Sunday, June 23, 2024

Murray Princess – Full steam ahead

Step on board the Murray Princess and it’s like stepping back in time to a more gentle pace of life. You will leave ordinary life behind and be swept up in the extraordinary as you experience the ever-changing scenery cruising on the Murray, the world’s third longest navigable river after the Amazon and the Nile.

An impressive site as she glides along the river, the Murray Princess has the distinction of being the largest inland paddlewheeler in the Southern Hemisphere with five passenger decks offering accommodation, a sun deck, restaurant, bar and a two-storey viewing lounge providing mesmerising views onto the paddlewheel at the stern.

A three night Murray River Discovery cruise down to Murray Bridge will give you a taste of what’s on offer or extend to a four night Outback Heritage or seven night Murraylands and Wildlife cruise for a more in-depth look at the river from Mannum to just past lock and weir number one at Blanchetown and back again exploring historic port towns such as Swan Reach along the way.

For those who want to explore even further, the seven night Upper Murraylands cruise departs Mannum and cruises to Morgan with highlights including cellar door tastings at Caudo Vineyard, a visit to well-known Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre, guided walks around historic towns, and an Aussie barbecue beside the river; a visit to a wildlife shelter, sheep shearing demonstration.

Magnificent limestone cliffs glow gold in the late afternoon sun, old river red gums line the riverbanks, birds soar high above and kangaroos watch from the riverbanks. It truly is magnificent.

While on-board there is plenty to keep you entertained with a small library to raid, a mini-gym, games and live entertainment or you can simply sit back, relax and do nothing.

The turning of the paddlewheel is hypnotic and the ever-flowing water that powers it is often the only thing to break the mesmerising stillness on the river.
To say you won’t starve on the Murray Princess is an understatement. Meals become a much-anticipated event on-board with three-course dinners, buffet breakfast and lunch. There is great variation you will enjoy a seasonal menu, including local, fresh produce. Salmon, scotch fillet, chicken, quiche, lamb shanks and pork cutlets – you’ll have the option to enjoy them all in the impressive Dining Room on the Sturt Deck.

Each meal is accompanied by coffee or tea and there is a full bar service available. Catering for most dietary requirements is available on request. The service is impeccable and personalised with a crew that really cares about getting to know their guests.

Return coach transfers are available from Adelaide to Mannum.

A free Barossa Wine and Heritage tour is offered as part of the seven day touring options and optional add-on tours include stunning Kangaroo Island.

The Murray Princess caters for up to 120 guests and accommodation includes six 6 staterooms, 45 outside cabins and nine 9 indoor cabins.

Book early to secure your cabin for a memorable river journey on the Murray Princess.

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