7 Night Murray Princess Christmas in July Cruise 2021 MR7X
7 Night Murray Princess Christmas in July Cruise 2021
Departs: Mondays 5th & 26th July 2020 or Friday 2nd, 9th, 23rd July 2021
Celebrate Christmas like you have never done before in July… with a 7 Night Murray River Cruise aboard the famous Paddle Steamer the Murray Princess.
These “Special Event Cruises” are very popular. Not only do you get to experience the lovely Murray River cruising on a Paddle Steamer but you also get a visit from Santa, a delicious Christmas lunch in July and eggnog. Enjoy Christmas activities, Christmas carols and Santa, with Australian style. Cruising the Murray River during “Christmas In July” with friends old and new, you will remember this Murray River Cruise for 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 7 unforgettable nights, on board 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. On board P.S. Murray Princess your next seven 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 on board 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.
- Depart historic Mannum
- Free time to explore 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)
- ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat cruise
- Complimentary Barossa Wine & Heritage tour
- Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown
- Cellar door tasting at Burk Salter Boutique Winery
- Walking tour of Swan Reach township, visit Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation at entry)
- Big Bend towering sandstone cliffs
- Sunnydale Woolshed Show and Native Wildlife Shelter
- Riverside Aussie Barbecue
- Optional Nocturnal Tour at Sunnydale in a comfortable purpose built cart (additional cost)
- Optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost)
- Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites
- Scenic tender boat ride
- Spectacular Captain’s Buffet Dinner and Dance
- Christmas carol themed music
- Santa (Australian style) and all the Christmas decorations (e.g. bon bons)
- 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 Dinner (Tuesday) and Christmas Lunch (Saturday) e.g. Turkey, ham and Pork, all the veggies, stuffing and fruit pudding with hot custard
- Present for guests & egg nog
- Christmas Activities – Christmas Bingo
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 pre-dinner drinks and 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.
2 SaturdayIn 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 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.
3 SundayAll 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 Captain’s Dinner and Dance.
We head back to Mannum and after breakfast you may choose to discover Australia’s richest and best known wine making region – the Barossa. Depart Mannum by coach to the famous Barossa, the beautiful ‘valley of the vine’ and the source of about a quarter of Australia’s world-renowned wines. You will visit Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, enjoy a 2 course lunch at Lambert Estate & visit the beautiful Barossa Chateau before returning to the Murray Princess at Mannum. Those not wishing to join the Barossa tour have free time in the township in Mannum before a mid-afternoon departure for our overnight mooring at Caurnamont. Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.
5 TuesdayDaybreak and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific birdlife includes pelicans, wrens and swans. Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water.This afternoon we moor opposite to the township of Blanchetown for our overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade, we join a guided tour of Burk Salter Boutique Winery and surrounding vineyard and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.
6 WednesdayAfter breakfast cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s and was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area and is now home to native flower and fruit growers.The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel where you can enjoy an ale or cappuccino overlooking the Murray River (own expense). Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation at entry). Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by.When we arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later we visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals are cared for. And then of course, there is the great Aussie Barbecue – cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. An optional Nocturnal tour (additional cost) in a comfortable purpose built cart is available after dinner where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls.
7 ThursdayAfter an optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, we slowly cruise downriver past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. We reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a step back in time – tens of thousands of years – for a guided boardwalk tour to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area.We return to the vessel to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a scenic tender boat ride. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance, if you wish.
8 FridayWe leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. 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.
On arrival at Murray Bridge on Saturday (from 9.00am), a coach will be waiting to transfer you to Monarto Zoo, one of the largest open-range zoos in the world spanning more than 1,500 hectares and home to more than 50 species of exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles. You will travel through part of the zoo and your guide will show you many of the zoos inhabitants including Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, White Rhinoceros, Cheetah, Lions, Hyena and Wild Dogs. After the tour, you will return to Murray Bridge and re-board the Murray Princess in time for lunch at 11.25am.
Depart Mannum, and travel into the famous Barossa, Australia’s richest and best known wine making region. Your first stop is at Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, where you will enjoy morning tea, followed by a structured tasting of five wines.
Next visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, and learn about Maggie and her story, as well as the history behind the Farm. Enjoy a short cooking demonstration, and taste a range of her produce, including any new products that are in development.
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 refer to your itinerary for boarding times and locations.
Complimentary Coach Transfers
Coach transfer must be pre-booked. Depart from the selected Adelaide CBD locations on Monday and Friday:
- Adelaide Central Bus Station (85 Franklin Street) at 1.20pm
- Hilton Adelaide (233 Victoria Square) at 1:30pm
- Majestic Roof Garden Hotel (55 Frome Street) at 1.35pm
- Crowne Plaza Adelaide (27 Frome Street) at 1:35pm
- 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
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Departure and return times may vary on a few of our Special Event Cruises. Please check your cruise itinerary for this information.
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)