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Milford Sound is a large fjord within Fiordland National Park (New Zealand), located on the southwestern coast of South Island. Milford, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound are among NZ's most-popular cruise ship travel destination. Milford's scenery features sheer granite walls (with height up to 1200 m / 3940 ft), hundreds of waterfalls, lush valleys, crystal-clear waters. Highest elevation point (Mitre Peak) is over 1520 m (5000 ft).
Most cruise ships enter the 13 km (8 ml) long Milford Fiord to admire the scenery and then turn round back to sea. Some liners tender cruise passengers or dock at Milford Town. Sea approach is sometimes rough, mountain tops are often hidden in mist and rainfall is intense.
The small Milford Town has not many buildings and facilities, among which are an airport, cruise terminal, fishing harbour, post office, two hotels. Sights that can be reached on foot include Donald Sutherland's grave, the Lookout and Lady Bowen Falls. Boat tours in the fjord take tourists to the largest waterfalls and the seal colony. The fjord was named in 1823 after Milford Haven - town in Pembrokeshire (Wales UK).
The largest-ever cruise ship in Milford Sound was Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas. The 169,000-ton vessel with around 6000 passengers and crew sailed the waters of Fiordland's three sounds (Doubtful, Dusky and Milford) on December 22, 2016, en-route from Hobart Tasmania to Dunedin NZ. However, due to bad weather, Dunedin (Port Chalmers) was skipped and the liner continued directly to Wellington NZ.
Port Milford 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 Milford 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.
|10 December, 2019|
|MV Coral Discoverer|
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