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The Proud Mary – destined to be even prouder

November 29, 2013 Cruise No Comments Email Email

South Australia’s iconic Murray River vessel MV Proud Mary is about to undergo a huge makeover, just in time to put on her most beautiful ‘party face’ to celebrate her special Christmas sailings.

South Australia’s beloved Murray River vessel, enjoyed by so many local, interstate and overseas guests, is about to enjoy a huge session of expensive pampering, preening and polishing.

She’s booked in to receive the ultimate makeover – from painting her full exterior, revarnishing paintwork, engine overhauls, plus much more. Nothing will be overlooked – she’s even getting new propellors.

Inside it will be all hands on deck to refurbish the cabins including new bathroom fittings, super comfy new beds and doonas, as well as lovely décor touches like new blinds and prints for the walls.

So Proud Mary is now set to become even prouder as she shows off her refurbished beauty to guests who will enjoy the most comfortable, intimate cruising experience on Australia’s most famous – and longest – river.

Proud Mary cruises operate 365 days a year and include all meals, en-suite accommodation with serene river views and daily nature-based shore excursions.

Her well appointed bar, lounge and dining area provides the perfect location for indulging in the culinary delights of the resideant chef and meeting new friends while viewing the spectacular passing Australian scenery.

Departing from Murray Bridge, just one hour from Adelaide, Proud Mary caters for a maximum of just 40 passengers. She’s the ideal  boutique cruise vessel for passengers to explore, experience, indulge and discover.

Captain Dave Farren who has worked onboard the Proud Mary for 26 years and has captained the iconic cruise vessel for the past nine years, says there’s never been a better time to cruise the River Murray.

“The river is at its best in over 15 years and after the refurbishment, Proud Mary is also set to look her best ever. I can’t wait to take the controls of my beautiful ‘new’ lady.”

As part of his duties, Captain Farren escorts his Proud Mary passengers on intimate Eco Cruises aboard a flat-bottomed boat that allows access to the wetland lagoons, tributaries and creeks that the larger Proud Mary vessel can’t enter. The cruise also allows passengers to explore the river’s anabranch at Big Bend.

The Murray Darling system supports 250 species of native birds of which anyone onboard the Proud Mary with a keen eye will see from 160 to 180 species on their trip. Even the most casual observer will spot at least 50 species of birds.

Guests can take their cruise even further into South Australia

Proud Mary has put together some great add-on trips so guests can explore South Australia even further on their holiday. These great tour packages enable guests to discover Adelaide, stunning Kangaroo Island and Australia’s most famous wine region, the Barossa Valley.

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