Coach Transfer and Departure Times
Coach transfers from Adelaide depart from 10:50 am to 11:40 am
Loxton to Mannum: 27th November 2020
Follow in the wake of great 19th century pioneers on a unique journey through three Locks in Blanchetown, Morgan and Overland Corner. As the Murray Princess glides along the Murray River on a cruise from Mannum to Loxton. This all-inclusive cruise also offers complimentary coach transfers to and from Adelaide and car parking at Mannum. A coach transfer back to Mannum is available complimentary.
This Murray Princess River cruise, lasts for 7 special nights allowing you lots of time to sit back and enjoy the unique cliffs and wetlands area between Mannum and Loxton with the company of new friends along the cruise. This cruise is ideal for those who have already enjoyed the standard 7 night cruises or for those wishing to experience an area which is rarely cruised.
During this 7 night Murray Princess river cruise you will cover 339 km of the Murray River and pass through three locks systems. This cruise is offered as a special tour as far as Loxton, highlighting wildlife unique to Australia such as; kangaroos, hairy nosed wombats, tortoises and egrets. On board this historic River Boat you will have an amazing journey learning the history of the river, seeing the picturesque cliffs and unique wildlife that call the Murray River home.
Cruise departs Loxton Friday 27th November 2020 at 4.30pm. Boarding at Loxton from 2.30pm. Disembark cruise in Mannum Friday 4th December 2020 at 9.00am. Complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide.
Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Loxton, located in South Australia’s Riverland region, and cruises through the picturesque area of Katarapko while you enjoy a Welcome Dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Katarapko Creek 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.
Today our journey will take you back to the township of Loxton. Step back in time at The Village Historic Loxton, which tells the stories of the region’s early settlers and their families, displayed in over 45 recreated buildings and exhibits on the banks of the mighty Murray River. You’ll have free time to explore the village before reboarding the Murray Princess and continue cruising downriver. After lunch, join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland. Catch up with friends in the afternoon over a coffee or a drink and whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery. Late afternoon we arrive at Kingston on Murray for our overnight moorage and after dinner you’ll be entertained by our talented crew.
After a delicious breakfast, we visit the Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum, the home of Australia’s ‘Big Thumper’ Humphrey Pump. The world’s only working Humphrey Pump has been caringly restored and is demonstrated along with steam and diesel locomotives, steam traction or ploughing engines, oil engines, tractors and machinery from the early development era of the Irrigation Areas. After lunch we will navigate Kingston-on- Murray Lock #3, the first lock on this voyage and continue to Overland Corner for our overnight anchorage. Overland Corner was a convenient watering place and camp site for the overlanders and drovers operating between New South Wales and the colony based in Adelaide in the early years of the 1800s. The Overland Corner Hotel has been restored by the National Trust of South Australia and has so many tales to tell. Join in a guided walking tour of the hotel before returning to the Murray Princess for dinner. After dinner, sing along to your favourite music with your fellow passengers and dance the night away.
Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising down river to Waikerie. Enjoy the vessel’s on-board facilities and catch up with friends over a tea or coffee whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery. After lunch we stop at the picturesque river town of Waikerie, which was established in 1894 when its first settlers arrived by paddlewheeler. Enjoy free time in the township and visit the Waikerie Machinery and Preservation Museum before re-joining the vessel and continue towards our overnight mooring at an old distillery. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.
This morning we pass through the 2nd lock of the journey and continue to Caudo Vineyard. Here you will enjoy wine tasting at their cellar door and take in the scenery at the beautiful area of Hogwash Bend. This afternoon, we arrive at Morgan where you’ll have the option to join a fascinating guided walk of the township and the Morgan Living History Museum. Re-board the Murray Princess midafternoon and continue cruising downriver to Donald Flat Lagoon for our overnight anchorage. This evening, enjoy being entertained by our on-board entertainer.
An early start to today’s cruising so we can navigate the final lock on this journey, Lock #1 at Blanchetown during breakfast. This morning participate in a game of bingo before arriving at 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 (additional cost). Join a 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) by tractor and cart is available after dinner.
After an optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, we cruise slowly 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 to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area. We return to the vessel to cruise downriver to River View Lodge (near Piggy Flat / Coolcha). 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.
After breakfast, your journey ends as we arrive at Mannum where we reluctantly say farewell.
Please Note: This is a Special Event Cruise Itinerary and is subject to change without notice.
Day 1: Friday 27th November 2020 – Cruise Departs Loxton at 4:30pm (Boarding from 2:30pm) Complimentary Coach Transfer from the below locations:
Or coach transfer from Mannum car parking to Loxton departs Mannum at 12.30pm and arrives in Loxton approx. 3.00-3.30pm.
Day 8– Friday 4 th December 2020 – Cruise arrives in Mannum at 9.00am Complimentary Coach Transfers back to the below Adelaide locations, departs Mannum at 9.30am and arrive in Adelaide at approx. 11am – 11.30am:
COMPLIMENTARY CAR PARKING AVAILABLE IN MANNUM
Loxton to Mannum Cruise – Passengers are to drop off their car at Mannum by 12pm & the coach transfer will depart Mannum at 12.30pm and arrive in Loxton at approx. 3.00 – 3.30pm. No transfers are available back to Loxton on the conclusion of this cruise in Mannum.
PRIVATE CAR TRANSFER OPTION (ONE WAY – Friday 4 th December 2020)
Private car transfers for up to 4 people to Mannum from Adelaide CBD are available (pre-bookings are essential)
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
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:
Return coach transfers are available to PS Murray Princess guests.
Coaches depart Adelaide CBD on Mondays and Fridays at the following times:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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)