New luxury expedition vessel debuts in Tasmania

Odalisque III catamaran accommodates a maximum of 12 guests

On Board’s highly anticipated new luxury expedition vessel, Odalisque III, was launched today [Tuesday 24 January 2023] in Hobart.

The24-metre three-deck catamaran, catering for just 12 guests, is set to take luxury expedition cruising in Tasmania to a new level. On Board’s expedition cruises merge indulgence with adventure, serving fine fare, and offering exclusive access to remote locations few will ever reach.

The Odalisque III offering is not about six-star comforts, though the multi-generational family has considered every deluxe touch. Rather, they’re redefining luxury a Tasmanian way – with light touch and a passion for preserving Tasmania’s environment at their core. Pieter van der Woude, On Board’s Founder and Skipper, said, “Today shows what those of us in the Tasmanian tourism industry really can do to care for and share our precious place in a responsible way for future generations.”

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“We want not only to showcase our incredible environment to guests but inspire and excite them to conserve the wild places that we love – and be absolutely sure that in 40 years’ time, when I am long gone, On Board will still be able to share the same wilderness with our guests.”

The vessel and experience have been designed to create a very low environmental impact, avoiding the requirement for a land-based footprint. From the tinted windows, reducing the reliance on air conditioning, to the large lithium-ion battery bank to minimise the use of generators, sustainability has been at the centre of Odalisque III’s design.

High-profile Australian aviator, adventurer and dedicated conservationist Dick Smith AC attended Odalisque III’s launch ceremony. Smith first visited the Port Davey region many years ago, and today said, “Port Davey in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is one of the most precious places in the world. Businesses like On Board, who immerse guests in this incredible wilderness, providing luxury but with a care and passion for the place, are pioneering the future of Tasmania’s tourism.”

Render, Odalisque III at Mt Stokes

Odalisque III was custom-built in Hobart by Tasmanian shipbuilders Richardson Devine Marine and guest experiences are delivered by an all-Tasmanian crew of acclaimed chefs, skippers and guides, many of whom have worked with the company since its inception in 2016.

Odalisque III will head to the Southwest Wilderness for her inaugural expedition cruise, starting on 30 January. The first guests aboard will enjoy On Board’s signature five-day Port Davey expedition sailing, which explores the rivers and coastlines of Port Davey, Bathurst Harbour and Melaleuca. Guests will also soon be able to fly direct from Hobart’s waterfront to the vessel’s exclusive mooring via the company’s new Cessna Caravan seaplane, operated in partnership with Above & Beyond.

On Board’s Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour expeditions run between January and May, and East Coast Expeditions run from June to November. Private charters are also available.


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