MV True North Review and Specifications
Specifications of MV True North
|Year built||2005 / Age : 15|
|Builder||Austal Shipyards (Fremantle, Australia)|
|Ferry route / homeports||Broome Australia|
|Owner||True North Adventure Cruises|
|Operator||North Star Cruises Australia|
|Speed||14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph|
|Length (LOA)||50 m / 164 ft|
|Beam (width)||10 m / 33 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||776 gt|
|Decks with cabins||3|
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.
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 the 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 the boat's extensive refit and refurbishment (March-April 2018), the ship received new flat HDTVs with the infotainment system in all staterooms. It allows passengers to watch on-demand movies, use the Internet, read daily scheduled onboard activities, information on ports/itineraries.
In January 2019, the ship started a new Western Australia cruise tour program with 7-day itineraries between Fremantle-Perth and Esperance. Kimberley itineraries have lengths 7-10-13 nights. Each cruise is served by a resident biologist in charge of 6 tour guides (1 per tender boat). The ship also has top-deck helipad with a helicopter (max capacity 6 passengers, all with forwarding view seating). Onboard and ashore activities include photography classes, fishing, diving and snorkelling.
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