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Doubtful Sound is a very large, U-shaped fjord within Fiordland National Park (New Zealand). Doubtful, Milford Sound and Dusky Sound are among NZ's most-popular cruise ship travel destination. Doubtful Sound has total length approx 40 km (25 ml), ranking it Fiordland's second longest. Its max depth is 421 m (1381 ft). The nearest town (Manapouri) is at approx 50 km (31 ml). Fjord's scenery features surrounding high mountains (with peaks reaching up to 1,6 km (5200 ft) covered with dense rainforest, steep hills, hundreds of waterfalls (the largest being Helena Falls and Browne Falls, over 600 m / 2000 ft high).
Doubtful Sound was discovered in 1770 by Captain James Cook (1728-1779, British Royal Navy officer, explorer and cartographer). It was initially named 'Doubtful Harbour' as Captain Cook didn't first enter the fjord as he was uncertain whether it was navigable. Doubtful Fjord was first charted in 1793 during a Spanish scientific expedition.
Wildlife includes bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, penguins, large whales (humpback and right whales, minke whales, sperm whales, beaked whales, pilot whales, orcas), starfish, corals. Doubtful Fjord is designateded"Important Bird Area" for being breeding ground for Fiordland penguins.
Port Doubtful Sound cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Doubtful Sound, New Zealand. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.