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7 Night Proud Mary Renmark to Murray Bridge Cruise PM7RMB

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From $2,900.00 Per Person
Departs Renmark
Returns Murray Bridge
Difficulty Easy
Group Size 36

7 Night Renmark to Murray Bridge Cruise on the Proud Mary

Departs 15th January 2021

Start this cruise in Renmark and enjoy 456 km of relaxation, entertainment, quality local produce, interesting shore activities as you cruise to Murray Bridge. Navigate 5 locks, visit historic towns along the Murray River – Renmark, Berri, Loxton, Waikerie, Morgan along the way to Mannum. On shore excursions include museums, almond farm, Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Parks, nocturnal wildlife, bird life and even Hairy Nosed Wombats. Enjoy fresh local produce with restaurant quality dining, live entertainment, a visit to Banrock Station Wetlands and Winery. This small group cruise with a maximum of 36 passengers is only offered every couple of years.

Cost for car parking is $140 and return coach transfers from Adelaide is $120 per person.

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Highlights

  • Fresh local produce
  • 5 Locks
  • Small passenger numbers
  • Historic town visits
  • Night cruising
  • Ecological walks
  • Explore ancient archaeological sites
  • Live entertainment
  • Captain’s Dinner

Inclusions

  • All cabins have a private ensuite
  • Your choice of double or twin beds
  • Air conditioning / heating
  • Hair dyer
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Daily room service

Optional Extras:

  • Book coach transfers from Adelaide
  • Book car parking in Murray Bridge
  • Select a particular cabin or deck

Prices & Dates

Tour Options  

Itinerary

  • 1 Friday (Supper)

    Join the Proud Mary this evening in Renmark. Renmark features a gorgeous riverfront with plenty of area for picnics or playing sport and also includes floating wharf platforms, lookouts and historic monuments. Renmark was established in 1887 by the Chaffey brothers as an irrigation settlement. The town of Renmark takes its name from the Aboriginal word ‘red mud’ and was proclaimed in 1904. You will be welcomed aboard by the friendly Proud Mary crew. Enjoy a buffet supper from approximately 8:00 pm.

  • 2 Saturday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    This morning we depart Renmark to pass the Paringa Bridge which opens twice daily, once at 9.30am and once at 2.30pm. Paringa Bridge was first used by trains in 1927 and the last train to use the bridge was in 1983. Pass through Lock 5 before reaching your first stop at Berri. Enjoy a stroll this morning through the main street enjoying the magnificent scenery and the historic monuments. Reboard the Proud Mary and pass through Lock 4 on the way to the historical township of Loxton. This evening is “Australiana Night” featuring typical Australian dishes. Tonight we will have a guest speaker providing an interesting talk on a special subject.

  • 3 Sunday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Depart Loxton and cruise downstream arriving at Moorook. Continue your journey downstream to Kingston on the Murray while enjoying a sumptuous lunch on board. At Kingston on the Murray you will meet the Proud Mary Coach and take a tour of Banrock Station Winery and Wetlands. Banrock Station has committed itself to working towards improving the surrounding area. By recreating the natural drying and flooding cycle of the wetland, it is once more full of life. After a relaxing walk around this wonderful area, reboard the waiting coach to the Proud Mary at Overland Corner. Cruise from the famous Overland Corner hotel; a historic hotel onto Waikerie. Moor overnight at Waikerie while enjoying a scrumptious dinner and some fun with a games night.

  • 4 Monday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Enjoy another hearty breakfast, board the Proud Mary coach for a guided tour of the township of Waikerie and the loca area.   Here they boast more sunshine hours yearly than the famed Queensland Gold Coast! The name Waikerie is said to mean ‘many wings’, after the giant swift moth ‘weikari’, the name given by original indigenous community. It’s an appropriate name, considering the teeming birds of the lagoons and wetlands that edge the river. Waikerie was established in 1894 when its first settlers arrived by paddle steamer.  This afternoon cruise past Lock 2 and onto the historical township of Morgan where you will moor overnight. Enjoy some fun after dinner with a Trivia Night.

  • 5 Tuesday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    In its heyday, Morgan was one of the busiest South Australian Murray River ports. The town is located on the Great Elbow, North-West Bend on the River Murray. Board the Proud Mary coach to visit the many heritage sights of this once booming riverside town. Most of the historic buildings, including the customs house and courthouse, are located on Railway Terrace.  Re-join the Proud Mary cruising downstream through Lock 1, the first lock & weir to be constructed on the River Murray.  Construction began in 1915 and was completed in 1922. Cruise downstream towards Sugar Shack where you will secure overnight. Join our Captain for an early evening ecological walk around the station to discover the importance of the surrounding floodplains in the River System.

  • 6 Wednesday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Depart Sugar Shack and continue downstream while enjoying a hearty breakfast, past Moorundie the site of the first white township in the area in 1841. Mid-morning arrive Swan Reach and board your waiting coach for a tour to visit the local museum and huge Almond Farm. Re-join the Proud Mary before continuing downstream and arriving at Big Bend where you will marvel at the staggering cliff formations.  A highlight of your cruise is a guided cruise lead by an ecologist aboard a small boat through the lagoons and inlets of Big Bend. This evening there is a traditional Australian barbecue on shore followed by live Aussie entertainment around a blazing campfire (subject to fire restrictions).

     

  • 7 Thursday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Depart early this morning and cruise downstream while enjoying a hearty breakfast. This morning pull in to Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park, the site of an archaeological dig dated back over 8000 years.  Here with your Aboriginal tour guide you will discover carvings and paintings on cliff faces made 3,000 to 20,000 years ago. Once again on board the Proud Mary enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the Proud Mary chefs as you cruise before arrival at Mannum.  This evening join the Captain and crew for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a formal Captain’s Dinner.

  • 8 Friday (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Enjoy breakfast as the Proud Mary cruises downstream, before a mid-morning arrival at Woodlane. Here board the waiting coach for a tour to the Reedy Creek Reserve. Your guide will provide you with information to enable you to identify significant rock formations and the abundant native vegetation and birdlife as well as information on the local history. Lunch is a superb buffet with fresh local produce including cold meats, seafood and salads as the Proud Mary cruises downstream. This afternoon there will be more spectacular scenery before disembarking in Murray Bridge at approximately 4.00 pm.

*All itineraries are subject to change due to river and weather conditions and change at short notice.

Daily itineraries will be provided on board. For more information regarding coach transfer, garaging, dress suggestions, embarkation times, please refer to embarkation information leaflet.

Your Boat

About the cruises

Operating two and five night cruises 365 days of the year, departing from and returning to Murray Bridge, just 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Adelaide, the Proud Mary caters for a maximum of only 36 passengers. This boutique product provides the ideal environment for passengers to explore, experience, indulge and discover the Murray River. The well appointed bar, lounge and dining area provide the perfect location for indulging in the culinary delights of the resident chef, while viewing the passing Australian scenery.

Australia’s River Murray is one of the world’s legendary rivers, in fact, the fourth longest river system in the world. Mysterious, massive and meandering 3,700 kilometres, it ranks with the Mississippi, the Nile and the Amazon. Boasting some of the most spectacular and rugged Australian landscapes, the River Murray is home to an array of abundant wildlife and bird life. It is aboard your intimate cruising that you can discover the River Murray’s ecosystem at its best.

Facilities

This boat boasts 18 spacious river view cabins that have been renovated, a lounge, dining area and well appointed bar.

Order a drink and venture out onto the boats spacious open decks or enjoy the intimate lounge and dining area. The captains commentary may spark an interest to peruse the vessel’s resource centre and learn more from one of the many books available. You may like to enjoy a cuppa from the continuous tea and coffee available in the dining room or browse the souvenirs available for purchase.

Explore at your leisure any of the spectacular mooring locations; enjoy a walk through the bush land or discover the backwaters in one of the available canoes. For those who like a spot of fishing, reels and bait are available, simply ask one of the crew.

Wifi is available on board. 350MB is free and then the cost is $10 per 1GB. Service can vary along the river.

Accommodation

Your boat boasts 18 spacious river view cabins. With only one room type, each cabin has twin or double beds, individually controlled air conditioning units, private en-suite. tea & coffee making facilities and hair dryers. Each cabin is approximately 9 square meters and the ensuite is 2.5 square metres. All rooms offer spectacular river views and open on to balcony areas. Cabins are serviced twice daily.

Cabin Selection – Although all cabins are lovely, en-suite, outside cabins with a river view, some passengers may prefer a cabin on the View Deck (middle deck) for easy access. Other passengers may like the Sun Deck (top deck) as it is a little quieter. We are happy to request the deck of your choice, however a surcharge applies per cabin per night will be applied for all cabin requests. Cabin request are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. View the deck plan.

History

This cruise boat is a boutique vessel providing an intimate and friendly atmosphere, offering a true insight into South Australia’s Outback. A modern vessel built to provide the ideal way to experience Australia’s most famous river, The River Murray. Accommodating only 36 passengers in deluxe river view cabins, the boat provides a unique nature based experience with a touch of luxury.

The vessel, originally designed by Mr Peter James, a Naval Architect was built in Berri, South Australia on the banks of the River Murray, by the Berri Ship building company in 1982. Purpose built with a shallow draft, allowing the vessel to safely navigate shallow sections of the river. The original style of the vessel was taken from the Mississippi river cruisers.

The first cruise was in August 1982 from Murray Bridge in South Australia. The proprietors have owned & operated the vessel since it was built and has been refurbished on a periodical basis since 1982. The vessel produces its own power from onboard generators and wastewater is stored onboard then removed when in port in accordance with environmental guidelines.

Additional Information

Cabins

All Cabins have a private ensuite, double or twin beds (your choice), air conditioning / heating and tea and coffee facilities. If you would like to select a particular cabin of deck you can, for an additional $35 per day. Wi-Fi is available on board. 350MB is free and then the cost is $10 per 1GB. Service can vary along the river.

 

Passengers travelling by coach:

The ‘Proud Mary’ Coach departs from the Adelaide Central Bus Station at 85 Franklin Street at 6.00 pm sharp (please check-in at 5.45pm at Bay 2), arriving at Clark Street Car Park, Murray Bridge at 7.15 pm. Please note due to new coach terminal regulations the coach must leave on time. Should you be unable to make the departure time, alternative arrangements to get to Murray Bridge will have to be made. On the completion of your cruise, you will be collected from Clark Street Car Park, Murray Bridge by the ‘Proud Mary’ coach at approximately 4.00 pm for your transfer to Adelaide Central Bus Station where you will arrive at approximately 5.30pm.

 

Passengers garaging your car:

Please make your own way to Clark Street Car Park, Murray Bridge at 7:00pm. Upon arrival the Proud Mary Crew will advise as to garaging of your vehicle.

FAQs

  • Can I get picked up for the Proud Mary by the bus at my hotel?

    Proud Mary Cruises coach transfers depart from the Central Bus Station in Adelaide and not at individual hotels.

    These are available to and from Murray Bridge at the small cost of $55 each way ($110 return).

    The coach departs from the Adelaide Central bus station, 85 Franklin Street.

    Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure. Coach transfer need to be prebooked.

    • Friday and Sunday coach departure times from Adelaide for cruises departing from Murray Bridge – 6:00pm
    • Friday and Sunday coach arrival times into Adelaide for cruises disembarking in Murray Bridge – 5:45pm
  • I have limited mobility, is there anything I need to know for a Proud Mary cruise?
    For the cruises on the Proud Mary, has no lift and all passengers will need to be able to manage stairs to access the dining room.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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)