15/04/2015 - We embarked upon Real Journey's Overnight Cruise of Doubtful Sound, the deepest of New Zealand's fiords, in the heart of Fiordland National Park. It retains it's mantle of being the largest fiord that can be visited commercially without a private charter and is much vaster than it's popular cousin, Milford Sound. This cruise is the only overnight cruise to grace the Doubtful Sound waters and you will very seldom see another boat along the way. The Kiwi Autumn continues to astound and we were graced by bountiful sunshine and also benefited from Real Journey's off season discounted price. Greetings are made with tasty blueberry muffins, dinner is served in the style of a delicious buffet and cozy cabins are where patrons lay their heads for a little shuteye.
There was time to kayak, perfect diving skills or just chill out in a small boat listening to a Nature talk.
My only criticism of the trip would be that I did not feel that they talked enough about moss on the nature talk or at all for that matter throughout the trip.
There also appeared to be an unscrupulous shoe thief amongst us who pilfered a solitary trainer. Thankfully, the lost item was handed into a crew member just before the joke got out of hand.
As the sun began to set, then came the real sight seeing and seal spotting. Baby seal pups struggled to get a better view of us.
This cruise is very much of a scenic nature with a capital S. The mood became somewhat frosty however when I was sternly reproached by the Real Journey's Godmother for taking snaps during the 5 minute silence in the aid of the appreciation of nature.