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Monday 5 June 2017

Gordon River Cruises in Tasmania goes high-tech

Cruises on the Gordon River in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area are about to take a step up in quality with the addition of a new tour vessel to replace Lady Jane Franklin II.

RACT has announced that the Lady Jane Franklin II has delivered quality tourism experiences but there is a need for a new vessel (artist's impression below) to take the visitor experience to the next level.

It said that it has engaged Simon Currant, developer of the first two Gordon River Cruises vessels, to create an experience that will generate renewed interest in the iconic river experience and the West Coast as a tourism destination.

The vessel will be locally built by Richardson Devine Marine, Tasmanian entrepreneurs Hydrowood will supply responsibly sourced speciality timbers for the Upper Deck and Tasmanian culinary consultant David Quon has been engaged in crafting a food program around the freshest Tasmanian produce.
This vessel will be state-of-the-art in both design and environmental sustainability and will deliver the most environmentally sensitive river-cruising experience in a vessel of its size in Australia.

Smaller engines will burn less fuel, and the latest marine technology will deliver the most efficient and low-emission cruising experience available. It has been designed specifically  the Gordon River environment to reduce its impact on its surroundings.

terpretation of the Gordon River story will be delivered through enhanced storytelling, interpretation materials and appropriate use of the latest multi-language, multi-media communications technology.

Visitors will engage in a rich Tasmanian story, experiencing the cruise through floor-to-ceiling windows, automatically washed of salt for optimum viewing.

The vessel will feature a 180-degree rear-viewing seating area and larger outside viewing decks, including a 360-degree view rooftop deck for all passengers to take in the scenery.

No name yet, but I like the sound of Boaty McBoatface.