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First Look Inside Expedition Vessel Odalisque III

Ahead of the launch of our new expedition vessel tomorrow, take a first look at the luxe interiors

The brand-new expedition catamaran is the third Odalisque that has been built and operated by the van der Woude family.

The stylish 24-metre three-deck catamaran, catering for just 12 guests, is set to take luxury expedition cruising in Tasmania to a whole new level. On Board’s expedition cruises merge indulgence with adventure, rewarding guests for effort with fine fare, and exclusive access to remote locations few will ever reach. The offering is not about six-star comforts, though the multi-generational family have considered every deluxe touch. Rather, On Board are redefining luxury a Tasmanian way – with light touch and a passion for preserving Tasmania’s environment at their core.

Expedition vessel Odalisque and guests in one of two excursion tenders
On Board's Pieter and Alice van der Woude in front of expedition vessel Odalisque

Odalisque III was custom-built in Hobart by renowned 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.

Luxury & Adventure Onboard Expedition Vessel Odalisque III:

Here are the very first images of the new vessel's interior, including luxe lounges, spacious cabins and relaxed helm and bar area.

Watch the Wilderness go by in the Wheelhouse Lounge & Bar

The sumptuous chairs and comfortable stools of the Wheelhouse Lounge are some of the best places on board to relax with a glass of Tassie’s finest. With nightly drinks hosted in the Wheelhouse Lounge, you will quickly find your favourite perch.

You are welcome to take a seat next to the skipper at the helm at any time too.

Odalisque has an open helm in the Wheelhouse Lounge, where guests can sit and chat to the crew
Guests relaxing in expedition vessel Odalisque's Wheelhouse Lounge & Bar

Feast on Chef-Prepared Seafood in the Dining Room & Bar

The Dining Room is where you will enjoy any evening meals that are being hosted inside. This flexible space turns from a relaxing lounge area by day, to a floating restaurant by night.

On Board's chefs have been borrowed, begged and stolen from some of Hobart’s top restaurants! Curated by Head Chef Courtney Drew, formerly at the helm of North Hobart's A’petit Bistro, the menu takes a fresh and sustainable approach. Courtney sources top local produce and, of course, seafood plucked straight from the ocean. Whether it’s crayfish, abalone, oysters, artisan cheeses and meats or farmer’s market produce, Courtney serves up moreish plates of fine Tasmanian fare in a relaxed atmosphere.

On Board's chef prepares meals of gourmet Tasmanian seafood
On Board's spacious Dining Room & Bar on expedition vessel Odalsique III

Spacious cabins that welcome the natural world in

Luxurious queen-sized beds, all with private ensuites. Beds are framed with photographs of On Board’s favourite places, taken by one of our talented guides who doubles as a gifted photographer. The suites of the upper deck exude sophistication and reflect the moody tones of Tasmania's southwest while the relaxed and thoughtful cabins of the main deck have a coastal-chic feel, reminiscent of the soft, sandy colours of Tasmania's east coast.

Guests rest their heads on linen pillows featuring local Tasmanian botanical prints including kelp and a rare flowering holly only found in the southwest, Lomatia tasmanica, made by local artist Deborah Wace. Each morning a new wilderness scene plays out through enormous bedside windows that invite the natural world in.

Each cabin on expedition vessel Odalisque's feature large picture frame windows
Welcome the wilderness in through large picture frame windows in each cabin

Sundowners on the Upper Deck

This sun-soaked position, in the lee of the wind, is the perfect place to relax with a good book. When the weather is favourable, we will use the Upper Deck for lunch under the sun and dinners under the stars.

Seafood feast and sunset drinks aboard expeditionv vessel Odalisque (2)

Odalisque III is about to head to the Southwest Wilderness for her inaugural expedition cruise, starting on January 30. The first guests aboard will enjoy On Board’s signature five-day Port Davey expedition sailing, which explores the wild rivers and magnificent coastlines of Port Davey, Bathurst Harbour and Melaleuca. Guests will 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.

Limited spots are still available on our Port Davey Escape expedition cruises in 2023. Get in touch today to book.