A new brochure, new shore experiences and a new set of savings form part of the newly-released 2024-25 program of overnight river cruises for Murray River Paddlesteamers which operates the deluxe, 16-guest riverboat, PS Emmylou, on Australia’s longest and most famous river.
The new 2024-25 program features a full calendar of three, four and seven-night cruises between April, 2024, and March, 2025, on the iconic Murray River between Echuca and Torrumbarry Weir on the Victorian/NSW border. All multi-day river cruises aboard the PS Emmylou now include free return V/Line train trips between Melbourne and Echuca on the Murray at the start and end of the cruise.
A perfect blend of heritage and contemporary comfort, PS Emmylou is the world’s only wood-fired paddlesteamer carrying overnight guests.
To mark the launch of the new program on the iconic Murray River, a 10 per cent saving is available for bookings on the new 2024-25 schedule made by July 31, 2023. New discounts have also been introduced for solo travellers, off-peak sailings and groups of friends.
Also new for 2024-25 are new shore experiences including a visit to the Great Aussie Beer Shed, tours of historic Echuca, a silo art tour and a nature cruise and riverside beach picnic with Murray River Paddlesteamers’ 47-seat Murray Explorer touring vessel – all complimentary and adding to the existing array of free shore encounters including visits to local wineries and historic farm stations and a campfire and BBQ dinner under the stars accompanied by a musician and river storyteller .
Powered by a restored 1906 steam engine and totally refurbished with deluxe cabins and ensuites, the boutique Emmylou paddlesteamer starred in the hit 1983 TV mini-series, ‘All the Rivers Run’, starring Sigrid Thornton, and is still one of the most recognisable and iconic paddlesteamers in Australia. The charm-filled riverboat offers authentic, all-inclusive journeys along the mighty Murray.
Each luxury cabin has a private ensuite, is individually air-conditioned, has WIFI and opens directly onto the paddle steamer’s large timber deck. Guests enjoy gourmet meals on deck or in the charming saloon, riverside picnics and a memorable campfire dinner on the riverbank. At dusk, the rare, wood-fired paddlesteamer ties up at tranquil and remote moorings, allowing guests to experience the serenity and wildlife of the bush at night.
Savings of 10 per cent – worth up to $1008 per couple (seven-night cruise in a suite) – are available for bookings made for the new 2024-25 schedule by July 31, 2023.
* Including the discount, fares for cruises from April 1, 2024, are available from $1458 per person, twin-share, for a three-night sailing off peak – a saving of $324 per couple. Four night cruises are priced from $1944 per person, twin-share – a saving of $432 per couple – and the longer seven-night departures are available from $3402 per person, twin-share – saving $756 per couple. Book by July 31, 2023.
The new 2024-25 brochure also features three new savings:
* Solo travellers can pay a surcharge of 45 per cent instead of 60 per cent if they cruise in the off-peak period from June to August. Solo guests can also join a Solo Standby List to be notified of last minute cabin availability with no surcharge at all.
* Couples cruising in the off-peak period from June to August will save 10 per cent. Around 90 per cent of winter days are bright and sunny.
* Savings of $150 per person, or $300 per couple, are available when six or more guests book twin-share cabins at the same time for the same cruise. Combinable with the 10 per cent off peak offer.
** Fares include onboard meals, daily shore excursions and experiences, V Line train between Melbourne and Echuca, cruise transfers, Wi-Fi, gratuities, selected beers and wines with dinner and soft drink, bottled water and tea/coffee throughout the cruise. The special offers are subject to availability and conditions apply.
Murray River Paddlesteamers pays 10 per cent commission to travel agents.