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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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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Dusky Sound

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Tauranga, Wellington ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    11 Night Cruise to Dusky Sound Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Tauranga
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Wellington
    • Day 5
      Akaroa
    • Day 6
      Dunedin
    • Day 7
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 7
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 7
      Milford Sound
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Melbourne
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Elegant, modern ship with impressive drinking and dining venues

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for certain cabin categories could make some passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Sophisticated, contemporary and delicious cruise experience for all ages

    Reviews

    Celebrity Solstice Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Celebrity Solstice, the first of the Solstice-class ships, offers one of the most elegant mains...

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    warrenhickson
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Some Issues but still Good Value
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    Gunda A
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Only complaint is we had to get off!
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Dusky Sound

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Eden, Melbourne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Dusky Sound Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Eden (Australia)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Melbourne
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Hobart
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Milford Sound
    • Day 9
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 9
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 10
      Dunedin
    • Day 11
      Christchurch
    • Day 12
      Wellington
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Tauranga
    • Day 15
      Auckland
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Elegant, modern ship with impressive drinking and dining venues

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for certain cabin categories could make some passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Sophisticated, contemporary and delicious cruise experience for all ages

    Reviews

    Celebrity Solstice Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Celebrity Solstice, the first of the Solstice-class ships, offers one of the most elegant mains...

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    aussie 14
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Disappointing
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    Seafarer20
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Never dine alone, noise and quiet contemplation
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Dusky Sound

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Dusky Sound Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Milford Sound
    • Day 4
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 4
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 5
      Dunedin
    • Day 6
      Christchurch
    • Day 7
      Wellington
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Tauranga
    • Day 10
      Auckland
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Elegant, modern ship with impressive drinking and dining venues

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for certain cabin categories could make some passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Sophisticated, contemporary and delicious cruise experience for all ages

    Reviews

    Celebrity Solstice Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Celebrity Solstice, the first of the Solstice-class ships, offers one of the most elegant mains...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    RiverEagle
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Solstice... grand and elegant cruising!
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    ludicat
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Excellent nine night cruise in South Pacific
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 13 Night
    Cruise to Dusky Sound

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Milford Fjord, Doubtful Sound ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    13 Night Cruise to Dusky Sound Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Milford Fjord
    • Day 4
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 4
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 5
      Dunedin
    • Day 6
      Akaroa
    • Day 7
      Wellington
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Tauranga
    • Day 10
      Auckland
    • Day 11
      Paihia
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Radiance of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Social vibe and gorgeous ocean views from all over the ship

    Cons

    Families may miss ice skating, FlowRider and other whizbang activities on its larger vessels

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for cruisers who appreciate varied dining options and a midsized ship

    Reviews

    Radiance of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    When Royal Caribbean debuted its first-in-class Radiance of the Seas in 2001, passengers raved ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Ransome
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    My new favourite RCI ship
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    NZCANCruisers
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    South Pacific Islands with changing itinerary
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Dusky Sound

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Milford Fjord, Doubtful Sound ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    11 Night Cruise to Dusky Sound Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Milford Fjord
    • Day 4
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 4
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 5
      Dunedin
    • Day 6
      Akaroa
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Auckland
    • Day 9
      Paihia
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Radiance of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Social vibe and gorgeous ocean views from all over the ship

    Cons

    Families may miss ice skating, FlowRider and other whizbang activities on its larger vessels

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for cruisers who appreciate varied dining options and a midsized ship

    Reviews

    Radiance of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    When Royal Caribbean debuted its first-in-class Radiance of the Seas in 2001, passengers raved ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    NurseRobin
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Loved our Radiance of the Seas Cruise
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    scotty43
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Declining standards
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Dusky Sound

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Picton, Napier ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    11 Night Cruise to Dusky Sound Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Picton
    • Day 5
      Napier
    • Day 6
      Wellington
    • Day 7
      Christchurch
    • Day 8
      Dunedin
    • Day 9
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 9
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 9
      Milford Fjord
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Serenade of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Has both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as multiple dining venues

    Cons

    Lack of Royal Caribbean's signature outdoor attractions might disappoint some cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good value-for-money choice for families and groups

    Reviews

    Serenade of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Serenade of the Seas is the third Radiance-class ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet. The 90,090-to...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    slopes
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Disappointed
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great to get away, casinos should have better ventilation
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Dusky Sound

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Eden, Burnie ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Dusky Sound Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Eden (Australia)
    • Day 3
      Burnie
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Milford Sound
    • Day 6
      Doubtful Sound
    • Day 6
      Dusky Sound
    • Day 7
      Dunedin
    • Day 8
      Christchurch
    • Day 9
      Picton
    • Day 10
      Wellington
    • Day 11
      Napier
    • Day 12
      Tauranga
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