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a VirtualTourist member from Singapore asked on Mar 16, 2011

State of Tasmania

Strahan -- Gordon River Cruise: Which is the better operator?

Hi all,

Good day!

Just to check on The Eagle and the Lady Jane Franklin II -- which is the better ride?

Is the Premium Deck worth the cost on the Lady Jane?

Thanks! :)

smiles, Francesca

6 Answers

answered on 3/16/11 by
a VT member from Germany

Does Premium Deck mean that you cannot go outside on The Eagle? If this is the case, I personally would go on the Lady Jane because I absolutely loved to stand outside on the deck. I did a trip with her and it was great to smell the fresh rainforest air and just to be outside to experience it.

But I don't know how much different the price it and how your budget is! I really think it is a very personal decision. If I remember rightly you were the person who plans travel for some elderly folks? I don't know if they would like to stay outside so much, maybe they are happy to sit inside and then the cost would be wasted?

answered on 3/17/11 by
a VT member from Barossa

I heard good reports about Lady Jane, friends paid for premium deck, I think you get wine and other alcohol included and first rate food. It,s a bit like comparing business class with economy. Just try and get the cruise that includes Sarah island, everyone who went there loved it. Some time ago there was a full day option which included the train through the forest, a short easy walk, barbecue lunch and then the cruise. However this was 4 years ago, don,t know if it is still happening.

answered on 3/17/11 by
a VT member from Melbourne

Hi Francesca

I've done the cruise on the Premium deck of the Lady Jane Franklin and actually thought it was worth the money. The upper deck seating is well set out to maximise viewing space and the food and drink provided was nice.

I think the decision to spend the extra money on a more premium experience will depend on the weather on the day. I was very lucky to do the cruise on a cloudless day with no wind to speak off. This type of weather is not all that common in Strahan. Its more likely that you will get a dull overcast day, possibly with rain and wind and this would certainly diminish the experience.

If you can I would suggest booking at the last moment and if it is an overcast or windy day I would probably just sit downstairs.

Sarah Island is fascinating so I recommend taking a cruise that stops there. The one I did included a guided tour of the ruins and the guide really brought the place to life.

answered on 3/17/11 by
a VT member from Brisbane

It was a couple of years ago - but I recall a flash looking luxury liner (well, almost - think retirees in the Carribean) and a more straightforward vessel. We took the latter which I think was the Lady Jane. In my view it is the weather that makes the real difference - and you can't pay for that. And we took the afternoon tour which gave us the most amazing sunset as we cruised back to Strachan. Not sure I would have paid for a shipboard flash lunch - just primed the appetite for when we got back in!

We must have taken the cheap seats because we wandered around the decks and got great views - Hell's Gate, the Gordon, forest clad hills, salmon farms. All excellent.

Wouldn't have missed it for quids!

answered on 3/19/11 by
a VT member from Singapore

Hi all,

Thanks so much for taking the time to post your suggestions! :)

Really appreciate it.

I'd go with the Lady Jane Franklin II and take the Premier Upper Deck :)

Will post on how it goes when done with the trip! In Tassie now and love the open spaces and beautiful scenery of Launceston.


answered on 3/20/11 by
a VT member from Palmwoods

I took the Premium Deck on the Lady Jane and I think I really got my money's worth. The upstairs cabin is a spacious area around the captains chair with plenty of vantage points - as well as access to outside. The food was excellent and alcoholic drinks included. I even got to drive the boat!

I was looking for my tip on this and realised that I haven't written it yet!

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