This cruise is provisional, subject to enough interest

In April 2023 we announced that we were considering two Murray River cruises – in 2025 and 2026. Both are subject to there being sufficient interest. We propose:

  • a Lower Murray cruise out of Mannum on Murray Princess in late 2025/early 2026
  • an Upper Murray cruise out of Echuca on the new PS Australian Star the following year – see details

Register you interest now to help insure this cruise goes ahead (scroll down the page for more information)

Lower Murray cruise

If we get sufficient interest we will charter the Murray Princess exclusively for our group and offer a choice of two options:

  • 7 night cruise/conference only
  • 12 day cruise tour package, adding an Adelaide-Kangaroo Island tour to the cruise – see below

The Murray Princess

The Murray Princess is the largest inland paddlewheeler in the southern hemisphere. It has 60 cabins, accommodating up 120 people (two to a cabin). A small number of cabins will be available for single occupancy.


Our cruise, if confirmed, will be based on the current 7 night Upper Murraylands cruise, but may combine features from one of the other cruises. However, as a chartered cruise, we will adapt this to allow for our conference.


It is too early to give details, but we expect to offer around 15-20 conference sessions throughout the cruise, offering a wide variety of topics. Plus one-on-one or small group Research Help sessions. These will be worked around a selection of cruise and shore activities similar to those currently offered.

And of course, being together for 6 days and 7 nights there is plenty of opportunity to interact with experts and others with similar interests. One of the great things about genealogy cruises.


Helen Smith will head the program. She is highly regarded internationally, with a wide variety of topics to offer. She will be supported by others with expertise who may join us on the cruise.

Click here to learn more about Helen.

Cruise date

We are aiming for late 2025 – or possibly early 2026. The dates will be settled next year and will be based on preferences from those registering interest in the cruise (see below) and dates available to us for a charter cruise.


The cruise cost will be the same or similar to the general public rates plus an additional fee for the conference component.

As a guide the standard per person twin share prices for 2024/2025 for a 7 night Upper Murraylands cruise are $3049 (inside cabin), $4099 (outside) and $5349 (stateroom). 2025/2026 prices won’t be known until the latter half of 2024. It is expected they will go up at the rate of inflation.

Single occupancy rates will be about 50% higher than twin share rates. If you are open to sharing we can assist you find another person looking to share.

The conference fee will additional. This will be advised if/when the cruise is confirmed, but is expected to be around $250-$300 per person.

12 day cruise/tour package – optional

Add an Adelaide-Kangaroo Island tour to the cruise for a complete South Australian holiday experience. This will be similar the 12 day/11 night cruise/tour currently offered, but, as with the cruise, may be customised to suit our group. This currently adds about $1000 to the cruise cost.

Registration of interest

We will need confirmation from at least 90 people who are definitely interested in this cruise (with or without the optional tour package) before we finally sign up to a charter of the Murray Princess. Click the button below to register your interest.

This is a registration of interest only (with deposit)

The deposit ($100 per person) will go towards the cruise fare if you finally commit to the cruise.

It will be fully refunded if:

  • the date finally chosen doesn’t suit you
  • you decide not to go ahead with the cruise for any other reason
  • the cruise does not go ahead – in the event of numbers falling short of the minimum required, or for any other reason

If the numbers registering interest exceed the capacity of the Murray Princess, we will continue to take expressions of interest for a wait list (without deposit).

Early registrations of interest will help ensure that the cruise goes ahead
It also guarantees you a priority place if numbers exceed capacity