THE first interior renders of Australia’s first five-star river ship, Murray River Paddlesteamers’ Australian Star, have been released.
Cruisers can now see what Australian Star will look like when she is launched in Apr 2025, with construction on the ship starting last week.
The $6.75 million vessel will offer year-round, all-inclusive, overnight cruises on the Murray River from Echuca.
The 38-guest Australian Star is being worked on in Mildura, alongside the River on which she will cruise, using local materials and labour.
Director Craig Burgess said Australian Star will revolutionise overnight river cruising in Australia and draw new high-yield domestic and international visitors and lucrative tour group business to Victoria.
“When she sails along the Murray for the first time in 2025, PS Australian Star will offer the ultimate in river cruising luxury, ushering in an exciting new era for tourism in Australia,” Burgess said.
“Australians love cruising, and they love the Murray River, but they want comfort and facilities akin to those on European rivers.
“Interest in her is already high and when we open fares for sale this spring, we know demand will be robust,” he said.
Murray River Paddlesteamers has also released savings for couples and solos on overnight cruises this winter aboard current flagship Emmylou.
The cruise line is offering a saving of 10% this winter and a cut in the solo surcharge for overnight cruises.
Murray River Paddlesteamers will offer a 10% commission for travel advisors, plus bonuses for multiple bookings.