Murray River Paddlestreamers launch entire years worth of back-to-back overnight cruises

Murray River Paddlestreamers launch entire years worth of back-to-back overnight cruises

Murray River Paddlesteamers has launched its new program of overnight cruises for 2023-24, with a new brochure showcasing an entire year of back-to-back cruises on the Murray.

The newly released 2023-24 program features 94 sailings between April, 2023, and March, 2024, aboard the wood-fired paddle streamer, PS Emmylou.

To mark the launch of the new program on the Murray River, savings of 15 per cent for couples, a halving of the solo surcharge to 30 per cent and free carparking are available for bookings on the new 2023-24 schedule made by 30 September, 2022.

From 1 April, 2023, the PS Emmylou will offer 47 three-night ‘Discovery’ cruises along the Murray River, one-way from Echuca to Torrumbarry Weir, plus 47 four-night ‘Explorer’ cruises one-way back to Echuca. Guests can combine the different itineraries to create new seven-night ‘All the Rivers Run’ journeys round-trip from Torrumbarry Weir.

Paddlestreamer on The Murray

Alongside these are new shore experiences such as a new Silo Arts Tour and Echuca History Walk on seven-night sailings, new expedition cruises along the Campaspe and Goulburn rivers aboard the new 47-seat Murray Explorer touring vessel and new riverside entertainment around campfires on selected nights. Optional pre and post-cruise hotel stays in Echuca or Melbourne will also be available along with optional transfers from Melbourne, 2.5 hours to Echuca where Murray River Paddlesteamers is based.

Carrying just 16 guests, powered by a restored 1906 steam engine and totally refurbished with deluxe cabins and ensuites, the boutique Emmylou paddle steamer starred in the 1983 TV mini-series, ‘All the Rivers Run’. The riverboat offers all-inclusive journeys along the mighty Murray with stops to visit wineries, historic farm stations, indigenous sites, wildlife along tributaries and country towns.

Murray River Paddlesteamers director, Craig Burgess, said record-high demand for more and longer cruises had led to the revamped program for 2023-24.

“With overseas travel now so complex, expensive and delay-ridden, we’re finding many people are now seeking simpler and more relaxing holidays closer to home, with less hassle and paperwork, and that’s exactly what we offer on the majestic Murray,” Burgess said.

PS Emmylou seamlessly blends the old with the new to offer lazy, luxury cruises that immerse you in a bygone era but with modern-day comforts. As our faithful, heritage-filled riverboat gracefully navigates the river’s many bends, children and adults alike excitedly wave at guests while fishermen respectfully tip their caps.

“Whether you’re captivated by the river, the region’s pioneering history or you’re yearning for relaxation, PS Emmylou offers it all.”

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