Cruising has never been cheaper for solo travellers with Captain Cook Cruises offering a single surcharge between only 25%-30% on normal twin share prices, for all Murray Princess three, four and seven night cruises.
Traditionally, singles travelling alone pay the same cost for their accommodation as a couple, which is effectively a 100% increase on twin share per person prices.
“A lot of companies charge a 75% or even 100% solo surcharge. We believe offering a surcharge between 25%-30%, is exceptional value for solo travellers.” said Julie-Anne Briscoe, Marketing Manager, SeaLink Adelaide.
The Murray Princess herself is ideal for solo travellers. Being a small ship, she only accommodates up to 120 passengers, so cruises are very intimate and solo travellers can easily meet other solo travellers or groups of people and make lifelong friends.
The ship is still big enough for those who just want alone time to find the perfect nook on the open top deck or in the cosy paddle-wheel lounges, and simply enjoy the ever-changing Murray river scenery or get lost in a great book.
Onboard and on-shore activities occur each day and range from playing bingo to Bocce, to visiting riverside towns, cellar doors, a Sheep Shearing Shed and even an Aboriginal Conservation Park. No matter the activity, passengers remain in a group so solo travellers can feel safe and at ease throughout every experience.
Food is another highlight of the cruise. Indulge in a hearty hot buffet breakfast each morning, a two-course or buffet lunch each day and a three-course or buffet dinner each evening. There is a spectacular Captain’s dinner and dance to enjoy and even an Aussie-style barbecue dinner and bush dance on the river bank. All dining is in large group seating and for dinners everyone is assigned to the same table each evening.
The three-night Discovery Cruise travels between Walkers Flat and Murray Bridge and departs every Friday at 4.30pm with Early Booking Saver (EBS) fares starting from AU$1020 per person, solo traveller.
The four-night Outback Heritage Cruise travels between Mannum and Blanchetown and departs every Monday at 4.30pm and EBS prices start from AU$1389.75 per person, solo traveller.
The seven-night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise travels between Blanchetown and Murray Bridge and departs every Friday and Monday at 4.30pm with EBS prices starting from AU$2074 per person, solo traveller including a complimentary Barossa Valley tour.
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 and to Adelaide or secure car-parking in Mannum and post cruise coach transfer to Adelaide Airport.
Private car transfers for up to four people are also available from and to Adelaide CBD to Mannum and return to Adelaide Airport for $143 per person each way, based on two people travelling.