Captain Cook Cruises, not to be confused with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, is an Australian line operating the stately PS Murray Princess. She is an authentic paddlewheeler, sailing river cruises on the Murray River.
What Captain Cook has to offer is a different and interesting cruise experience, one that's far from the big ocean-going ships many are used to. It is a relaxed and intimate way to travel, taking passengers into parts of Australia many will never see, along an important waterway which was once one of the major highways of South Australia and Victoria.
The largest inland paddlewheeler in the Southern Hemisphere, this ship is quite the sight to see. The paddlewheel is not just for show but a real means of propulsion, and she carries 120 passengers over her five decks.
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There are a few options for Murray River cruises on the Murray Princess. The basic itineraries are a 3-night, 4-night or 7-night journey up and down the river from Mannum, the ship's homeport. Complimentary coach transfers from Adelaide, the nearest big city, are included - or you can park for free with a booking in Mannum.
Other itineraries are a bit more specialised and infrequent - for example, the Christmas in July cruises with carols and a traditional lunch or dinner, a 3-night Music Cruise, and a week-long one-way cruise through three locks to Loxton.
Cruise packages are also available, which combine the aforementioned itineraries with other South Australia travel experiences such as tours to Kangaroo Island.
These low-key cruises focus on the destinations to keep passengers interested and entertained. Activities might include guided nature walks, a visit to the Mannum Dock Museum, scenic cruising, wine tours, birdlife viewing, riverside BBQs, nocturnal cart and tractor rides and more.
In the evenings and during downtime onboard, passengers can enjoy the two lounges and bar, the Sun Deck, and a library, spa, sauna and gym. The open-door policy means that it's possible to chat with the captain in the wheel room, and there is so much to see onshore as the ship slips by slowly.
The Sturt Dining Room, located on the Sturt Deck near the top of the ship, is where all meals take place. Traditional Aussie fare is what's generally on the menu, and special diet requests can be put in when the cruise booking is made.
Breakfasts are buffet-style, with plenty of hot and continental options, and lunch is either a two-course set meal or a buffet of sandwiches, salads and other items. Dinner is also a set menu (three courses) or a carvery buffet. Many cruises offer fun culinary events such as the onshore BBQ, a Bush Tucker Breakfast as an optional extra, and the Captain's Dinner held on the last evening onboard which is a more formal affair.
Intrigued by the unique nature of this Australian cruise line? You can get onboard and explore the amazing Murray River with a deal right here. Have a browse of the available itineraries and start dreaming of your next adventure! You can also look through our range of cruises with other lines, both river and ocean.