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    Anyone got opinions on this please?? safety etc...
    I did the Interislander last April (first time) & was ok, but I thought the food was all cheap carbo loaded crap...& we even upgraded on the way back for that very reason -
    Paid $40 more each to get (guess what) even more carbo loaded but this time slightly more gourmet crap...despite the assurance that it was less so...:p Drinks were included... but return crossing was so rough, even my daughter couldn't drink much...
    Anyway I am interested in other's opinions...Cheers

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    Anyone??

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    Hi Possum. We live in the Sounds so the Cook Strait is a tedious, expensive pain in the butt for us to connect with our family in the north.We try and wait for grabaseats and fly.However when we do go by ferry we always go Interislander. Heard lots of people complain about their experience on Bluebridge. Once when we had really rough seas they had to anchor up in the harbour because they couldn't berth safely. My son was using them the next morning and they were late leaving and had to go slow all the way as they were dragging the anchor as they couldn't get it up properlly. They were hours late getting to Wellington and he was freaking out cause he had to catch a flight back to Hamilton.My daughter likes using Interislander for the playground for the kids. We never buy food on the ferry anymore. Expensive crap! We just take something with us.

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    I havent ever travelled on the Bluebridge so cant comment..Only done the interislander and i can only remember lying on the floor of the bathroom cause i was sooo sick i couldnt move... Funny I have done 3 other trips on there but that is the only one that sticks in my mind! LOL

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    Thanks you two!! Yeah I wouldn't have bought the food...it was my daughter - she was slightly hungover having worked all night & wanted "something to do"
    I'd much rather fly but Mr P wants to take the car...
    Understand re the comment "...is a tedious, expensive pain in the butt for us to connect with our family in the north" We lived long time in Tassie & needing to connect with people in Melb or wherever was tough... & an all night trip by ferry!!! Try being sick for 10hrs plus Taylor!!
    Think the Cook & Bass Straits are two of the worst stretches of water in the world.. (well I certainly know the Bass Strait above Tassie is renowned as one of them)

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    I travel semi-regularly and I've learned a few things that might help:

    1. Always take food! Like everyone else says, the Interislander stuff is to die from

    2. Take a pillow and race everyone else to the booth seats. You know the ones with the full bench and the table in the middle. That way you can stretch out on one side and have a sleep. Love it

    3. If you're a smoker and you don't mind sleeping it rough then you can always go claim a bench upstairs in the covered bit (noone likes that one anyway). That way if you need to smoke you don't have to walk all the way through the ferry to get up top and out the doors

    4. Try take something to keep the kids occupied with. They do have a play area but seriously the older ones will drive you nuts if they get bored enough. If you have an mp3 player, ipod etc they might happily sit there listening to music or watching movies (we hope)

    I've never taken Bluebridge myself so I can't speak for them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint View Post
    Always take food! Like everyone else says, the Interislander stuff is to die from

    4. Try take something to keep the kids occupied with. They do have a play area but seriously the older ones will drive you nuts if they get bored enough. If you have an mp3 player, ipod etc they might happily sit there listening to music or watching movies (we hope)

    Cheers Saint!! Love the comment re the food being to die from!!

    Last trip we ended up paying to watch their screened movie which was at least something to keep daughter occupied & not embarrassingly audibly complaining She was in a really bad head space that trip...& unfortunately in mine...:p
    I did notice Bluebridge's movies were free as well as their fares being nearly $90 cheaper in total (for 2 adults & a car) hence the temptation....

    Anyway after all my sleuthing, Mr P came home from his trip & decided that it was gonna work out quicker & cheaper to fly...& leaves us $200 for car hire if we need it :rolleyes:

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    That is how we prefer to do it too. You can get such good deals on car hire.( Just like a man that it has to be his idea)My hubby has got a work trip to Tasmania in September and I am hoping to tag along. Hopefully it won't involve the ferry ride.

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    Yeah ClaireElizabeth... just like a man... after he went away leaving me with instructions to check it all out...

    If you get the chance, do go to Tas, w your man if you can - its beautiful - lot like NZ...Incidentally I grew up there, so if you wanna know anything feel free to ask... So what area of work is your husband doing over there? If its not top secret

    Oh & btw there are two new much faster ferries now & they are so much better!! "Fraid it's still the same old strait of water tho'...

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    He is involved in Salmon farming and is going to spend 10 days looking at the setup at one in Tasmania. I've had a quick look on the net, and it does look beautiful.Any must see suggestions would be great thanks Possum.

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    Salmon Farming eh??? Boy I 'd love to talk to him - Nothing personal... but wish they'd stop feeding the fish, things that are not natural for fish to eat like corn & soy (things I am highly allergic to...)
    Ever noticed they can't advertise farmed salmon as gluten free What's with that...tells you something eh??!!

    There is salmon farming in Hobart...so I presume you will be based down there...so things to do & see...

    New Norfolk; Port Arthur; Salamanca Market (outdoors on Saturdays); Harbour & Waterfront - nice to stroll around.... Will keep you posted on more as time approaches - getting homesick!!! Want a personal tour guide??? : rofl:

    - Btw In September weather(wind) can be a nit nippy...

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    I don't know too much about the feeding side of the fish, he's involved in the harvesting, but I do know they don't use growth promotents and try to keep it as natural as possible. They spend millions of dollars importing the best feed they can get. Doesn't bother me, we actually don't like salmon(even though I know it's high in omega 3 and sooo.. trendy to eat). Give me a piece of cod anyday. My brother-in-law is in Perth and said the same thing about the weather in Tasmania in September (shouldn't be too diferent from here then).Of course hubby is all paid for but I will have to save furiously to make it (and visit those markets)

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