The Southern Secret was built near Picton and was launched in 2004. It was then put to work in the Bay of Islands as a charter vessel. The Southern Secret was purchased by Fiordland Cruises in 2007 and sailed south to Bluff where it undertook extensive upgrades to become the comfortable vessel it is today.
In New Zealand, commercial vessels are required to operate under the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) to ensure that the vessel is operating safely and within its limits to help protect the crew, vessel, and the environment. This ensures that the operators have an ongoing responsibility to plan, improve and learn to avoid Maritime Disasters.
The Southern Secret undertakes a Maritime survey every two years to make sure everything is ship shape. The vessel will travel from Doubtful Sound to Bluff along the rugged south-west coast to be surveyed. 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. Features of 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 be sure to book early.
Below decks forward there are three passenger cabins and below decks aft there are two passenger cabins and staff quarters. Each cabin has an ensuite bathroom including a toilet and shower. Linen and towels are provided, we just ask guests to bring an overnight bag with personal belongings and warm clothing.