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Festive Fun on the Murray Princess!!!

October 31, 2016 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Celebrate the festive season with a well-deserved relaxing holiday along the beautiful Murray River on Captain Cook Cruises seven night Christmas Cruise departing Friday 23rd December, 2016 or three-night New Year’s Eve Cruise departing Friday 30th December, 2016.


The special Christmas and New Year’s Eve cruises combine the popular seven-night and three-night cruise itineraries with Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The Christmas cruise includes a traditional Christmas lunch, a range of Christmas themed activities and games, Christmas carols, egg nog, and of course a visit from Santa with presents for all the guests.

The New Year’s Eve cruise includes a spectacular New Year’s Eve dinner hosted by the ship’s Captain and officers and will celebrate the year of 2016 and welcome in 2017 with a fantastic evening filled with music, dancing and fun.

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

Sit back in one of two air-conditioned paddlewheel lounges, displaying views of the working paddle wheel, and enjoy the enchantment and beauty of the river as the Murray Princess cruises past towering limestone cliffs and along riverbanks lined with mallee scrub and red gum forests.

Bird watchers will love the abundance of Australian birds along the Murray River and get up close to river bird life on-board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat bottomed boat.

Plant life is also thriving with Lignum bushes flowering, willow trees in full bloom and rushes and reeds changing to a vibrant green colour. Led by on-shore guides guests can enjoy nature walks, eco-tours and learn about the thriving ecology of the river.

The three-night cruise includes a visit to the historic township of Murray Bridge and Mannum, a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat and spends an afternoon tasting the Riverlands fine food and wine onboard the Murray Princess.

The seven-night cruise also visits Murray Bridge and Swan Reach, the sacred Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Conservation Park, Sunnydale Woolshed Show and Native Wildlife Shelter and Burk Salter Boutique Winery for some cellar door tastings. Guests also have the amazing experience of cruising through Lock #1 at Blanchetown.

Food onboard the Murray Princess is a highlight of the cruise. Guests will enjoy a hearty hot buffet breakfast each morning, a two-course or buffet lunch each day and a three-course or buffet dinner each evening. There is also a spectacular Captain’s dinner and dance. On the seven-night cruise guests will enjoy an Aussie-style barbecue dinner and bush dance on the river bank.

The seven night Christmas cruise departs Mannum at 4.30pm on Friday 23rd December, 2016 and fares start from $2098 per person twin share.

The three-night New Year’s Eve cruise departs Mannum at 4.30pm on Friday 30th December, 2016 and fares start from $1016 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 a sauna, spa, sun deck, bar, two lounges, restaurant and mini gymnasiumand complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or car-parking in Mannum.

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