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Spirit of Tasmania

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Shore Excursion - Cradle Mountain day tour from Burnie
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Shore Excursion - Cradle Mountain day tour from Burnie

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This day trip to Cradle Mountain has been especially designed so cruise ship passengers can make the most of their limited time on land. Choose between several walking tracks on the mountain to suit your needs. See native wildlife as well as beautiful waterfalls and lakes. If time permits, stop at a winery or explore charming small towns. This shore excursion is a convenient way to enjoy nature and local culture.
US$ 118.45 per adult
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tinabopped wrote a review 11 May
Albury, Australia108 contributions65 helpful votes
Bloody loved it. Nope not a cruise ship. Well organised. Not a huge wait to get on and off (under an hour). Staff are amazing. Yep had to wear bloody masks, but we had a few drinks so don't have too when drinking or eating (don't recommend the eating part) the food is revolting, not much choice and even the pizza was so disgusting we couldn't eat it so we got a packet of salt and vinegar chips. But the beds are comfy (we had 4 birth), tiny bit rough but not for long. The snored our heads off till woken in the morning. Run like clockwork! Get some decent food and not only would you make sooo much more money but it would be fairly perfect.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Sue wrote a review 10 May
Mentone, Australia15 contributions11 helpful votes
We chose to go to Tasmania via this ship and decided an evening crossing with a cabin would be the way to go. Never again. They are without doubt the worst beds I’ve ever not slept in. Imagine prison mattresses and you would have some idea. We also had a constant tapping/creaking in our cabin and needed ear plugs but unfortunately had none. Boarding the ship in Melbourne was an ordeal which took 1 hour and 29 mins of queuing, fortunately a lot less in Devonport on the way back. The staff were fine and while the food isn’t gourmet it is okay. I wondered if the day crossing would be better, I suspect it would.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Darren M wrote a review 9 May
Campbelltown, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
This was my 4th trip on Spirit, the first after Covid. I feel wearing masks on board is a little over the top at this point, IMO, but I do understand where they are coming from, and it is due to compliance from the Tas Govt. The loss of the buffet is a real shame, especially as it’s been replaced by prepackaged meals, similar to an XPT service in NSW. It also seems they no longer have live music on Deck 10, a real shame. Other than temp checks and travel permit checks, the rest is as normal from my previous experience. Keep in mind that it’s not a cruise ship, just a small ferry, so don’t go on the Spirit expecting the cruise ship experience. It’s only designed for a short sail. We always book a cabin, which are small, but functional, and the berths are reasonably comfy and well sized. I’m 189cm tall and fit well. You only need a bed for the night, and a loo and shower. If you need more, then fork out the big bucks for the deluxe cabins. The worst part of the trip, IMO, is going to Melbourne, which should change in 2023. Some pro tips for first timers. 1) Take only an overnight bag on board, leave the rest in the car. You really only need casual gear for kicking around board, and PJs. 2) If driving, be aware you may sit in your car for a bit of time before driving on board. Patience is a virtue. 3) Read and comply with all quarantine information, they are quite strict about it and you will be checked before boarding. 4) If you don’t want to eat on board, there are options at both ends.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Kyle E wrote a review 8 May
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Terrible experience, we were forced to wear masks for the trip despite having a medical exemption. Despite the obvious fact it goes against science and common sense. I hope the company starts operating lawfully.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Hylton P wrote a review Apr 2021
Yarra Valley, Australia87 contributions33 helpful votes
We have just arrived in Devonport on the Spirit if Tasmania. I had read the negative reports on Trip Advisor and I have to say we have nothing negative to say about our trip. It was in fact quite pleasant, keeping in mind it is a ferry, not a cruise ship, I think the facilities provided to passengers were very good. The staff were excellent. We arrived at 4:50pm and, after an efficient check in and a short wait in the queue, we drove on board. Other cars arrived 6-6:30pm and drove straight on, no waiting. The views of the city at night as we left were beautiful. We had a mild calm night for our crossing and I don’t think the ferry was at capacity in terms of travellers. Our cabin was very comfortable, I slept well. Some clunking at 5:30 am as we neared our destination. There are two decks where food and entertainment (TV) is available. Good Tasmanian wine was available and a choice of light meals on deck 7 or a restaurant style take away meal on deck 10. There were two cinemas with two showings, hence a choice of four movies ($10) Our departure was handled efficiently and if all passengers go to their car when called, the exit is smooth. I thought the coffee was good and the food was nice. Be aware masks must be worn in all common areas on the ferry, except when you are eating and drinking or out on deck. Temperature checks on departure are quick and efficient. I would recommend this method of getting to Tasmania and as an added bonus it provides jobs for quite a few people. Tips: 1. only two power points in the cabin and only one of them will fit an iPhone charger plug. 2. I recommend Cafe Squire in Devonport for breakfast, opens at 7pm and the food is delicious.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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