- In-cabin entertainment
- Satellite telephone
- Ensuite bathrooms
- Sun deck
- Dining room
- Internet cafe
- Onboard helicopter
Overview – True North Cruise Ship
Purpose built to access shallow coastal waters and the only adventure cruise ship in the southern hemisphere with a helicopter on board, the legendary True North has luxury Kimberley expeditions down to an art form.
Many of the Kimberley’s attractions lie along its rugged coastline, from thundering waterfalls and bronzed, muscular rivers to untouched coral reef. Designed to explore the shallow upper reaches of waterways, True North can go where larger ships simply can’t, so passengers are assured an intimate experience of the region. Licensed for fishing, the vessel also carries a full complement of high quality angling equipment, available to guests on a complimentary basis, so you can ‘land a barra’ like a local.
There are six dedicated expedition boats on board, for access to hard-to-reach locations. Multiple craft mean that groups with different interests can be accommodated and provide more opportunities for passengers to do what they want, when they want. Of course, True North is best known as the only adventure cruise ship in the southern hemisphere which carries a helicopter, offering guests a unique perspective of each of the areas they visit. Aside from being fully air-conditioned, the sleek chopper allows all six passengers to sit facing forward.
Lodgings on board are akin to an exclusive hotel, with just 18 roomy, contemporary cabins spread over three levels, featuring ensuite facilities, satellite phones and in-cabin entertainment. Shared spaces include two comfortable lounges, an alfresco bar and sundeck, as well as an internet café so you can stay connected. Accompanying naturalists provide entertaining information sessions throughout your voyage, so you’ll always receive an introduction to a destination before you arrive.
Your enthusiastic all-Australian crew dine with you and chaperone every experience. They also prepare the cuisine True North is renowned for, and are sometimes even found hooking fish or trapping mud crabs featured on the evening’s menu. The galley door is always open, so you can chat with chefs as they prepare your meal. Afterwards, sit back and enjoy modern, distinctly Australian fare on the ship’s bow or with a dazzling Kimberley sunset as a backdrop.
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Rooms – True North Cruise Ship
Equipped with computer-controlled stabilisers, True North is a custom-built 50 metre-long adventure cruise ship designed to carry a total of 20 crew and 36 passengers. Guest accommodations occupy three levels, accessible by stairs. Shoes are not permitted on board, to ensure the vessel maintains its showroom condition; however, suitable footwear should be brought along for shore excursions.
Ocean Class 12m²
Located on the lower and main deck, Ocean Class cabins have twin portholes and two single beds. Named after attractions such as Montgomery Reef, these ensuite cabins are modern in décor and feature cheerful, vibrant colours.
River Class 15m²
Situated on the middle deck, River Class cabins feature double beds (that can be converted to two singles) and large panoramic windows.
Explorer Class 15m²
Occupying the upper deck, Explorer Class staterooms are equipped with a king-sized double (which can be separated into two singles), huge windows, bar fridge and ensuite bathroom with twin basins.
Facilities – True North Cruise
- 18 ensuite cabins
- Sports deck
- Ship’s lounge
- Observation lounge
- Alfresco bar
- Lower deck dining room
- Internet café
- 6 expedition boats
- 1 air-conditioned 6-seat helicopter
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Your Kimberley cruise departs from the pearling port of Broome. Embarkation is at 1700, with the vessel leaving land behind at 1830. There are regular flights from Perth to Broome, while other Australian capital cities offer connections via Perth or Kununurra.
While you’re up in the remote north-western corner of Australia, why not discover the inland jewels of the Kimberley? The isolated El Questro Homestead promises authentic outback hospitality amid thermal springs, dramatic gorges and one million acres of baobab-studded wilderness. Alternatively, fly from Kununurra over to Darwin, Australia’s only tropical capital and gateway to the natural wonders of Kakadu National Park and the pristine Mary River.
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