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surroundings more akin to one of the world’s most exclusive hotels!

Aboard the True North

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Surroundings more akin to one of the world’s most exclusive hotels!

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.

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! 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 and, the latest in computer.

The crew of the TRUE NORTH are generally young Australians who create a truly authentic onboard experience. And our 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 our 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 our 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!

The True North Deck Plans & Cabins

Deck Plans

Explorer Class Staterooms

4 cabins in total - all located on the upper deck

Upper Deck

Explorer Class
  • 1Bradshaw
  • 2Dampier
  • 3Durack
  • 4Parker King

Located on the upper deck – Explorer Class staterooms feature a king size double (that can be converted to singles) and a twin basin en-suite. Cabin size is 18 square metres (193 square feet). Other features include large panoramic windows, amenities fridge, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone.

River Class Staterooms

6 cabins in total - all located on the main deck

Main Deck

River Class
  • 5Prince Regent River
  • 6Mitchell River
  • 7Berkeley River
  • 8Drysdale River
  • 9Hunter River
  • 10King George River
Ocean Class
  • 11Camden Harbour
  • 12Lacepede Islands

Located on the main deck – River Class doubles feature a king size double (that can be converted to singles) and en-suite. Cabin size is similar to Explorer Class. Other features include large panoramic windows, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone.

Ocean Class Cabins

8 cabins in total - 6 located on the lower deck with 2 on the main deck

Lower Deck

Ocean Class
  • 13Koolama Bay
  • 14Montgomery Reef
  • 15Jackson Falls
  • 16King Cascades
  • 17Imperieuse Reef
  • 18Atlantis Bay

Located on the lower deck – Ocean Class twins feature roomy singles and en-suite. Cabin size is approximately 12 square metres (129 square feet). Other features include 2 portholes, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone.

The True North Specification

technical specifications
Commissioned 2005
Flag Australian
Configuration Mono-hull adventure cruise ship
Length 50 metres
Tonnage 740 tonnes
Draught 2.2 metres
Beam 10 metres
Crew 22
Passengers 36
Propulsion 2 x 786 kW
Bow Thruster 100 kW
Auxiliary 2 x 175 kW
Cruising Speed 14 knots
Range 2,000 miles
Fuel 45,000 lts diesel/10,000 lts Jet A1/3,000 Lts ULP
Water Making Capacity 1,500 lts per hour
Motion Control Computer controlled stabilizers
Safety Full compliance under the International Marine Orders
Cabin Features En-suite, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone
Cabin Power 240 V and 110 V (Australian socket)
Day Areas Sun deck, observation lounge, ship’s lounge, alfresco bar, sports deck and dining room
Adventure Boats 6
Helicopter Eurocopter EC 130 (6 pax all facing forward/air conditioned)


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What’s on True North

Nov. 22, 2021

A New Year’s Eve Like No Other

It comes around every year. In fact, right at the end of the year. With just hours to go – we religiously get together to celebrate the passing of yet another calendar year. For some it’s a ...

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Nov. 22, 2021

When cruising is not a dirty word!

Much has been made recently about the negative impacts of big ship cruising. Even before the onset of Covid19 the cracks were appearing. In trending destinations around the globe there was alr...

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Oct. 22, 2021

Not Just Another Office Party

The TRUE NORTH will relocate to Perth in time for the festive season – offering corporate and private functions.

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Experience the adventure

True North Tales

True North Sails into 30 Years

True North Adventure Cruises - has sailed into 30 years of continuous operations. The now revered adventure-cruise operator first cruised Western Australia’s remote Kimberley coast during 1987 when founding director Craig Howson commenced fishing type charters along a coastline that was and still is largely inaccessible from land.

The Helicopter

Adding another dimension to the adventure, most cruise options on the TRUE NORTH feature an on-board helicopter! Carrying guests in air conditioned comfort, the ship’s helicopter provides unique opportunity to witness grandeur; unique opportunity to fish billabongs that have never been fished; unique opportunity to discover your very own wilderness!

Myles Pollard's Fishing Adventure

There is nothing better than a day out on the water, especially when the fish are biting! Fishing on-board the TRUE NORTH is a much-favoured activity both with guests who have never picked up a rod before and, with those who have "caught them all!” Our guides encourage everybody on-board to “give it a go” and the TRUE NORTH’s multiple adventure boats never fail to bring back a swag of ‘fishing tales’! Stories about the ladies who out-fish the boys are pretty common, humorous equipment failures also come to note on a regular basis, then there are the ‘birthday fish’, the ‘monster fish’ and of course, the ones that got away! Our guides have seen and heard it all! Watch the video to find out more about actor Myles Pollard's fishing adventure!

TRUE NORTH Impresses Again

The TRUE NORTH has once again impressed on the world stage coming second in the 2020 Traveller Made Brand Storytelling competition. Traveller Made is Europe’s largest travel consortium and its members represent the very best in luxury travel providers and suppliers. The group’s inaugural Brand Storytelling competition was an opportunity for leading travel brand’s to showcase “the story behind their brand” and, the competition attracted entries from some of the world’s most respected travel brands. In such esteemed company, True North’s marketing team was especially pleased to receive this additional acknowledgement.

Adventure En Plein Air

West Australian artist Jacob 'Shakey' Butler joined the TRUE NORTH earlier this season and discovered the Kimberley's raw beauty. As the artist in residence, Jacob set up his canvas on remote beaches, beside freshwater billabongs and on-deck surrounded by pindan-coloured gorges. Watch the video above to hear Jacob describing how the Kimberley inspires the art of adventure.

Catriona Rowntree Talks With Craig Howson

A commonly asked question is “When is the best time to see the Kimberley?” And the answer is “The Kimberley is always at its best!” However certain times of the year can make it easier to satisfy particular interest. For example, if you would like to see plenty of whale action then departures in August and September are definitely for you! From late July humpback and southern right whales reach the Kimberley after swimming-up the west coast to reach breeding grounds in the north and it’s very common for guests to get great views of whales breaching and basking on the surface.

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The True North Experience

We curate activity-based itineraries that are designed to satisfy the world’s most discerning travellers. We specifically exclude sea-days and feature unparalleled access to stunning coastal environments and, unequalled opportunity to truly experience the destination.