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A Murray River cruise is a unique holiday for anyone who likes adventure

A Murray River cruise is a unique holiday for anyone who likes adventure

We've mentioned river cruising in Europe, and even sent a delegate over there to check it out for you. The fabulous cities, beautiful landscapes and fascinating history make it a great alternative to your typical oceangoing cruise, and it offers a chance to see the highlights of the continent which lie inland away from ports and coastlines.

Did you know you can see Australia in the same way? Captain Cook Cruises is our very own operator of scenic river cruises on the Murray River, allowing passengers a much closer look at one of the world's longest rivers and an iconic outback highway. Although a much different cruise than a mega-ship trip to the South Pacific, a leisurely journey along the gorgeous Murray River valley is a fantastic way to holiday and a unique experience.

The vessel

The PS Murray Princess is the largest paddlewheeler in the Southern Hemisphere, built specially for the Murray River and the proud continuance of a line of river boats dating back to the late 19th century, when the rivers where a primary mode of transport for all who lived in the region. Taking a cruise on board this particular Princess is experiencing a slice of history!

You average cruise ship won't fit between the banks of the Murray, and the PS Murray Princess is a much smaller vessel carrying just 120 passengers for an intimate, boutique atmosphere and plenty of camaraderie with those sharing your cruise experience.

You might be surprised at the range of facilities to be found onboard such a petite ship -  especially one propelled by paddles! It has a spa, sauna and gym, a sundeck, a bar and two lounges for drinking and socialising, a dining saloon, library with books and DVDs and a range of cabins and staterooms of which even the lowest categories have portholes facing the outside.

The stats:

  • 1,500 tonnes
  • 67 metres in length
  • 15 metres of beam
  • Just 1.2 metres of draft!
  • 6 knots top speed

The cruises

On a river cruise, the ship makes a comfortable and well-equipped place to sleep, but the real star attraction is the river and what lies on its banks. With short distances to travel, the ship will spend a lot of time moored to allow passengers to disembark and discover the outback and the South Australian towns. With more destinations than there are days of cruising, you won't have any chance to be bored.

Captain Cook Cruises offers three, four and seven-night itineraries to suit all cruisers, and they all depart from Mannum with complimentary coach transfers from Adelaide's Central Bus Station.

You also won't have to worry about paying extra for tours. Shore side-tours and guided walks are included in the cruise fare, as well as a coach tour through the Barossa Valley visiting some fantastic wineries for those on the seven-night cruise.

Barossa valley

Highlights might include, depending on your chosen itinerary, a historic tour of Murray Bridge, scenic cruising through the gorges and cliffs of the upper river, a backwater wildlife tour in a discovery vessel, the Barossa Valley experience, the Captain's Dinner and Cocktail Party on the first night and the amazing wildlife encountered at various points along the way.

Destinations visited by various Captain Cook river cruises include Mundarra, Mannum, Younghusband, Craignook, Fromms Landing, Coolcha, Caurnamont, Ngaut Ngaut, Sunnydale and Swan Reach.

Interested? You can try out the PS Murray Princess yourself with our river cruise deals - or spread your wings and fly away to Europe for a magical cruise on the Rhine, the Danube or one of the other waterways of the Continent. Such a unique holiday would certainly be one to remember! Cruise Sale Finder has all of the cruises you'll need for your river cruising needs. If river cruising isn't what you are after, check out other popular cruise lines including P&O Cruises, Cruises with Princess and Carnival Cruises who frequently have new deals on cruises.

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