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True North offer a luxury expedition cruise experience on a single ship. Enjoy a small-ship experience with fewer passengers, high-end cuisine and an enthusiastic crew that doesn’t stand on ceremony.
Destinations include the Kimberley – a panorama of rugged mountains, spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls; the still-wild coast of Western Australia featuring the intriguing Abrolhos Islands, world-famous Ningaloo Reef and fishing paradise at the Montebello Islands; the dragons on Komodo; the breathtaking islands of the Raja Ampat; the mighty Sepik River and the un-spoilt islands of Papua New Guinea; mysterious Bougainville; beautiful Sydney Harbour and a seafood safari around the Eyre Peninsular.
Affluent adventurous and active explorers looking to explore Australia’s west coast and beyond.
The True North vessel features the ultimate in comfort and style. Spacious cabins offer modern decor, en-suites and satellite telephones. Indulge in a casual, relaxed atmosphere evidenced by a barefoot rule onboard and an open-door policy that allows passengers to chat with the captain on the bridge, take a tour of the engine room with the chief engineer or visit the chefs in the ship’s galley.
The 22 all-Australian crew are friendly and enthusiastic, offering a personalised service to a maximum of 36 guests. Take part in a robust expedition-style exploration with daily excursions and activities strongly geared towards the environment, including snorkelling, game fishing, diving, glass-bottom boat excursions, hiking, off-ship picnics and wildlife spotting.
The educational lectures are always well attended, and most passengers opt for a sightseeing helicopter flight at least once. The onboard currency is Australian Dollar.
All adventure boat excursions and land-based activities, all dining and non-alcoholic refreshments throughout the day, as well as all fishing and snorkelling equipment and cylinders and weight belts for dive trips.
Complimentary wine, beer and cocktails are served at some land-based activities such as beach parties and picnics. On some itineraries, transfers to and/or from the ship are also included. Tipping is not expected.
About 90% of passengers come from Australia. You will also find New Zealanders and passengers from the US and Europe on board. The vast majority are affluent and aged between 55 and 75.
With the 6 adventure boats and the ship’s helicopter, guests can tailor their adventure to suit their fitness level. Although the vessel is not wheelchair accessible and would not be suitable for guests who cannot navigate a flight of stairs, guests with lesser mobility can utilise the helicopter and engage in less-strenuous activities, such as sightseeing in the adventure boats to access and explore the destination.
Ship size: Small
Class: Luxury Expedition
Expedition cruises around the Australian coastline, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, activity-based itineraries with no sea days and adventurous exploring via helicopter stationed on the ship.
All cuisine is sustainable and organic, with a focus on locally sourced fresh ingredients. The dining room is located on the Main Deck where a breakfast buffet, a one-course lunch and a two-course dinner are served on an open-seating basis. There is no room service, but self-service tea- and coffee-making facilities and biscuits are available 24/7. You can also ask the crew to make you a specialty coffee at the bar for no extra charge.
While cruising the Kimberley, one of the signature dishes for both lunch and dinner is barramundi. On any given day, it may have been caught by the chef or one of your fellow passengers on a fishing excursion. A firm favourite among passengers is a heli-picnic which combines a scenic helicopter flight to the top of a Kimberley waterfall and an Aussie barbecue featuring freshly caught reef fish, local shrimp, squid, pearl meat, lamb chops and beef sausages. The heli-picnic comes with an extra charge.
Fleet consists of one ship, True North (2005), carrying 36 passengers and 22 crew members, which equals a passenger to crew ratio of 1.64:1. The sleek vessel is purpose-built for shallow coastal waters and river systems, avoiding the high seas and favouring remote areas that are inaccessible to big ships. In addition, there are six adventure boats for small-group, water-based sightseeing, fishing, diving, snorkelling and excursions ashore.