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Cruises to Dusky Sound

Sea Entry into Dusky Sound in Fiordland National Park, in the South Island of New Zealand (Photo: Barnes Ian/Shutterstock)

About Dusky Sound

Follow the route once traveled by explorer Captain Cook, who discovered Dusky Sound in 1773 on his famous first voyage to New Zealand. A scenic sailing through the sound, which is located in Fiordland National Park, yields dramatic and unforgettable landscapes of deep blue waters and emerald islands.

There are hundreds of islands dotting the shimmering waters of this spectacular glacier-carved fjord, which is the longest in Fiordland National Park. You'll likely spot bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the waters, as well as seals and a variety of seabirds.

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Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Eclipse

11 Night
New Zealand CruiseDetails

1,872 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Mar 26, 2023
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Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit

12 Night
Australia ProductDetails

2,072 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Brilliance of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas

12 Night
New Zealand CruiseDetails

1,521 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Feb 2, 2024
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Brilliance of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas

18 Night
18 Nt All Out Australia & New ZealandDetails

1,521 Reviews
Leaving:Perth
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Mar 1, 2024
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Wildlife & Wines Of New Zealand 12d Akl-lytDetails

121 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 18, 2022
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12 Night
New Zealand CruiseDetails

1,872 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Jan 2, 2023
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Australia CruiseDetails

386 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jan 25, 2024
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New Zealand CruiseDetails

650 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Dec 9, 2023
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New Zealand CruiseDetails

650 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Jan 13, 2024
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Australia ProductDetails

2,072 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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New Zealand Holiday CruiseDetails

709 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Dec 23, 2022
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11 Night
New Zealand CruiseDetails

1,872 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Mar 15, 2023
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New Zealand CruiseDetails

709 Reviews
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Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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New Zealand CruiseDetails

1,872 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Feb 16, 2023
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New Zealand CruiseDetails

1,872 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Jan 26, 2023
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More about Dusky Sound

Why go to Dusky Sound?

Pros:

This is a wild and pristine cruise destination.

Cons:

Insects are aplenty, so bring bug spray.

Bottom Line:

Dusky Sound is a spectacular, remote fjord where you can spot unique species of wildlife.


Dusky Sound Cruise Reviews
We cruised Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds. The morning was a bit rained, but the weather kept improving, and by the time we were leaving Doubtful Sound the sun was out, and the visibility in Milford was perfect.Read More
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whitbob
Magical! Watched from the bow, they gave us blankets and hot chocolate and head phones. Wow it was ..cold..!!! At the first rain shower, most went inside and we had the bow to ourselves. Worth the whole cruise!! IRead More
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SteamboatWillie118
Milford Sound was amazing!!! Wake up early to see the sail in! The Doubtful and Dusky Sounds were very nice but watch out for sand fleas!Read More
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2Joneses
Travelling through the Sounds was great but Milford Sound was the real highlight. I've been through the Norwegian fjords too ... Mildford Sound is every bit as beautiful. Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound were also beauRead More
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