Sailing vs Flying – Sea. The difference

Sailing vs Flying – Sea. The difference

5 August 2013

Cheap airfares are not always so plain sailing when you add up all the costly extras, not to mention the stress.

You plan and pack, drive to the airport, find a car park, pay for parking, queue up, check in luggage, queue up, pay for extra luggage, negotiate the airport, queue up, go through security, queue up, get on the plane, find a place for your hand luggage, fight for leg room, turn off electronics, fasten seatbelts, eat packaged food, wait to disembark, wait for luggage, queue up, pay for a hire car...

It takes days into your trip just to recover.

But what if you could be relaxed right from the beginning? What if you could pack as much as you like and take your car with you? Your holiday would start from the moment you drive on board.

With Spirit of Tasmania, there are many ways to ‘Sea. The difference’.

Your only luggage restriction is your car’s capacity.
There’s no need to worry about excess baggage fees, waiting for luggage or losing luggage. With the option to fill the car with suitcases, golf clubs, fishing gear, camping equipment, board games and anything needed for a touring adventure, enjoy stress free packing and pack as much as can fit in the car boot.

Why pay for a hire car when you can take your own?
Whether it’s a family adventure or a weekend getaway, taking the car is an easy and stress-free option. Which means waving goodbye to expensive airport parking, taxi fares and car hire.

Your holiday starts from the moment you board.
Drive on and ease into your holiday with spectacular sea views, a selection of dining options and entertainment for all ages.

Fresh sea air, not recycled air.
The beauty of travelling by sea is having the freedom to step out on deck, enjoy the beautiful views and breathe in the fresh sea air – there’s nothing quite like it.

Need legroom? We have more than 600 feet of it.
With so much space on board, travellers are free to wander around or relax and stretch out in the comfort of their own private cabin.

Confined to a seat or free to play?
There’s fun for kids of all ages with a playroom for the little ones and a games arcade and cinema for the bigger kids.

Exploring on board, not restless bored.
There is always something to do on board. Take a stroll on deck, catch a movie, enjoy a meal or book national park passes, buy fishing licences and find out what to do and where to go at the tourist information centre on board.

We dim the lights a little differently on departure.
Sail by night and experience the romance of a breathtaking sunset and all the wonders of the sea by moonlight.

Meals served fresh not packaged in foil.
With a variety of dining options to choose from, including an a la carte restaurant, a buffet style eatery, café and a number of bars to relax with a drink, passengers can dine in style and enjoy some of Tasmania’s finest produce and wine.

The first night of your holiday is on us.
Cruising in comfort has never been easier, with a range of accommodation options to choose from including a Deluxe Cabin equipped with a queen sized bed and flatscreen TV, Twin Berth Cabin, Four Berth Cabin or an Ocean Recliner. Travellers can spend their first night relaxing at sea, arriving refreshed and ready to start their holiday the following morning.

Don’t pay adult prices for kids.
With lower prices for kids under fifteen, there is more to spend on a fun-filled family holiday.

Airlines departing on time?
That ship has sailed. There is no need to be anxious about getting to a destination on time, with no overbookings or last minute cancellations; sailing is the most reliable way to travel.

The allure of sea travel is the only way to travel to Tasmania. With so many reasons to leave flying in its wake, now has never been a better time to book a trip on board. Spirit of Tasmania departs nightly from Melbourne and Devonport and operates day sailings during high demand season.

To enter Spirit of Tasmania’s ‘Sea. The Difference’ competition and win a share in more than $10,000 worth of prizes, submit a photograph via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or and show how you can ‘Sea. The Difference’. Twelve weekly winners will be selected for the most creative photo that demonstrates why they feel sailing with Spirit of Tasmania is better than flying.

Weekly prizes include a $300 Spirit of Tasmania voucher and the winner’s choice of one of the following vouchers - a $200 Red Balloon Voucher, a $200 Rays Outdoors Voucher or a $200 Shell Petrol Voucher.

A people’s choice award will be awarded to the grand prize winner who receives the most votes for their photograph. The grand prize valued at more than $4000, includes a return trip on Spirit of Tasmania for two people including a standard car and dinner on board and accommodation thanks to Stay Tasmania and Best Western. For details, visit


Contact: Soniya Fernandez
Communications Manager