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The MV Southern Secret

Southern Secret History.

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. Our company, 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.

Safe Ship Management.

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.

Biennial Survey.

The Southern Secret undertakes a Maritime survey every two years to ensure everything is shipshape. 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 to pull everything apart for maintenance and upgrades.

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Top Deck floor plan of the MV Southern Secret showing seating and viewing areas.
Top Deck

Viewing Platform

The flybridge deck is the perfect viewing area, offering 360-degree views of the sound.

Middle Deck

Dining Area & Kitchen

On the mid-deck is a comprehensive registered kitchen (galley) and dining and living area, with the Launch Masters station to the front of this. The coffee and refreshments station is in the dining area and available for guests anytime. There is a guest refrigerator and freezer available for refreshments.

Outside viewing is available from the decks at the bow and stern of the vessel. You can walk around the outside of the main cabin to access these areas safely.

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Southern Secret Middle deck floor plan showing kitchen, dining and living areas.
Lower deck floor plan of the MV Southern Secret showing the layout of its five cabins and ensuites.
Bottom Deck

Sleeping Quarters

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.

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