By Dallas Sherringham
In Australia's faraway North there a a unique cruise ship that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
It is the legendary True North and it takes its guests on adventures in the Kimberleys, PNG, Indonesia and the isolated South West Pacific islands.
And you could be sailing on her soon as Ocotober this year!
True North's reservations team is pleased to announce that multiple cabins have become available on a Coast & Coral itinerary departing Broome on October 29.
The departure has been released from charter and now presents as rare opportunity to join a Kimberley itinerary in 2022.
Following a successful debut in 2019, the Coast & Coral has gone from strength to strength and it is now one of True North's most requested itineraries. And for good reason – it is an adventure that combines the very best of two equally stunning destinations – the Kimberley Coast and the Rowley Shoals.
This is your opportunity to experience many of the Kimberley’s icons and the bucket-list Rowley Shoals, in a single itinerary.
Just like an Exclusive Hotel
The True North allows discerning adventurers to experience wilderness in surroundings more akin to one of the world’s most exclusive hotels! Guests are able to take advantage of a number of lavish vantage points including a sundeck, a forward observation lounge, a lounge and an alfresco bar.
The naturalist presents interpretative information on wall-mounted screens in the lounge and, an internet café enables convenient communication with the outside world.
A popular venue on any True North itinerary, the lower deck dining room offers the ultimate in comfort and uninterrupted vista – large panoramic windows ensure that guests never miss any of the action, even when they are enjoying the ‘finest in fine dining.
All cabins feature stylish décor, en-suite facilities, in-house entertainment and satellite telephones. The Explorer Class and River Class staterooms offer king-size beds that can be converted to singles and the Ocean Class twins feature roomy single beds.
The purpose-built True North is able to explore the upper reaches of shallow river systems – guests need only step out of their cabins to experience wilderness. But the adventure doesn't stop there!
Multiple adventure boats provide guests with greater opportunity to do “what they want, when they want” and, to add yet another dimension to adventure, most itineraries feature an onboard helicopter!
Young Australian Crew
The crew of the True North are generally young Australians who create a truly authentic onboard experience. And the crew are very much part of on-board life - you may even feel as though they are having just as much fun as you are! That’s because they are – every day is an adventure for the crew as well and you will not be able to resist their enthusiasm and passion!
Unlike more conventional cruise experiences – crew members on the True North are encouraged to interact with guests. They will uniquely chaperone your every experience providing assistance, interpretation and genuine company.
They will bait your hook and carry your SCUBA tank but they will also join you for dinner and entertain in the ship’s lounge.
And not forgetting that they will also prepare fine meals of distinction, maintain your cabins with their renowned degree of attention and safely navigate the ship, boat and helicopter to each destination.
Guests on the True North adventures Australian cruises never fail to recognize the outstanding involvement of the crew - they are one of the reasons that an adventure on the True North is not just another expedition cruise!
As I mentioned, the True North is purpose built to access wilderness – larger ships cannot go where we go! The ship’s unique access enables guests to comfortably engage in activities that cannot be offered on larger ships or, perhaps that can only be offered following an arduous journey in a rubber boat.
A classic example is experiencing the Kimberley’s majestic King George River. Guests on the Ttrue North sail up the King George sipping champagne and listening to classical music on the ship’s sundeck.
When they arrive at the falls – the master manoeuvres under the falls so the guests can have a shower on the bow. (see photo above left) Afterwards guests return to their cabins and change out of their swim wear perhaps before flying above the falls in the ship’s helicopter.
Larger ships can only anchor off the mouth of the river and often ferry their guests to the falls in rubber boats. Upon arrival the rubber boats can be driven under the falls but the only remaining guest option is to endure another extended journey back to the mother ship – this time in wet clothing. The True North difference is really quite stark!
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True North has a choice of stateroom accommodation
The purpose built True North complete with helicopter
The fishing in the Kimberley is great
Go diving to find giant clams
The amazing Montgomery Reef experience
True North takes you to isolated places far off the normal tourist routes