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Published January 26th 2012
One of the most indulgent ways to start a Sunday would have to be with a champagne breakfast cruising on board the Captain Proud Paddle Boat down the River Murray. It is a memorable and wonderfully relaxing experience as you slowly cruise past towering cliffs of sandstone or the vast natural scenery experiencing the wildlife.
We went aboard the Captain Proud at Murray Bridge and departed at 9.00am on our cruise. Champagne was served and we along with most of the passengers went on deck to partake in the scenery. A short time later breakfast was served in a "fully decked out period styled dining area and bar." The service was friendly and well organised as the passengers were called to be served breakfast.
My friend and I chose the cooked breakfast featuring scrambled eggs, bacon, grilled tomato and sausage with a white roll. For vegetarians a large grilled field mushroom was offered instead of the bacon and sausage. The meal was enjoyable, but was not the hearty meal we expected as stated in the advertising. Later a small platter of fresh fruit was provided to each table. Coffee and tea was extra and they did make a good cappuccino.
Our Captain giving commentary
The highlight for us and the other passengers we chatted with was the relaxing environment provided on our cruise; the paddle boat does not speed, so we couldn't help feel more at ease. For three hours we cruised and simply appreciated and took pleasure in the natural scenery, the various houseboats, holiday shacks and homes along the river. The occasional water skiers past us by showing off their skills and we responded with some friendly waving. Our Captain provided an informative and interesting local commentary as well as answering questions from the passengers.
We arrived back at Murray Bridge at noon. Our 3 hour brekky cruise was normally $100 for 2 people, but we purchased a special Offer through Cudo for only $39.00. Captain proud offers various other cruises 7 days a week.
We enjoyed the cruise so much that we are going to register on the Captain Proud website [LINK=LIN www.captainproud.com.au[/LINK] for an overnight river cruise and winery visit. I would certainly recommend checking out their special offers which are organised by registering on their website.