4 Night PS Emmylou Cruise EL4NUMEC
4 Night PS Emmylou Cruise
Experience an Upper Murray River cruise on this boutique wood fueled paddle-steamer Emmylou. Local produced food and wine gourmet experience, Red Gum Forests and wildlife in abundance are highlights of this relaxed cruise.
The 4 Night Upper Murray Explorer cruise steps guests back in time reconnecting them to Australian history, geography, culture and cuisine along Australia’s longest and most famous river. Traveling the mighty Murray River aboard PS Emmylou on this 4 night cruise will transport guests back in time, to an era of leisurely and romantic travel. Cruising over 180km you will experience both large sections of the river both up river from Echuca and down river cruising as far as the Torrumbarry Weir.
This extended cruise will delight the interest of nature lovers, history buffs and culture enthusiasts letting you delve further into beauty and adventure on the Upper Murray River. Experience the magic and majesty of the spectacular scenery of Australia’s longest river and follow in the wake of early history when Echuca was Australia’s largest inland port.
**New Bookings: From 1st April 2021 guests departing on 2 – 6 night cruises will enjoy selected Wines & Beers with each dinner service, plus barista-made Espresso Coffee, Premium Teas and Soft Drinks throughout the cruise.
2021 – 14/6/2021, 21/6/2021, 12/7/2021, 22/7/2021, 26/7/2021, 9/8/2021, 19/8/2021, 23/8/2021, 9/9/2021, 13/9/2021, 7/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 25/10/2021, 22/11/2021, 6/12/2021
2022 – 14/2/2022, 28/2/2022, 21/3/2022, 28/3/2022, 4/4/2022, 25/4/2022, 9/5/2022, 23/5/2022, 13/6/2022, 27/6/2022, 25/7/2022, 22/8/2022, 5/9/2022, 3/10/2022, 17/10/2022, 7/11/2022, 21/11/20222,12/12/2022
- Riverside grand dining under the stars
- Two onshore tours – winery tour & lunch with owners
- World Heritage Wetlands eco boat cruise tour
- Visit Perricoota Station with gardens tour
- After dinner riverside campfire
- Designer twin, double, queen cabins
- All with private ensuites
- Air-conditioned cabins
- Regionally inspired chef prepared meals
- Morning & afternoon teas
- **Selected wine & beer with dinner
- Barista made coffee, tea and soft drinks
- Complimentary Wifi throughout the boat
For travel between 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022. All prices are AUD$ per person.
|Emmylou Suite||$ 2,500||N/A|
|Upper Deck Queen Cabin||$ 2,250||$ 3,600|
|Upper Deck Double Cabin||$ 2,200||$ 3,520|
|Upper Deck Twin Cabin||$ 2,150||$ 3,440|
|Main Deck Queen Cabin||$ 2,250||$ 3,600|
New Bookings: From 1st April 2021 guests departing on 2 – 6 night cruises will enjoy selected Wines & Beers with each dinner service, plus barista-made Espresso Coffee, Premium Teas and Soft Drinks throughout the cruise.
Price does not include: drinks not stated above, optional transfers and pre/post cruise hotel stays, personal expenses and car parking. Guests are encouraged to take adequate travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances. Children 15+ are welcome at Adult prices. Single occupancy supplement is 50% (60% from 1st April 2021)
Cruise departs Port of Echuca, Riverboat Dock, Echuca on Monday at 2.30pm and returns to Echuca on Friday morning at 9.30am.
1 Monday (Lunch, Dinner)
Departing Echuca downriver, enjoy a welcome afternoon tea with freshly made Australian scones, jam & cream with tea and coffee as you begin to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river.
Time to relax or take the opportunity to chat with the Engineer and Skipper in the wheelhouse about the rich history of the river and PS Emmylou.
As the sun starts to set over the river, time for an evening cocktail before your chef prepared welcome dinner. Listen to the river birds evening chorus, watch for kangaroos, wombats, 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 Providence.
2 Tuesday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Wake to a morning self-guided walk around the building and vast gardens scattered with old date palms before enjoying breakfast.
We then depart for our onshore tour visiting Restdown Winery, producers of fine organic wines and Hereford beef. Here you will enjoy a guided 1.4km wetlands walking trail of early Aboriginal significance with the owners followed by a gourmet lunch of local produce with complementary wine tastings.
We then visit Arbuthnot Redgum Sawmill dating back to 1889 for a short tour of the redgum mill before arriving at Torrumbarry Weir and PS Emmylou. Here you can take a walk across the weir and visit the Interpretive Centre learning about the Murray Darling Basin, the Weir and lock system which dates back to 1923.
This afternoon we cruise towards our overnight bush mooring at Norris Bend. After dinner it is movie night, with a special presentation of “Riverboats Remembered” a fabulous historical presentation about the riverboats of mid 1850’s along the Murray River.
3 Wednesday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning early risers and keen photographers can take bush walk and capture the special morning light and wildlife around Norris Bend before we steam towards Perricoota Station. Upon arrival join the Skipper for a guided walking tour of the gardens and buildings before you depart on a half day excursion travelling 30 minutes to the small town of Barmah. Enjoy a traditional Australian picnic lunch riverside before departing on your guided Eco Cruise, where you can get up close to Australian nature and wildlife. Nowhere else in the world can you experience such timeless, natural beauty and peace as when you are gliding through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands aboard the MV Kingfisher. You will understand why they have been named “Wetlands of International Importance” as you slip quietly across the water in the dappled shade of towering gums of the world’s largest single stand of River Red Gum.
It is then time to re-join PS Emmylou and relax as we continue our cruise upriver towards our overnight mooring at Deep Creek Marina. Tonight, enjoy dinner service as Emmylou cruises at dusk with her powerful lamps lighting up the banks of the river as the local wildlife begin their evening chorus. Watch for kangaroos, egrets and many other species of birds as the stars begin to appear over the river
4 Thursday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning PS Emmylou departs on a full day of cruising towards our Layfield Lane Mooring. Enjoy breakfast on the deck then relax with a good book or just take in the river views and wildlife as Emmylou steams her way upriver.
Today your welcome to try your hand at steering the boat with the Skipper or learning how the 1906 steam engine works with the Engineer. 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 joining your fellow passengers at the riverside grand dining table, star lit by the Southern Cross and candles. After dinner enjoy some yarns sitting around the campfire before retiring for the evening.
5 Friday (Breakfast)This morning before breakfast early rises can enjoy a riverside stroll before PS Emmylou then departs for the Port of Echuca where we reluctantly say farewell.
** Itinerary is subject to change.
Melbourne 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.
Melbourne 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.
Bendigo Optional Transfers
Starting at $420 per couple, $320for solo traveller.
Self Drive – Car Parking
$25 per night
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
- Main Deck Queen Bed, Private Ensuite (1 cabin)
- Upper Deck Twin Beds, Private Ensuite (2 cabins)
- Upper Deck Double Bed, Private Ensuite (2 cabins)
- Upper Deck Queen Bed, Private Ensuite (2 cabins)
- Emmylou Suite Double Bed, Private Ensuite (1 cabin)
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 $25 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.
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. 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. Pack warmer clothing for our onshore barbeque night and nocturnal cruising/activities etc. It is also advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes for our onshore excursions and whilst on the decks.
Can I smoke on the boat?
Smoking is not permitted anywhere aboard the vessel including inside cabins and suites.
Do I need to prove that I am fit enough to undertake a Emmylou cruise?
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.
I have limited mobility, is there anything I should know for the PS Emmylou cruises?
On the PS Emmylou, the main deck access requires no stairs. However there is a drive shaft that passengers are required to step over to get to the Saloon and Dining area. This is approximately 60 cm high. The Main deck has the dining area, bar, one passenger queen bed cabin, with en-suite and access to a shared toilet. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)