Murray Princess | 7 NIGHT CHRISTMAS CRUISE | South Australia (23 Dec 2024)

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Option Prices

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  • Inside Cabin
  • Outside Cabin
  • Stateroom
  • Option
Inside Cabin Twin Bed Twin Share (per person)
AUD$2,889.00$2,899.00
Inside Cabin Single (per person) Double Bed
AUD$4,559.00$4,579.00
Outside Cabin Twin Bed Twin Share (per person)
AUD$3,985.00$3,999.00
Outside Cabin Double Bed Twin Share (per person)
AUD$4,189.00$4,209.00
Stateroom Queen Bed Twin Share (per person)
AUD$5,169.00$5,189.00
Secure Car Parking (Per Vehicle) 7Nights
AUD$105.00
COACH TRANSFERS from Adelaide to Mannum & Return
AUD$110.00
Onshore Tour: Monarto Safari Park Wildlife Tour (Per Person)
AUD$75.00

Tour Information

For tour meeting point and time, please take the tour vouchers as the final confirmation. The meeting point and time in the tour info are only for reference.

Monday 23rd December 2024 – Cruise Departs Mannum at 4:30 pm (Boarding from 2:30 pm)

Celebrate Christmas onboard the 7-Night Christmas 2024 Murray Princess Cruise on what will be a very special 7-night Special Event Christmas 2024 Cruise.

Discover the dramatic South Australian outback on a cruise along Australia’s great inland highway. This 7-night cruise is a unique historic and nature-based adventure through ancient gorges and red gum forests, past towering sandstone cliffs, and exploring historic ports, local vineyards, and nature trails. Enjoy leisurely cruising 320 kilometers of the heart of the great Murray River between Blanchetown and Murray Bridge and take in the breathtaking Riverland. This cruise also includes a complimentary coach tour of the famous Barossa and its wineries.

Let's Pre-Book the 7-Night Christmas 2024 Murray Princess Cruise today!

Day 1 : 4:30pm~ Day 8 : 9:00am

About The Cruise

On the 7 Night Murraylands & Wildlife Cruise , you'll have the opportunity to...

  • Explore the township of Murray Bridge or take a self-guided tour of the historic Roundhouse
  • Optional Monarto Safari Park Wildlife Tour on Saturday departing Murray Bridge (optional - extra cost)
  • Enjoy a guided nature walk with expert local guides
  • Get up close to the river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat
  • Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown
  • Visit the cellar door at Burk Salter Boutique Winery
  • Take a walking tour of the Swan Reach township and visit the Swan Reach Museum (Gold coin donation at entry)
  • See the towering sandstone cliffs at the Big Bend
  • Watch the Sunnydale Woolshed Show & go to the Native Wildlife Shelter
  • Enjoy a riverside Aussie Barbecue
  • Go on a Nocturnal Tour in a comfortable purpose built cart where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls (optional - additional cost)
  • Enjoy a Bush Tucker Breakfast (optional - additional cost)
  • Explore the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites with an expert local guide*
  • Delight in a tender boat ride

PLUS

  • FREE Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour

Please note, these activities may be subject to change.

While on board, you'll enjoy...

  • Relaxing in one of the two lounges, with spectacular scenery views
  • Hanging out on the Sun Deck at the top of the vessel
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Delicious a la carte lunches
  • Dining each evening with fellow passengers
  • Onboard entertainment

Itinerary

Day 1: 23 DEC 2024 (Dinner)

DEPARTURE

Mid-afternoon the Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, the birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads downriver while you enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Mundurra, you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises, egrets, and many other species. This evening enjoy the evening entertainment of ‘Murder on the Murray Princess’.

Day 2: 24 DEC 2024 (Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner)

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, choose to join a guided tour of the town’s historic landmarks and local attractions or go on a wildlife tour at Monarto Safari Park (additional cost).

Those who choose to experience Monarto Safari Park will arrive back on board the PS Murray Princess in time for lunch then join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland.

This afternoon, we continue our journey upriver and tonight we moor at Salt Bush Flat. After dinner, join in Christmas Karaoke and sing many of the favourite Christmas carols and songs with your fellow passengers.

Day 3: 25 DEC 2024 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Merry Christmas everyone! Wake up Christmas morning and experience the magic of the Murray River.

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 the Murray Princess departs and cruises a little further upriver.

Near Fromm Landing, we turn and head downriver to River View Lodge (near Piggy Flat / Coolcha) where your discovery vessel awaits for a wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, we explore the maze of the river and the birdlife is amazing. Watch for darters, herons, and egrets feeding along the river’s muddy edges.

The afternoon offers a choice of bocce or fishing challenges before a delicious dinner in the Sturt Dining Room followed by an evening of entertainment.

Day 4: 26 DEC 2024 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum for the day.

Delight in some Christmas festivities with a traditional Christmas Day lunch and celebrations. The afternoon offers a choice of bocce or cricket onshore before departing Mannum and cruising upriver to our overnight mooring at Caurnamont.

This evening, celebrate Christmas evening with a special Christmas party in the Sturt Dining Room.

Day 5: 27 DEC 2024 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Daybreak and it’s time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific birdlife includes pelicans, wrens, and swans. Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water.

This afternoon we moor opposite to the township of Blanchetown for our overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade, we visit Burk Salter Boutique Winery and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.

Day 6: 28 DEC 2024 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After breakfast cruise down river to picturesque Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s and was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area and is now home to native flower and fruit growers. The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel where you can enjoy an ale or cappuccino overlooking the Murray River (own expense). Join a walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation at entry). Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by. Catch up with friends over a coffee or drink whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery.

When we arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later we visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals are cared for. And then of course, there is the great Aussie Barbecue – cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River.

An optional Nocturnal Tour (additional cost) in a comfortable purpose-built cart is available after dinner where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats, and owls by powerful spotlights. Special stops along the way are included to view the spectacular night sky which is part of the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve.

Day 7 : 29 DEC 2024 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After an optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, we slowly cruise downriver past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. We reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a step back in time – tens of thousands of years – for a guided boardwalk tour to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area.

We return to the vessel to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a scenic tender boat ride. Tonight, join your fellow passengers for a delicious final night dinner and enjoy the evening entertainment.

Day 8 : 30 DEC 2024 (Breakfast)

We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf.

This is a sample itinerary only and is subject to change due to weather, water levels and other operational requirements. Murray Princess reserves the right to amend itineraries and tours without notice.

Facilities

  • Lift access from Randell Deck to Sturt Deck
  • Paddlewheel Lounge
  • Sturt Bar
  • Sturt Dining Room
  • Sun Deck
  • Onboard Souvenir Shop
  • Public Amenities
  • Mini Gym

COMPLIMENTARY ONSHORE TOURS & ACTIVITIES

Murray Princess is pleased to offer these complimentary activities and tours during your cruise.

MURRAY BRIDGE

3 Night Discovery Cruise and 7 Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise

During your stopover in Murray Bridge there’s free time to visit the historical and unusual hexagonal shaped ‘Roundhouse’ (gold coin donation), just a short walk from the dock, where you can capture the history behind the first permanent bridge to span the Murray River. For those who wish to visit the township, there is a free shuttle bus available to shopping precinct, or you may like to wander up to the spectacular new Bridgeport Hotel for a beverage or morning tea.

‘DRAGON-FLY’ FLAT BOTTOMED BOAT CRUISE

3 Night Discovery Cruise and 7 Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise

Enjoy a cruise onboard the MV ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat bottomed boat.

Travelling in small, personalised groups, with an interesting commentary along the way from your hosts, you’ll explore the river as you watch out for darters, herons and egrets feeding
along the river’s edge. The captain will also carefully guide the vessel close to the magnificent, towering limestone cliffs to view the unique habitat of some of the birdlife.

BURK SALTER VINEYARD AND CELLAR DOOR

4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise and 7 Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise

Enjoy a visit to this family-owned winery in Blanchetown where you will enjoy an informative talk near the vines and enjoy wine tasting at the Cellar Door. The Cellar Door first opened in 2003 and was the first Boutique Cellar Door in this region. Fitted out with beautiful red gum bars and accessories, the Cellar Door also proudly displays a photographic history of the four generations of the Salter family.

SWAN REACH

4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise, 7 Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise, and 7 Night Upper Murraylands Cruise

The small township of Swan Reach is an easy walk from where the dock. Take free time to stroll around the town, or visit the Museum (gold coin donation), which is housed in the original school building built in 1917.

The Museum’s collection consists of documents, photographs and historical items relating to two themes, namely the history of education and the social history of the area.

SUNNYDALE, BIG BEND WOOLSHED TOUR AND NATIVE WILDLIFE SHELTER

4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise, 7 Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise, and 7 Night Upper Murraylands Cruise

Join fellow cruise passengers for a unique and entertaining shearing demonstration, live sheep auction and fun sheep race in the shearing shed at Sunnydale.

Your transport from the dock to the shearing shed, along wellworn bush tracks, will be in specially built carts. Following the shearing shed show, make a special visit to the adjacent Native Wildlife Shelter and view some of South Australia’s most curious animals who are cared for by the owners before being released back into the wild.

EVENING AUSSIE RIVERSIDE BARBECUE

4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise, 7 Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise, and 7 Night Upper Murraylands Cruise

Finish off a great day with a delicious Aussie Barbecue and entertainment in our rustic, riverside bush setting on the banks of the mighty River Murray at Sunnydale.

NGAUT NGAUT CONSERVATION PARK

4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise, 7 Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise, and 7 Night Upper Murraylands Cruise

Explore the picturesque landscape of the Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park and discover a unique insight into the traditional landowners, the Nganguraku people. An experienced guide from the Mannum Aboriginal Community Association will guide you through this culturally and historically significant archaeological site, where you will be able to step back thousands of years, viewing ancient rock carvings and learning about the Aboriginal dreaming and history in the area.

OPTIONAL ONSHORE TOURS & ACTIVITIES

The following tours are available during certain cruises. These tours are conducted by third-party operators and are an additional cost. Please refer to our website for current pricing of all optional onshore tours

MONARTO SAFARI PARK WILDLIFE TOUR

3 Night Discovery Cruise and 7 Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise

The wild is calling! This unforgettable tour explores one of the world’s largest open-range safari parks outside of Africa. Monarto Safari Park spans more than 1,500 hectares and is home to many exotic and native animals including cheetah, hyena, painted dogs, giraffe, zebra, black and white rhino, antelope, bison, Mongolian horses, and Australia’s largest lion pride to name but a few.

Inclusions:

• Return luxury coach transfers from Murray Bridge to Monarto Safari Park
• 1 hour 15 minute fully guided safari park tour
• Free time to explore the visitor centre, gift shop, lookout/ exhibition area and cafe. The tour departs the dock in Murray Bridge at 9:00 am and returns in time for lunch.

BAROSSA WINE AND HERITAGE TOUR

This optional tour is only available at the conclusion of the 3 Night Discovery Cruise and 4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise and is included as a complimentary tour on the 7 night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise Departing Mannum.

This tour will take you into the famous Barossa, Australia’s richest and best-known wine region. Our first stop is Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, where you’ll enjoy a light morning tea and structured wine tasting while taking in the breath-taking views over the vineyards. We’ll then head to Lambert Estate in Angaston for a delicious two-course lunch incorporating fresh, in-season, regional produce. Pair your meal with a glass of wine (own cost). Then it’s on to the stunning Seppeltsfield Barossa, where we participate in a short walking tour. Following the tour, a tasting of a fortified wine accompanied by an Owen Andrews Artisan Cuisine chocolate pecan brownie is included in a private setting. For those who choose to upgrade their experience at Seppelstfield, ‘A Taste of History Tour’ (additional cost) is available following the walking tour. Passengers will be taken into the historic 1878 Centennial Cellar. Passengers will then taste the legendary 100 year old Para Vintage Tawny. This is truly a once in a lifetime wine experience. In the afternoon, sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery as we travel through the picturesque Eden Valley. We arrive back in Mannum where you will re-board the Murray Princess, or transfer to your luxury coach transfer for your journey back to Adelaide.

Please note: Itinerary is subject to change and some of the inclusions may be replaced temporarily without notice.

Departs at 9:30 am on selected Mondays/Fridays from Mannum and concludes 5:30 pm Mondays/Fridays in Adelaide or approx. 6:00 pm at Adelaide Airport. Seats are limited on the Monarto Safari Park and Barossa tours and pre-bookings are essential. Please call 1300 729 938 for tour bookings.

SUNNYDALE NOCTURNAL TOUR

4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise, 7 Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise, and 7 Night Upper Murraylands Cruise

Enjoy a dinky-di Australian wildlife experience as your hosts take you spotlighting around the remnants of the old Sunnydale station. This unique experience, travelling in comfortable, purpose-built carts will give you the opportunity to view kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats, and owls, as you meander through the station. Special stops are included along the way to view the spectacular night sky, which is part of the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve. Blankets for chilly evenings, and commentary are provided. The tour departs after the Aussie barbecue dinner on Wednesday evenings.

SUNNYDALE BUSH TUCKER BREAKFAST

4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise, 7 Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise, and 7 Night Upper Murraylands Cruise

Join your hosts on the shores of the Murray River wetlands for a special traditional Aussie bush tucker breakfast. You will be transported from the dock to their unique bush kitchen and dining setting, where you will be treated to a welcome glass of bubbles followed by a 2-course Aussie bush tucker breakfast. Savour the taste of kangaroo sausages, scrambled eggs flavoured with boobialla seasoning and ground saltbush, double smoked local bacon, tomatoes flavoured with native pepper, and Aussie dukka toast with an assortment of jams and condiments. All finished off with wattle seed pancakes with lemon myrtle butter, and billy tea. Gluten Free meal options are available on request. This tour departs at 8:00 am on Thursday mornings. Both Sunnydale onshore experiences can be booked on board through your Passenger Services Attendant.

Onboard Accommodation

The Murray Princess has 60 cabins and staterooms each with private bathroom ensuite, electric blankets, soap, shampoo, hairdryers, towels and daily servicing. Each cabin is approximately 12sq metres. Four of the outside cabins and their ensuite bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Two cabins located on Randell Deck are opposite the lift for easy access to the dining and lounge decks.

Outside Cabin (45)
Outside cabins are located on Randell and Cadell Decks and the majority of these cabins have twin bedding with limited double bedded cabins available. Each outside cabin opens onto the outside deck walkway with picture windows to view the passing scenery.

Inside Cabin (9)
Inside cabins are located on the lower Chaffey Deck and open onto a wide inside passageway. Inside cabins offer twin bedding with limited double bedded cabins available and have portholes facing the outside. Inside Cabins are accessed via stairs, there is no lift access to this deck.


Your Boat

This amazing river cruise boat is a true inland paddle-wheeler, purpose-built for the Murray River. This classic riverboat was designed as a modern romantic representative of a riverboat similar to hundreds of such vessels that used to trade up and down the Murray River. These days most Murray River vessels have imitation paddles, however, this boat boast authentic, massive stern-propelled paddlewheels used to cruise the river.

Catering to 120 passengers, the boat offers passengers a unique river boat small ship cruise on the Murray River. Join only the finest Captains and crew who are passionate about what they do and are delighted to share with you their knowledge and stories. Onboard the paddle wheeler the dining saloon is spacious with a character and charm of yesteryear. The paddle wheeler will offer you a relaxed and informal experience coupled with the warmth and friendliness so unique to a Murray River cruise.

Dining
Dining aboard includes delicious seasonal menus, 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 Dining Room on the Sturt Deck. Each meal is accompanied by coffee or tea. There is also a Captain’s Dinner and buffet dining, with a special campfire barbecue on the banks of the Murray River during the 4 and 7-night cruises. All special dietary and allergy information must be advised. Where possible, staff will endeavour to meet your requests. As a guide, we regularly cater to Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Diabetic and non-Seafood passengers.

Facilities
Gym, two bars, two lounges, single-sitting dining saloon; speed boat; gift shop, library, and video/DVD; lift (Randell, Cadell & Sturt Decks only); free Wi-Fi, guest laundry, and 24-hour tea and coffee facilities. Please be advised that the sun deck, all cabins, and public rooms are non-smoking.

Smoking is permitted in designated areas of the outside decks only. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers, please refrain from smoking pipes and cigars. Cigarettes are not sold on board. Smoking areas are restricted to the Sturt Deck in front of the bar area and the Randell Deck forward deck.

Accommodation
The boat has 60 cabins and staterooms each with a private bathroom ensuite, electric blankets, soap, shampoo, hairdryers, air-conditioning, towels, and daily servicing. Each cabin is approximately 12 sq metres. Four of the outside cabins and their ensuite bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Two cabins located on Randell Deck are opposite the lift for easy access to the dining and lounge decks. View the deck plan.

Staterooms (6) spacious Staterooms are located on the Randell and Cadell decks. Each stateroom offers a queen bed (four have an extra single bed) and opens onto the outside deck walkway. Minibars, fridges, and tea and coffee-making facilities are also included.

Outside Cabins (45) are located on Randell and Cadell Decks and the majority of these cabins have twin bedding with limited double-bedded cabins available. Each outside cabin opens onto the outside deck walkway with picture windows to view the passing scenery.

Inside Cabins (9) are located on the lower Chaffey Deck and open onto a wide inside passageway. Inside cabins offer twin bedding with limited double-bedded cabins available and have portholes facing the outside. Inside Cabins are accessed via stairs, there is no lift access to this deck.

Getting around the Murray Princess
The PS Murray Princess has five passenger decks. All decks are accessible by stairwells of approximately 10 to 14 steps. A lift services three decks – Randell, Cadell, and Sturt Decks.

Public Rooms
The following public rooms are situated on decks with lift access:

  • Dining Room and Bar: Located on Sturt Deck
  • Paddlewheel Lounge: Situated at the stern of the vessel over two levels. The lower lounge is situated on Randell Deck and includes gift shop and café and the upper lounge is situated on Cadell Deck The following public rooms are situated on decks without lift access:
  • Laundry and Gym: Located on Chaffey Deck and are only accessible by stairwells
  • Sun deck: Located on the upper deck and is only accessible by a steep shallow set of stairs

Accessible Cabins
The Murray Princess has four cabins specially designed for wheelchairs. Two cabins feature twin beds and two feature a double bed and a single bed. Please note the images above show one of the accessible cabins.
Special Features:

  • Wheelchair access doors and bathrooms
  • Continuous level bathrooms
  • Telephone contact with 24hr emergency numbers
  • Handrails
  • Hand-held shower
  • 2 mirrors in the bathroom – one at normal height, one at wheelchair height
  • All cabins have shower chairs and other equipment is available on request
  • Height of beds 60 cm from floor to top of the mattress to enable passengers to slide off the chair onto the bed with no difficulty.

Additional Information

Cruise Inclusions
All meals (table d’hote and a la carte menus),  An exciting selection of onshore tours, Guided nature walks & eco excursions, Onboard presentations, Use of the gym, and Live entertainment. Not Included: Drinks, Optional tours & services, Coach Transfers, or Carparking.

Accommodation
The boat has 60 cabins and staterooms each with private bathroom ensuite, electric blankets, soap, shampoo, hairdryers, air-conditioning, towels, and daily servicing. Each cabin is approximately 12 sq meters. Four of the outside cabins and their ensuite bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Two cabins located on Randell Deck are opposite the lift for easy access to the dining and lounge decks. View the deck plan.

Staterooms (6) spacious Staterooms are located on the Randell and Cadell decks. Each stateroom offers a queen bed (four have an extra single bed) and opens onto the outside deck walkway. Minibars, fridges, and tea and coffee-making facilities are also included.

Outside Cabins (45) are located on Randell and Cadell Decks and the majority of these cabins have twin bedding with limited double-bedded cabins available. Each outside cabin opens onto the outside deck walkway with picture windows to view the passing scenery.

Inside Cabins (9) are located on the lower Chaffey Deck and open onto a wide inside passageway. Inside cabins offer twin bedding with limited double-bedded cabins available and have portholes facing the outside. Inside Cabins are accessed via stairs, there is no lift access to this deck.

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 Nights Cruise Experience with floating accomodation
  • Cabin and Room Type can be choosen
  • All meals (table d’hote and a la carte menus)
  • Depart historic Mannum
  • Free time to explore Murray Bridge or tour the historic Roundhouse
  • Guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat
  • Riverland food & wine tasting (A tasting of 2 Reds & 2 White wines & local produce)
  • Get up close to the river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat
  • Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown
  • Cellar door tastings at Burk Salter Boutique Winery
  • Walking tour of Swan Reach township, visit the Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation at entry)
  • Big Bend towering sandstone cliffs
  • Sunnydale Woolshed Show and Native Wildlife Shelter
  • Riverside Aussie Barbecue
  • Optional Nocturnal Tour at Sunnydale in purpose-built cart (additional cost)
  • Optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost)
  • Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites
  • Scenic tender boat ride
  • Christmas themed activities, festivities & carols

Tour Exclusions

  • Travel insurance is highly recommended.
  • Personnel Consumption
  • Other Meals and Drinks if not list in the inclusion
  • Admissions of attraction if not list in the inclusion
  • Coach Transfer and secure car parking
  • How to Get There - Additional Cost Price
    Coach Transfers from Adelaide to Mannum and return $110 per person
    Secure car parking in Mannum (7 days) $105 per vehicle
  • Optional Monarto Safari Park Wildlife Tour (additional cost)

Transportation

SELF-DRIVE DIRECTIONS FROM ADELAIDE CBD TO MANNUM

Please allow approximately 1.5 hours travel time.

  • Travel on the South Eastern Freeway (National Highway M1) and take the Monarto Turnoff. Follow the signs to Mannum.
  • When you arrive into Mannum, turn off Randell Street into Trewartha Street to Mary Ann Reserve.
  • Park your vehicle in the carpark in Mary Ann Reserve and proceed to check in on board the Murray Princess. Boarding commences from 2:30 pm. Please ensure you are at the vessel no later than 4:00 pm. These times apply for all cruises unless stated. For Special Event Cruises, please refer to your itinerary for boarding times.
  • Once on board, the crew will assist you with your luggage and take it to your cabin. You will be instructed by the crew where to park
    your vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

Mannum Car Parking

Car parking is available in Mannum at an additional cost and is subject to availability. Pre-bookings are essential. Our facilities do not cater for caravans or motorhomes.

Notices

  • All per person prices quoted are in Australian dollars and valid from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024.
  • Above fares are based on cabins with 2 x single beds. Inside and Outside Cabins with a double bed incur a surcharge of $60 per room per night (no surcharge applies for Staterooms).
  • Prices exclude onboard drinks, optional tours and services and any personal purchases aboard the Murray Princess.
  • The Fitness to Travel Declaration and acceptance of the Standard Fares and Travel Terms and Conditions must be completed at least 60 days prior to travel or with final payment, whichever occurs first.

Thank you for choosing to travel with Murray Princess.
Your travel is subject to the Standard Fare & Travel Terms and Conditions. For your convenience, the Murray Princess Cruising Guide provides the following:

  • Check-in and Cruising Information
  • Guidelines for Limited Mobility and Fitness for Travel
  • Transfer Information and Map
  • Adelaide to Mannum Directions
  • Medical Emergencies & Services, General Health & Safety
  • Complimentary Onshore Tours & Activities
  • Optional Onshore Tours & Activities

Once the vessel departs, we are unable to obtain additional supplies or medicines. Special requests or dietary requirements must be advised at the time of booking and/or in completing the
Fitness to Travel Declaration. Upon boarding, please consult with your Passenger Services Attendant and also ensure you bring any prescription medication you may need.
Within this “Cruising Guide”, “Company” refers to Murray Princess, its employees and agents and “the passenger” refers to the passenger booked to travel.

CHECK-IN INFORMATION

The following information is required at check-in:

  • Photo Identification for each passenger (drivers licence or passport)
  • Your Murray Princess Travel Document

ACCOMMODATION

60 cabins including inside cabins, outside cabins and staterooms each with their own private ensuite, electric blankets, soaps, shampoo, hairdryer and towels. Each cabin is serviced daily and is approximately 12 square metres. Staterooms have a mini bar, fridge and tea /coffee facilities. Refer to the Murray Princess website for Deck Plan and Cabin Accommodation

ALCOHOL

Our licencing laws do not permit alcohol to be brought on-board the vessel by passengers. Bottles of wine purchased from the wineries visited are allowed to be brought back on the vessel but are not to be consumed whilst on board the cruise.

BAGGAGE

Baggage is limited to what you can stow in your cabins so you would be advised not to over pack. All bags must be clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Bags have to be
handled by crew and we would appreciate a weight limit of 15 kilograms per bag.

BAR

Normal closing time for bar services is midnight.

BIRTHDAYS AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS

You may want to order a cake, sparkling wine or make some other celebratory arrangement for that special occasion. Orders need to be given 14 days prior to sailing to ensure we can
accommodate your request. Pre-payment is required.

BOARDING

The Murray Princess departs from Mary Ann Reserve, Mannum selected Fridays and Mondays at 4.30pm with boarding commencing from 2.30pm. Please ensure you are at the vessel
no later than 4.00pm. These times apply for all cruises that depart from Mannum unless otherwise stated. For Special Event cruises, please refer to your Cruise Itinerary for boarding times
and further information.

CAR PARKING

Car parking is available (additional cost) at Mannum and is subject to availability, pre-bookings are essential by calling the Murray Princess Mannum Operations Team on (08) 8569 2511.
Your Travel Document will include your car parking details if arrangements have been made. Park your vehicle in the car parking in front of the Murray Princess; after you have checkedin and your luggage has been stowed on the vessel, our crew will direct you to the parking facilities. Please note every care will be taken but parking is at the passenger’s own risk.
Please Note: We are unable to accommodate caravans or motorhomes in our parking facilities. Please contact the Mannum

Caravan Park on (08) 8569 1402 to make a booking.

COFFEE AND TEA

Complimentary coffee and tea is available in the Paddlewheel Lounge. Espresso coffee is also available for purchase from the Sturt Bar and Paddlewheel Cafe.

DINING

Dining aboard the Murray Princess includes delicious table d’hôte, buffets and a la carte menus, plus a special campfire barbecue (weather permitting; seven and four night cruises only).
There is one sitting for all meals onboard.

DISEMBARKATION

Please leave your labelled luggage outside your cabin door prior to breakfast on the final day and your cabin key in the outside of the door. Luggage will be taken ashore by the crew. All cabin
accounts must be settled the evening prior to disembarkation. murrayprincess.com.au

DRESS CODE

During the day, sportswear and casual clothing is suggested. We kindly ask that you do not wear bathing suits, singlets or brief attire in public rooms and lounges, especially in the dining
room. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and suitable walking shoes are recommended for onshore tours.

Smart casual wear is recommended for the evenings. Flat shoes are recommended throughout the cruise. At the Farewell Dinner, feel free to glam up! Smart casual or cocktail wear is suitable.

DRINKING WATER

The water from your cabin tap is not suitable for drinking. Spring water is supplied in your cabin – please feel free to refill your bottle from the filtered water tap available in the Paddlewheel Lounge.

ELECTRICS

The vessels electricity is AC 240 volts, 50 cycle (standard power used in Australia). A hairdryer is provided in your cabin.

FACILITIES

A gym, sun deck, bar, two lounges, single-sitting dining room, tender boat, gift shop, café, library, lift (Randell, Cadell and Sturt Decks only) and passenger laundry are available for you to use.

GIFT SHOP/CAFE

The Gift Shop is located on the Randell Deck within the Paddlewheel Lounge and contains a selection of souvenirs, toiletries, clothing and hats. Espresso coffee is also available for
purchase. Binoculars are available for loan. Opening times are announced daily.

GRATUITIES

Tipping is always a personal choice. As a general guide, tipping is not required but is always gratefully received.

GYM

A mini gymnasium with exercise equipment is located on the Chaffey Deck. Passengers under the age of 16 years are not permitted to use the equipment without a supervising adult. Use of the equipment is at the passenger’s own risk.

INCLUSIONS

The following is included in your cruise: all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, live entertainment, sun deck, two lounges, restaurant and mini gymnasium. Fares exclude drinks, optional tours, additional services, car parking and return coach transfers from/to Adelaide CBD.

LIFT

The lift operates between the Sturt, Cadell and Randell Decks and is located at the aft end (rear) of the vessel. The following public rooms are situated on decks without lift access: Chaffey
Deck - laundry and gym (accessible by stairwells only); sun deck - (accessible by a steep, shallow set of stairs only).

MOBILE PHONES AND COMMUNICATIONS

Mobile phone coverage along the river has recently improved but can still be irregular, so please see your Cruise Director or Captain for urgent messages/communication. Emergency information can be transmitted to the ship by the Mannum Operations Department, please telephone 08 8569 2511.

ONBOARD PURCHASES

For your convenience, we operate an onboard account for each cabin for the duration of your cruise. You may use your cruise account for onboard drinks, souvenirs and some optional onshore tours. Your cruise account must be settled the night prior to disembarkation. AUD$ cash or credit card (Visa and MasterCard) will be accepted for payment of your account; however we advise personal cheques cannot be accepted.

ONSHORE TOURS

During the cruise, a number of onshore tours are available. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers, please be prompt to your marshalling station with any items you may need including
sunglasses, camera, sunscreen, hat or walking shoes. Details will be provided in your daily onboard itinerary. You are welcome to stay on board the vessel if you do not wish to participate in excursions.

SMOKING

Effective from 1 March 2024, smoking will no longer be permitted on the Murray Princess. Smoking is allowed onshore, whilst the vessel is moored, with exceptions to fire bans in place.

SPECIAL DIETS

Any Special Dietary or Allergy requests need to be advised at the time of booking, or in the Fitness to Travel Declaration. As a guide we regularly cater for gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, diabetic and non-seafood requirements. We carry a range of gluten free products on-board including gluten free/dairy free bread, a selection of breakfast cereals, gluten free/dairy free margarine, soy milk (light and regular), rice milk, a small selection of sweet biscuits and rice crackers. All of our sauces and gravies are made on-board and thickened with gluten free corn starch. It is also recommended that you confirm your dietary requirements with the Passenger Services Attendant when boarding. Where possible, we will endeavour to meet your requests.

TRANSFERS FROM/TO ADELAIDE

Please refer to Transfer Information and Map page.

WI-FI

Free Wi-Fi is available in most areas of the vessel. Coverage may vary along the river. Please ask our crew for details.

FITNESS TO TRAVEL

Each passenger warrants that they are physically fit and capable of undertaking the cruise. A Fitness to Travel Declaration needs to be completed by all passengers at final payment of balance or at least 60 days prior to travel. For bookings made online or within 30 days of travel, the Fitness to Travel Declaration must be completed within 48 hours of booking.
All Passengers: The Company reserves the right to refuse passage to a passenger, or to disembark a passenger, who has failed to give proper notice of physical disability, illness or
handicap requiring special care, attention or treatment or who in the Company opinion is physically or mentally unfit for travel. The Company in its sole discretion may require the production of a Doctor’s Certificate in this regard. Please refer to Clause 10.3 of the Terms and Conditions for full details.

BOARDING MURRAY PRINCESS

Access to Murray Princess whilst at Mannum is via Mary Ann Reserve, across approximately 100 metres of grassed parkland. Boarding is via a gangway onto Randell Deck. The gangway is of
suitable width for wheelchair use.

GETTING AROUND THE MURRAY PRINCESS

The Murray Princess has five decks. All decks are accessible by stairwells of approximately 10 to 14 steps. A lift services three decks – Randell, Cadell and Sturt Decks.

PUBLIC ROOMS

The following public rooms are situated on decks with lift access:

  • Dining Room and Bar: Located on Sturt Deck
  • Paddlewheel Lounge: Situated at the stern of the vessel over two levels. The lower lounge is situated on Randell Deck and includes gift shop and café and the upper lounge is situated
    on Cadell Deck

The following public rooms are situated on decks without lift access:.

  • Laundry and Gym: Located on Chaffey Deck and are only accessible by stairwells
  • Sun deck: Located on the upper deck and is only accessible by a steep shallow set of stairs Passenger CABINS Cabins are located on Chaffey, Randell and Cadell Decks
  • Cadell Deck cabins are most suitable for passengers with limited mobility
  • All cabins doors open outward, so care must be taken walking around the decks
  • All cabins except the Accessible Outside Cabins (Randell 10 and 11; Cadell 59 and 60) have one step up into the bathroom and one step over the shower tray to enter the shower
  • Chaffey Deck inside cabins are only accessible by stairwells and there is no lift access to this deck
  • Randell Deck cabins have one step outside and one step inside to enter the cabin
  • There are no steps into cabins for Chaffey and Cadell Decks

ACCESSIBLE CABINS

The Murray Princess has four cabins specially designed for wheelchairs. Two cabins feature twin beds and two feature a double bed and a single bed. Special features include:

  • Wheelchair access doors and bathrooms
  • Continuous level bathrooms with handheld shower
  • Telephone contact with 24hr emergency numbers
  • Handrails
  • 2 mirrors in bathroom – one at standard height, one at wheelchair height
  • All cabins have shower chairs and other equipment is available on request
  • Height of beds 60cm from floor to top of mattress to enable passengers to slide off chair onto the bed with no difficulty.

WATER ACTIVITIES & GETTING ASHORE

The Murray Princess has a tender boat for speedboat rides. Passengers are required to ‘climb’ directly into the tender from the Murray Princess. The deck crew are always on hand to assist
and to help passengers with life jackets. During the course of the cruise Murray Princess stops at a number of riverside locations where passengers can go ashore via the gangway. The steepness of the gangway will vary (from steep riverbanks to flat historic wharves). The crew are always on hand to assist passengers ashore.

The terrain will also vary depending on river conditions. Rough ground, inclines and sand may provide obstacles to those with limited mobility. Wheelchair access for onshore tours may not be possible.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES & SERVICES, GENERAL HEALTH & SAFETY

There is no doctor or pharmacy on-board the vessel, however our Officers are trained in First Aid. Please ensure you bring any prescription medicines you may require.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

In a medical emergency, please immediately tell a crew member. If you cannot locate a crew member, an emergency telephone is located next to the Port Aft door to the Paddlewheel Lounge on the Randell Deck. Please use this telephone only in an emergency and your call will be directed to a crew member. The Murray Princess crew will contact ambulance services in life threatening situations.

MEDICAL SERVICES

The nearest Medical Centre and/or Pharmacy is located at Mannum. There are no public transport facilities available, transport is only available via taxi or private car. Please note, due
to the long distances involved, taxi companies may require a credit card pre-payment. All medical and transport services are at the passenger’s expense. Please contact your Travel Insurance
provider for insurance claims.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

Your attention is drawn to Clauses 7b, 7c, 7d and 7e of the Terms and Conditions.

(b) If, in the opinion of the Company, a Passenger is in need of medicine, surgical attendance, medical assistance or treatment (Treatment) during Sailing and is unable to request it, the Passenger hereby consents to the Company making such medical arrangements as it deems necessary, at the cost of the Passenger.
(c) Except where Treatment is provided under clause 7(b), the Passenger accepts any Treatment provided by a medical service provider during Travelling at the Passenger’s sole risk.
(d) To the greatest extent allowable at law, the Company is not responsible for the acts or omissions of any medical services providers engaged by the Company as independent contractors. The Company is not responsible for the quality or nature of any Treatment, or for any consequence arising in relation to Treatment, received during Travelling.
(e) In the event of an epidemic, pandemic, or other health emergency, Passengers must comply with: directions issued by the South Australian and Commonwealth governments (as applicable); and directions issued by the Company (including the Master and crew while Travelling).

SAFETY

Safety is the most important element of any cruise and we care about the safety of all our passengers. A safety briefing is provided for all our passengers shortly after boarding and will
cover the necessary emergency and safety information.

ACCIDENT PREVENTION

Onboard: Please be careful when moving around the vessel and always hold the handrails when going up or down stairs. The stairs to the sun deck are quite steep - please take care.
Never hold the frames of open doors as the ship’s motion may cause the door to close on your hands or fingers. Open decks are slippery when wet. Use caution when walking in these areas.
Rubber soled shoes are suggested.

Onshore: When attending bushwalks, wear comfortable, welltreaded footwear, preferably boots with ankle support. In warmer weather it is recommended to wear long trousers and tops to
prevent against bites and the sun. Be on the lookout for snakes and other fauna and take particular care around long grass, hollow logs, and rocks. Take plenty of water to remain hydrated.

REPORTING HAZARDS

Whilst all endeavours have been made to make it safe for our passengers, there may be circumstances which create an unknown hazard, please let us know immediately if you see
anything unsafe.

CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE

For child safety, children under the age of 18 must always be accompanied by guardians for the entirety of the cruise and all onshore activities. Adults who are not the parent or legal guardian of any child travelling with them will be required to provide an original, legally affirmed, or notarised letter signed by at least one of the child’s parents/legal guardians.

ONSHORE ACTIVITIES

During the cruise, passengers will have the opportunity to participate in various activities, some of which, will be at third party owned and operated facilities and be self-guided or guided.
Please always listen to announcement and follow the safety instructions and signage.

ENVIRONMENT

We offer unique access to some picturesque landscapes and country, and we ask visitors to show respect by not touching or removing anything and making sure you remove all your rubbish
with you when you leave. Please note that some of the places you visit may have spiritual significance to Indigenous Australians and as such some areas may be restricted. Please respect the wishes of traditional owners.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Weapons, ammunition, and illegal drugs are strictly prohibited on the ship. Other prohibited items may interfere with the safe operation of the ship or the safe and secure environment of
our passengers and crew; these include flammable liquids and explosives, power boards and extension cords, dangerous chemicals, alcoholic beverages, knives, candles and incense.

Cancellation Policy

Please refer to: Terms and Conditions

NOTE: FIT TRAVEL would adopt suppliers' cancellation policy. Cancellation fees, if any by the suppliers, will be charged according to the supppliers' cancellation policy ( FIT TRAVEL does not charge additional cancellation fees ).
With this specific product's cancellation policy, the suppliers reserve the right of final interpretation.

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