The Southern Secret was built near Picton and launched in 2004. It was then put to work in the Bay of Islands as a charter vessel. Fiordland Cruises purchased the Southern Secret in 2007. It was brought south to Bluff, where it undertook extensive upgrades to become the comfortable vessel it is today.
In New Zealand, commercial vessels must operate under the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) to ensure that the ship operates safely and within its limits to help protect the crew, vessel, and the environment. This ensures that the operators are responsible for planning, improving and learning to avoid Maritime Disasters.
The Southern Secret undertakes a Maritime survey every two years to ensure everything is ship shape. The vessel will travel from Doubtful Sound to Bluff along the rugged southwest coast to undertake its survey. While in Bluff, we also take the opportunity for maintenance and upgrades.
The flybridge deck is the perfect viewing area offering 360-degree views of the sound.
Introducing our spacious private cabins. Our roomy cabins include small windows that open to the outside, reading lights, linens and towels, soap, and the convenience of a private shower and toilet ensuite. With just five Cabins onboard, space is limited, so book early.
Below decks forward are three passenger cabins; below decks aft are two passenger cabins and staff quarters. Each cabin has an ensuite bathroom, including a toilet and shower. Linen and towels are provided; we ask guests to bring an overnight bag with personal belongings and warm clothing.