Captain Cook Cruises is excited to announce a new cruise on the Murray River – the seven-night Upper Murraylands Cruise onboard Paddlewheeler, PS Murray Princess. The cruise will depart once a month from Friday, 21 April, 2017.
The seven-night Upper Murraylands Cruise will explore the northern area of the Murray River from Mannum to Morgan, before returning to Mannum. The diverse itinerary ensures this cruise offers something for everyone.
“We are very excited to launch this incredible seven-night cruise that will operate monthly on the Murray River. The cruise has a fantastic itinerary that explores Australia’s outback history and we are certain this cruise will be as popular as our regular 3, 4 and 7 night itineraries.
To be able to offer something new to our guests, many who are cruising with us for the third of fourth time is really exciting and we can’t wait for everyone to experience it.” Explains Donna Gauci, General Manager, SeaLink South Australia.
The Upper Murraylands cruise will visit historic towns including picturesque Waikerie, Morgan and Swan Reach, where guests will be taken on fascinating guided walks and visits to historic museums. At Blanchetown guests will be enthralled with the experience of going through Lock No. 1 (one of thirteen along the river).
Wine lovers can indulge with lunch and wine tastings at Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre and a vineyard tour and cellar door tastings at Burk Salter Boutique Winery. Guests can also visit the cellar door at Caudo Winery and tour its beautiful gardens and orchards.
Learn about Aboriginal history at the amazing Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve – one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites and enjoy a guided boardwalk tour of ancient rock carvings.
Guests will fall in love with the animals during a visit to a Native Wildlife Shelter and experience a fun and very Australian Woolshed Shearing Show.
Wildlife lovers can spot an abundance of nocturnal wildlife on the riverbanks including kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises and many other species.
Birdwatchers can get up close to the river birds including pelicans, wrens and swans on-board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat bottomed boat scenic boat rides.
Onboard guests can sit back in one of two air-conditioned paddlewheel lounges and enjoy the amazing views as the Murray Princess cruises past towering limestone cliffs, through picturesque gorges and along riverbanks lined with mallee scrub and red gum forests. They can even watch the working paddle wheel through a spectacular two-story glass window in the Paddlewheel Lounge.
Food onboard the Murray Princess is a highlight of the cruise. Guests will enjoy a hearty hot buffet breakfast each morning, a two-course or buffet lunch each day and a three-course or buffet dinner each evening. There is a spectacular Captain’s dinner and dance to enjoy and even an Aussie-style barbecue dinner and bush dance on the river bank.
The seven nights Upper Murraylands 2017 cruise departures include 21st April, 12th May, 9th , June, 14th July, 11th August, 15th September, 13th October and 10th November. Cruise departures in 2018 include 12th January, 16th February and 16th March.
The inaugural seven nights Upper Murraylands Cruise departs Friday, 21 April, 2017 and Early Booking Saver Fares start from $1902 per person twin share.
All fares include accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, the Captain’s Dinner and Dance, live entertainment, use of the sauna, spa, sun deck, bar, two lounges, restaurant and mini gymnasium and complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or secure car-parking in Mannum.