True North, the 50-meter adventure cruiser recently set off from Southern Australia, takes vast inspiration from the Southern Bluefin Tuna. Being named after the fourth fastest fish in the world, the cruise has officially commenced its grand annual eight-night journey from Granite Island in Victor Harbor to the many coasts of Kangaroo Island, the lower Eyre Peninsula, Coffin Bay’s oyster capitals and Streaky Bay, and finally through to Ceduna, remote islands in the Great Australian Bight. On the previous day, tourists had a glimpse of Barrossa Valley where they experienced the finest of wines and the world’s similarly prized exports.
‘Swimming with our underwater companions is top of the agenda.’ Graceful and breathtaking views of marine life such as New Zealand fur seals, Australian dolphins and sea lions, and great white sharks with cage separation and thick protective suits remain the central highlight of the journey through the waters. Whereas on the shores, an abundance of pelicans, cormorants, terns, raptors, and fairy penguins are not left out of the scenery as the boat drifts along significantly empty beaches and dreamy blue waters. This once-in-a-lifetime experience consists of both tranquillity and fun in one.
The Definition of an Adventure
Australia’s idiosyncratic southern coastline offers several perspectives that must not be missed. This travel does not deposit one in complete comfort, however, the central focus pushes tourists onto the outer edge of their comfort zone, urging them to feel proud as a result of the trip, somewhat comparable to a pleasant aftertaste. Whilst itinerary is prevalent, as Captain Gavin Graham explains, the ocean safari is subject to change as winds, tides and unexpected opportunities dictate. This Southern Safari guarantees a vastly differentiated experience from other cruise travel.
‘Our itineraries are always activity-based and much more suited to travellers looking for a holiday that is also a rewarding experience. We can go where other cruise ships can’t.’ Howson explains.
Cabins demonstrate elegant minimalism with great storage space. Housekeeping fairies keep it ship-shape and supplied toiletries are L’Occitane. All onboard crew are immensely skilled and respectful, promising a grand and convenient experience. The cruise also offers a fun trivia night and food surprising to the tastebuds, in which ingredients are prominently sourced from surrounding ocean larders. Luxury foods throughout the adventurous trip include a variety of fresh appetising seafood; King George Whiting, flathead, squid, abalone, oysters, and blue swimmer crabs. Other flavoursome bar snacks contain pickled octopus caught by the anglers. Toast the day’s efforts with a mango daiquiri, espresso martini, or a Central Otago pinot noir bottle.
The demographic is well travelled and possesses an excellent interest in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. ‘One couple recently booked their 30th trip, and more than 100 people have embarked 10 times.’ It is undeniable that the eight-day True North’s ‘Southern Safari’ provides a rare opportunity to bring out adventure and wonder to all onboard, and delivers satisfaction.