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2017 Christmas Cruise - Murray Bridge To Morgan And Back (6 Nights) (6 nights)

Join in the Christmas festivities in 2017 as you cruise the Murray River for 6 Nights on P.S. Proud Mary. Small passenger numbers on this cruise boat means that you will get to meet all the passengers as this charming boat cruises the Murray River from Murray Bridge to Morgan and back to Murray Bridge over the Christmas period.

Boutique Murray River cruise boat with only 18 Riverview Cabins and a maximum of 36 passengers.

A unique 6 night Christmas Cruise between two locations very rarely cruised giving you access to wildlife not often seen on the banks of the Murray River.

Laugh, Smile and Enjoy a visit by Santa on Christmas Day.

On Christmas Day enjoy and traditional Christmas Lunch.

Over six unforgettable nights, onboard the Proud Mary, meet new friends for life and enjoy a very unique 2017 Christmas Cruising the Murray River.

Itinerary (Click here to print this itinerary)

Saturday (Supper)

Departing from Murray Bridge which is just 1 hour North of Adelaide in the heart of the Murraylands, the Captain and crew of the luxurious P.S. Proud Mary look forward to welcoming you aboard. Upon boarding at 7.15pm you will be shown to your superb river view accommodation with time to settle in and enjoy a drink at the bar before a delicious supper is served at 8.30pm.

As you cruise, Expedition’s powerful floodlights illuminate the shore. This is an excellent opportunity to see the River environment in a different perspective and may allow you to view of some of the nocturnal wildlife, especially birds such as night herons, owls and coots. Later, P.S. Proud Mary ties up for a night of peace and tranquility in the Australian bush at Woodlane.

Sunday - Christmas Eve (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Your cruise continues upstream as you enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast. You will pass huge lagoons teeming with bird life. During floods these inland lagoons were so immense that in the early riverboat days, Captains could not find the true channels. In many cases the water expanded for miles. In the early 1900’s riverboat Captains planted willow trees along the banks to clearly mark the main river channel. Today the willows provide the perfect haven for the prolific and colourful bird life. Mid morning P.S. Proud Mary arrives in picturesque Mannum. Here you will board the waiting coach for a history tour of this small township which played a significant role in the development of South Australia. Captain William Randell launched the 1st Paddle Steamer on The Murray River the “Mary Ann” in 1853. By the late 1880’s there were over 250 Paddle Steamers and barges trading on the River Murray, and Mannum became an industrious inland port. On tour you will re-trace the colourful history of several pioneering families whose efforts shaped the successful development of this region. Your tour includes a visit to the ‘Olden Days, Olden Ways’ Museum in Mannum, here you will find a large collection of historic memorabilia. Lunch will be served aboard your boat as you cruise upstream past lovely Lake Carlet, peaceful Bow Hill and Purnong. Early in the evening, The Proud Mary moors at Walker Flat. The Bird and wildlife here is prolific, including wallabies, wild ducks and bush turkeys. This evening is “Australiana Night” and we will be featuring the use of some traditional “Bush foods” such as emu, kangaroo, damper bread, fresh water crustaceans (yabbies), lemon myrtle, wild bush tomatoes and quandongs (wild peaches), combined into exciting creations by our chefs to showcase a new evolving Australian cuisine. This evening join our resident ecologist for a Nocturnal Discovery Tour. This tour provides an insight to the abundant wildlife, including the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat; floodlights illuminate the secluded outback enabling you to easily view the native flora and fauna.

Monday - Christmas Day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Ho Ho Ho, this morning starts with breakfast and a visit from Santa himself! After breakfast and Christmas morning celebrations the Proud Mary continues upstream. You will pass fascinating Wongulla where, some fifty years ago, men found the petrified remains of a shark. It was twenty million years old. Later this morning the boat will arrive at the pioneering township of Swan Reach. The settlement was originally the port of the large Portee Sheep Station and was settled as a township in 1899. Here you will settle in for a traditional Christmas Lunch with all the trappings including Plum Pudding! Your cruise this afternoon takes you past Moorundie Creek, named after the Aboriginal tribe that lived there. The Proud Mary moors overnight on a beautiful beach amongst towering River Red Gums at Blanchetown. After a light dinner tonight its time for some fun with a Trivia Night.

Tuesday - Boxing Day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Departing your tranquil overnight mooring the P.S. Proud Mary arrives at Blanchetown, site of the Lock and Weir No. 1 on the River Murray. The River Murray is dammed by 13 locks built for the early riverboat trade. Water cascades over the lock creating an excellent feeding place for bird life including Pelicans and dozens of species of water birds. Mid morning will be the Captain’s talk on the history of the Murray River. Shortly after the talk your lunch will be served on board the boat as you arrive into the historic town of Morgan. In its heyday, Morgan was one of the busiest South Australian Murray River ports. Morgan is located on the "Great Elbow" of the North-West Bend on the Murray River. After lunch its time to board the Proud Mary Coach to visit Caudo Winery and Vineyard. This afternoon you get to try some local South Australian wine at the Caudo Winery. After plenty of time for tasting its back to the boat where you will cruise to your overnight anchorage of Morgan. This evening following dinner, its your second activity night with all welcome to play Scattegories.

Wednesday (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

You will wake this morning in one of the most un spoilt and picturesque areas of the Murray River being the township of Morgan. After breakfast hop on the Proud Mary coach for a visit to the many heritage sights of this once booming riverside town. Most of the historic buildings, including the customs house and courthouse are located on Railway Terrace in downtown Morgan. After ample time down town is time to re-board the Proud Mary for lunch as she departs Morgan and heads back through Lock 1 where you can once again watch the water cascades over the lock creating an excellent feeding place for bird life including Pelicans and dozens of species of water birds. Late afternoon will see the boat arriving at your mooring in the uniquely named area of Sugar Shack. This evening you are invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the bar followed by our Captain’s Dinner – five sumptuous courses to tempt the most discerning palate.

Thursday (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Whilst having breakfast the Proud Mary will depart Sugar Shack and head downstream to Swan Reach where you will be taken on an interesting tour of the Murray Aqua culture centre, one of the most ambitious aqua culture projects undertaken in Australia. The fresh water crustacean is uniquely Australian and is only one of many species of crayfish found in Australia. Australia has the second largest and most diverse number of crayfish species in the world. With a local guide passengers are taken through the complex covering 10,000 sq metres of ponds, nurseries and an interpretive information centre. Eco – guides provide an informative commentary relating to fresh water crustacean biology, production and marketing. On Board, you may have the opportunity to sample Murray Aqua culture fresh water crustaceans. This afternoon your vessel cruises past the towering cliffs of Big Bend. A highlight of your expedition is a guided cruise led by our ecologist aboard a small boat through the lagoons and inlets. There are some 320 species of bird life. in this area and with the aid of binoculars and your well informed guide, you will study at close range the prolific bird life. as well as the wildlife of the region including kangaroos, wombats, emus, echidnas and goannas. This evening there is a traditional Australian barbecue on shore followed by live entertainment around a blazing campfire.

Friday (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Enjoy breakfast this morning as your boat heads towards Mannum. This morning offers time to relax and view the River environment and the associated bird life or browse through our library resources and learn more about this fascinating environment before arriving in Mannum. Passengers who have not seen the “P.S. Marion” may visit the fascinating floating museum or stroll the magnificent lawns of lovely Mary Ann Reserve. A Chance for a short stroll on Mary Ann Reserve prior to boarding the waiting coach for a tour of Reedy Creek Environmental Park. Discover this permanent water course from waterfalls, through swamps and wetlands. Reedy Creek and the waterfalls played a significant part in the lives of the ancient Nganguruku and Ngaralta Aboriginal tribes. As well as natural rock shelters, the area offered permanent water and an abundance of wild game for hunting. As part of your Expedition Cruise experience you will have the opportunity to take a fascinating bush walk through the Reedy Creek Gorge. Your guide will provide you with information enabling you to identify significant rock formations and the abundant native vegetation and bird life. Re-board the P.S. Proud Mary as you begin the final leg of your journey. Today, lunch is a superb buffet of fresh local produce. This afternoon there will be more spectacular scenery before the vessel ties up once more in Murray Bridge around 4.15pm, the Captain and crew bid farewell to guests and new-found friends before a late afternoon disembarkation.

Good to know


All Cabins have a private ensuite, double or twin beds (your choice), air conditioning / heating and tea and coffee facilities.


A coach displaying a large "Proud Mary" sign departs from the Adelaide Central Bus Station, Bay 1, 85 Franklin Street, Adelaide on Saturday 23 December 2017 at 6.00pm sharp, returning into Adelaide on Friday 29 December 2017 at 5.45pm and the cost for a return transfer is: $110 per person


Secure lock up garaging is available at Murray Bridge for the duration of your cruise. Please make your own way to Sturt Reserve Murray Bridge by 7.00pm and the crew will advise as to the garaging of your vehicle. The cost is $140 per vehicle for the cruise duration

Accommodation in Adelaide

Before or after cruise accommodation can be booked with us at the same time as you book your cruise. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel offers the following room styles: *Standard rooms are $152 per room per night **Superior rooms are $163 per room per night Full Breakfast is an extra $20 per person *Positioned at the rear or inside of the hotel **Preferred positioning around the perimeter of the hotel

Kangaroo Island - Cruise, 2 Nights Adelaide Accommodation & Kangaroo Island Package

Spend 2 days & 1 night on Kangaroo Island either before or after your cruise. Ask Us for more information when making a booking or enquiring about your cruise.