Our Vessels

Our two magnificent vessels cater for all kinds of cruises to truly experience this part of Tasmania.

The stately Lady Jane Franklin II is a large, fast and stable catamaran that carries up to 212 passengers – just perfect for a Macquarie Harbour cruise and entering the Gordon River.  The Lady Jane Franklin II is fitted with floor to ceiling windows for your uninterrupted viewing.

For our smaller groups, the sleek and high speed MV Sophia happily caters for 11 passengers and is ideal for boutique Tasmanian seafood experiences, fishing charters, and for our intimate tours to see the Little Penguins on Bonnet Island.

Lady Jane Franklin II

MV Sophia

Lady Jane Franklin II

Lady Jane Franklin II

The Lady Jane Franklin II was built here in Tasmania as the perfect vessel for the Gordon River. Her hull and engine design ensure minimal impact on the delicate wilderness environment of the World Heritage Area, while being well equipped to explore the wonders of the Gordon River and Macquarie Harbour.

She is beautifully appointed on the inside, and the cinematic floor-to-ceiling glass ensures that passengers have a clear view of the rainforest and river, mountains and harbour on the outside. The Lady Jane Franklin II offers three options – Main Deck (atrium and window) or Captain’s Premier Upper Deck.

Main Deck

The Main Deck of the Lady Jane Franklin II offers a choice of standard atrium seating or premium window seating; and both of these options are forward facing, spacious and comfortable. This option allows access onto the spacious decks to absorb stunning wilderness views as you breathe in some of the freshest air in the world. In addition to your complimentary lunch, you can purchase snacks and drinks at anytime throughout the cruise.

The Captain's Premier Upper Deck

The Captain's Premier Upper Deck is Gordon River Cruises’ luxury sightseeing experience, travelling alongside the Captain with leather seating, a private viewing deck, a dedicated guide and a gourmet lunch of local delicacies. Indulge in fresh seafood, creamy Tasmanian cheeses and select regional specialties, accompanied by complimentary Tasmanian wines and premium beers.

For information on all cruises types or to book visit our cruises page.

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MV Sophia

MV Sophia

For our smaller groups, the sleek and high speed MV Sophia happily caters for 11 passengers and is ideal for the Bonnet Island Experience as well as boutique Tasmanian seafood experiences and fishing charters.

She is a 9.8 metre high-speed, open deck motor cruiser perfect to give small groups an open and uninterrupted view during many of our local cruises, including - the Bonnet Island Experience, Discover the Bays, the Convict Explorer, and the Fishing and Fishing and Charter Experience (your very own personalised tour of the area).

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