We decided to go on Spirit of Tasmania as part of our adventure over to Tasmania rather than flying as you can take your car. It is much more expensive than flying but we thought it would be a different experience. On the way over from Melbourne we had to queue for about an hour to board the car but this is to be expected and kids excited about getting on the boat so they were entertained watching people in other vehicles etc. Be mindful once the boat sets sail you can't return to car so ensure medications etc are taken with you. Also pack an overnight bag as cabins too small to house large luggage. You will need to take all toiletries as no shampoo,conditioner etc provided in cabins. We booked a 4 bed cabin with porthole and they are compact. Two people standing up feels crushed and on a night sailing the porthole is only good for arriving in the mornings when daylight comes to see lights on land at Devonport. Going over weather mild so no sea sickness. We all found it hard to sleep as beds were vibrating with the ship engine. cafe food like all buffet restaurants so we ate prior to boarding and just had a snack. There's a little theatrette on board showing movies around 7.30 & 10pm. For little kids you need to get in early to get a seat at front as the chairs are not situated on tiered levels and the backs of the chairs are high which blocks the view for the children and no booster seats available. It's a great idea though to pass away a few hrs. The ship has a little shop, pokies area and a silver service restaurant and also two bar areas and Tv's located throughout. In the morning you have to be up early as you leave ship at 06.30 there is a wake up general announcement about 05.55 so don't worry about sleeping in. On our return trip we encountered bad weather and one of the kids suffered sea sickness so Kewells tablets came in handy. It is hard to sleep with the vibrations and general movement of the ship but the shower in the morning has good pressure to revitalize you. Overall worth doing at least once,particularly for convience of having your own car or caravan,but check the weather to see if the kids need to take a Kewells prior to boarding!
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