MV True North

MV True North Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV True North

Year built2005  /  Age : 13
Flag state Australia
BuilderAustal shipyards (Fremantle, Australia)
Classexpedition ship
Speed14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA)50 m / 164 ft
Beam (width)10 m / 33 ft
Gross Tonnage776 gt
Passengers36
Crew18
Decks3
Cabins18
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2018

Review of MV True North

MV True North is a modern expedition yacht cruise ship operating on exotic itineraries predominantly in the north west of Western Australia. Each year, the ship makes a circumnavigation of Australia and offers luxury cruising expeditions in WA's Kimberley Coast, South Australia, Sydney, also Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

The True North ship was built in Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia at Austal shipyards. The vessel was launched in March 2005. Its owner is the Broome-based company North Star Cruises. The ship boasts some of the newest maritime technology innovations, among which are the computer-controlled motion stabilizers to ensure a most comfortable ride.

MV True North cruise ship

Cruise passengers are able to take advantage of lavish vantage points including a forward observation lounge, ship’s lounge, alfresco bar and outdoor sundeck. The naturalist presents interpretative info on plasma screens. An internet cafe enables communication with the outside world. 

Ship's dining room (on lower deck) offers the ultimate in comfort with large panoramic windows that ensure passengers never miss any of the action, even while enjoying the ‘finest in fine dining’.

True North cruise ship cabins feature stylish decor, in-house entertainment, satellite telephones and en-suite facilities. The Explorer and River Class cabins provide king size beds which can be converted to singles. The Ocean Class twins have roomy single beds.

During boat's extensive refit and refurbishment (March-April 2018), the ship received new flat HDTVs with infotainment system in all staterooms. It allows passengers to watch on-demand movies, use Internet, read daily scheduled onboard activities, information on ports / itineraries.

In January 2019, the ship started a new Western Australia cruisetour program with 7-day itineraries between Fremantle-Perth and Esperance. Kimberley itineraries have lengths 7--10-13 nights. Each cruise is served by resident biologist in charge of 6 tour guides (1 per tender boat). The ship also has top-deck helipad with helicopter (max capacity 6 passengers, all with forward view seating). Onboard and ashore activities include photography classes, fishing, diving and snorkeling.