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“Travel across Bass Strait”
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 April 26, 2014

Quite an experience, a little crowded due to Easter but a rather nice way of getting to Tassie. Having your own vehicle is a plus when travelling and the staff of the Spirit were very accommodating.

1  Thank Kath E
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

If you really need to take your car to Tasmania then obviously you have to take the ferry. Otherwise flying is so much cheaper. The cost of the rooms is very high and you only get a bed and en suite. There are no tea or coffee making facilities or TVs or anything. I am sure that they do their best with the boarding and disembarking but it is a slow process and there is a lot of waiting in your car. At least at the airport you can keep walking around while you wait!

2  Thank Kaz41
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

My husband and I took the overnight cruise from Davenport to Melbourne, and paid the extra for twin cabin. The room was small, but that was expected. It only provides two narrow single beds with a simple blanket. But, the bed was comfortable. The room was quiet for the entire night which was also a pleasant surprise. The bathroom had a toilet, basin and shower. The shower was fantastic, as we arrived after hiking at Cradle Mountain. I Would get a cabin again if I took the boat across. There is also an option of taking your car across, but we didn't do this.
My only other suggestion is to either eat before you come aboard, or bring dinner. The on board options include either a one plate buffet of mostly fried food or a sit down expensive dinner.

2  Thank LaraBest56
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

While it is a great to take your own vehicle on a fabulous road trip to Tassie we were disappointed with our trip on the Spirit of Tasmania. Food on board is very ordinary in the buffet, service finished too early and was expensive. I would definitely recommend taking something with you. As to our cabins - On our trip to Tasmania all was fine, we travelled on the Spirit 2; our trip home on the Spirit 1 . The smell in our cabins was appalling and got worse, water could be heard sloshing up & down and over flowing into the shower base. At midnight I couldn't stand it any longer and got up to complain. I was informed by staff that this is a common occurrence, especially if the flushing of the Sewage system is incomplete. He suggested that it could be helped by flushing water down the drains in the bathroom and covering the drainage outlets with a wet towels.
If this is a regular occurrence , that can be easily remedied by correct flushing of the sewage system on board, then I would hope some one addresses this quickly.

4  Thank Chrissie144
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

When you get to port Melbourne your whole entire car is checked. Top to bottom. You can't bring any fruit, vegetables, seafood or meat to tassie. You ether throw it out before the trip. You eat it on the boat. One of the worst things about it Is that it is an eight hour trip. But you can't Change it. The restaurant at the captains table is . So I recommend bring your own snacks or bring 2 minute noodles. The game arcade is tiny. 6 car racing game machines. One pinball. Two crane games where you pick up those toys. Two machines that I don't know what the names of them are. Two gun games. One of those soccer things where you turn around the sticks. Cabins are tiny. Beds really comfortable. Really comfortable. If you go on the morning trip the sea is calm until about 12pm. Then up to 3.30pm it's calm. Kids get a little activity bag which can come in handy.

5  Thank Vinh H
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