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Emmylou FAQs

Step aboard the Emmylou, where history and luxury converge to create a truly remarkable river cruising experience. As you prepare to embark on this captivating journey, it’s natural to have questions about the vessel, the voyage, and the countless wonders you’re about to encounter. Our Emmylou FAQs have been meticulously crafted to provide you with a compass of information, guiding you through every aspect of your upcoming adventure. Consider this your prelude to an enchanting voyage. Join us as we navigate the waters of anticipation and exploration, setting the stage for your rendezvous with elegance and the timeless Murray River.

What type of shore excursions are available?

There are a variety of excursions available on the Emmylou.

Port of Echuca. Your half-day tour explores the historic town of Echuca discovering little-known historic sites such as Hopwood’s Punt and pontoon bridge, which was the first crossing of the river created by Echuca’s founder Henry Hopwood. 

Great Aussie Beer Shed & Heritage Farm Museum. This unique attraction is a celebration of Australia’s love of beer and features an extensive collection of over 17,000 cans and bottles from around the world.

Eco Expedition Boat. Explore the Murray River on our Eco Expedition boat, the Murray Explorer. After enjoying morning tea at the historic Echuca Wharf, you’ll embark on a journey upriver, immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the Murray River. As you cruise, you’ll witness breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife, all while learning about the rich history of the river from pre-European to early colonial riverboat days.

Morrisons Riverside Winery for a quick tasting of their fabulous table and fortified wines before returning to Emmylou 

Perricoota Station. Join the skipper for a walking tour of the historic buildings and immaculate gardens of Perricoota Station

Torrumbarry Weir Interpretive Centre and learn about the Murray Darling Basin and the weir and lock system that dates back to 1923. 

Restdown Winery, joining the property’s owners for a guided tour along a 1.4km wetlands walking trail, highlighting items of Aboriginal significance before enjoying a gourmet lunch of local produce and wine tastings. 

Art Silo & Historic Echuca Tour. Cruising into the Port of Echuca, first built in the 1860s to support the booming river trade and was once the largest inland port in Australia. You’ll enjoy a half-day tour visiting two spectacular local art silos at Rochester and Colbinabbin, stopping for lunch at the local pub before visiting the fabulous Kyabram water tank. Returning to Echuca, explore the historical port precinct on a guided walking tour and visit the High Street shops and cafes. 

Can I get picked up from my hotel before the cruise?

Coach transfer to and from Torrumbarry Weir to Echuca, Echuca Car Parking, Train Station, and CBD Hotels is complementary and included in your cruise booking.

What is the dress code on a cruise?

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 Emmylou cruise, a jacket and tie would not be out of place for gentlemen and a cocktail dress or pants outfit for the ladies.

Are meals included on a cruise?

All meals are included on Murray River Cruises. Beverages incur an additional cost.

What kind of on-board entertainment is available?

Depending on the cruise you select there may be additional activities. Most cruises will include music at night or sometimes movies are offered. WiFi is usually available along the river. A book or cards are a great addition to your onboard entertainment. 

How do I book a cruise?

You can book all our cruises through our website, Murray River Cruises. Alternatively, our knowledgeable and friendly customer service team will make booking a cruise an easy and seamless experience. Call 1800 994 620 now to organise your cruise.

What is included in the cost of a cruise? Can you confirm that this is correct for all cruises?

All meals (table d’hote and a la carte menus),  An exciting selection of onshore tours (if applicable), Guided nature walks & eco excursions (if applicable), Onboard presentations and Live entertainment (if applicable) are included in your cruise, depending on the specific cruise booked. 

Fares exclude drinks not stated, optional tours if provided, and additional services.
Please view your specific booking for details of your cruise inclusions.

Is there an age limit for cruises?

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 are 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.

What do I need to bring on a cruise?

Be sure to bring a sun visor or hat, sunglasses and good sunblock. Pack comfortable clothing and swimwear as well as a lightweight raincoat and waterproof shoes. You will also require insect repellent. Don’t forget your personal toiletries and medications and of course your camera and any chargers you may need.

I have limited mobility, is there anything I need to know for a Proud Mary cruise?

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 and 40 cm wide. The Main deck has the dining area, bar, one passenger queen bed cabin, with en-suite and access to a shared toilet. Upper deck cabins have en-suites but require access via stairs. Each person will be required to make their way onto the boat via the gangway.

If you require further information please contact us to discuss.

Is there a Doctor onboard

The ship’s 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. Acute medical conditions will require you to disembark to be attended to by shore-side emergency and/or medical response.

The nearest Medical Centre and/or Pharmacy is located at Mannum or Echuca. There are no public transport facilities available, transport is only available via taxicab.

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.

Can I smoke on the boat?

Smoking is not permitted anywhere aboard the vessel including inside cabins and suites.

Is there electricity available on the boat?

The ship’s electricity is AC 240 volts 50 cycle (standard electrical power used in Australia). Hairdryers are provided on the cruises, however you are welcome to bring your own shavers and hair dryers if you wish.

How much luggage 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 are welcome to order a cake, champagne or make some other celebratory arrangement for that special occasion. Please give four 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 licence or passport) 
– Your cruise confirmation number (located on your e-ticket) 
– Your credit card (as security against your onboard Cabin account)

Can cruises be changed/cancelled?

Some cruises can be changed or cancelled, depending on the booking type, how long before departure cancellation or amendment is required, please read the booking terms and conditions prior to making a booking. Please note that special offers, event cruises or group bookings may have variations on booking terms and conditions that apply to the individual booking. 
Be aware that some confirmed bookings are not refundable if cancelled, and also may not be transferable to another date or otherwise changed. Alternatively, a change may only be permissible subject to payment of an additional fee or charge. Your entitlement to a refund for cancelled bookings is subject to the relevant Supplier’s terms and conditions. Please note that if we are entitled to a service fee for placing a booking, we will remain entitled to this fee if you cancel the booking or the Supplier fails to provide you with the Product for any reason (other than our default), including in an event of Force Majeure. We will be entitled to deduct our service fee from any refund we receive on your behalf before remitting the balance to you. Suppliers’ fees are outlined in their relevant terms and conditions.

Have more questions about the Murray River in general, check out our Murray River FAQs.