The Proud Mary is a boutique cruising vessel that offers cruises along our famous Murray River. It operates a 2 night or a 5 night cruise throughout the year. The vessel has 18 refurbished rooms all with river views. Thus the maximum guest number is only 36 making it an intimate and friendly environment.
We recently took the 2 night discovery cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it. The departure point was Murray Bridge. We had the option of either taking a coach from Adelaide Central Bus station or garaging our car at Murray Bridge.
The cruise departed on Friday at 7pm. After settling in, passengers were invited to the Lounge to have a drink before a sumptuous hot supper of rice, butter chicken, vegetables, garlic bread, and a cheese platter.
View of the Murray at night
As the boat cruised upstream in the dark, we get to see the Murray River from a different light. Night cruising was quite beautiful with the boat's powerful floodlights illuminating the willows along the banks.
The next morning, a hearty breakfast was served while the boat cruised further upstream. Besides enjoying the spectacular scenery of Murray River systems, we also passed through many unique river townships. Late morning, the boat stopped at the historic town of Mannum where we were allowed time to stroll the township.
Back on the boat, a grilled chicken on mashed potato lunch was served as the boat cruised further north to Teal Flat where it berthed. In the afternoon there was an optional guided eco boat cruise led by the captain.
In the evening, for dinner, the chefs put on a traditional Aussie barbecue on shore while being entertained with Aussie bush songs and country music. It was indeed a fun and hilarious evening for all.
The next morning another hearty breakfast as the boat started its downstream cruise stopping again at the historic town of Mannum. This time a coach took us on a guided tour to the Reedy Creek Environmental park to see the rock formations and waterfall (although it's been dry for a very long time). After the tour, we were back in the boat for another sumptuous buffet lunch of turkey, prawns, ham and salads, whilst on our way towards Murray Bridge for disembarkation at around 4.15pm.