Just over a month to go until this luxury expedition vessel makes its way to Port Davey, Southwest Tasmania
The vessel will be floated in the water in early January, with sea trials taking place not long after. As some of the soft furnishings go in, like carpets, benchtops, wall panelling and artwork, we're starting to get a real feel for how the space will come alive, and how our guests will enjoy the lounges, cabins and decks.
Here are the latest images, taken just this week. I think you'll agree, the progress since our last update is just phenomenal!
Sections of the vessel are covered with a protective wrap as the undercoat is sprayed on. The luxury catamaran will be white on top and navy blue on the bottom.
Our custom design, which features sea whips and sea pens, will soon be applied on a large vinyl to the hull by local signage experts Signarama.
The giant vinyl stickers that celebrate the hidden underwater landscape of the Port Davey Marine Reserve are being applied to the vessel's hull this week. The team from Signarama apply the sticker to each side of the vessel, meticulously working their way from stern to bow.
Odalisque III's sheltered main deck is home to an outside bar, which pours beer, cider, and other delicious things from local institutions Willie Smiths, Moo Brew & 7K Distillery. There's also a drying room for wet coats and boots, and huge windows into the warm heart of the vessel: the kitchen.
The lower deck includes a custom-made tender haul-out. When Odalisque makes the journey from Hobart to Port Davey, the two 15ft tenders will be pulled onto the deck. Once in Port Davey, they'll be slid into the water, and a false floor is dropped so that the entire deck can be used.
The floors in the spacious dining room have just been laid, and the table top for the buffet bench (which will house zip tap for sparkling water, wine fridge and coffee machine) is about to be installed.
Over each bed in our Southwest Suites and Coastal Cabins will sit a large, panoramic photograph, featuring landscapes our favourite places in Tasmania. Many are taken by our talented guide Peter Marmion.
The Wheelhouse Lounge includes soft armchairs, bar seats and a fridge stocked with Tasmanian wines, gins and whiskies. Here, guests will soak up the views (and a glass of bubbles) as the expedition vessel travels between anchorages.
The open helm is a feature of the Wheelhouse Lounge. Guests will be able to sit next to the skipper as the vessel travels, or on a comfy bench seat, tucked around the corner on the port side.
Owner Pieter and Experience Coordinator Jess admiring the view from the Upper Deck. In just over a month, guests on this very same deck will be having sundowners in Bramble Cove, or perhaps watching auroras in the clear night sky.
The upper deck features a custom-designed table, that will sit around the upper stairwell, where guests can enjoy lunch under the sun around one big table.
Odalisque III is being constructed by specialist boat builders Richardson Devine Marine in Hobart, Tasmania.
Keen to be one of the first to travel aboard our luxury new catamaran? Book yourself on a Port Davey Escape expedition cruise - available from 30 January 2023.