It may be a bit too chilly for most grey nomads to be thinking about sailing to Tassie, but the government there is hopeful that the revamped Spirit of Tasmania ferries will soon be luring more of them across the Bass Strait.
It is confident that the $31 million refurbishment of the two ferries and a more comprehensive sailing schedule – which includes an additional 33 day sailings for 2015/16 – will lead to increased reservations.
The Spirit of Tasmania I was officially unveiled this week, and work to improve Spirit of Tasmania II should be completed later this month.
While many grey nomads are more concerned about the high cost of taking a big rig across than the luxuries available on board, TT Line – which operates the Spirit of Tasmania vessels – said the feedback it had received has been ‘unbelievably positive’.
The upgrade of Spirit I includes a revamped lounge and deck area, a new self-service restaurant, and three new bars. The ferries will also have new cinemas, a refurbished recliner lounge, fully refurbished deluxe cabins, and new soft furnishings in all other cabins.
“We are confident that our passenger numbers will increase further following the commencement of the service by both refurbished vessels,” Spirit of Tasmania chairman, Mike Grainger, told 9 News. “We are particularly pleased that day sailing forward bookings have more than doubled compared to the same time last year.”
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