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Sunday, 6 September 2009

The Spirit of Tasmania

Taking the ferry from Melbourne to Tasmania has long been a popular way to visit our island state. Flying's cheaper of course, and a lot faster, but if you go on the ferry, you can take your own car which is a great advantage, especially if you're staying there for a while. Think of all the money you save in car hire!

You can either get a day ticket/recliner seat or a cabin. The Spirit of Tasmania has 222 cabin, each has private bathroom facilities. We had a 4 berth cabin with a porthole and it was a great way to travel. You sail overnight and arrive early in the morning ready to start your trip, just drive your car out and off you go. There are day sailings as well as night during hte summer months.

Dining on board caters for all budgets, dine a la carte at the Seasons Restaurant. Treat your taste buds to fine Tasmanian produce in elegant surroundings, or dine buffet style at Waves Eatery. There are three bars - Lounge Bar, Deck Bar and Main Bar. There's entertainment too - A Cinema, Children's Playroom, Games Arcade and a Gaming lounge.

5 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

The Spirit of Tasmania sounds like the ONLY way to travel! Sign me up!

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Julie said...

They tried departures from Sydney but struck consumer reluctance. How many people were on board during your voyage do you reckon? My brother and his wife are in Tassie right now and I go down with two friends at the end of September. This time I am staying in Hobart and seeing places south. In 2004 I visited around Launceston. Nice state ...

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

It is the only way to travel, Leif. Pure luxury, sitting on a deck chair watching the waves sipping a glass of something.

Thanks Around the World.

Julie - I think one of the main reasons the Sydney to Devenport failed was due to the cost of tickets. At $180 or $300+ for a cabin, the Tas gov was spending millions in subsidies.

The ship was fairly full when we went in April, most of the cabins were taken. We did a day sailing and it was difficult to find a seat in the lounge area as many passengers with just a day ticket lay down full length on the couches!
Have you been to Hobart before? If not, make sure you see the Salamanca markets (Saturdays only) and stroll around Battery Point and Arthurs Curcus. I should have my Hobart photos up in Picasa in the next few days if you're interested.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Oops - spelling typo. Should read Arthur's Circus.

Melbourne Daily Photo

Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.