Follow in the footsteps of the great 19th Century pioneers and discover the secrets of Australia’s fascinating outback on Captain Cook Cruises two very special, seven-night Renmark cruises, aboard paddlewheeler, PS Murray Princess.
The Mannum to Renmark cruise celebrates New Year’s Eve and departs Mannum on Friday 27th December 2019. The Renmark to Mannum cruise departs Renmark on Friday 31st January 2020.
According to Julie-Anne Briscoe, Marketing Manager of SeaLink South Australia,
“We are thrilled to be operating this amazing cruise once again. Renmark cruises feature unique itineraries, with some of the destinations only visited every couple of years. This is so exciting for our guests. For the first time we have combined the Mannum to Renmark cruise with New Year’s Eve. Our guests can expect a very fun-filled evening, starting with a spectacular New Year’s Eve dinner, followed by festivities and dancing to welcome in 2020.”
The Renmark cruise travels along 420kms of the Murray River passing incredible terrain, towering limestone cliffs and a plethora of birds and wildlife. The adventurous shore excursions show off the outback and Australia’s history and culture.
Visit the historic towns of Kingston-on-Murray, Loxton and Waikerie. At Kingston-on-Murray see the Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum - home to the world’s only working Humphrey Pump.
Visit the Kaesler’s Landing Museum at Loxton and step back in time at The Village and discover the stories of the region’s early settlers displayed in over 45 recreated buildings and exhibits along the banks of the Murray River.
At Waikerie explore the township, which was established in 1894, and pay a visit to the Waikerie Machinery Preservation Museum.
Food and wine lovers will enjoy cellar door tastings and a tour of the gardens and orchards at picturesque Caudo Vineyard. Onboard sample the delicious local produce and wines from the Murray and Riverland regions at a food and wine tasting in the Sturt Dining Room.
Along the river learn about Aboriginal history dating back tens of thousands of years at the fascinating Ngaut Nguat Aboriginal Reserve.
At Sunnydale experience a typical Australian woolshed show, followed by a Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia’s most interesting animals are cared for. Then enjoy an Aussie barbeque on the banks of the Murray River.
Bird watchers will love the abundance of Australian birds along the Murray and can get up close to the river, its 20-million-year-old cliffs and amazing plant and birdlife on the ‘Dragon-Fly’ Flat Bottomed Boat vessel.
Renmark cruises also offer guests the ultimate excitement of navigating through five locks - Lock #1 at Blanchetown, Lock #2 at Waikerie, Lock #3 at Overland Corner, Lock #4 at Bookpurnong and Lock #5 at Renmark.
The Renmark to Mannum cruise also visits Morgan and Swan Reach for a guided walking tour of their townships and a visit to the Swan Reach Museum.
On-board the Murray Princess sit back on the open top deck or in the air-conditioned paddlewheel lounge and watch the working paddle wheel through a two-story glass window. Join the Captain for a general inspection of the wheelhouse, participate in a lively trivia quiz, play some bocce on the riverbank or relax with some fishing off the ship.
Food is another highlight of the cruise. Indulge in a hearty hot buffet breakfast each morning, a delicious two-course or buffet lunch each day and a three-course or buffet dinner each evening. There’s also a spectacular farwell Captain’s Buffet Dinner and Dance.
Early Booking Saver Fares for the Mannum to Renmark New Year’s Eve cruise starts from $2352 per person twin share. The cruise departs Mannum on Friday 27th December 2019 at 4.30pm and arrives at Renmark on Friday 3rd January 2020 at 9.30am.
Early Booking Saver Fares for the Renmark to Mannum cruise start from $2234 per person twin share. The cruise departs Renmark on Friday 31st January at 3.30pm and arrives at Mannum on Friday 7th February 2020 at 9.00am.
Prices include accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, onboard WiFi, live entertainment, use of ship’s facilities including a sun deck, bar, two lounges, restaurant and mini gymnasium and complimentary scenic coach transfers from and to Adelaide or secure car-parking in Mannum and post cruise coach transfer to Adelaide airport.
Private car transfers for up to four people are also available from and to Adelaide CBD to Mannum and return to Adelaide Airport for $150 per person each way, based on two people travelling.