Built in 2005 and joining the Bluebridge fleet in 2010, the Straitsman can carry up to 400 passengers and 150 vehicles on each of its voyages across the magnificent Cook Strait. This modern ferry has been designed with contemporary Scandinavian interior with comfortable lounges scattered throughout, including reclining seating areas and private cabins for those who want some sleep on their journey.
The ship is designed for the smoothest sailing possible. It comes with High-tech navigation aids, stabilisers, two powerful bow thrusters and in-line high lift flap rudders for better manoeuvrability. As well as that it contains green features including greater fuel efficiency and utilisation of waste heat for heating hot water and passenger areas.
Bluebridge provide private cabins whilst travelling across the Cook Strait. The luxurious rooms deliver an ideal comfortable setting to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing and travelling and come with en suite facilities.
As well as the private cabins, the ferry has spacious contemporary lounge areas aplenty, spread throughout the public areas. You can also find a designated Quiet Room to relax in and specialised family rooms. If you want to sit back and relax the vessel comes with reclining seating areas.
If you fancy a bite to eat or something to drink whilst making the crossing, head to the café. You’ll be spoilt for choice with premium L’affare coffee, freshly bakes breads, tasty cakes and a kiwi-inspired menu carefully prepared by the on board chefs. You can also treat yourself to award winning Marlborough wine as you enjoy your smooth Cook Strait sailing.
Extensive decking areas are located on the outside of the vessel meaning you don’t have to miss one inch of the fantastic Cook Strait vistas. Marvel at the majestic Marlborough Sounds as you travel between New Zealand’s wonderful North and South Islands.
Bluebridge ships also come with complimentary free Wi-Fi, meaning you can surf the web as you surf the waves between New Zealand’s two magnificent islands.
Bicycle storage is provided beneath the decks for those arriving to the port on two wheels. Lashings are provided to help secure the bike to rails and brackets with rags given for padding.
If you’re travelling with the little ones there are plenty of facilities to help ensure a stress free sailing. There are baby changing areas at your disposal and a family room to base yourself in.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Straitsman guide as accurate as possible, onboard facilities, services and entertainment may vary depending on the date and time of year that you travel, facilities mentioned may change without notification and ferry companies reserve the right to operate vessels other than those mentioned at time of booking without prior notification.