Who goes on True North cruise ships?
About 90% of passengers who sail with True North Adventure Cruises hail from Australia, with some coming from New Zealand the rest coming from overseas -- particularly the U.S. and Europe. It's a decidedly adult experience; the vast majority of those onboard are between the ages of 55 and 75 and have deep pockets. These cruises are strenuous, and people with severe mobility challenges will find the pace and activities difficult. Children are a rare sight.
Do I have to dress up on a True North cruise?
No. True North Adventure Cruises maintains a casual atmosphere and even has a "no shoes onboard" policy. In the evening, however, smart casual is advised (no shorts or T-shirts) -- but still, no shoes.
Is everything free on True North cruises?
No. Your cruise fare includes all adventure boat excursions and land-based activities, all dining and nonalcoholic refreshments throughout the day, as well as all fishing and snorkeling equipment and cylinders and weight belts for dive trips. On some itineraries, transfers to and/or from the ship are provided.
Extra costs will include alcoholic beverages, scenic helicopter flights, visitor pass fees and any purchases made onboard or in the gift shop. Corkage fees will be applied to any alcoholic beverages brought onboard.
What are True North’s most popular activities?
Cruisers choose True North Adventure Cruises for its robust expedition-style exploration, and it's rare for someone to skip one of the many daily excursions -- even those that sometimes start at the crack of dawn. Activities are strongly geared toward the environment in which the ship is exploring and could include snorkeling, game fishing, diving, glass-bottom boat excursions, hiking, off-ship picnics and wildlife spotting. The educational lectures are always well attended, and most passengers opt for a sightseeing helicopter flight at least once (though they do cost extra).
Why go with True North?
- Offers expedition cruises around the Australian coastline, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
- Activity-based itineraries with no sea days
- Carries a helicopter fulltime for even more adventurous exploring
Best for: Adventurous and active explorers with deep pockets looking to explore Australia's west coast and beyond
Not for: Budget minded travelers, anyone who wants to spend time relaxing onboard a ship