So, the day of the sailing has arrived. We know you’re probably rippling with excitement, but there are a few things you’ll want to remind yourself of to ensure a smooth sailing ahead.
Probably the most important piece of advice we can offer you—don’t miss the ship! Check-in commences 2.5 hours prior to departure and closes 45 minutes before the ship is to set sail.
- If you have special needs, you must check in at least 2 hours prior to departure.
Remember to bring a driver’s license or passport etc., as photo ID is required to check in.
Boarding and disembarking
How to drive your vehicle on board
- Gates for routine quarantine inspection open at 5:00pm.
Once through quarantine, all passengers proceed to the vehicle check-in booth to check-in. Each passenger is provided with a boarding pass, cabin key and ship directory.
- Once they have received their boarding pass, passengers drive straight through to the vehicle marshalling yard. Gates for boarding open at 6:00pm. Passengers are to follow the blue line and board via the bow or up the sky bridge.
All passengers travelling with the vehicle remain in the vehicle for boarding via the vehicle deck.
Passengers drive their own cars on board the ship directed by crew.
Once the vehicle is parked, place in park/gear and engage the park brake. Note the deck number and position of the vehicle within the deck so that you can easily find your car on arrival.
On arrival, announcements are made regarding disembarkation. You will be called to your vehicle by deck numbers. When disembarking, do not start your engine until told to do so.
All passengers travelling with a vehicle disembark the ship with the driver.
Is it difficult to board the vehicle deck?
Our vessels are 'roll-on, roll-off' or 'RO/RO' which means you can drive on and drive off with ease. Security and ship staff are available to direct you.
Remember, for safety reasons, you won’t be allowed on the vehicle deck during the voyage. Please ensure you grab an overnight bag and any medication to take with you.
For more information on boarding Spirit of Tasmania with a vehicle at our Melbourne terminal, you can watch our boarding video.
Parking at the Melbourne terminal (Station Pier)
Parking in close proximity to the Melbourne terminal is available and is monitored by the City of Port Phillip Council. The closest car park to the terminal is Station Pier car park where parking meters (ticket machines) operate until midnight seven days a week. Note: Free street parking in the area is difficult to find due to permit zones.
Additional parking is also available for short and long-term parking is available at Ace Parking, 43-53 Bay Street, Port Melbourne offering a range of parking options including long-term, cruise ship and casual parking, no booking required.
Parking at the Devonport terminal
Free parking is available at the Devonport terminal located on The Esplanade, East Devonport. If secure parking or vehicle storage is required, the nearby United Service Station offers short term vehicle storage and is located 1.2km from the terminal (approximately 15 minute walk).
Travelling with pets
If you have booked a kennel, at check-in our team will provide you with a yellow tag instructing you to proceed to the nearest kennel with your pet. Kennels are located on decks 3 and 5. At each kennel location, there is a combination of both large and small kennels. You can choose the most appropriate sized kennel for your pet.
Please refer to our Conditions of Carriage - Special Conditions B: Animals for more information.
Tasmanian Biosecurity Conditions
It is a condition of travel that passengers comply with Tasmania’s strict biosecurity regulations. Please be aware that any fruit, vegetables, plants, fish or fish products cannot be brought onto the ship and must be declared and/or disposed of prior to boarding. Biosecurity inspections will be completed prior to boarding at the Melbourne Terminal, with random inspections taking place during disembarkation at the Devonport Terminal.
Boats and fishing gear must be clean and dry; vehicles must be free from visible signs of soil and mud.
All dogs entering Tasmania are subject to biosecurity entry conditions and must be treated for Hydatid Tape Worm within 14 days prior to entering Tasmania. Documentary proof of treatment such as a receipt or vet’s subscription is required to be presented during inspections.
Non-compliance with the above may result in severe penalties imposed by Biosecurity Tasmania.
To ensure you are fully aware of biosecurity regulations please visit the Quarantine website www.quarantinedomestic.gov.au or call 1300 368 550 for further information.