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Christmas in July Fun on the Murray Princess

April 6, 2018 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Get your Christmas fix early with Captain Cook Cruises celebrating Christmas in July on-board the PS Murray Princess on selected three, four and seven-night Murray River cruises between 6 July and 23 July 2018.

The Christmas in July cruises combine the popular three, four and seven-night cruise itineraries with Christmas in July festivities including a traditional Christmas Dinner or lunch, a range of Christmas themed activities and games, Christmas music, egg nog, and a visit from Santa with presents for all the guests.

In between celebrating Christmas its full steam ahead down the mighty Murray River to discover Australian history, culture, and wildlife on the PS Murray Princess, a modern replica of the paddle wheelers that cruised the Murray in the 1800’s.

Sit back in one of two cosy paddlewheel lounges, displaying views of the working paddle wheel, and enjoy the winter enchantment and ever changing scenery as the Murray Princess cruises past towering limestone cliffs, and along riverbanks lined with mallee scrub and red gum forests.

Each day features exciting day trips to historic ports, sacred Aboriginal sites, a sheep station and woolshed, a native wildlife shelter and guided nature walks to learn about the ecology of the river.

Follow the food and wine trail for tastings at several vineyards and cellar doors or sample some local food and wine with tastings in the Sturt Dining Room and learn more about the Murray and Riverland regions and their produce.

Get up close to the river, its 20-million-year-old cliffs and amazing plant and birdlife including darters, herons, pelicans and egrets on the ‘Dragon-Fly’ Flat Bottomed Boat vessel.

Join the Captain for a general inspection of the wheelhouse, participate in a lively music quiz, play some bocce on the riverbank or relax with some fishing off the ship.

Food is another highlight of the cruise and in addition to a traditional Christmas Dinner or lunch, there is a spectacular Captain’s dinner and dance, a hearty hot buffet breakfast each morning, a two-course or buffet lunch each day and a three-course or buffet dinner each evening.

The three-night Christmas in July Discovery Cruise departs Mannum at 4.30pm on Friday 6th, 13th and 20th and 27th July 2018and Early Bird Saver (EBS) fares start from $820.00 per person twin share.

The four-night Christmas in July Outback Heritage Cruise departs Mannum at 4.30pm on Monday 9th, 16th and 23rd July 2018 and EBS fares start from $1122 per person twin share.

The seven-night Christmas in July Murraylands & Wildlife Cruise combines the three and four-night cruise and includes a Barossa tour. The cruise departs Mannum at 4.30pm on the above dates and EBS fares start from $1683 per person twin share.

Prices include accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, onboard WiFi, the Captain’s Dinner and Cocktail Party, live entertainment, use of ship’s facilities including sun deck, bar, two lounges, restaurant, mini gymnasium, complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or secure car-parking in Mannum and post cruise coach transfer to Adelaide airport

An optional Barossa tour is available at the conclusion the three-night Discovery Cruise or four-night Outback Heritage Cruise, and the tour departs Mannum at 9.30am and returning to Adelaide 5.30pm.

Private car transfers for up to four people are also available from and to Adelaide CBD to Mannum and return to Adelaide Airport for $143 per person each way, based on two people travelling.

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