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“Great way to travel to tassie with your own car”
Review of Spirit of Tasmania

Spirit of Tasmania
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Devonport
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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 September 25, 2013

The boarding in Melbourne was quite confusing...don't hold off lining up in your car thinking that you can't board until 1.5hrs before departure as you will wait in line for about two hours anyway. Food is a rip off. I travelled with 12 yo son on ocean recliner with no probs - we both slept fine, however we r used to "roughing it"; an ocean recliner may not suit those who definitely need a bed for sleep

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We have travelled on the spirit a few times. It is great as you can take your car and caravan if you wish. It is a bit expensive when you have a caravan but if you can stay in Tassie for a few months it is well worth it. We have travelled on a night sail and a day sail. We would always travel at night and take a cabin. We found the day sail quite long and tedious. I don't know how people with children manage. We would advise eating before boarding. The food is rather expensive and not that good. There is an on board theatre that does screen recent movies. The cabins are small but quite comfortable. You can book a deluxe cabin which gives you a queen size bed and a TV. The other cabins have bunks or 2 singles and no TV. The staff are very helpful. The bar prices are quite reasonable.

8  Thank JanicenTerry
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

What I love about it is, comfort, and we can take our caravan across with us, If you have children there is something for them to do too. The cabins are a little small but it depends on what level of cabin one chooses, the Silver service restaurant is excellent and I love the way it showcases local Tassie food. There is also a buffet which serves reasonable food. The travel/tourist office staff are knowledgeable and just about every area of Tassie is covered. they also have maps of how to navigate one's way out of Melbourne.
The major drawback is the cost , there is a seniors discount available, It is necessary though to book your passage early as they book out quickly. Fares are cheaper in the winter months, Spring / summer Autumn are the best times to visit . The Autumn colour is amazing. Devonport is a great place to have breakfast before travelling South. There are some lovely eateries in Devonport.

6  Thank jen44498
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Traveling to Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania II is more expensive than flying but the conveniance of taking your own car with more lugage balance out the cost if you are going to spend a week or more in Tasmania. The food on the ship is over priced quality lacking, the ship offers a theatrette with a kids move at 8 and adult movie at 10pm which is free and is relaxing as the ship sways breaking through the waves. I recommend buying food before boarding the ship.

4  Thank freelancer2000
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

great idea to take car over, however we still had to wait in line for nearly 2 hours in the car to actually get on the boat. Small cabins ok for 2 people, cant imagine 4 in a room..definitely better than sitting on a seat all night though. We took travel sickness tablets and that helped, but the boat went through a bit of weather so it was hard to get used to the motion while trying to sleep. The Leatherwood restaurant had nice food, did not try the cafe. Not much in the way of sweeter styles of alcohol on offer, no ciders or moscatos..lots of beers. A lot smaller area to explore than I expected, would be better in summer when you could go onto decks

2  Thank heatherthistle
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