Thursday 11 August 2022

On Board Expeditions: Luxury new vessel hits Tasmania’s waters

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On Board | Tasmanian Expedition Cruises will launch a new custom-designed luxury vessel, Odalisque III, at the end of 2022.

Pieter van der Woude, On Board Founder & Skipper, said the new Odalisque will provide an intimate wilderness experience in remote Tasmanian waters.

“Hitting the water in January 2023, Odalisque III will take a maximum of 12 guests in luxury on the trip of a lifetime in Tasmania’s wilderness,” Pieter said.

“The 24m expedition catamaran features six well-appointed spacious cabins with elegant indoor and outdoor lounge and dining areas.

Odalisque’s sole purpose is to provide small groups access to some of Tasmania’s most remote waters and wilderness areas, led by local experts.”

Mr van der Woude said the new vessel will cruise into the wilds of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour in southwest Tasmania between January and May each year.

Odalisque will then cruise the beaches and islands of Tasmania’s east coast, from June to December. Odalisque will also be available for private charter.

Odalisque III will offer:

· 6 curated suites on board, including comfortable walk-around queen beds, expansive ocean views and ensuite bathrooms
· Sophisticated interior design reflecting the colours and moods of Tasmanian landscapes
· Specialist chefs, seconded from some of Hobart’s top restaurants, serving flavoursome feasts starring local Tasmania produce in what is quite possibly the most remote restaurant in Tasmania.
· Cool climate wines, crisp craft beers and slow-sipping spirits with an emphasis on the best of Tasmania
· Guests will be looked after by a team of local experts, including skippers and guides who have been visiting these wilderness areas for decades
· From the lavish comforts of this new floating boutique lodge, guests head into the wilds each day on guided tender and shore excursions

Tender excursion to Breaksea Islands (supplied)

Mr van der Woude said Port Davey is a remote and spectacular harbour on the edge of the world, inaccessible by road and visited by just a privileged few each year.

Port Davey highlights include:

· Winding through the sea caves of Breaksea Islands
· Hiking to wilderness peaks for expansive views over harbour and national park
· Cruising the winding bends of the peaceful Davey River
· Spying the critically-endangered orange-bellied parrot
· Strolling the untracked sandy expanse of a Southern Ocean beach
· Visiting the ex-mining settlement of Melaleuca to discover the area’s fascinating history

Odalisque III is the only expedition vessel that On Board will operate and will replace their current cruiser, Odalisque II, from January 2023.

On Board is now taking bookings for Port Davey Escape expeditions between January and May, and East Coast Expeditions from June to November 2023.

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