FAQ

 
     
 

General

Q. How long have you been operating?

A. Brian and Diane Appleby have been operating Affinity Cruises since 1996.

Q. What are the cabins like?

A. Seven cabins can be either double (double bed on the bottom with a single bed above the foot) or twin share (two single bunk style beds with the second bed above the foot of the bottom bed). One cabin is either just a single or double, does not have bed across the foot of the other bed.

Q. What bedding / linen is provided?

A. Each bed is made ready for your arrival with sheets and duvets. You are allocated two towels for a seven day cruise, this is to reduce the effect on the environment.

Q. What if I have special dietary requirements?

A. There is a place on the booking form that covers your requirements. We will do our very best to accommodate your requirements but in some cases we may ask you to bring along some of your favourites.

Q. What is there to buy in your on board shop?

A. Items such as T-Shirts, hats, coasters, drink bottles, key rings etc…

Q. I often suffer from seasickness - what can you suggest to help me?

A. Ginger is known to contain properties to alleviate nausea. There is also other options from pharmacies and supermarkets (sea legs tablets, pressure bands etc…) If you are feeling unwell talk to one of the crew as soon as possible.

Q. Am I limited to the amount of luggage I can bring?

A. As there is limited room onboard we recommend 1 medium sized bag per person. For our Fiordland cruises that include a helicopter flight you are limited to 20kgs per person.

 
     
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Marlborough Sounds

Q. What is the temperature in the Marlborough Sounds?

A. Average temperature over summer in the sounds can range between 20 – 30°c

Q. Why do your cruises finish at 0900 hours?

A. This enables you to travel back home or on to your next location in the same day.

Q. Is there secure car storage while I am onboard?

Yes in Picton please ask for contact details when enquiring.

 
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Fiordland

Q. Why do you cruise Fiordland in winter?

A. We have been cruising in Fiordland since 1996 and regularly study the weather patterns throughout the year. We have found that the weather patterns are more settled at this time of the year.

Q. What weather can I expect in Fiordland?

A. Fiordland’s weather is what gives the region its unique character. The rain turns Fiordland into one of New Zealand’s most spectacular places with roaring waterfalls, misty scenes and photograph opportunity’s at ever corner. Sure it probably will rain, but from inside Affinity with it’s large windows you get to experience it all in warmth and comfort.

The temperatures in Fiordland during June-August are around 5-9 °c.

Q. Do I need pre and post accommodation and if so where?

A. Yes you do as our cruises in Fiordland start at 0830 on day one and finish at 1800 hours on the last day. You also need to be aware of the road conditions in the area being winter.  Driving at night after your cruise is not advisable.

We are happy to book your accommodation for you and we recommend the Distinction Luxmore Hotel.

Q. Can I leave my car somewhere in Te Anau while I’m cruising?

A. If you are staying at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel they often allow people to leave cars there while cruising.

 
     
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Stewart Island

Q. Why do you visit Stewart Island in May?

A. The weather patterns are more settled at this time of the year.

Q. What is the average temperature in May?

A. Around 12°c.

Q. Do I need pre and post accommodation and if so where?

A. Yes you do as our cruise at Stewart Island starts at 0800 on day one and finishes at 1700 on the last day. We are happy to book your accommodation for you and we recommend the Kelvin Hotel in Invercargill.

 
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