Bass Strait is behaving, and there’s barely a ripple as the Spirit of Tasmania 1 sails across Bass Strait from Port Melbourne in Victoria to Devonport in Tasmania. On a day sailing, there’s no need to stow away in a cabin, as there’s so much to do. Stay on deck and wave Melbourne goodbye. In Port Phillip Bay, dozens of dolphins follow the ferry; dipping and diving, and with the occasional ‘Sea World’ high dive just to show off. Had enough sea air? Catch a movie at one of the two cinemas, listen to music in one of the bars, or explore the ferry, spending time wherever you choose. Whoever demanded that the crew announce meal times for TMK (Tasmanian Market Kitchen), Spirit 1’s main eatery, is a genius. How else would I know about the scones served at 4.00pm while cocooned in the lulling silence of The Lounge? Although The Terrace Lounge Bar serves pizzas and paninis, the casual self-serve eatery is the place for well-priced and appetising meals, and, of course, the scones. From a rather large tray of piping hot scones, choose your own, then add as much thickly whipped cream than you think you may need, and grab a handful of Kraft jam portions (remember, there’s not much in them). The scones are well-baked and oven-fresh but taste as though they may be made from a pre-made scone mix. I could be wrong, and I definitely don’t want to undermine the chefs, after all, it’s the middle of Bass Strait and where else can you get scones?
Tea: A selection of Twinings tea bags served in paper cups.
Overall: An excellent surprise!
Location: Station Pier, Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne VIC 3207 OR The Ph: 1800 634 906 spiritoftasmania.com.au
Reviewed December, 2017