SPIRIT OF TASMANIA

 

The, Spirit of Tasmania’ is the highway between Melbourne and Tasmania. The ship coincidentally carries passengers as well. This is quite a vessel (ship), but more that issue later. Since the very beginnings of the island state, there has been the dependence of shipping for vehicle connection. Bass Strait is a formidable stretch of sea, and an up to twelve hour plus journey (including the embarking and leaving the ship) can be anticipated.

Do not expect to feel sea sick on this sea journey. The combination of ship design, speed and stabilisers all but ensures a comfortable crossing. (But no guarantees though). When doing the crossing be sure to pack lunch (if a day crossing) and all of your snack needs, including tea and coffee.

In the mid nineteen fifties the old ship Taroona was the crossing vessel.

The Superfast III entered service on 16 March 1998. TT-Line took over this ship on 10 May 2002. Along with her sister ship No 4; she was handed over to Tasmania. The two ships then sailed to the Neorion ship yard. During the ships dry docking, works such as painting the new livery and superstructure, as well as a general overhaul were carried out. At the yard they were renamed Spirit of Tasmania 1 and 11.  They subsequently sailed to Tasmania, where she was refitted for her new service. On 1 September 2002 the ships commenced the service on the Bass Strait route.

Spirit of Tasmania I and Spirit of Tasmania II cross Bass Strait most nights, in both directions. During peak season, a double sailing schedule is available, offering you the option to travel on a night sailing or frequent day sailings.

The return cost of a 7 mtre rig  and two people, and a day crossing is circa $750.00.

See the schedule below for arrival and departure times.

YEAR ROUND SCHEDULE

Depart

Arrive

Disembark from

Night sailing

7.30pm

6.00am

6.30am

 

DOUBLE SAILING SCHEDULE

Depart

Arrive

Disembark from

Day sailing

9.00am

6.00pm

6.00pm

Night sailing

9.00pm

6.00am

6.00am


The double sailing schedule operates on multiple dates from 23 December 2011 until 9 April 2012. To check availability, please use our booking system by selecting your dates under the 'book online now' tab (to the left) or clicking on the availability calendar.

DOUBLE SAILING SCHEDULE
Both day and night sailings operate on the following dates:

February 2012

Every Sunday and Monday

March 2012

Sunday 4, Monday 5, Sunday 11, Monday 12

April 2012

Sunday 1, Monday 2, Thursday 5, Friday 6, Sunday 8, Monday 9

This is by no means a bridge to Tasmania, but will, l for a long time to come be as good as it gets.

Enjoy the journey

 

 

 

 

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