North Star Cruises Australia has sailed into 30 years of continuous operations. The adventure-cruise operator first cruised Western Australia’s remote Kimberley coast during 1987 when founding director Craig Howson commenced fishing type charters along a coastline that was and still is largely inaccessible from land. In 1999 North Star launched the first TRUE NORTH – a 28 guest adventure-cruiser that was more akin to a floating boutique hotel complete with a roof-top helicopter. The Rowley Shoals, 300 square kilometres of undisturbed coral that conveniently lay off the Kimberley coast, added to the itineraries and an annual repositioning cruise along the West Australian coast also quickly developed a strong following. The TRUE NORTH was soon boasting sales more than two years in advance and in response North Star launched the current 36 guest TRUE NORTH. In its launch year the new TRUE NORTH began exploring the islands of Papua New Guinea and much like the Kimberley, the area became an instant hit with the adventure-hungry. In more recent times the company has added the Raja Ampats and Komodo Island to its busy sailing schedule.
Edited by Ian McIntosh