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Spirit of Tasmania

Spirit of Tasmania

2.5 from 116 reviews

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  • Trip Length6 days
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    2.9 (10)

MY review spirit of tasmania

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the ship is ok but the cost starts with booking .there is a hefty fee.the cost of travelling in feb 2020 for 2 people is $500 more than feb 2019 don't eat on the boat you can buy a fabulous meal either end for much less.Everthing on this boat cost much more than you would except . as a Tasmanian and have travelled through necessity many times I find that this service is now out of touch pricewise for average tamanians and that is why the ship was commission in the first place.the government has to step in and change management before it becomes a tourist ship for the rich only. MIKE FORREST

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Simon H

Simon HLaunceston, TAS

  • 4 reviews
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Ok loading from Devonport but travel with a cabin only.

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Great if you have a cabin and need to take your car. Much easier and efficient to load on from Devonport than Melbourne. Can be very expensive though. Choose off peak times otherwise it’s so much cheaper to fly and hire a car.
It’s a pretty good otherwise and well laid out, but remember it’s a ferry not a cruise ship. The next bigger generation ships hopefully will be better and more cost efficient for the passenger.
If you can afford a cabin...yes, otherwise fly and hire a car if it’s just a visit to Melbourne,

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Alan.C

Alan.CMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

Plain sailing

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Took the ferry a couple of weeks ago. A cabin is definitely recommended for a restful night even in big seas and a shower. Helpful staff. My only criticism is loading on the Melbourne side was very inefficient. The all important f&v and flammables etc check was fine but over an hour of a stop start queue sucking in diesel fumes and CO2 is poor WHSE indeed. Some coordination to turn off engines and move the queue in waves would help. The Davenport loading took a few minutes only.

Dayvo

DayvoGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

  • 4 reviews

3 Years of great sailing in a row!

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Each year, my school's Year 9s go to Tasmania for camp. This year, we took a group of 130 students, with 14 staff, and the accommodations, amenities and crew of the Spirit were absolutely amazing... yet again. The cabins are small, but it is a ferry, not a cruise ship. The beds are adequately comfortable. There are plenty of entertainment options on board, too - enough to keep a large group of 15-year-olds entertained! If I were to travel to Tasmania again for personal reasons, I would definitely go on the Spirit.

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Matt

MattGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC

Upsized

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Great

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Great way to travel. You can take your car and dog!! Staying in a cabin offers you all comfort and hot showers! Definitely recommend to sail with Spirit of tasmania! Friendly staff

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Derek12

Derek12New South Wales

  • 5 reviews
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Government monopoly fleeces public $1200!

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Dept_of_Transport_handed_over_this monopoly to TT lines in 1993. $1200 to get car across. Double dipping for travel by passage + accommodation. Our 4yo is calculated at $150. They charge for stuff on roof racks and even an $8 visa charge. Last year $44M in profits.


John71

John71Cygnet

  • 6 reviews
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As bad as ever.

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Bed Bugs

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Just travelled on Spirit of Tas for the 3rd time. First time on the recliners as the cabins are ridiculously overpriced and the most uncomfortable sleep ever. Well, the recliners weren’t a step up at all. They are extremely hard after a few hours it feels like you are sleeping on concrete. The worst part is, I was bitten by bed bug!!! 2 massive welts on my hips! I just hope that I haven’t brought them into my home now! Not happy, I will be pursuing legal action if I have.

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graeme

graemeGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

  • 6 reviews

Not fun

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This is a mode of transport so you can take your car.
It is not an enjoyable sailing trip.
The food is crap, lining up for ages getting on and off.
Difficult trying to get any sleep in recliner seats.
Wouldn't recommend doing it unless you have to.

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Melissa

MelissaNorth-West & West coast, TAS

  • 49 reviews

Was bit amused

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Jo

JoHobart, TAS

  • 2 reviews

Really impressed, happy each time I have sailed

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I have travelled with my vehicle on the Spirit 4 times in the last 3 months. The booking process is easy (including changing dates - I actually got a refund because the changed date was cheaper than the original!), I have never had problems boarding. Each time I have travelled in a 4 shared cabin and it has been fine. The bars are good, and live entertainment was provided. This is now my preferred way of travelling to Melbourne as I can take my vehicle and I can bring home lots of shopping etc and not have to stress about excess baggage charges at an airport.

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Michele

MicheleVictoria

Abused and threatened by fellow passenger for sitting in "their" seat, even though not in the allocated seating area

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Christa W.

Christa W.Sydney, NSW

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Bugs!!!

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Although the ship itself is beautiful I had a horrible experience after spending the night sail sleeping in a recliner I was awoken to being covered in bug bites! When I emailed to inform them they wouldn’t refund me for my trip but instead proceeded to tell me the seats were cleaned 3 days before I boarded... thousands of people are on the ship each day!!! Unacceptable! When I pointed this out to them they then back tracked and said oh no they are cleaned after every sail which I for one cant see happening since people are coming off and instantly more being boarded. So unimpressed with the way it was handled would rather fly next time!

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Sylvia

SylviaSydney, NSW

A well oiled machine from start to finish!

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The booking process I did online ..........perfect.
We travelled from Melbourne to Devonport, getting on the ferry in Melbourne was very straight forward as was getting off in Devonport thanks to the efficient staff who made it clear where they wanted you to go.
I had no idea how wonderful the trip would be, I loved the immensity of Bass Strait. Out on the deck was exhilarating.
No unexpected extras, we bought delicious coffees. Didn't need to buy food as we had our own.
All amenities were fresh and clean.
We had a recliner which was very comfortable.
What a relaxing way to travel to Tasmania.

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Ozbeach

OzbeachMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

Taking our family pet to Tasmania.

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On our resent trip to Tasmania on the Spirit Of Tasmania we were upset to see how family pets were caged on the car and truck deck. You could see many were very distressed as was one owner we say openly cry when he reached to collect his dog from a cage. It's not good enough and family loved pets should not have to endure 10-12 hour sea trip in theses conditions. Why can't the Spirit of Tasmania have a special pet deck where owners can stay with their pets for the crossing. Me personally would lock myself and my pet in our caravan, this way my pet would not get stressed out.

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Disgusted

Disgusted

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Treatment of pets appalling, needs overhaul!

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Mandy

MandyHobart

  • 2 reviews

First Time

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staff helpful, friendly, ... very cold inside, eating lunch near someone with their dirty feet propped on a chair yuck.


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Teach women emoloyees courtesy.

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Please teach the women traffic controllers to use courtesy. Customers are gentleman/men, ma’am, miss, and sir, Not ‘that guy’, or “move forward buddy”! ‘Please’ and ‘ThankYou also make for a better experience.

The Australian migrant workers were courteous, Australian locals were not.


Great way to get across bass straight if wanting to take your car

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I don't really know why there are such bad reviews gosh it's not some luxury cruise liner the drinks were good prices the food was great not too expensive staff were alright the only thing was the deck chairs you just cannot sleep on them and the chairs are too close together I didn't like trying to sleep next to a snoring random stranger we have never had any delays getting on or off so not a bad experience will keep travelling on it thanks


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Barbara Collins

Barbara Collinsasked

Can I take cans of coke on board? Do you and your onboard luggage go through a scanner? Do they have sniffer dogs like at the airport?

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Fran G.

Fran G.asked

Just travelled on Spirit of Tas for the 3rd time. First time on the recliners as the cabins are ridiculously overpriced and the most uncomfortable sleep ever. Well, the recliners weren’t a step up at all. They are extremely hard after a few hours it feels like you are sleeping on concrete. The worst part is, I was bitten by bed bug!!! 2 massive welts on my hips! I just hope that I haven’t brought them into my home now! Not happy, I will be pursuing legal action if I have.

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Simon H
Simon H

The lice problem too has been a long term issue. They’ve replaced seats, even tried freezing them. School holidays and backpackers seem to be the culprits. Best to avoid if one can.


Pavey

Paveyasked

Why can I book the single bed cabin for one

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