While grey nomads often complain about the cost of taking their rigs across to Tasmania, those that do decide the Apple Isle is worth busting the budget for can now travel in real style.
TT-Line’s turnkey contractor, Trimline, says the massive – and expensive – refurbishment programme to transform the interiors of Spirit of Tasmania I and II has been completed on time and on budget. It involved a complete remodelling and upgrade of the public areas and four passenger decks, including 222 standard and deluxe cabins, onboard both vessels.
Both Spirit of Tasmania I and II were fitted with a new self-service restaurant named Tasmanian Market Kitchen; a ‘grab and go’ shop named The Pantry; three bars showcasing Tasmanian wines, ciders and beers; and an upgraded tourist information hub to assist passengers planning their holiday.
The ferries also feature fully refurbished lounges with recliners that are equipped with individual reading lights, a tray table, and a USB port; upgraded standard and deluxe Cabins; updated soft furnishings in all cabins; and astroturf flooring, deck chairs and lounges on the upper decks. New entertainment options include an arcade-style teen zone and kids play area, two new 48-seat cinemas and 28 new flat-screen TVs.
Following the refurbishment, TT-Line has reported a dramatic rise in 2016 bookings and scheduled extra day cruises to cater for the increasing demand from passengers.
Tourism Tasmania has previously stressed that the domestic market is important to the state’s tourism plan and people who arrived on the ships tended to spend longer in the state and cover more distance during their stay.