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  • Written by Brooke Tolar




Don't wait a whole more year for Christmas, Captain Cook Cruises, PS Murray Princessis celebrating Christmas in July on all three, four and seven night Murray River cruises between 8 July and 29 July, 2016. Now you can get your Christmas fix six months early!!!

The Christmas in July cruises combine the popular three, four and seven night cruise itineraries with Christmas in July festivities including a traditional Christmas Dinner or lunch, a range of Christmas themed activities and games, Christmas music, egg nog, and a visit from Santa with presents for all the guests.

In between celebrating Christmas its full steam ahead down the mighty Murray River as guests discover Australian history, culture, and wildlife on the newly refurbished PS Murray Princess, a modern replica of the paddle wheelers that cruised the Murray in the 1800's.

Sit back in one of two cosy paddlewheel lounges, displaying views of the working paddle wheel, and enjoy the winter enchantment and beauty of the river as the Murray Princess cruises past towering limestone cliffs, through picturesque gorges and along riverbanks lined with mallee scrub and red gum forests.

Birdlife on the Murray River includes an abundance of Australian favourites including Swans, Swamp Hens and Wood Ducks and their young. Plant life is also thriving and led by on-shore guides passengers can enjoy nature walks, eco-tours and learn about the ecology of the river.

Each day features exciting day trips to historic ports, sacred Aboriginal sites, a sheep station and woolshed and a native wildlife shelter.

Follow the food and wine trail for tastings at a number of vineyards and cellar doors, and one evening enjoy an Aussie-style campfire barbecue on the riverbank.

The three nights Christmas in July Discovery Cruise departs Mannum at 430pm on Friday July 8th, 15th, 22nd  and 29th  and Early Bird Saver (EBS) fares start from $787.00 per person twin share.

The four nights Christmas in July Outback Heritage Cruise departs Mannum at 4.30pm on Monday July 11th, 18th and 25th and EBS fares start from $1076 per person twin share.

The seven nights Christmas in July Murraylands & Wildlife Cruise departs Mannum at 4.30pm on the above dates and EBS fares start from $1605 per person twin share.

Prices include accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, onboard WiFi, the Captain's Dinner and Cocktail Party, live entertainment, use of ship's facilities including a sauna, spa, sun deck, bar, two lounges, restaurant and mini gymnasium and complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or car-parking in Mannum.

For further information visit www.murrayprincess.com.au

About SeaLink Travel Group

SeaLink Travel Group purchased Captain Cook Cruises Australia, including its Murray River and Sydney Harbour operations in 2012. Their other key marine businesses operate in South Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory.

SeaLink's South Australian businesses operates largely to and on Kangaroo Island as well as on mainland South Australia including ferry and coach transfer services, on-island shuttle bus services, on-island coach tours, small group adventure tours, luxury 4WD tours, self-drive and packaged holidays with accommodation and now the accommodated river cruising operations of the PS Murray Princess.

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