Comfort and adventure might seem two opposite concepts, but they come together in a great way with North Star Cruises. This small-ship Australian cruise line is all about intrepid excursions and luxurious evenings onboard a beautiful and intimate vessel - a unique and wonderful way to spend a holiday. Read more
North Star runs just one ship, and put all their efforts into providing amazing experiences to its passengers. With top-notch service, food and facilities, it allows anyone to see and explore the Kimberley Coast and northern Australia in complete comfort and style.
The True North is a purpose-built vessel currently sailing solo in the North Star fleet. She is fitted out for comfort on the inside and adventure on the outside, with some impressive equipment for expeditions. She carries just 36 passengers. Onboard you will find:
A fleet of six hardy expedition boats for water-based sightseeing and transfers to shore.
A helicopter and helipad for air sightseeing.
Snorkeling and diving equipment.
Stylish furnishings and artwork, and luxury accommodations.
An Observation Lounge for lectures and presentations, and another relaxing lounge.
North Star activities
North Star cruises are very much about enjoying the Great Outdoors, such as it manifests in Australia's magnificent Kimberley region. To this end there is not much flashy onboard entertainment - just socialising, relaxing and interesting presentations in the Observation Lounge which cover many topics including local culture, flora and fauna. All of the action happens onshore, and excursions are all included as part of the cruise fare excepting only those which involve the helicopter.
Modern Australian cuisine is what the line promises, and they do it well. The menus are designed to make the most of local produce and ingredients to great effect.
The day starts with a breakfast buffet, and lunch and dinner are both sit-down affairs in the open-seating dining room. Canapes are served ahead of dinner, and there are always biscuits and tea/coffee available. Drinks are available for purchase from the bar.
North Star also offer special culinary experiences throughout the cruise to better immerse passengers in the destination. These include a "rock art" event whereby passengers can enjoy historic aboriginal rock art and then indulge in oysters harvested nearby (complemented by champagne), a "fish with the chef" opportunity to catch, eat and witness the cooking of their own seafood, and the open-door policy of the galley whereby guests can ask questions and observe preparation and cooking.
North Star destinations
The Kimberley Coast of northwest Australia, between Broome and Wyndham, is the most common stomping ground for the True North but the line does offer a variety of other itineraries on the West Coast of Australia and in the South between Ceduna and Adelaide.
There are also North Star cruises taking place in Papua New Guinea which are great adventures for cruise lovers who've done it all! One itinerary is based around encounters with whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay.
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Review Rating: North Star Australia Cruises5.0 out of 5