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PS Murray Princess is purpose built for the Murray River. She is faithfully designed as a modern romantic representative of a time when hundreds of such vessels plied the river. Unlike most modern-day river vessels with imitation paddles, Murray Princess is propelled by an authentic, massive stern paddlewheel.

There’s no better way to see the Murray River and a slice of the hauntingly beautiful and dramatic Australian outback, its unique flora and fauna, and the rich legacy of old riverside ports and indigenous culture close up than to drift unhurried and quietly under the power of the paddle-wheeler.

Accommodating just 120 passengers, Murray Princess brings the unique advantages of small ship cruising to the Murray River. The Captain and crew know the river intimately and are delighted to share with you their knowledge and stories. The lounges and dining saloon are spacious with a character and charm of yesteryear. Grand in name, yet relaxed and informal by nature, Murray Princess fosters a warmth and friendliness unique to the river.


  • Two spas
  • Two saunas
  • Sun deck
  • Two bars
  • Two lounges
  • Single seating dining saloon
  • Speed boat
  • Gift shop
  • Library & video
  • Lift
  • Guest laundry
  • 24 hour tea & coffee facilities
  • REGISTRY: Mannum, Australia
  • TONNAGE: 1,500 tonnes
  • LENGTH: 67 metres
  • BEAM: 15 metres
  • DRAFT: 1.2 metres
  • SPEED: 6 knots

60 cabins and staterooms each with private bathroom ensuite, adjustable air-conditioning, electric blankets soaps, shampoo and towels; serviced daily. Each cabin is approximately 12 sq metres.

Staterooms (6) on Randell and Cadell Decks open onto the outside deck and have a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. All staterooms have a double and a single bed except rooms 35 & 36.

Outside Cabins (45) on Randell and Cadell Decks open onto the outside deck and have picture windows (twin/double)

Inside Cabins (9) on Chaffey Deck open onto an inside passageway and have portholes facing the outside.

Guidelines for guests with limited mobility

Access to Murray Princess whilst at Mannum is via Mary Ann Reserve, across approximately 100 metres of grassed parkland. Boarding is via a gangway onto Randell Deck. The gangway is of suitable width for wheelchair use.

The PS Murray Princess has five passenger decks. All decks are accessible by stairwells of approximately 10 to 14 steps. A lift services three decks – Randell, Cadell and Sturt Decks.

The following public rooms are situated on decks with lift access

Dining Room and Bar: Located on Sturt Deck
Paddlewheel Lounge: Situated at the stern of the ship over two levels. The lower lounge is situated on Randell Deck and the upper lounge is situated on Cadell Deck.

The following public rooms are situated on decks without lift access
Sauna, Spa, Laundry and Souvenir Shop: All are located on Chaffey Deck and are only accessible by stairwells.
Sun Deck: Located on the upper deck and is only accessible by a steep shallow set of stairs

Passenger cabins are located on Chaffey, Randell and Cadell Decks.
Cadell Deck cabins are most suitable for passengers with limited mobility
All cabins open outward, so care must be taken walking around the decks.
All cabins except the Disabled Outside Cabins (Randell 10 & 11; Cadell 59 & 60)have one step up into the bathroom and one step over the shower tray to enter the shower.
Chaffey Deck cabins are only accessible by stairwells.
Randell Deck cabins have one step outside and one step inside to enter the cabin.
There are no steps into cabins for Chaffey and Cadell Decks.

The Murray Princess has four cabins specially designed for wheelchairs. Two cabins feature twin beds and two feature a double bed and a single bed.

Special Features:

  • Wheelchair access doors and bathrooms
  • Continuous level bathrooms
  • Telephone contact with 24hr emergency numbers
  • Handrails
  • Hand held shower
  • 2 mirrors in bathroom – one at normal height, one at wheelchair height
  • All cabins have shower chairs and other equipment is available on request
  • Height of beds 60 cm from floor to top of mattress to enable passengers to slide off chair onto the bed with no difficulty.

The PS Murray Princess has a tender boat for speedboat rides. Passengers are required to ‘climb’ directly into the tender from the Murray Princess. The deck crew are always on hand to assist and to help passengers with life jackets.

During the course of the cruise Murray Princess stops at a number of riverside locations where passengers can go ashore via the gangway. The steepness of the gangway will vary depending on the location (varying from steep riverbanks to flat historic wharves). The crew are always on hand to assist passengers ashore.

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