3 Night Murray Princess Music Cruise 2020 MR3MUS

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From $1,140.00 Per Person
Departs Mannum
Returns Mannum
Departure Date 21st Aug 2020
Group Size 120

3 Night Music Cruise 2020

Depart: 21 August 2020

Back by popular demand, the 3 Night ‘Hot August Night’ Special Event Music Cruise departs Mannum on Friday 21st August 2020, featuring special guest, Dave Freeman.

Enjoy great music and dancing with friends on the beautiful Murray River between Walker Flat and Murray Bridge aboard the paddlewheeler, PS Murray Princess. This special event cruise was first introduced in August 2017 and was an outstanding success. Relax and enjoy the on board facilities of the Murray Princess and be entertained by our special guests, Dave Freeman and Paul Gill.

Highlights

  • Friday night - Dinner Dance / music performed by Paul Gill  
  • Saturday night - “OMG Neil Diamond Sounds Like Me” Hot August Night Show, featuring Dave Freeman including storytelling, songs, dancing and music from Neil Diamond’s including songs from his famous Hot August Night album  
  • Music Quiz with Paul Gill (with great prizes to win)  
  • Game of Bocce on the riverbank with Dave Freemen  
  • Sunday night Captain’s Dinner & Dance / music performed by Dave Freeman and Paul Gill  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)  
  • Big river gorges & towering sandstone cliffs  
  • Get up close to the river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat cruise  
  • Optional Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour at conclusion of cruise (additional cost)

Inclusions

  • 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)

Prices & Dates

Tour Options  

Itinerary

  • 1 Friday 21st August 2020

    Mid-afternoon, the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum and heads downriver. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and cocktails (own expense) from the Sturt Bar along with an introduction to your crew who will look after you for the next 3 nights. Also meet our guest entertainers for the weekend, Dave Freeman and Paul Gill. Enjoy your Welcome Dinner as we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Mundurra where you may see some nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Dance the night away to a great variety of music, suitable for all tastes and performed by Paul. 

  • 2 Saturday 22nd August 2020

    Departing Mundarra early, we head downriver where we moor in the Township of Murray Bridge. In 1879 the first bridge to span the Murray River was built here 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). Coach transfers are available to the main street of Murray Bridge or if you prefer, you can walk across the bridge or just take a leisurely stroll along the river front.

    A coach will be waiting for those passengers who have chosen to go on the Monarto Safari Park Wildlife Tour. Your private guide will take you on a private tour of the Zoo where you will be able see many of the Zoo’s inhabitants including Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, White Rhinoceros, Cheetah, Lions, Hyena and Wild Dogs. After the tour, you will return to Murray Bridge and reboard the Murray Princess. Depart Murray Bridge late morning, cruising upriver while you enjoy a delicious lunch on board. Tonight we will moor at Salt Bush Flat. After dinner, Dave will perform his much acclaimed “OMG Neil Diamond Sounds Like Me” tribute show. 

  • 3 Sunday 23rd August 2020

    After a delicious buffet breakfast, join the First Officer at the gangway for a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat. Depart Salt Bush Flat late morning and enjoy some local food and wine tasting in the Sturt Dining Room, where you will have a chance to learn more about the local region and sample some of the bounty found throughout the Murray and Riverland regions. After a leisurely lunch, continue cruising downriver with time to relax and enjoy the on board facilities. Catch up with friends over a coffee or a drink and reminisce about last night’s entertainment whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery. Following lunch, we will moor at River View Lodge (near Piggy Flat/Coolcha) where the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat awaits you. Travel in small, personalised groups and explore the river, getting up close to the 20 million year old cliffs and viewing the amazing birdlife, including darters, herons and egrets who are feeding along the river’s edge.

    This afternoon, enjoy a fun game of bocce with Dave and you may also wish to participate in a lively music quiz with Paul. Tonight, join the Captain and Officers for pre-dinner drinks (own expense) and the Captain’s Dinner and Dance in the Sturt Dining Room with more great musical entertainment from Dave & PaulTonight, join the Captain and Officers for pre-dinner drinks (own expense) and the Captain’s Dinner and Dance in the Sturt Dining Room with more great musical entertainment.

  • 4 Monday 24th August 2020

    We depart Riverview Lodge early in the morning while enjoying breakfast in the Sturt Dining Room before docking at the Mannum Wharf at 9.00am.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample special event itinerary and is subject to change without notice.

Your Boat

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

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.

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 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.

Additional Information

Cruise Inclusions

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.

Cruise Check-in

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.

Cruise Departure

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.

FAQs

  • 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)