It was very busy but as we weren't staying long, we parked in a rare one hour free space. There was a cool breeze blowing and we sat in the sun, rare for me, while we had some food and coffee. There were kiddies with red balloons out and about. What was going on?
We ascertained it was an open day for The New Spirit of Tasmania. I knew about the change to the ferry that makes a daily, sometimes twice daily, journey to our state of Tasmania a while ago. It was decided that the ferry would not be replaced until 2020 but the exiting one (ones) renovated.
R has travelled on many of the ferries to Tasmania, The Empress of Australia, The Princess of Tasmania, The Abel Tasman and The Spirit of Tasmania. One experience had him sitting overnight in a deck chair for the overnight crossing. I have travelled on none. When we visited Tasmania, it was cheaper to fly and hire a car than take the car on the ferry.
So, the ferry was open for inspection, with its new interior. We managed to get into the last group to be allowed on at 3.00. We missed the exhibition area as it was packing up. We followed the red arrows around the ships, changing decks often. It was very interesting and there were so many different public areas.
So Margaret, here a few photos to show you the ferry so that you know what to expect for you next visit to this northern island. I have no idea what it was like before, so I can't compare. I did not have the camera with me, so they are only phone photos, which oddly seem better than the photos I take with my camera.
Lifeboats are essential.
Most of the cabins were twin, but there were some suites with an occasional table and seating and more space along with quite nice bathrooms.
Looking out the front bit of the boat, ok, bow.
Funnels, not cannons.
Somewhere, and I can't find it, is the very top of The Highrise. The top couple of floors have views to Station Pier.
Illuminated seating must look quite trippy at night.