Spirit of Tasmania 2 ferry Review and Specifications
Specifications of Spirit of Tasmania 2 ferry
|Year built||1998 / Age : 21|
|Builder||Kvaerner Masa-Yards (Turku, STX Finland)|
|Class||fast cruiseferry (Ro-Ro ship)|
|Ferry route / homeports||Melbourne-Devonport|
|Operator||Spirit of Tasmania Feriies|
|Speed||30 kn / 56 kph / 35 mph|
|Length (LOA)||194 m / 636 ft|
|Beam (width)||25 m / 82 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||29338 gt|
|Decks with cabins||2|
|Sister-ships||Spirit of Tasmania 1|
|Former names||Superfast III|
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MS Spirit of Tasmania II ferry is a Ro-Pax passenger vessel operated by the German company TT-LINE Tasmania. The ship has a max capacity of 1400 passengers and 500 cars plus 110 trucks (trailers). The vessel was launched in 1998 and currently operates on the Victoria (Australia)-Tasmania ferry route Melbourne-Devonport (the Bass Strait crossing time 9-11 hours).
As cruise ferry, Spirit of Tasmania 2 has a total of 222 cabins with 750 beds. Of all staterooms, 59 are twin-bed porthole, 72 are four-bed porthole, 81 twin-four-bed Inside, 8 Deluxe, 2 wheelchair-accessible. All staterooms are air-conditioned, non-smoking, with en-suite bathrooms (washbasin, under-sink shelf, WC, shower, hairdryer). The ferry company provides bed linens, towels, and toiletries. Cabin amenities include bedside table, mirrored writing desk with chair, wall-mounted reading lamps, lower twin beds (fixed, size 2 x 0,8 m), upper bunk beds (wall-mounted), clothes storage (hangers / no wardrobes).
Spirit of Tasmania cruise cabins (staterooms for overnight passengers and "day cabins") are located on decks 7-8 and are in the following categories:
- Deluxe Cabins have 1 double bed (queen-size, fixed), 2 large porthole windows (slanted wall/bow location), flat TV (satellite reception, Foxtel interactive TV programming), low table with armchairs, bathrobes.
- 2-Bed Cabins (with 2 fixed lower beds, flat TV) and 4-Bed Cabins (with 2 lower and 2 upper bunks) are inside and outside (with non-opening Porthole window).
- 2-Bed Disabled Cabin (wheelchair-accessible, wider entry door, 2 fixed lower beds, linoleum flooring, adapted bathroom, near-lift location on Deck 8 midship)
- "Day cabins" are also available for booking. Day cabins accommodate passengers from 1 hour after departure until 1 hour prior to arrival. All other passengers must vacate their staterooms 30 min prior to homeport arrival.
- In case an infant is booked, baby cot (1 or 2) will be placed in the cabin free of charge (subject to availability).
The ship additionally has 121 reclining seats (aircraft-type armchairs) available for pre-booking in Reserved Seating Lounge (Deck 8). Recliners can be booked for the day and night crossings. Recliners are fully automatic and have recharging points and under-seat storage for luggage.
Shipboard dining and entertainment options
As facilities, the Spirit of Tasmania 2 ship offers:
(Deck 7) TMK (Tasmanian Market Kitchen) is ship's Buffet Restaurant offering Tassie food favorites, including Starters (with promo-priced "dish of the day"), Desserts, Salad Bar (self-service) and Mains (self-service). TMK Restaurant also offers low-priced kids menus (Little Sailors Meal Deal) with keepsake souvenir cups for AU$13,50. Kids aged 5 and under dine here for free, but must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
The buffet is available on night cruises only. TMK operating hours are Normal crossings (Dinner 6.30-9 pm, Breakfast 5.30 am - arrival), Double crossings morning departures (Breakfast 7.30- 10 am, Lunch 12midnight-3 pm) and Double crossings (night departures (Dinner 7.30-10 pm, Breakfast 5 am - arrival). Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items are also available.
Breakfast Menu items include Fresh Juices, Pura- and Dare- Flavoured Milk, Cereals, Tasmanian Westhaven Yoghurts, Fresh Fruits, Sweet Muffins, Omelettes, Hash Browns, Bacon-Egg Toasted Turkish Roll, White and Wholemeal Toasts, Bacon-Egg Muffins, Hot Drinks (Coffee, Chocolate, Tea).
Buffet Dinner packages cost AU$27,50 (adult), AU$15 (kids 6-15 yo) and AU$10 (kids 6-10 yo). The menu includes Salads, 3-day specials (roast, stir-fry, pasta), steamed rice, beer fries, desserts, drinks (tea, coffee, sodas).
- (Deck 7) THE PANTRY is a casual restaurant offering fresh-made "grab-and-go" fast food (snacks, sandwiches), including gourmet Tassie foods and gift items.
- (Deck 7) Reading Room
- (Deck 7) BAR 7 is a stylish bar lounge with comfortable chairs, large TVs and live entertainment. Here are also offered a selection of Tasmanian premium wines by the glass and bottle (white, red, sparkling), ciders (Toohey's 5 Seeds, Spreyton's Apple-Pear-Ginger Beer), craft beers (Boags Draught, XXX Ale, XXXX Gold), bottled beers (Boags, Cascade, Moo Brew, Pure Blonde, Victoria Bitter), spirits (rum, gin, vodka, cognac, brandy, liqueur), desserts, juices (orange, apple), bottled water.
- (Deck 7) Tourism Hub (Tour Desk) provides passengers with information on accommodation and tours in Tasmania available for booking. It also sells National Park Passes and fishing licenses.
- (Deck 7) Admirals Gaming Lounge is fitted with arcade machines.
- (Deck 7) Duty-Free Shop is retail selling alcohol (liquors, beers, wines), tobaccos, perfumes and cosmetics, sunglasses, watches, jewelry, designer clothes and accessories, electronics and gadgets, toys, confectionery, special occasion gifts, and souvenirs.
- (Deck 7) Two Cinemas (48-seat movie theater lounges) are fitted with modern technology and offer multiple screenings per voyage. Cinema tickets cost AU$10 (adult), AU$7,50 (pensioner), AU$5 (kids 3-15 yo).
- (Deck 7) ATM (cash machine) is next to the Information Desk (Reception).
- (Decks 7-8) Baby Changing Rooms
- (Decks 7-10) Accessible Toilets
- (Deck 8 aft) Recliner Lounge is a Reserved Seating Lounge with large TVs and 121 reclining Pullman seats.
- (Deck 9) THE TERRACE BAR LOUNGE has flat TVs (with Foxtel programming / Australian pay TV), large open space, colorful lounge chairs. The menu includes ciders, bottled and draught beers, wines by the glass and bottle (white, red, sparkling), non-alcoholic beverages (juices, tea, coffee, sodas, bottled water). The fast-food menu offers pizza by the slice (Margherita, Hawaiian, BBQ Chicken, Prosciutto, Vegetarian), panini sandwiches (Vegetarian, Chicken BLT, Italian Ham Rustic), cheeseburgers (on day crossings only).
- (Deck 9) GAME ZONE is an arcade-style gaming area for teens featuring modern lounge chairs and floor-ceiling windows. Most of Deck 9 is crew-only areas.
- (Deck 10) GAMING STATION is a room with comfortable seating where games on Xbox consoles can be played.
- (Deck 10) KIDS PLAY AREA is an indoor beach-themed playground with jungle gym (soft play pyramids, slide, ramp), dance floor, toys, games, supervised activities, seating for adults. Day Sailing Entertainment is a complimentary program offered December through April. The program includes entertainers (face painters, storytellers, circus performers), art-crafts, trivia games, dance parties, disco bingo.
- (Deck 10) TOP DECK LOUNGE is a nightclub/disco bar with soft astroturf (artificial) flooring, deckchairs, and floor-ceiling windows. The menu includes pizza by the slice (Margherita, Hawaiian, BBQ Chicken, Prosciutto, Vegetarian), ice-creams (Magnum, Golden Gaytime, Paddle Pop, Calippo, Anvers Fudge), wines by the glass and bottle (white, red, sparkling), ciders, bottled and draught beers, ciders.
- (Deck 10) Navigation Bridge and officers quarters
- (Deck 11) Helideck (helipad) - helicopter landing platform used in cases of emergency
- The ship has 12 elevators (4 forward, 4 aft, 4 midship).
Wi-Fi (via ship's SpiritInternet network) and media streaming are available in all public areas (decks 7-8-9-10), except in cabins. WiFi service is at a surcharge. WiFi costs AU$6 (per hour) and AU$18 (per crossing). Media streaming is free of charge (via FreeSpirit.tv). Internet connections are via satellite (high latency link).
EFTPOS (electronic payment terminals) are available at all onboard outlets.
Between May and November, onboard are hosted drink and food tastings showcasing gourmet products and beverages by Tasmanian producers. These events are by TT-LINE's "Flavours of Tassie" seasonal promo program.
Via the PressReader app, passengers can download to their digital devices (smartphones, tablets) from a selection of thousands of digital newspapers and magazines from 120+ countries and in 60+ languages. Downloads are free and unlimited within the 48-hour period prior to departure.
All onboard emergency instructions are displayed in staterooms, on the TV screens and at the ship's assembly stations (aka muster stations). Life jackets are issued at the assembly stations. In case of emergency, the use of elevators/passenger lifts is forbidden.
TT-LINE Tasmania ferry departure and arrival times
Check-in starts 2,5 hours and ends 45 min prior departure. Wake up call for the morning arrival is made 45 min prior debarkation.
Early boarding starts 1,5 hours prior departure. On night crossings, departure/arrival times may vary in the period September through May. Day crossings are operated in September through April. In cases with scheduled consecutive day and night cruises, night crossing's departure/arrival times may vary.
|Night cruise||7:30 pm||6 am||6:30 am|
|Double crossing schedule||Departure||Arrival||Disembarkation|
|Day cruise||9 am||6 pm||6 pm|
|Night cruise||9 pm||6 am||6 am|
The distance between Devonport-Stanley is 127 km (1,5 hours drive), Devonport-Launceston 100 km (1 hr), Launceston-St Helens 164 km (2 hrs), St Helens-Coles Bay 113 km (1,5 hrs), Devonport-Strahan 226 km (3 hrs), Launceston-Hobart 200 km (2,5 hrs), Strahan-Hobart 300 km (4 hrs).
Bass Strait ferry route's length (Melbourne-Devonport ) is 429 km (267 ml).
Pets on the ship
Pet animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, chickens) are allowed on all crossings. However, dogs and cats must travel in ship's kennels (bedding is not provided). Kennels (priced AUD 22 oneway) are located on ventilated car decks. Freshwater is supplied throughout the cruise. Pets are not allowed to stay in the vehicles. During crossings, car decks are not accessible to passengers. Excepting assistance dogs, pets are not allowed in cabins and public areas.
Unless the dog/cat is a mother with pups/kittens, one kennel must be booked per animal. Smaller animals must be carried in their own pet cage, then placed into a kennel. Livestock can also be ferried. The list of animals not allowed on the ship includes wildlife (reptiles, amphibians, wild birds, water animals, worms, spiders, pigeons, doves, rodents.
All dogs entering Tasmania must be treated for Hydatid Tape Worm (within 14 days prior entering) and documentary proof for the treatment is required (receipt or vet's subscription).
Garage decks (for cars and trucks) are decks 1 through 6. The forward of Decks 1 and 2 are accessed from Deck 3 via a tilting ramp. Aft sections of decks 1-2 are for ship's machinery (engines, propulsion, etc). Cars on Deck 6 are loaded on a hoistable platform.
Motorhomes (campervans) and caravans can also be ferried, as well as gas-powered vehicles (with fixed bottles). Compressed air cylinders (also scuba tanks) are allowed on board but must be removed from the vehicle and secured in ship's gas trolley.
Next are listed oneway ferry prices for Car-4WD (AU$99), Motorbike (AU$69), Bicycle (AU$19). Follows a list of car decks related safety procedures:
- Disabled passengers or those requiring specific assistance should visit the ship's Information Desk.
- Apply handbrake and place the vehicle in park or 1st gear position. Switch off the ignition, alarm, electrical equipment, headlights. Gas cylinders, if any, must be switched off. Lock the vehicle.
- From your vehicle take only valuables and essential hand baggage.
- Make a note of your vehicle's location and garage deck number/stairway before leaving the car deck.
- Access to the ship's vehicle (cargo) decks during the voyage is prohibited.
- Smoking on vehicle decks, as well as in cabins and passenger lounges is forbidden.
- Wait for the onboard announcement before returning to your vehicle.
- In order to avoid air pollution, don't start the engine until instructed.
The shipowner TT-Line Tasmania (officially "TT-Line Company", founded 1985, headquartered in Devonport Tasmania and Melbourne Australia) specializes in passenger shipping between Victoria Australia and Tasmania (Bass Strait crossings). Since 1993, TT-LINE is a Tasmanian Government fully-owned company.
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The vessel was operated under the names "Superfast III" (1998-2002, by SUPERFAST FERRIES) and "Spirit of Tasmania II" (since 2002 by TT-LINE Tasmania). The ship entered service on March 16, 1998, and was deployed on the Greece-Italy route Patras-Bari (via Igoumenitsa). In March 2002, Superfast Ferries (a subsidiary of Attica Holdings) sold the vessel to TT-LINE. Drydock refurbished (at Neorion shipyard on Syros Island) and renamed "Spirit of Tasmania II", the cruise ferry started the Melbourne-Devonport service for TT-LINE on September 1 (inaugural cruise).
The cruise ship is the second in a 2-unit series built for Superfast Ferries built in Turku Finland (at Kvaerner Masa-Yards), with sistership Superfast IV (Spirit of Tasmania 1). In 1995, for the Patras-Ancona service, Superfast Ferries launched the sisterships Superfast I (now Skania) and Superfast II (now Mega Express 4).
Ship's extensive drydock refurbishment in 2014 was in Sydney NSW (at Captain Cook Graving Dock, Garden Island) and cost TT-LINE Tasmania USD 10 million (GBP 7,5 million). The project was conducted by Trimline (UK company) via local contractors and sub-contractors. During the overhaul were completely remodeled and upgraded the four passenger decks (all cabins and public areas) and were added two cinemas, self-service restaurant (TMK), 3 new bars, family play area, retail shop.
On December 8, 2017, TT-LINE Tasmania announced that the existing ferries will be replaced with two newbuilds launched in 2021 and 2022. In January 2018 was selected Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (Flensburg, Germany) as a shipbuilder. In May 2018, TT-LINE Company signed EUR 438 million shipbuilding order for the 2 new LNG-powered cruise ferries. Each ship has length 212 m and capacity 1800 passengers and 600 cars. The new ferries will increase the company's capacity by 43% (passengers) and 39% (freight).
Ship's powerplant includes four SULZER marine diesel engines (model 16ZA40S, V16 turbo-charged) with combined power output 42,2 MW. At sea, the power is generated from 2 shaft generators attached to the main engines. In port, the power (approx 1,5 MW) is generated from 3 diesel gen sets.
Ship's propulsion is based on two reduction gearboxes (510 / 147 rpm), connected with driveshafts with controllable-pitch propellers. The liner has 3 thrusters (fixed, in the hull) - 2 at the bow (forward) and 1 stern (aft).
The vessel has 2 stabilizers (forward-midship located retractable fins) made by Blohm+Voss. Each stabilizer has length 8 m (26 ft) and width 0,6 m (2 ft). Navigation is via 2 semi-balanced rudders (electric hydraulic).
Ship's fuel capacity is 1222 m3, allowing once per week bunkering. Freshwater capacity is 570 tons.
The vessel is equipped with 2 marine evacuation systems, a total of 2266 life jackets (plus 140 for kids), 18 life rings, 4 motorized lifeboats (capacity 150 each), 28 liferafts (combined capacity 1310 people), 1 motorized rescue boat (for 6) and 1 work boat (for 4). Comm equipment includes satellite transponders.
Vessel dimensions also include:
- bridge wing to bow distance 32,5 m (107 ft)
- bridge wing to stern distance 162 m (531 ft)
- waterline to bridge wing height 22,5 m (74 ft)
- waterline to mast-top height 39 m (128 ft)
- waterline to funnel-top height 37 m (121 ft)
- draft 6,5 m
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