So say many of the passengers who step off a True North adventure cruise. A South Pacific cruise with a difference, the True North offers adventure cruises all around the magnificent Australian coastline, venturing into the waters of equally stunning Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
The True North’s carefully crafted sailing schedule shows off every destination at its best. Whether taking in the breathtaking majesty of the Kimberley region, enjoying the overwhelming hospitality of the South Pacific, or kicking up their heels in one of Australia’s colourful and diverse cities, passengers are assured of being in the right place at the right time.
Specifically excluding extended periods at sea, a True North itinerary focuses on offering guests the chance to really experience each destination. Daily activities can include walks, fishing, snorkelling, diving, picnics, cultural events, or learning about the fascinating ecology and natural history of this region.
The True North is purpose built to access those wilderness areas bigger ships can’t reach. Multiple adventure boats take guests in small groups to experience nature up-close, and the luxury of numerous tenders also gives guests greater opportunity to do “what they want, when they want.” Most cruise options feature an on-board helicopter, adding another dimension to the adventure.
As an Australian registered ship, the True North is not required to exit territorial waters during Australian voyages. That means every day on-board is an activity day.
The adventure cruiser features spacious cabins, each offering modern decor, en-suite, and a satellite telephone. Guest numbers are limited to 36, and an Australian crew of 22 uniquely chaperones every experience. Dining on-board is sustainable and organic, with a fresh take on modern Australian cuisine. The ship’s menus are also destination-inspired and feature the very best locally sourced ingredients.
Signature dishes might include barramundi (perhaps caught by the passenger’s very own hand that same day), plump black-lip oysters prized from the rock in between sips of champagne, mud crabs cooked on the beach at sunset, or Spanish mackerel served as sashimi in the ship’s lounge.
Hometown highlights can include delicious mangrove jack and finger-mark bream, seasonal yellow-fin tuna, and Yeeda Estate beef. The True North’s “heli-picnics” are an unforgettable way to enjoy the quintessential Aussie barbeque, featuring a wide variety of seafood cooked alongside your private waterfall in the wild.
Destinations in the South Pacific include the spectacular Kimberley region, the wild coast of Western Australia, including the Abrolhos Islands, and world-famous Ningaloo Reef, Komodo Island, home to the famous dragons, the islands of the Raja Ampat, the whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay, the mighty Sepik River, the un-spoilt islands of Papua New Guinea, mysterious Bougainville, beautiful Sydney Harbour, and a seafood safari around the delightful Eyre Peninsula.
Purpose built and accommodating a maximum of just 36 guests, a South Pacific cruise vacation on board True North is a once in a lifetime experience. We recommend booking early to guarantee availability. The Kimberley season runs from April through to early September and space sells quickly. Choose from various itineraries which include on-board accommodation, all meals on board featuring modern Australian cuisine, specialist guides, cultural experiences, daily activities, and more. Check out holiday cruises in Sydney as well, where you can spend Christmas or New Years cruising Sydney Harbour and surrounds – the perfect vantage point for the world famous Sydney New Years Eve fireworks.