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Published February 7th 2017
Day or night there's plenty to discover
If it's your first time sailing on the Spirit of Tasmania or your first time in a long time, there's much more to enjoy following its recent upgrade.
Passengers can choose to travel in either direction between Melbourne and Devonport, Tasmania for a day sail or overnight adventure and enjoy the new interiors, dining and entertainment options and more as you journey across Bass Strait. No matter if you're sailing on the Spirit of Tasmania I or II, your journey is certain to be an unforgettable one.
The Spirit of Tasmania has undergone some fresh new upgrades recently.
We ventured to the apple isle from Melbourne recently for a night sail (with a day sail on the return to Melbourne) and found there's so much more for couples and families and even singles travelling on board. Check in for your sail early to settle into your cabin early or if you don't have a cabin, just to have the most time to explore. The entire journey is roughly 9-11 hours and while that might seem like a long time, when you're on the overnight sail, it goes really quickly.
While you're on board, here are 5 ways you can make the most of you time.
1. Relax, unwind and enjoy the surrounds One of the newly refurbished areas Bar 7 is a great spot to grab a drink and cosy yourself into a great little spot to relax before dinner or have quiet chat. They offer a good selection of Tasmanian wines, boutique ciders and local craft beers. The area has plenty of comfy lounges and quiet corners to it's an ideal spot to enjoy a bevvie and plan your Tassie adventures.
The Terrace Lounge Bar also offers a great space to spend time during your day sail with flat screen televisions showing Foxtel programs. During the day sailings, there's also pizzas and paninis to curb your hunger.
Alternatively, head up to the Top Deck Lounge Bar with deck chairs to relax in, soft synthetic grass to sink your toes into and floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering gorgeous ocean views.
Head up to the Top Deck Lounge, soak up some sunshine and enjoy the views. Image: Spirit of Tasmania
Or if you're keen to enjoy a bit of quiet 'me time', grab a book and retreat to the Reading Room and enjoy uninterrupted reading time throughout your journey.
2. Enjoy some on-board fare
The dining areas on board have also undergone a refurbishment, particularly the Tasmanian Market Kitchen (TMK), a casual self-service restaurant where a range of hot and cold meal options are on offer. There's also a selection of desserts including cheese platters to pair up with your favourite Tasmanian wine.
Indulge in some of Tasmania's finest cheeses (matched with a Tassie wine of course) in the Tasmania Market Kitchen. Image:The Ideas Library
If you're looking for a snack, there's also a shop on board with essentials you may have forgotten at home as well as a selection of snacks, drinks, coffee and sandwiches. It's a perfect place to pick up a souvenir or two as well.
3. Catch a film in the cinema On board, you'll find not one, but two cinemas showing new release films. There's also multiple screenings per sailing so you can choose a time that suits you.
Catch a movie while on board the Spirit of Tasmania. Image: Spirit of Tasmania
4. Have fun with the kids
Travelling with children is certainly no issue as there's plenty to keep them occupied with a new zone just for kids and teens with arcade games and a jungle gym ready for them.
Additionally, during the day sailing, families can enjoy kids activities such as face painting, roving circus performers for the kids, badge making and adults can also enjoy disco bingo, trivia and live music for the adults.
There's plenty for kids to enjoy on board as well. Image: Spirit of Tasmania.
5. Kick back and relax in your private cabin
Travellers have the option of booking a deluxe cabin with a queen sized bed, flat screen television and ocean views (perfect for couples) or a Twin cabin with two single beds, suitable for two people. Alternatively, if your travelling with family or a group of friends, you can book a four-bed cabin with two sets of bunk beds. If you're keen to save a few extra dollars, there's also recliners available where you can relax and grab a few zzz's.
Perfect for couples, the deluxe cabin is an ideal place to relax. Image: Spirit of Tasmania
You'll also find there's WiFi available on board and a travel centre with plenty of brochures on places to go and things to do once you disembark. There's also a tourism expert on hand so you can have all your questions answered about the best ways to make the most of your time once you're off the ship. And as always taking the Spirit of Tasmania has always been a popular choice as it allows passengers to easily organise for their car to make the journey with them too. So that once you drive off the ship you can start your ultimate road trip.