The Spirit of Freedom was custom built for long range cruising and to optimise the sea conditions of the Coral Sea region. Design features such as the specific length of the vessel, combined with electronic stabilizers ensure maximum sea keeping capability for greatest passenger comfort. Heavy duty medium rev marine diesel engines provide fuel efficiency, reliability, and low vibration and sound emission. In 2008 a state of the art air-conditioning system, specifically suited to tropical conditions was fitted, enabling fail-safe air-conditioning throughout the vessel. In addition to holding 20,000 lites of fresh water, the Spirit of Freedom carries on board fresh water makers, generating up to 9,000 litres per day, which ensure a continuous supply of fresh water in medium use situations.
The Spirit of Freedom is kept in current 1B Queensland survey to 260 miles offshore range, which includes all Coral Sea Reefs & Islands.
Eleven spacious air-conditioned cabins all contain their own private bathroom and are serviced daily. The following cabin types are available:
OCEAN VIEW DELUXE: Large cabin with under-lit double bed, wardrobe, ottoman, Bed side tables, TV with access to over 200 in-cabin movies, private bathroom.
OCEAN VIEW: Contains under-lit double bed, wardrobe, TV with access to over 200 in-cabin movies, private bathroom.
STATEROOM: Spacious cabin with under-lit queen bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bed side tables, TV with access to over 200 in-cabin movies, private bathroom.
DOUBLE OR TWIN: Double bed & single over, wardrobe, bedside table, private bathroom.
Double: Double bed only, wardrobe, bedside table, private bathroom.
TWIN SHARE: Bunk style single beds, wardrobe, private bathroom.
QUAD SHARE: Bunk style single beds, wardrobe, private bathroom.
THE DIVE DECK:
The dive deck contains individual stations for 26 guests with dry storage above and a storage box under for every 2 divers. Air and Nitrox whips allow tanks to remain in their rack, supplying air and Nitrox at 32%.
For photographers there is a camera wash tub, small camera table and air gun. Fresh water showers are located aft of the dive deck, and deck towels are provided after each dive.
The dive deck holds:
* 2 x Bauer 21 CFM Compressors
* DNAx Nitrox Membrane System
* 65 cf & 88 cf Alloy Tanks
* Uwatec Aladin Prime Dive Computers
* All individual scuba gear items
* 3mm and 5mm full lengths wetsuits
THE TOP DECK:
The top deck is a great place to relax between dives, with undercover and open areas containing timber tables, chairs, comfortable lounge seating and sun-lounges. Here you can relax with a book, take a quick snooze, catch some sun rays, or share stories of the marine life you encountered on the last dive.
The wheelhouse is generally where you will find our friendly Captains, Tony and Cameron. Both Tony and Cameron have many years experience driving dive vessels in our region, and having been with Spirit of Freedom for a number of years, both are revered for their skill and competency as co-Ships Masters. With the exception of when they are tying up the boat, Tony and Cameron welcome guests into the wheelhouse for a chat.
THE DINING SALOON:
The dining saloon in the centre of the vessel serves as a meals area, briefing area, theatre room and general meeting place. All guests can be comfortably seated in this room. The 42 inch wide screen TV is often the focus of attention for briefings, movies or documentaries, or the trip slide show. This is also an area that many people use to work on their laptops, and with wireless internet available (when in range), this is a great place to send emails home about your day's diving adventures.
THE FORWARD LOUNGE:
Another great place for chilling out and relaxing, the forward lounge has comfortable couch seating and beanbags. Here you will find a coffee machine, tea selection and hot water, library - including marine reference books, DVD library, Flat Screen TV & DVD. For photographers, there is also a camera work station with power-boards and converters for 110 Volt.
THE SHIPS BAR:
The ships bar contains a good range of quality Australian & New Zealand wines, plus beer, UDL spirits and soft drinks, all at very reasonable prices. Our crew are happy to serve you, or if they are performing other duties, you are most welcome to serve yourself. We use an honour system for all your purchases on Spirit of Freedom, so there is no need to worry about payment until the last night of your trip. On our scheduled dive trips, the house wine and soft drinks are included during your evening meal.
2 x 4.8m Naiad Tender boats
Meals & Drinks:
Our chefs perform culinary miracles to deliver you four plentiful meals each day, including a continental and cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in-between dive snacks. Using the freshest ingredients, our chefs create healthy meals to delight the eye, taste buds and stomach. If you have a specific dietary requirement, be sure to advise us ahead of time on your 'Diver Information' form and our chefs can usually plan and accommodate for you. Australian wine and soft drinks are complimentary with the evening meal. The ships bar contains a good range of quality Australian & New Zealand wines, plus beer, UDL spirits and soft drinks, all at very reasonable prices. Our crew are happy to serve you, or if they are performing other duties, you are most welcome to serve yourself. Another great place for chilling out and relaxing, the forward lounge has comfortable couch seating and beanbags. Here you will find a coffee machine and a great tea selection.
We use an honour system for all your purchases on Spirit of Freedom, so there is no need to worry about payment until the last night of your trip. We can accept AUD cash, Australia Dollar Travellers Cheques, Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
Australian domestic power standard is 240V @ 50htz, with 3 pronged power sockets. 110V outlets are available in the lounge for charging your batteries and laptops. Should you wish to use electrical appliances in your cabins that are not 240V you will need to bring your own power CONVERTER and adaptor. Should you plug your appliance into the ships power without a converter, you will burn out your appliance (it may also catch fire) and trip the breakers on the boat.
Our dive crew is trained in medic first aid, oxygen administration and diving accident management. Spirit of Freedom is equipped with a medic first aid kit and medical oxygen tanks. The vessels emergency plan is continually maintained and updated. The crew have contact to the nearest decompression chamber. Our guests are informed of emergency exits, emergency plans, fire extinguisher locations, and how to use a life vest.
JRC 72 mile radar, Transas Plotter, Tsunami GPS System.
Ship’s phone, satellite phone and email, Icom HF Radio, Icom VHF radio, Wireless internet access when in range.
Rates & Booking Conditions
All rates are in Australian Dollars and are subject to change without notice. Rate periods are from July 1st to June 30th.
*Non Diving Passengers, please deduct $100 off the 3 & 4 day trip rates and $200 off the 7 day trip rate
*Sole Occupancy, please double the per person rate and deduct $250 (n/a quad cabin)
*7 day Thursday departures are priced by adding 3 Day + 4 Day trip rates
*Ocean View cabins and Staterooms contain double beds only and rates are based on double occupancy
Onboard accommodation, All meals and snacks, tea, coffee and water, a glass of wine or beer with evening meals. Diving - Compressed air tanks, weights & weight belts. Transfers to and from Cairns City accommodation. A Low level flight (to/from Lizard Island) is included in the 3 Day Cod Hole and 4 Day Coral Sea itineraries.
Rates not included:
Dive Equipment Rental, Digital Camera Hire, Phone, fax, wireless internet access (when available). Other incidentals purchased onboard.
Other fees & taxes:
A $20 per person trip fee applies to all passengers entering the GBR Marine Park. A pay on board fuel levy of AUD$10 per day per person currently applies.
A 20% deposit will secure your reservation for travel with Spirit of Freedom, and final payment is required 30 days prior to departure.
We accept payment by direct transfer into our bank account, Australia Dollar cheque, Australia Dollars cash, Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club, JCB Card, and American Express. Please note that a credit card fee of 3% applies to Diners Club, JCB, and American Express.
20% cancellation fee applies with 60-22 days notice
100% cancellation fee applies for 21 days or less notice
SOF will endeavour to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but reserve the right to alter the proposed itinerary or cancel the trip in the event of extreme weather conditions. Trip itineraries are subject to change at the sole discretion of the Master of the Vessel. In the event that a trip is delayed, or cut short due to weather, mechanical breakdowns, or medical emergency, fees will not be refunded. SOF will not be held financially responsible for an alternative trip or accommodation, any inconvenience incurred, or for adverse weather conditions or illness as a result. Trip fees will not be refunded should you be unable to board in time for the scheduled departure or be unable to complete all available dives.
MEDICAL & TRAVEL INSURANCE:
All SOF passengers are strongly advised to purchase a comprehensive Travel Insurance policy that includes:
1. Trip Cancellation insurance
2. Lost/damaged personal belongings or equipment, due to any reason must be claimed on Travel Insurance.
3. Evacuation & Medical cover for Scuba Diving. Please be aware that Scuba Diving and in-water activities are not covered by all Travel Insurance companies. Please read the wording of your policy carefully.
NOTE: In a Medical Emergency any evacuation, vessel relocation or medical expenses are the financial responsibility of that diver.