If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Tasmania, think about how enjoyable a cruise by ship would be. You can get there more quickly via air travel, but think about the hassles of getting to the airport early, hoping your luggage doesn’t get lost and then dealing with getting from the airport to your hotel. Contrast that with a leisurely cruise on the Tasman Sea where you can take time to have some fun and meet new people.
The atmosphere aboard the Spirit of Tasmania is one sure way to leave all the stresses and strains of modern living back on the mainland where they belong. There’s nothing like being out at sea enjoying great food and entertainment with other passengers who are also enjoying themselves.
There are plenty of options when it comes to eating and drinking on board ship. The Leatherwood Restaurant features delicious meals accentuated with fresh Tasmanian produce in two or three course dinners. You can enjoy a variety of hot and cold meals at The Captain’s Table. You can have a drink and some great pub grub while you watch the scenery go by in the Main Bar. You can watch TV as you sip beer or wine in The Lounge. On day sailings, you can enjoy the drinks and atmosphere topside at either the Deck 9 or Deck 10 bars.
On the Spirit of Tasmania, you can choose from a wide array of accommodation for your trip. Deluxe Cabins are spacious enough to give two adults plenty of room. These cabins are located in the front of the ship for optimal viewing of all the sights at sea and at port. Deluxe Cabins come with a queen bed, private bathroom facilities, bedside tables with lamps, a window-side table with two chairs, a mini-fridge and television.
Twin Cabins come with the option of a porthole window, two single beds and private bathroom facilities. All cabins come with wall mounted reading lights, air conditioning, a desk with chair and a hanging space for articles of clothing. Three Berth Cabins are suitable for three people and come with private bathroom facilities, bunk beds and the option of a porthole window. Four Berth Cabins are the same as three berth with an extra bed.
Ocean Recliners are located in a private lounge and feature reclining chairs with foot rests, individual seating lights, floor to ceiling windows at the front of the lounge and blankets and pillows.
The Spirit of Tasmania sails to and from Melbourne and Devonport. Go to Spiritoftasmania.com.au to schedule your sailing adventure.
I’ve sailed on the Spirit of Tasmania on a number of occasions (including once when it was sailing out of Sydney many years ago) and have found it a great experience each time.
Sailing at sunset from St.Kilda and heading down Port Phillip Bay is special in itself.
After that it’s time for a meal and a chat, then off to bed.
Before you know it, next morning you are looking out the porthole at the lights of Devonport and the start of an exciting adventure in Tasmania.
The great benefit for me is that I can take my own vehicle, so that when I’m touring Tassie I am not restricted as to where I can go (as I would be with a hire car), and when I see something I like for home, I know I can go ahead and get it because I don’t have the airline baggage restrictions to deal with.
I certainly recommend the Spirit as a great way to go!