3 Night Murray Princess Christmas in July Cruise 2020 MR3X
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3 Night Murray Princess Christmas in July Cruise 2020
Depart Friday 3rd, 10th, 24th July 2020
Celebrate Christmas like you have never done before in July… with a 3 Night Murray River Cruise aboard the famous Paddle Steamer the Murray Princess.
These “Special Event Cruises” have been very popular in the past with passengers. Not only do you get to experience the lovely Murray River cruising on a Paddle Steamer but you also get a visit from Santa and a delicious Christmas lunch in July. When you add the fun and festivities of cruising the Murray River during “Christmas In July” as well as a lots of new friends then we are sure you will remember this Murray River Cruise for many years to come.
Laugh, Smile and Enjoy a visit by Santa during your Christmas In July Cruise. Enjoy a traditional Christmas Lunch or Dinner. Sing Christmas Carols.
Over 3 unforgettable nights, onboard the Paddle Steamer Murray Princess, meet new friends for life and enjoy a very unique “Christmas In July” cruising the Murray River on a Paddle Steamer.
The Murray River in South Australia offers landscapes like no other river. Onboard P.S. Murray Princess your next three days will be spent cruising past dramatic golden sandstone cliffs, watching Australian Native animals at play including Kangaroos and prolific bird life plus you will come away with an education on this area, which helped shape the early days of Australia. As one of only a small number onboard P.S. Murray Princess you will get to see this ecological waterway up close and in relaxed comfort as a true passenger on a small luxury Paddle Steamer should.
- Departs historic Mannum
- Free time to explore the township of Murray Bridge or take a tour of the historic Roundhouse
- Optional Monarto Safari Park Wildlife Tour on Saturday departing Murray Bridge (additional cost)
- 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
- Spectacular Captain’s Dinner and Dance
- Christmas carol themed music
- Santa (Australian style) and all the Christmas decorations (e.g. bon bons)
- Optional Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour at conclusion of cruise (additional cost)
- All meals (buffet & a la carte)
- An exciting selection of onshore tours
- Guided nature walks & eco-excursions
- Onboard presentations
- Use of gym
- Captain’s Dinner & Dance
- Live entertainment
- 24 hour self-service tea & coffee bar
- Lift access from Randell Deck to Sturt Deck
- Complimentary return coach transfers from Adelaide or return to the Adelaide Airport or car parking in Mannum (bookings essential)
- Aussie Style Christmas Lunch (Saturday) e.g. Turkey, ham and Pork, all the veggies, stuffing and fruit pudding with hot custard
- Christmas Activities – Christmas Bingo
- Present for guests & egg nog
Prices & Dates
Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, 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. Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.
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 Zoo (additional cost). Those who choose to experience Monarto Zoo 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, enjoy being entertained by our talented crew.
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 PS Murray Princess departs and cruises downriver. Near Fromms 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 joining the Captain and Officers for the farewell Captain’s Dinner and Dance. Dress up and dance, if you wish.
We head back to Mannum and after breakfast, we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice.
This amazing river cruise boat is a true inland paddlewheeler, purpose built for the Murray River. This classic river boat was designed as a modern romantic representative of a river boat similar to hundreds of such vessels who 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 paddlewheeler the dining saloon is spacious with a character and charm of yesteryear. The paddlewheeler will offer you a relaxed and informal experience coupled with the warmth and friendliness so unique to a Murray River cruise.
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 for Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Diabetic and non-Seafood passengers.
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.
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 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 open onto the outside deck walkway. Mini-bars, 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.
All meals, a selection of shore-side tours, guided nature walks & eco-excursions, onboard presentations, use of onboard gym, Captain’s Dinner & Cocktail Party, live entertainment and 24 hour self-service tea & coffee bar, complimentary coach transfer from Adelaide or car parking in Mannum.
You will require Photo ID for each passenger (driver’s licence or passport), or some form of acceptable identification and your travel documents.
Your travel is subject to the terms and conditions of the Passengers Cruise Contract, which you will complete when booking your cruise.
The Murray Princess cruises depart and return to Mannum at 4:30 pm. You can check in from 2.30pm. Please ensure you arrive at the vessel no later than 4.00pm.
Please Note – For Special Event Cruises departure / return times and locations may vary. Please refer to your itinerary for boarding times and locations.
Complimentary Coach Transfers
Coach transfer must be pre-booked. Depart from the below selected Adelaide CBD locations
- Adelaide Central Bus Station, 85 Franklin Street Adelaide at 1:20 pm
- Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, 55 Frome Street Adelaide at 1:30 pm
- Stamford Plaza Adelaide, 150 North Terrace Adelaide at 1:45 pm
- Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide, 125 North Terrace Adelaide at 2:00 pm
- Sage Hotel Adelaide, 208 South Terrace Adelaide at 2:10 pm.
Complimentary Coach Transfers return to selected Adelaide CBD locations, arriving in Adelaide at approximately 11 am – 11:30 am or 5:30 pm after optional Barossa Wine and Heritage tour (pre-bookings are essential)
You may choose to be transferred to the Adelaide Airport, your arrival time will be approximately 12:00 pm or 6:00 pm for those on additional day tours. Please allow at least 3 hours after arrival for your flights to allow for possible delays getting to the airport.
Complimentary Car Parking
Park your vehicle in the car parking in front of the Murray Princess; after you have checked-in 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. Car parking is subject to availability and pre booking is required.
Those who are self-driving can board from 2.30 pm
Car parking facilities are unable to accommodate caravans or motorhomes. Please contact the Mannum Caravan Park on (08) 8569 1402 to make a booking.
Self-drive directions from Adelaide CBD to Mannum.
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 car park in Mary Ann Reserve and proceed to check in on board the Murray Princess.
Fitness To Travel
A Doctor’s Certificate of fitness to travel is required from all passengers aged 80 or over. If passengers have pre-purchased Travel Insurance, a doctor’s certificate may not be required.
All Passengers: The Carrier 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 Carrier’s opinion is physically or mentally unfit for travel. Please refer to Clause 8 of the Passenger Cruise Contract.
Download Guidelines for Limited Mobility and Fitness to Travel
Onboard Food and Drinks
Menus: Aboard the Murray Princess, 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 Dining Room on the Sturt Deck. Each meal is accompanied by coffee or tea. *Menus are subject to change without notice.
Drinks: A wide variety of drinks, including wine, beer, cocktails, aperitifs and soft drinks, are available for purchase from the bar. There is a large range of wines from South Australian wineries, including Banrock Station, Burk Salter’s Winery and Yalumba. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails are also available for you to enjoy.
Special Dietary and Allergy Requirements Form
All special dietary and allergy information must be advised by completing your Passenger Cruise Contract when your deposit is paid. Where possible, requests will be met. As a guide, chefs regularly cater for Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Diabetic and non-Seafood passengers.
A range of gluten free products are carried on-board the PS Murray Princess 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 gravys’ are made on-board and thickened with gluten free corn starch. These menus have been prepared for your enjoyment, so please do not hesitate to discuss these options with your waiting staff or Cruise Director. All menus are indicative and subject to change without notice.
Early Booking Saver Fare & Sale Prices
Early booking saver fare and sale prices will be listed on the website and are subject to availability at the time of booking. Discounts are off standard fare price.
Special Conditions and Important Information:
- Early Booking Saver Fare – book more than 90 days in advance & save between 10%* and 20%^ off standard fares.
- *Save up to 10% off standard fares for travel during the Peak months of March, April, May and September to December (excludes Staterooms).
- ^ Save up to 20% off standard fares for travel during the Off-Peak months of June to August, January and February.
- Limited availability – a select number of cabins have been set aside for this special fare.
- Once these cabins have been sold, prices revert to Standard Fares.
- Valid for new bookings only.
- Savings apply to cruise fares only – they do not apply to other fees/charges including onboard drinks & services, onshore tours, pre/post accommodation or other fees/surcharges that may be applied from time to time.
- Not valid with any other discount of special offer unless otherwise stated.
- Early Booking Saver Fares may not be available for some Special Event Cruises. Special prices, itineraries and conditions may apply to all Special Event Cruises.
Murray Princess departure, arrival and transfer information
Complimentary Coach Transfers
Return coach transfers are available to PS Murray Princess guests.
Coaches depart Adelaide CBD on Mondays and Fridays at the following times:
- Adelaide Central Bus Station (85 Franklin Street) at 1.20pm
- Majestic Roof Garden Hotel (55 Frome Street Adelaide) at 1.30pm
- Stamford Plaza Adelaide (150 North Terrace) at 1.45pm
- Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide (125 North Terrace) at 2.00pm
- Sage Hotel Adelaide (208 South Terrace) at 2.10pm.
The return arrival time to Adelaide on Monday and Friday is approximately 11am to 11.30am and an option to be transferred to Adelaide Airport is available – please note pre-bookings are essential.
Return times may vary on a few of our Special Event Cruises. Please check your cruise itinerary for this information.
Complimentary Car Parking
Complimentary car parking is available at Mannum and is subject to availability, pre-bookings are essential.
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 checked-in 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: Facilities 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.
I have limited mobility, is there anything I should know for the Murray Princess cruises?
For the cruises on the P.S. Murray Princess you will have access to a lift if you are booking an outside or stateroom cabin. However if you are booking an inside cabin you will have to manage 10 stairs. The boat has accessibility access and walkways for walkers, wheel chairs and motorised wheelchairs. If you require further information please contact us to discuss.
Is there a doctor onboard?
The ships crews do not include a doctor, however the ship’s Officers are trained in First Aid. There is no pharmacy onboard. Please ensure you bring adequate prescription medicines you may require.
Do I need to prove that I am fit enough to undertake a Murray Princess cruise?
The passenger warrants that they are physically fit and capable of undertaking the cruise. A certificate of fitness of travel by your doctor is required for passengers over 80 years of age and/or passengers with limited mobility. For full details please refer to the Passenger Cruise Contract and Guidelines for Limited Mobility and Fitness to Travel information.
Can we swim in the river?Yes. If you wish to swim in the river please seek advise from one of the deck staff as to the easiest and safest method of doing so.
Are my valuables safe?
For your convenience valuables may be lodged with the Captain for safe keeping in the Captain’s safe. The company accepts no liability.
What will the weather be like?
Rain or shine, waters on the Murray always make for smooth sailing. As a guide, expected seasonal temperatures range from 16-35 degrees Celsius during summer and 6-17 degrees Celsius during winter.
Can I smoke on the boat?
Smoking is only permitted in the areas designated for smoking, such as the rear deck. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers please refrain from smoking pipes and cigars. Cigarettes are not sold onboard.
Is there electricity onboard the boats?
The ships electricity is AC 240 volts 50 cycle (standard electrical power used in Australia). Hairdryers are provided on the cruises, how ever you are welcome to bring your own shavers and hairdryers if you wish.
What should I wear?
During the day, sportswear and casual clothes are 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. Footwear is requested in both the Dining Room and Lounges. During the evening smart casual wear is recommended – an open neck shirt and slacks for gentlemen and a dress, skirt and blouse or pants outfit for the ladies. At the Captains Dinner on the final night of the cruise, a jacket and tie would not be out of place for gentlemen and a cocktail dress or pants outfit for the ladies. Be sure to bring a sun visor or hat, sunglasses and good sun blocks. Sandals, low-heeled deck shoes and tennis shoes are most suitable on deck and for shore excursions.
How much baggage can I bring?
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. Bags have to be handled by crew and we would appreciate a weight limit of 15 kg.
We have a special occasion to celebrate, what can you do for us?You may want to order a cake, champagne or make some other celebratory arrangement for that special occasion. Please give two weeks notice before sailing.
Can I get picked up for the Murray Princess by the bus at my hotel?
Complimentary coach transfers are available between Adelaide and Mannum (approx 90 minutes travel from Adelaide to Mannum) and are subject to availability – pre-bookings are essential. Adelaide Coach Transfers depart and return from the following CBD locations:
- Adelaide Central Bus Station 85 Franklin Street, Adelaide
- Majestic Roof Garden Hotel 55 Frome Street, Adelaide
- Stamford Plaza Adelaide 150 North Terrace, Adelaide
- Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide 125 North Terrace, Adelaide
- Sage Hotel Adelaide 208 South Terrace, Adelaide
The return arrival time to Adelaide on Monday and Friday is approximately 11am to 11.30am and an option to be transferred to Adelaide Airport is available – pre-bookings are essential.
What do we do with special requests or dietary requirements?
Once we leave the wharf these ships cannot obtain additional supplies or medicines. Special requests or dietary requirements must be advised to your booking agent as early as possible. Upon boarding please consult with your Cruise Director. Please also ensure you bring any prescription medication you may need.
Do I need to bring anything at check in?
The following information is required at check-in: – Photo identification for each passenger (drivers license or passport) – Your cruise confirmation number (located on your e-ticket) – Your credit card (as security against your onboard Cabin account)