Up at 4am to make the drive from where we were parked at Geelong to the Station Pier in Melbourne.
I was a bit anxious about the rigmarole of getting our bus & trailer safely, and without an insurance claim, onto the Spirit of Tasmania, but it wasn’t a problem at all. Well managed and lots of people to help every step of the way.
Before we left we walked around to find the perfect set of seats for our family on the return trip. I’d tell you which ones they are but I don’t want the extra competition when the time comes.
One of the things I wanted more of before today was photos of the ship and what it’s like, so the kids and I took a heap on our phones and I’ve uploaded them here.
We’re going on a Carnival Cruise in March and I was surprised how similar to a cruise boat – albeit on a much smaller scale – this trip was in terms of some activities and the general feel. There’s been some good effort put into keeping kids amused.
We paid $1,500 to get the seven of us and our bus + car trailer across the Bass Strait, and the same for the return trip. We booked on Spirit’s Red Hot specials, which saved us $1,000 all up.
To a person the staff we interacted with were lovely and helpful, even towards the end of the trek when they’d have been at the tail end of a 10 hour shift.
Lots of photos below, and a video down the bottom of us boarding (and another amongst the pics of Miss5 dancing on stage and winning a free ice-cream).
Any questions about anything, just ask away.
Except about the perfect spot to sit for the cruise. That’s top secret.
Freestyling! Like her old man does, only with rhyme and without the falling over (my signature move)
This is what I wanted to see before we were due to take the Spirit. A video so I knew what I was in for. At 5:22m this video might seem tediously long, but spare a moment for us who were there. There was no editing down of real time. Having said that, the kids and I got a good giggle from a few moments in here.
Raising a family on little more than laughs
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