Reviews

one year ago

Vicki Harper

Spirit of Tasmania II

Vicki Harper
Easy to find, straight forward to board with your car. Have been twice over the first time very calm and slept like a baby, second time, oh so rough difficult to sleep due to the rough seas. Did the day sail one way, need to take a book or couple of good friends as it's a long trip. Still the best way to go with your car saves the cost of car hire in Tasmania and you are not restricted on the amount of luggage as in Airlines. The food is Ok there is something for everyone.
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one year ago

LoisSina

Spirit of Tasmania II

LoisSina
I enjoyed being on this big boat. I got a cheap ticket and i spent the night with many others on the reclined chairs, they are quite comfortable, blank and pillow provided, only thing is the feet smell in there.... It s awful! Please spirit of tasmania so something about it! On board u can buy food and hot drinks or alcohol.
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one year ago

Adam Booth

Spirit of Tasmania II

Adam Booth
This is the only way to cross the Bass Strait from Tasmania to Victoria with a vehicle. This service runs 2 ships seamlessly backwards and forwards across the strait all year round. They offer different priced fares. Cheaper fares include a recliner chair and the more expensive options include beds in cabins. The food is of a high quality pub standard. We often travel over to the big island from Tasmania with our dog show team for various competitions throughout the year and can not fault the service!
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one year ago

Ravi Kanth Nishtala

Spirit of Tasmania II

Ravi Kanth Nishtala
Good experience. Worth the price you pay. Quick tip: If you are taking your vehicle on board, try to be at the station at the early end of the boarding time to avoid traffic. Booking & Getting there: Online booking is the easiest way to book and can be done directly from Spirit of Tasmania website. Along with the ticket you get boarding directions, google maps friendly. On board: If you booked a room, you have basic boarding amenities like bed, bathroom and toilet. Head to the deck for shopping, drinks, food and other entertainment. They have a mini theatre, console games lounge, library and kids play area. For more information look at their website.
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one year ago

Suzanne McGrath

Spirit of Tasmania II

Suzanne McGrath
A well oiled machine is the Spirit of Tasmania experience, from go to woe. We travel her twice a year & totally enjoy the experience. A word from an experienced traveller - "Get a room" for either day or night sailings! If it's rough or smooth it's worth ever cent, they are small but very comfortable with own shower & toilet. The staff on entry to docks & on board are very welcoming. Lots to do for kids & entertainment for all ages. Get your Tasmanian National Parks pass on board as well. We love Tassie & it's people!
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one year ago

Alan Needs

Spirit of Tasmania II

Alan Needs
Service and staff on this boat are excellent. I just don’t like travelling on it. Daylight travel is great, can’t stand night time travelling. Increased travel is making getting to and from Tasmania more difficult, unless you make plans well in advanced. Wanted to go across for 4 weeks in February and was told I couldn’t get back until the end of May. Ended up spending my time over there in late spring, too cold. Two new ships are hopefully coming online late 2019 or 2020, hopefully these will cater for the increased travel and provide a more comfortable trip.
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one year ago

Brent Nelson

Spirit of Tasmania II

Brent Nelson
Very efficient, well organised system. On and off the boat with minimal delay. Comfortable, quiet sleeping cabins. Nice buffet meal, albeit a little expensive. Good drink options at the bar. Multiple areas to chill and relax.
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one year ago

John Stephens

Spirit of Tasmania II

John Stephens
A great service. Boarding and disembarking was efficient and well organized. Staff were friendly and helpful although could have directed people getting out of their cars a bit better. The facilities on board are excellent with a variety of spots to relax. Food and snacks were easily obtained or you could take your own (no byo booze though). For a day trip, we had a recliner ... you are given a pass key for the area at checkin. We roamed, sitting in a few different lounge areas. All had appeal depending on whether you wanted to read, watch TV, work on a computer or just relax.
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one year ago

Caroline bedelph

Spirit of Tasmania II

Caroline bedelph
First time back on the ships since the refurbishments, very well done, spacious in the lounge parts, comfortable chairs and tables. The cabins (twin share) we're very nice, beds were super comfortable. Enjoyable night crossing, quick to unload both over and back home. Found all staff nice and friendly.
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one year ago

Peter Eriksen

Spirit of Tasmania II

Peter Eriksen
Reasonably smooth sailing conditions on our first trip on this ship with only gentle rocking at the Port Phillip heads and for an hour or two afterwards. However, noise and vibration from engines was considerable, especially at the rear of the ship. This meant I didn't sleep for more than about 4 hours. Cabin temperature, beds and bathroom were good although a slight odour issue indicative of possible sub optimal ventilation. Update following return journey: I slept in same cabin (8244) and had even more trouble sleeping getting between 2 and 3 hours for the night. Despite recent refurbishment, the ship is 20 years old and seems like an old car that is being driven far too hard with rattles and vibration. Anyone who thinks this is like a cruise ship will be disappointed - it is more like an old river boat that is ok for a short trip but not for 10-11 sustained hours including sleeping. I noticed that on the rare occasion the engines were not running flat-out the vibration and noise level was actually acceptable so the solution could simply be to reduce the normal cruising speed slightly? If going on this ship book a cabin in the middle or front section of the ship. To do this requires ringing and a making a booking with a person rather than online where cabins are assigned automatically. The only real benefit of sailing to Tas - compared to flying - is the possibility to bring your own vehicle. The efficiency of boarding with a car could however do with improvement - we spent a long time in a queue with engine off. All round a disappointment which means I am more likely to fly and rent a car next time.
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2 years ago

Garth Stevens

Spirit of Tasmania II

Garth Stevens
Recently had a very rough ride on the spirit which had my partner quite ill. Very happy to say the staff on board were excellent. Everything was taken care of without any fuss or bother. Made what could have been a journey from hell into just a bit of a rough few hours. Thanks ladies and gents....
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2 years ago

Patrícia Procházková

Spirit of Tasmania II

Patrícia Procházková
Take the Spirit of Tasmania instead of a plane, it´s an unique experience. Falling asleep watching the waves and the playful dolphins is something you will never forget and talk about that to your grandchildren. Also the staff is very helpful and kind. I also really enjoyed the live music - a young girl with a guitar sung "Dreams" by The Corrs and "Wicked game" by Cris Isaak which was absolutely perfect. Go girl, you are amazing! We had a great time :-)
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2 years ago

Despina Youlanche

Spirit of Tasmania II

Despina Youlanche
Such an economical, easy way to commute. Our family has used the Spirit of Tas on a few occasions and have really enjoyed it
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2 years ago

Maria Ngo

Spirit of Tasmania II

Maria Ngo
A well organised and well operated efficient outfit. A joy to travel with. Lots of space and place to choose from to sit and talk, read a book, eat or drink or just watch tv. Free multi player video games for kids, good value dining. $25 all you an eat. Chilled water refill station on level 7 or ask at bar counter. If you get motion sickness easily do take your tablets and get ready to sleep asap as wake up call is 5.45 am. My suggestion, eat before boarding especially if coming from Devenport as you hit rough waters almost immediately but from Melbourne you have 2 hrs before the ship hits the head. We got a cabin which was double bunk and sleeps 4. Cabin was very clean but small of course and more than adequate for overnight. Don't bring a suitcase, just a small day backpack otherwise you will be falling over yourself. Showers come with body and hair shampoo so one less thing to pack. Towels provided. One suggestion for improvement would be a floor towel. A good spot to wait for the ferry on the Devenport side is Wheeler St which has been 'beautified'. Tables and seats, shady pine trees, nice grass, front row river view. A walking track follows the coast. Good place to tire out the kids, feed them and then shower them and send them to bed as soon as you get on board. The nearest toilet is immediately as you enter the ferry compound. Check in is faster on Devenport as they don't ban fruit etc going into Melbourne. There is a very rigorous check on the Melbourne side for fresh fruit, nuts, seafood etc as you aren't allowed to bring any of that over.
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2 years ago

Mee Fung Loong

Spirit of Tasmania II

Mee Fung Loong
Leaving Port Melbourne to Devonport with our car and return. First time experience.  Queue for boarding, long waiting time, took about 30mins to get on board. I think it is first in last out, we always get in early and both times go up to deck 6. They always called deck 3 and 5 to leave first when arrived. Loading and unloading is easy, just follow instructions, there are staffs to guide you where you need to go and park or drive out. We booked a cabin for 4, not much room to move around with bunks on each side. We brought our own snacks for dinner so can't comment on the food offering. For people like me who have motion sickness, from Melbourne to Devonport, the ride is smooth, no problem until about 3am, a little bit of bumpy waves, according to the staff, it is consider very smooth so I guess it is all good. From Devonport to Melbourne, kind of a bumpy ride, even my daughter who doesn't have motion sickness also feel not well, we all end up sleep early. Overall experience is great and fun. We took the overnight ride. Saw the sunset while leaving Melbourne and the sunrise when arrived back at Melbourne. The ride is about 9hrs. The cost of the ride is similar to air tickets with car rental for 4 but I preferred to take my own car and all my "stuff" for touring Tassie, stuff like body boards, snorkelling gears, wet suits, shoes, sandals and wet shoes. Would definitely do it again!
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