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Published January 8th 2017
Treat yourself to a luxurious cruise
Have you ever considered a cruise on the Murray River? Captain Cook Cruises offers luxurious three, four and seven-night cruises aboard the PS Murray Princess. Cruises depart from Mannum on Mondays and Fridays throughout the year.
The PS Murray Princess is an inland paddlewheeler, with 54 cabins and 6 staterooms, catering for a maximum of 120 passengers. It has an impressive dining saloon, a large sun deck and two classic lounges. However its spa, sauna and gym are rather compact. Wi-Fi is at hand for those who cannot stay away from their Internet devices.
Being a little worried about my motion sickness, I opted for the shortest available three-night cruise between Murray Bridge and Walker Flat. It was beautiful. No dizziness, lightheadedness or nausea. I had nothing to worry about.
The cruise departed Mannum at 4.30pm on Friday and headed down the river while dinner was served. Our first overnight mooring was at Mundurra.
Next morning, we cruised downriver to Murray Bridge where we had a tour of the township. Back on board in time for lunch, we continued up the river to our second overnight mooring at Salt Bush Flat. An inspection of the wheelhouse, with the captain, was available during the afternoon.
After breakfast, we went ashore for a nature walk. As we cruised further upriver, there was an opportunity to sample the various produce of the riverlands. The river gorges and sandstone cliffs of the upper river were simply amazing. We made a turn just before Walker Flat and headed back down the river. Our third and final overnight mooring was at River View Lodge where we also boarded a small flat-bottomed boat for a birdlife tour.
In the morning we continued downriver and arrived back in Mannum at 9am on Monday.