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Local produced food and wine gourmet experience, Red Gum Forests and wildlife in abundance are highlights of this relaxed cruise. Experience the Upper Murraylands cruise on this boutique wood fuelled paddle steamer Emmylou.
Experience the popular 3 Night Discovery cruise will connect you to Australian history, geography, culture and cuisine along Australia’s longest and most famous river. Enjoy our signature riverside grand dining, campfires, day & night cruising to see the river from a different perspective and travel on a half day excursion to world heritage wetlands for a small boat Eco cruise with lunch at a riverside winery.
Cruise departs Port of Echuca, Riverboat Dock, Echuca on Monday at 2.30pm and returns to Echuca on Thursday morning at 9.30am.
Departing Echuca downriver, enjoy a welcome afternoon tea as you begin to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. This evening as the sun begins to set over the river enjoy a cocktail before your welcome dinner. Watch for kangaroos, egrets and many other species of birds as the stars begin to appear. Tonight, we moor at the famous Perricoota Station. Rich in history, the property was first settled by James Maiden in 1843, and famous for starring in the TV movie “All the River Run” where PS Emmylou was renamed PS Philadelphia.
Wake to an early morning self-guided walk of gardens scattered with old date palms before enjoying breakfast. We then depart on a half day excursion travelling to the small town of Barmah for a guided Eco Cruise, where you can get up close to Australian nature and wildlife gliding through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands aboard the MV Kingfisher.
Enjoy a picnic lunch riverside before we continue to the region’s largest winery, St Anne’s where you will enjoy a winery tour provided by the owners and taste their fabulous table and fortified wines, cheeses and chocolates. It is then time to re-join PS Emmylou. For those that slept in you can join the Skipper for a guided tour of the gardens and buildings before Emmylou continues upriver towards Deep Creek Marina. Tonight, after dinner, it’s Movie Night, with a special presentation of “Riverboats Remembered” a fabulous historical presentation about the riverboats of the mid 1850’s along the Murray River.
This morning PS Emmylou departs on a full day of cruising towards our Layfield Lane mooring. Today your welcome to try your hand at steering the boat with the Skipper. Tonight, you will enjoy our signature Grand Dining gourmet Australian BBQ. Enjoy sampling the delicious range of Pacdon Park UK small goods for entrée before enjoying dinner under the stars. After dinner enjoy some yarns sitting around the campfire before retiring for the evening.
** Itinerary is subject to change
SUNDAY – Optional Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay
Today you have time to explore the wonderful city of Melbourne before checking into your Pre Stay Hotel at Pan Pacific South Wharf, starting at $870 per couple, $770 for solo traveller.
MONDAY – Optional Transfers
Departing at 10.30am from your Hotel you travel to Echuca arriving at the historical Port of Echuca to board your cruise departing at 2.30pm, starting at $620 per couple or $520 for solo traveller.
4 NIGHT TALO RETREAT LUXURY GLAMPING & CRUISE PACKAGE
Stay Tuesday/Wednesday at Talo Retreat. Cruise departs Port of Echuca, Riverboat Dock, Echuca on Thursday at 2.30pm and returns Saturday at 9.30am. TUESDAY – Checking in from 2.00pm spend the afternoon exploring Talo Retreat experiencing the wonders of the Murray river from the riverbanks. Relax in the tranquility of this natural bush setting staying in your own private deluxe Yurt. WEDNESDAY Free day to explore the Perricoota wine district or just relax in your nature all bush setting. THURSDAY Departing Echuca on your 2 night river cruise. Prices start at $1080 per person twin share or $1620 for a solo traveller.
On the Emmylou there are just 8 cabins and a maximum of 16 passengers you can be sure of excellent attention and service form friendly and professional crew. Perfect for a small group that wants to have the boat to themselves. All river journey cruises are fully inclusive of all meals and onshore tours. Restaurant, bar, under the stars deck dining, AC 240 volt power, Free Wi-Fi, on-board account for drinks and souvenirs, hair dryers, air conditioning /heating, tea and coffee facilities.
Dinning is open air, allowing you to enjoy the experience of cruising. Our onboard Chef takes full advantage of our rich and diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion uniquely Australian dishes whilst our staff charm you with friendly local hospitality and attentive service. All meals are fully inclusive of your tour price and most dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice. The bar stocks a range of drinks for purchase to enjoy with your meal.
About the P.S. Emmylou
The Paddle Steamer Emmylou is one of the most recognisable and iconic paddlesteamers along the Murray River, Echuca. The PS Emmylou is the only wood fired paddlesteamer in the world offering regular overnight cruising. Powered by a beautifully restored 1906 Marshall and Sons steam engine. Fuelled by redgum logs the Emmylou exudes old-world charm whilst offering modern comfort in recently refurbished cabins.
The Emmylou was named after the country singer Emmylou Harris, the PS Emmylou has been host to thousands of people, delighting even her namesake during the late 1980s. Alongside the PS Pevensey, the PS Emmylou starred in the TV series ‘All the Rivers Run’ renamed for the TV series as the PS Providence. Step back in time and let Emmylou connect you to Australian history, geography, culture and cuisine. You will enjoy riverside campfires, BBQ’s, winery visits, world heritage wetlands and cultural experience, all whilst enjoying the sights and sounds of Australia’s most famous river, the Murray!
The 8 cabins provide you with a choice of accommodation to suit you and your travel companion as well as your budget. All cabins have been recently refurbished, so they are all lovely. Emmlyou Cabin Plan
Cabins have either twin, double or queen beds; individually controlled air conditioning units and private en-suite. Hair dryers are provided in each cabin. Tea and coffee making facilities are in the bar area.
The Upper Deck requires passengers to climb a staircase of 14 steps which are quite upright.
The vessel’s electricity is AC 240 volts, 50 cycle (standard electrical power used in Australia). Free Wifi is available in your cabin and around the vessel. Ask the crew for details onboard.
As Emmylou has no laundry, passengers are asked to hang their towels on the racks provided in your cabin to allow them to dry. Towels are changed on request.
Smoking is not permitted on the PS Emmylou.
The PS Emmylou departs from the Port of Echuca.
Once Emmylou departs, we are unable to obtain additional supplies or medicines. Special requests or dietary requirements must be advised together with your Passenger Cruise Agreement when your deposit is paid or within 3 days of full payment.
You may check in from 9am on the day of your cruise at 57 Murray Esplanade, Echuca. Please present the following:
• Cruise Confirmation sent to you
• Photo Identification for each passenger
Baggage is limited to what you can stow in your cabins so please pack light. All bags must be clearly labelled with your name and limited to 15kg per bag. Please do not bring your bags with you at Check-In. Bags will be loaded by our staff as you board the vessel.
Emmylou departs from River Boat Dock, Berth 4, Watson Street, Echuca and returns to this Dock. Boarding commences 30 minutes before departure where staff will assist with baggage. Boarding is fifteen minutes before the scheduled departure. If driving, please park your car in Watson St. Once all baggage and guests are aboard our staff will escort you to the secure car park.
CAR PARKING – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Our undercover secure car parking location is a short drive from River Boat Dock. Once bags are aboard a crew member will direct you to the location and transfer you back to PS Emmylou for departure. Upon disembarking we will transfer you and your luggage to your car. Additional cost for car parking is $20 per night. Secure undercover warehouse parking is available for cars, caravans & motorhomes. Please note parking is at the passenger’s own risk.
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.
The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages will be limited to Guests who are 18 years or older. MRPS promotes the responsible service of alcohol and will refuse service to guests if deemed to be intoxicated. Guests are kindly reminded to consume alcohol in moderation. MRPS reserves the right to prohibit and retain all liquor brought onto vessels which is strictly prohibited.
COFFEE & TEA
Coffee & Tea is available complimentary throughout the cruise.
There is only one sitting for all meals and seating is open. The dining area is on the open deck so jackets and warm clothing may be required.
During the day, sportswear and casual clothing is suggested. We kindly ask that you do not wear bathing suits, singlets or brief attire especially when dining. Footwear is requested at all times. Sandals, low-heeled deck shoes and tennis shoes are most suitable on-deck and for onshore excursions. During the evening, smart casual wear is recommended and in the cooler months a good jacket as the evenings and early mornings can be chilly. We suggest you check the weather forecasts over the period of your cruise and be sure to bring a sun visor or hat, sunglasses and good sun block/sunscreen even during warmer months. Due to the wooden decks on our boats, pencil point (stiletto’s) heel shoes, are not permitted on board. Therefore, we request alternative footwear is to be worn whilst on board (bare feet is not permitted).
The water from your cabin tap is not suitable for drinking. Bottled water is supplied in your cabin – please feel free to refill the container from the water tap available in the lounge.
The vessels electricity is AC 240 volts, 50 cycle (standard electrical power used in Australia).
Tipping is always a personal choice. As a general guide, tipping is not required but is always gratefully received.
The following is included in your cruise: accommodation, all meals, all onshore tours, coffee and tea, bottled water, on-board presentations, transfer to/from local Hotels & Echuca Train Station. Fares exclude drinks not stated, optional tours if provided and additional services.
Airfares, transfers from locations such as Melbourne or Bendigo, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance.
For your convenience, we operate an on-board account for each cabin for the duration of your cruise. You may use your cruise account for on-board drinks & souvenirs. Your cruise account must be settled the night prior to disembarkation. AUD cash or credit card (Visa & MasterCard) will be accepted for payment of your account only.
During the cruise onshore tours are available. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers, please be prompt to your marshalling area. You are welcome to stay on-board the vessel if you do not wish to participate in excursions.
Please be advised that the entire vessel including your cabin is strictly No Smoking including E-cigarettes at all times.
As Emmylou has no laundry and to help us save water and the environment towels are not washed and replaced daily. Please ensure you leave towels on the racks provided in your cabin to allow them to dry. Extra Towels are available on request. Rooms are not serviced while cruising.
Rain or shine, waters on the Murray always make for smooth sailing. As a guide, expected seasonal temperatures range from 14-33 degrees Celsius during summer and 4-16 degrees Celsius during winter.
You are welcome to visit the wheelhouse, however, please avoid times when the vessel is maneuvering into or leaving port.
Free Wi-Fi is available in your cabin and around the vessel. Please ask our crew for details. BOARDING PS EMMYLOU Access to Emmylou is via River Boat Dock, Beth 4, Watson Street Echuca Boarding is via a gangway onto the Main Deck. The gangway is of suitable for wheelchair use.
GETTING AROUND PS EMMYLOU
Emmylou has two passenger decks. The main Deck is accessible by wheelchair however help will be required to traverse the crank shaft. The Upper Deck is not accessible by wheelchair and requires passengers to climb a staircase of 14 steps which are quite upright. We recommend that you reverse down facing the steps when coming down the staircase. Please ask our crew for assistance if required
• Passenger cabins are located on the Main & Upper Decks
• There is 1 cabin on the Main Deck
• All other cabins & the Emmylou Suite are located on the Upper Deck
• All cabins and the Emmylou Suite have a Private Ensuite
During the course of the cruise Emmylou stops at a number of riverside locations where passengers can go ashore via the gangway. The steepness of the gangway will vary depending on the location (varying 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.
If you wish to swim in the river, please seek advice from one of our crew as to the easiest and safest method of doing so.
Please note your travel is subject to the terms and conditions of the Passenger Cruise Agreement.
Itinerary subject to change without notification. MRPS reserves the right to cancel any cruise due to river & weather conditions, mechanical failure, or the minimum number of 10 passengers has not been booked prior to departure. The Captain always reserves the right to put ashore any passenger who disrupts the even flow of a cruise; in such a case, no refund is possible. MRPS responsibility does not extend beyond the vessel, and whenever passengers leave it, any arrangements made by them or for them are at their own risk.
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. Be sure to bring a sun visor or hat, sunglasses (Polaroid) and good sun blocks. Sandals, low-heeled deck shoes and tennis shoes are most suitable on deck and for shore excursions.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere aboard the vessel including inside cabins and suites.
The passenger warrants that they are physically fit and capable of undertaking the cruise. Guests must notify in writing at the time of
booking of any physical or mental illness, disability or other conditions for which special accommodations required. The vessel does not carry a medical doctor aboard. Acute medical conditions will require you to disembark to be attended to by shore-side emergency and/or medical response.
On the PS Emmylou, the main deck access requires no stairs. The main deck cabin has an en-suite. Upper decks cabins have en-suits but require access via stairs. Each person will be required to make their way onto to the boat via the gangway.
The Main deck has the dining area, bar, one passenger queen bed cabin and access to a shared toilet.
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.
For your convenience valuables may be lodged with the Captain for safe keeping in the Captain’s safe. The company accepts no liability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)