MV Spirit of Freedom ~ Around the Boat
The MV Spirit of Freedom provides space, comfort and stability for cruising the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef. She’s 37m (124ft) in length, with a steel hull and electronic stabilisers, providing the most comfortable ride possible in the conditions. Voted Best Australian Liveaboard by readers of Australasia Dive Log (2015) there’s private bathrooms in every cabin, FREE WIFI when in range and an abundance of communal spaces to relax and enjoy your time out the water, as much as you do in the water. So let’s take a look around the boat.
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.
All diving activities are overseen by the Trip Director. He/ she will be the one to brief you on each dive and ensure your diving experience with Spirit of Freedom is both safe and enjoyable. The Trip Director is supported by 3 other Instructors and a Divemaster who make up your dive team on board.
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 top deck is also a great place in the evening, where you can enjoy a quiet drink or get together with fellow divers. During your trip we always plan at least one alfresco BBQ dinner on the top deck.
The galley is where 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, tastebuds 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.
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 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. Note: Spirit of Freedom is a fully licensed vessel. Bringing your own alcohol on board is not permitted.