Enjoy a short introduction to the beautiful and historic Murray River between Walkers Flat and Murray Bridge, on this 3 night discovery cruise from Captain Cook Cruises.
Onboard the historic paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess, you will cruise through spectacular riverlands and enjoy the great variety of Australian flora and fauna.
Take a nature walk, enjoy a backwater wildlife tour by small vessel, visit a local indigenous aboriginal community, as well as learn about the food and wine of this famous region.
The PS Murray Princess accommodates 120 passengers and brings the unique advantage of small ship cruising to the Murray River. The Murray Princess brings warmth and friendliness to the Murray River with spacious lounges and dining saloon all with the character and charm of yesteryear.
All 60 cabins and staterooms are approximately 12 square metres.
All Cabins Feature: Private bathroom ensuite, Air conditioning, Electric blankets, Soap, Shampoo and Towels Serviced daily
Inside Cabin: Located on Chaffey Deck, all open onto an inside passageway with portholes facing the outside. Bedding is 2 Single Beds OR 1 Double Bed.
Outside Cabin: Located on Randell and Cadell Decks, all open onto the outside deck with picture windows. Bedding is 2 Single Beds OR 1 Double Bed.
Stateroom: Located on Randell & Cadell Decks and open onto the outside deck. Feature a fridge and tea & coffee making facilities. Bedding is 1 Double Bed + 1 Single Bed.
Dining aboard Murray Princess includes delicious table d'hote menus, Captain's Dinner and buffet dining. Breakfasts are buffet style. The Dining saloon is designed to accommodate all passengers at a single sitting.
Day 1: Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads downriver while you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a Welcome Dinner. As you cruise under floodlight to the overnight mooring at Mundarra you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray long-necked tortoises, spoon-beaked egrets and many other species. The on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.
Day 2: In 1879 the first bridge to span the Murray River was built at Edwards Crossing, which quickly became the bustling township of Murray Bridge. After a hearty breakfast, join a guided tour of the town's historic landmarks and local attractions. This afternoon begin the journey upriver and tonight, the mooring is at Craignook where after dinner you can enjoy being entertained by the talented crew.
Day 3: All ashore for the guided nature walk where your guide will share the secrets of the local flora and fauna. It's a great way to get in a little exercise before Murray Princess departs for the big river gorges and 90 metre cliffs of the upper river. Mid-morning join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the river lands. At the 205km mark, turn and head downriver to River View Lodge where your discovery vessel awaits for a backwater wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, explore the maze of backwaters, creeks and lagoons. The birdlife is amazing. Watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river's muddy edges. During the afternoon also join the bocce or fishing challenge. Late afternoon, photography enthusiasts have a great opportunity to capture a spectacular river sunset, before joining the Captain and Officers for pre-dinner drinks and the finale Captain's Dinner and Dance.
Day 4: After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum.
*Sample itinerary only and subject to change due to weather, water levels and other operational requirements. Captain Cook Cruises reserves the right to amend itineraries and tours without notice.
Christmas in July Cruises (Departs 6, 13, 20 & 27 July)
Traditional Christmas Lunch (Saturday) – e.g Turkey, ham and Pork, all the veggies, stuffing and fruit pudding with hot custard
Christmas Activities – Christmas Bingo
Christmas themed ‘Murray River Cup’ – Animal names changed to reindeer names with the jockey’s wearing Santa’s hats
Christmas carol themed music
Santa (Australian style) and all the Christmas decorations (bon bons)
Present for guests & egg nog
Australia Day Cruise (Departs 25 January 2019)
Enjoy Australia Day festivities and entertainment including the Captain’s Australia Day Buffet on Saturday 26 January 2019
Tonnage 1500 tonnes, Length 67 metres, Beam 15 metres, Draft 1.2 metres, Speed 6 knots.
Facilities: Free WiFi, Spa, Sauna & Gym, Sun deck, Bar & 2 Lounges, Dining saloon, Speed boat, Gift shop, Library (includes DVDs), Lift, Guest laundry, 24-hour tea and coffee facilities.
Departs: 4.30pm Fridays from Mannum
Returns: 9.00am Mondays
Coach transfers depart:
1.30pm from Adelaide Central Bus Station, 85 Franklin Street
1.45pm from Stamford Plaza Hotel, 150 North Terrace
2.00pm from Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, 125 North Terrace
2.10pm from Sage Hotel, 208 South Terrace (from 01 April 2018)
Coach Returns every Monday 12 noon - 12.30pm (for travel to 31 March 2018)
Coach Returns every Monday 11.00 - 11.30 am (for travel from 01 April 2018)
Children: 2 years and under are free of charge, however not recommended. Children 3 years and older are charged at the adult rate
Excludes: Drinks, optional tours, personal purchases
What to Bring: Soft sole shoes for walking, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, smart casual clothing
Cancellation Fees: Apply for bookings cancelled inside 60 days of travel
Amendment Fees: Apply to each modification made (from $22-$45)
Fit to travel: A Certificate of Fitness to travel by the clients doctor is required for passengers over 75 years of age and/or passengers with limited mobility
Operated By: Captain Cook Cruises