Luxury Milford Sound Cruise – Overnight on the Fiordland Jewel
For a luxury Milford Sound cruise, the Fiordland Jewel Overnight Cruise surpasses all competition. This intimate, exquisitely appointed ship rewards discerning travelers with an up-close look at the grandeur of New Zealand’s most iconic fiord.
An overnight cruise offers the chance to see Milford Sound at its most alluring. Once the crowds go home, sunset paints the fiord in soft, richly-colored light, followed by the shimmer of a million stars.
Indulge in superb cuisine prepared by a master chef, explore the still waters of the fiord by kayak and tender boat, soak in the deck-top hot tub, and retire to a sumptuous room at night.
An Overview of the Fiordland Jewel Overnight Luxury Milford Sound Cruise
Every detail is seen to by the attentive staff aboard the Fiordland Jewel. From arrival to departure, your experience will be unforgettable.
Why is the Fiordland Jewel the best Milford Sound cruise?
Taking no more than 20 passengers at a time, the Fiordland Jewel is the most richly appointed and exclusive Milford Sound cruise available.
In addition, the Fiordland Jewel offers 5-star rooms, indulgent cuisine, and the only on-board helicopter pad in Milford Sound. For discerning travelers, no other Milford Sound cruise comes even close to the standard of the Fiordland Jewel.
What does this luxury Milford Sound cruise experience include?
Your overnight cruise includes:
Two cruises along the length of Milford Sound
Three-course dinner plus a full cooked breakfast prepared by the on-board chef
Kayak and tender boat activities
Deck-top hot tub available after dinner
Climate controlled 5-star cabin with majestic fiord and sea views and an ensuite bathroom
Viewing of underwater film footage captured by the ship’s Remote Operating Vehicle
How long is the Milford Sound cruise?
Boarding commences at 4 pm on the first day. The Fiordland Jewel returns to the Milford terminal around 9 am the following morning.
Check-in time: 3:50 pm
Boarding: 4:00 pm
Departure: 4:15 pm
Return: 9:00 am
How do I get from Queenstown to Milford Sound?
Transport options include:
Van/cruise/fixed wing flight combo
If self-driving, allow at least 5 hours from Queenstown to Milford Sound.
The van transportation service out of Queenstown picks up guests between 9 am and 9:30 am, returning the next day at 3 pm.
For an exclusive experience, helicopter directly onto the ship’s landing pad. Helicopter flights depart out of Queenstown, Wanaka, Te Anau, and Glenorchy.
What time of year does the Fiordland Jewel overnight cruise run?
The overnight cruise season runs from the 15th of October 2020 to the 14th of April 2021.
From May through September, the Fiordland Jewel offers 7-day small group cruises around Doubtful Sound, Breaksea Sound, Dusky Sound, Preservation Inlet, and Chalky Inlet. These trips are tailored for people who are interested in nature, history, and scenery, so they also include island, bush, and beach walks.
The Fiordland Jewel also runs one 7-day Stewart Island cruise in August.
Rooms and Amenities on the Fiordland Jewel
The Fiordland Jewel is equipped with superb amenities and 5-star rooms.
Rooms on the Fiordland Jewel
The Fiordland Jewel is equipped with nine cabins. Each includes an en-suite bathroom and sea views.
5 cabins with super-king beds
2 cabins with king single beds
2 cabins with single bunk beds
The premier cabin is the Governor Cabin with a super-king bed, situated at the top of the boat with a full-width forward window and two side windows.
Luxury cruise ship specifications
The Fiordland Jewel is a 24-meter catamaran with three decks. In addition, the vessel is equipped with:
A helicopter landing pad
A hot tub
Kayaks and tender boat
Overnight Luxury Milford Sound Cruise Itinerary
Arrive at the Milford Sound terminal and check in at 3:50
Board at 4:00
Depart at 4:15 for a cruise along the length of Milford Sound
Begin with a cruise down the southern side of the fiord, passing Bowen Falls, Sinbad Gully, the iconic Mitre Peak, Mt Pembroke, Bridal Veil Falls, and Fairy Falls
Weather permitting, cruise to the mouth of the fiord and into the Tasman Sea for a glimpse of the West Coast and the New Zealand fur seals lazing on rocks nearby
Return along the north side of the fiord past the Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, Seal Rock, Stirling Falls, and the Cascade Range
Anchor at Deepwater Basin for the night
Before dinner, guests have the opportunity to explore the surrounds by kayak or tender boat
Return for a three-course meal and drinks
After dinner, guests are able to relax in the deck-top hot tub
Wake in time for the sunrise, which is between 6 am and 8 am depending on the time of year
Enjoy a full cooked and continental breakfast from 7 am – 8 am
Return to the boat terminal at 9 am
Upgrade your Premium Cruise on the Fiordland Jewel
The Fiordland Jewel is also available for private charters and exclusive use. Therefore, this cruise is perfect for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries.
For the ultimate luxury experience, a helicopter flight directly onto the deck offers breathtaking views of Fiordland National Park.
Book a New Zealand Guided Tour with a Milford Sound Luxury Cruise
We can add an overnight cruise on the Fiordland Jewel to any South Island luxury guided tours with a stay in Queenstown, Wanaka, or Te Anau.