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There is certainly no better way to see the Australia’s historic Murray River as well as a slice of the amazingly beautiful and dramatic Australian outback with its unique flora and fauna, combined with the rich legacy of old Riverside Ports and the wonderful Indigenous culture that on this 7 Day Captain Cook Cruises, PS Murray Princess!
The Murray Princess progresses slowly down river
The beautiful Murray
& below: The stunning rocks carved along the ancient
stunning scenery is best seen from the decks of the PS Murray Princess
The Murray River is continuously navigable for 1,986 Klm from Goolwa to Yarrawonga and there are so many ways of navigating it, especially cruising on a the great Paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess, but for those who are individualists, they may explore the idea of a houseboats, but often so much is missed without expert guidance, yet they seem popular! There are certainly countless fascinating and beautiful destinations and stops to make all along the way along this great river!
Come let us board the Murray Princess and see what she has to offer?
The sublimely beautiful Paddlewheeler Murray Princess awaits you at Mannum!
Murray Princess is a genuine inland Paddlewheeler especially built in
1986 to sail along the great
This fine stern driven Paddlewheeler
accommodates just 120 passengers and she offers all the unique advantages of
small ship cruising to the remarkable, if not one of the most beautiful river
However, we must not be fooled by certain other modern-day imitations that are so-called Paddlewheelers, where the paddle is actually located on the side of the vessel and then it is there just for show. That great Paddlewheel on the PS Murray Princess makes her an authentic Murray River Paddlewheeler because she is propelled by its massive stern wheel as can be seen below!
Here we see the authentic stern Paddlewheel of the PS Murray Princess
The onboard atmosphere is relaxed and informal by style. The multi level aft lounge features a majestic view of the Paddlewheel in action through the two story high viewing window. The Upper and lower lounge areas are accessed by a classic brass and mahogany spiral staircase or via the stairs or lift in the aft lobby.
The lower level is also home to the Souvenir Shop, where you can buy soft drinks, snacks, toiletries as well as souvenirs including baseball caps and hats and polo shirts, etc. Whilst on the upper level on Cadell Deck there is a small, “help yourself” Library with books or board games. Guests are welcome to borrow a book, or swap and replace as they wish. This lounge is also one of two places on board where you can access complimentary Wi-Fi, the other location for Wi-Fi is the Bar. Just ask for the daily access code at the souvenir shop.
The Paddlewheel Lounge also becomes the most welcome “Paddlewheel Café” daily from 10 am to midday as well as from 2.30 pm to 5 pm Café. Of course the Ships main Bar is located forward of the vessel up on Sturt Deck.
Up on Sturt Deck is the spacious Dinning Room that also has a concealed small band Stand as well as a large Dance floor that will be revealed on nights when the ships professional entertainer takes over after, or at times during dinner and turns the night into a party of fun for all! Far Just forward of the Dinning Room is the Ships main Bar that has a fine view over the bow section. Topside on Sun Deck is the vessels spacious partially covered exterior deck, that has ample outdoor seating and sun lounges being the perfect location to enjoy the spectacular views pass by as one of the waiters comes and attend you!
Above & below: Passengers enjoying life in the Paddlewheel Lounge and another view of both levels
Here is another view of the Lounge, come Café and the Souvenir Shop to the right
The Dinning Room looking towards the Buffet towards aft of the vessel
To the left is a large dance floor and bandstand, that is revealed at diner time
Friendly service is always at hand!
The PS Murray Princess operates 3 cruise
programmes, from 3, 4 to 7 night cruises, operating between Mannum,
The regular cruising schedule is as follows: 1: The 3 Night Cruise departs every Friday. 2: Whilst the 4 Night Cruise departs every Monday. 3: Or you can participate of the enjoyable full length 7 Night combined Voyage that departs either on a Friday, or on Monday, and you will enjoy the very best of both the 3 and 4 night cruises in the two directions of the river she operates!
Captain Cook Cruises is one of
Wine tasting at one of the lush vineyards visited along the river
You can hike around a boardwalk
trail or take a guided nature walk. Take a small boat safari of the pristine
wetlands, visit a riverside village, or take a nocturnal eco-tour before a
riverside barbeque. Sample some of the local produce at the cellar door, or
take a camera and catch some memorable scenes of the abundant birdlife. You can
also choose to extend your cruise with an optional full day tour of
The Decks onboard the
The Decks onboard the
The Murray Princess has five passenger
decks, Chaffey, Randell, Cadell, Sturt and each of these decks are named after
one of the great
Charles Sturt 1795-1869
One of Australia's great inland explorers, Sturt discovered and charted two major Australian rivers including the
William Randell 1824-1911
Randell was the first man to put a Paddleboat on the
Francis Cadell 1822-1879
A Scottish navigator and entrepreneur, Cadell followed in Randell’s wake, by building the 32 metre Paddleboat "Lady Augusta" in
George Chaffey (1848-1932) and William Chaffey (1856-1926)
The Chaffey brothers started the first Australian commercial irrigation scheme in Renmark in 1887. A legacy of the Chaffey influence is the thriving and widespread citrus lands of the Riverland areas of
Aboard the PS Murray Princess there are a total of 60 Double bedded Cabins and Staterooms offering accommodation for at total of 120 passengers. Each Cabin and Stateroom has a private bathroom, air-conditioning, and has an electric blanket, soaps, shampoo and towels and all rooms are serviced daily. Each room is approximately 12sq metres. There are 4 outside cabins that are fully wheelchair accessible. Two of these are located on Randell Deck directly opposite the lift for easy access to the dining and lounge decks. The other two are on Cadell Deck.
Staterooms: The wonderful Staterooms are located on Randell as well as Cadell Decks and have doors that open to the outside deck and include fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Four Staterooms have a double and a single bed (twin/double/triple) and two have a double bed only.
Outside Cabins: Light and bright outside Cabins are located on Randell and Cadell Decks and all have a door out to the outside deck and have picture windows (twin/double/triple).
Inside Cabins: These comfortable inside Cabins are located on Chaffey Deck there are 9 cabins that open into an inside passageway and have portholes facing the outside 7 Twin bedded and two Doubled bed rooms.
Facilities Onboard PS
Murray Princess is certainly a well equipped vessel for her 120 Guests s the
list of facilities will prove. Thus a vacation on her will prove to be a very
special River adventure. She is not a Five Star luxury cruise ships, but no one
would even attempt to market as such! But, she is a comfortable well equipped
passenger vessel that has every convenience at hand with top service and fine
food, with amazing lounges and bars and the dinning room is simply a joy to
dine in as pat passengers have told me!
The Murray Princess is certainly a well equipped vessel for her 120 Guests s the list of facilities will prove. Thus a vacation on her will prove to be a very special River adventure. She is not a Five Star luxury cruise ships, but no one would even attempt to market as such! But, she is a comfortable well equipped passenger vessel that has every convenience at hand with top service and fine food, with amazing lounges and bars and the dinning room is simply a joy to dine in as pat passengers have told me!
Onboard, you will discover a Bar and A Double Deck viewing Lounge overlooking the stern paddlewheel that has 24-hour tea and coffee facilities available, a Lounge and Bar far forward, a spacious single-sitting Dining Saloon, Gift Shop, Library, DVD’s are available. For your convenience there is a Lift to Randell, Cadell and Sturt Decks, there is also a Spa, Sauna and a Gym as well as a spacious half covered Sun Deck topside and a Guest laundry. The Murray Princess has its own speed boat.
Built in: 1986.
Built in: 1986.
Engines: 2 x
. Engines powering hydraulic pumps.
Propulsion: Hydraulic Stern Wheel, fitted
. with Bow & Stern Thrusters.
Length: 67m - 219.9ft.
Beam: 15m - 49.2ft.
Draft: 1.2m - 3.11ft.
Speed: 6 knots.
During you Murray Princess Cruise you can hike around a boardwalk trail or take a guided nature walk. Take a small boat safari of the pristine wetlands, visit a riverside village, or take a nocturnal eco-tour before a riverside barbeque. Sample some of the local produce at the cellar door, or take a camera and catch some memorable scenes of the abundant birdlife.
However, do not forget that there are many
other great options to make this vacation special, for you can choose to extend
your cruise with an optional full day tour to one of
For Holiday Packages based on the 3 and 4 night cruises plus an additional day tour, click the above image
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