dinner is over and you are invited to watch a half-hour slide show of the M.S. which is pictures a little more spectacular than the ones you just took. And then it's time to hit the sack. The time is 9ish pm!

The next morning we were awaken at 6 like soldiers. We had breakfast and then we were taken to the aquarium to see tiny lazy fish swimming by. No seals, no dolphins, no sharks or whales as we were left expecting to see. Just skip it and go see the Monterey Aquarium in California or the aquarium of your neighborhood.

I couldn't help comparing this "cruise" to a similar one we took in Halong Bay, Vietnam some years back and I don’t mean advertising for them. First, the ship there criss-crossed the islands till late night, thus giving us the exceptional experience of dining under the stars. Then, they offered a 1-hour cooking class at no additional cost and with audience participation, yes, it was fun, showing us how to cook Vietnamese delicacies. My wife learned to make quickly a few tasty dishes which we added in our regular menu at home. I wish New Zealanders at least offered a class aboard on how to cook their crayfish which they are so proud of. Then the Vietnamese had a 3-person band so people could dance till very late with the bar open so passengers could nuzzle over their cocktail. Oh, the dinner and breakfast buffet were endless. That’s not so difficult to duplicate on the Mariner. So along with admiring the wild beauty of the Sound one would enjoy life aboard a vintage-like ship and disembark satisfied that they just concluded a real journey full of great memories to take home.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Theo V
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Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Email correspondence was prompt. Expect to be treated as a faceless guest with no sympathies or personal touch to the point of being rude. Bear in mind there are no toilets pn the long bus ride to milford, and also none at their hq. Strongly suggest the elderly with special bladder needs engage smaller tours who will treat them with more respect. Our bus had to stop due to heavy snow and my 70yo mom really needed to use the toilet and asked if she could use one in the cafe across the road.

The bus driver's exact reply was, 'if you get bit by a car, it's not my problem'.

No assistance or sympathies were given but a curt reply to announce his responsibilities or lack thereof. If you just want a tour to bring u from A to B on time and a driver who can regurgitate info and jokes while driving, by all means go ahead. But i would strongly suggest to go for a smaller or another tour who treat guests better for a more pleasant experience. After all its not just about the sights but your experience and how one is treated matters.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2017

Kia Ora Mceroni. Thanks for taking the time to post this review. We are disappointed to read that that the comments and behaviour from our driver failed to live up to our usual high standards. I can assure you that this is the exception rather than the rule. Our Coach Services Manager has been informed and will be following up with the team directly to ensure we prevent this from happening in future.
Regards, the team at Real Journeys.

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