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“If you are a light sleeper, the engine vibration will keep you awake all night”
Review of Spirit of Tasmania

Spirit of Tasmania
Ranked #4 of 25 things to do in Devonport
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Spirit of Tasmania is one of Australia’s most iconic travel experiences, operating sailings across Bass Strait between Melbourne and Devonport on Tasmania’s north coast. Spirit of Tasmania provides travellers with flexibility and convenience when planning a holiday. Our twin ships depart from both ports at 7.30pm and arrive the following morning at 6.00am. During peak season, we also operate day sailings departing from each port at 9.00am and arriving the same day at 6.00pm. On board, you can experience spectacular views, delicious food, great entertainment, relaxation and so much more! Experience the allure of sea travel. It’s fun, relaxing and stress-free. Simply drive on board for a holiday where half the fun is getting there. Embrace the ocean views, stroll the decks and breathe in the sea breeze - there’s nothing quite like it!
Reviewed February 1, 2013

Good way to travel with your car, but I found that the engine vibration kept me awake most of the night (four berth porthole cabin). Were large swells both ways which didn't bother me, but half the family felt pretty sick. Next visit to Tasmania we will fly and hire a car!

3  Thank Steph4902
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Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

Spirit of tasmania was quite average - on need of an upgrade and needs so money pumped into it - no outdoor chairs and no real entertainment - kids had done face paint n activities n there was singer who ayes briefly. Paid $130 -$160 for a day ticket - food n drinks average n quite pricey - played cards majority of the time. Lucky we were a group of friends to keep eachother entertained. It's a tick of the "to do" list but don't really feel the value in the trip

1  Thank Meakz
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We went across to Tasmania on the Spirit by night and came back via daytime. If you need to get your car across to Tasmania, as we did, this is pretty much the only way, and we found the trip to be hassle free both ways. Whilst the service and food was average, it was nothing I did not expect.

I would recommend getting a cabin. They are clean and a good place to relax. We slept pretty much the whole way over. There are lots of activities during the day, particularly if you have children, including movies, face painting, badge making and colouring. It makes the day pass quickly.

The food is average and priced reasonably high – as we expected. The breakfast is poor quality in range with cold / warm food. The lunch buffet is ok but is $25 for a large plate. We had dinner in the restaurant, which was a much better experience, with good service, however it was very expensive.

The service overall is quite poor – sometimes it feels a little like they are doing you a favour to serve you, but most are friendly and its not unpleasant.

It is a lengthy process to get your car on board. The gates open 2.5 hours from departure, but you do not board until 1.5 hours before departure. That said, its hard to see how they can do it faster. Maybe try turning up later, or just be prepared for some time sitting in the car and if you have kids bring some entertainment.

3  Thank mr35
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We travelled to Tasmania on the Spirit in early January, and returned after two glorious weeks travelling around. We paid just shy of $1,300 for two adults and a child, with a four berth cabin for three persons (exclusive occupancy). It was a little on the expensive side, but as it was our first trip, we decided to try a night crossing. We had a very smooth crossing from Melbourne to Devonport, and slept soundly in the comfortable room. We ate in a small cafe in Port Melbourne prior to boarding as we had read previous reviews on Trip Advisor in relation to the catering. As indicated by others its quite a wait for boarding, so no point in being first in the queue; best to wait until a bit later. It was a warm day and sitting around in the car isn't much fun, so make sure you have something to while away the time and a cool drink. Checks prior to boarding were swift and well executed. We were given the magic green card in Melbourne, which made our exit at Devonport fast. The Tourism place on board was a great bonus and staff were very helpful. We spent some money in the shop on souvenirs and the like and customer service was exemplary. Purchased drinks and light snacks from the bar and found them to be a little high in price, but it is what it is. Its not a cruise ship, its a ferry as alluded to in earlier reviews, however, we enjoyed the experience. Seating around the boat is comfortable and tv's are a distraction to stave off boredom.

On the return trip the weather was a little less kind, than our trip over, however, the ferry was more than comfortable, and we were able to sleep.

Some tips:

(a) Wait as long as you can prior to heading to the boarding queue.
(b) Have something to do/read/watch/play while in the queue, and definitely if its a warmish day, take cold drinks.
(c) Book to travel on the night crossing.
(d) Treat yourself to a cabin. Its worth the extra money. The recliners look really uncomfortable and not very private.
(e) If travelling with children, take their pillow from home.
(f) Don't eat breakfast on board. Its too early anyway. Get through the exit process, then drive until you come across somewhere at a reasonable hour that serves good breakfasts. (For us that was at Wynyard.)
(g) Pray that you don't have any rude, inconsiderate nuff heads that think chatting to all and sundry takes precedence over your egress/exit from the boat in a timely manner..... Yes, it does happen......

8  Thank Carole O
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the Spirit of Tasmania. We did the day sailing journey with a cabin. The kids found it fun with the playroom and cinema keeping them entertained. The only thing different I would do for next time is make a night trip instead, the day sailing was a bit long, and after all the initial excitement wears off and everything has been seen and done, it gets a tad boring. The restaurants and bars are fantastic, reasonably priced. Gift shop was great for souvenirs and stocking up on magazines and snacks for the trip. Looking forward to the next journey.

1  Thank Lara Jayne O
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