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Reviewed 11 October 2013

This was a week of relaxed informality with delightful and intimate performances by brilliant young actors on the Murray Princess paddlewheeler. The mighty Murray itself offers ever-changing scenery around every bend. Sunrise and sunset paint the cliffs a brilliant red. This and the birdlife and majestic river red gums makes this a photographers paradise, The boat itself is great with the wheelhouse open to the passengers to visit and the Officers very happy to share the stories of the Murray. There are stops each day for local excursions be it to a local winery or market or to look at Rock art with the local aboriginal custodians. All is included in the fare. Rooms are basic as expected but very comfortable. The food is good and the service from all the crew is exceptional. Murray Princess Cruises run 4 or 7 day cruises and it is a wonderful way to see the River and highly recommended.

Date of experience: August 2013
3  Thank RowK
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

We were picked up from our motel and driven to the Murray River. On the way we stopped at Mt Lofty to look at Adelaide and were our driver told us about the history of the city and how it was planned. We then drove on to Murray Bridge and on to the Captain Pride where we ordered our meal(part of the deal) and sat down to eat our meal and to watch the scenery and listen to the captain telling us what is happening, the history, wildlife, homes and houseboats as we cruised along for just over 3hours. On the way back to our motel we stopped off at Woodside cheeses for a short cheese tasting and talk then next door to the chocolate factory for sweet treats. Then on through the Adelaide Hills where we saw a koala on the road and watched him run up a tree and looked for more koalas in the trees.

Date of experience: September 2013
1  Thank 148susan
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

We went on this trip with four friends because we wanted a leisurely, relaxed look at the wonders of the lower Murray and its onshore communities, in a small group. We wanted to be able to take time to experience the magnificence of our surroundings and learn what we could about the wildlife and landscape, indigenous significance, river history. We didn't want lots of people, razzamatazz and hectic activity. The trip was perfect.

Initally, seeing a group of elderly people (some with walkers) coming on board did give us pause, but they were up for everything, we were all well catered-for in the activities and facilities. With 36 guests, there were enough for a good mix, and few enough for activities to be easily managed.

The food was really excellent, varied, fresh and with all sorts of dietary requirements managed well. Tea, coffee, etc. were available all the time. And the two chefs were charming. Drinks were extra, with a pretty fair range,and though some of the wines were a bit expensive, the house alternatives were OK.

There was a good range of onshore outings, from walks (probably a little less extensive than we'd have liked, but there were opportunities at many of the stops for individual walks), bus tours for night-time wildlife spotting and seeing the towns and onshore places of interest, Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Site where excellent local indigenous guides led us through a truly significant ancient archaeological site, and a knockout visit to the Mypolonga Primary School where the pupils welcomed us, showed us around, and explained how they all work together to run their award-winning craft shop, which amongst other things produces goods for the Proud Mary (delicious chocolate-covered local apricots). A trip to a yabbie aquaculture enterprise and almond orchard was really well done. ,There was an Australian Foods dinner, very well-done, an onshore evening barbecue with a musician and group involvement, which could have been dodgy but was thoroughly enjoyable.The final night Captain's Dinner was also above expectations; we'd not been keen about the idea of a special dress-up event, but this managed to be both low-key and classy, and with some inventiveness by guests to make it fun...paper serviettes fashioned into bowties for the fellows, some cheap tiaras bought onshore to add some pizzaz.

Cabins were very comfortable, with double or ensuites, and very well serviced (beds made, turned-down each night with pillow chocs). One couple complained about generator noise on one or two nights, but we were unaffected.

Staff were excellent - Captain knowledgeable, affable and with expert insights and commentary. Cruise Director and the onshore bus driver were also very friendly and efficient, attentive to all guests, and genuine with no glib polish or superficiality. Cabin and wait-staff were also very capable and considerate. The only mismatch was our guide on a small-boat tour of lagoons (not sure he was the "expert ecologist" advertised in the brochure) who was intersting but felt the need to include political denigration and rubbishing of scientists into his commentary.

Two of our group were bussed from Adelaide to meet the cruise; we four others had our cars and camper trailer accommodated (at additional cost) while we cruised. This was all managed efficiently.

Everything went smoothly and calmly, no rush or fuss. It was a thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing exploration of the Murray. Most importantly, there was plenty of time to sit outside (on the deck in front of the bridge and on the large rear deck, with comfy chairs and tables) and relish the lovely slow and quiet progress up this mighty river - the cliffs and lagoons, magnificent red-gums,prolific birdlife. Travelling in August, the river was quiet with the dozens of big houseboats were moored, so it was beautifully quiet.

Booking service was efficient and personal too - we had to delay confirming as two of our friends were travelling in the outback, but all was handled beautifully.

Recommended.

Date of experience: August 2013
7  Thank Fran K
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

What an amazing way to remove yourself from the stress of day to day living. The houseboat hired from Oz Houseboats, Murray Bridge had everything you could possibly need even music to suit the environment. We spent 6 nights travelling up and down the river to Kia Marina and down below Swanston Bridge. The bird life was amazing, the little towns buzzing and the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the scenery at your leisure. If you enjoy your own company, peace and tranquility this is the perfect holiday. My only comment would be to be prepared to hunt for your mooring each night as the landowners are not as accommodating as they could be. Happy travels.

Date of experience: September 2013
1  Thank Jenny E
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

I took this tour few years ago actually, just have the chance to write the review now:). Spending lazy day cruising River Murray is definitely one of the best things you can do in life. The rocks along the river make perfect reflection of the sun. We made a stop by a small and acquaint city just to get some refreshment and fresh air. Very nice!

Date of experience: July 2012
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