Booking Terms

Full payment required upon booking. In the event of cancellation the following fees are applicable:
• Written notice of cancellation at least 30 days before the cruise departure date the passenger will be liable to pay 20% of the total fare.
• Written notice of cancellation 29 days to 15 days before the departure date the passenger will be liable to pay 50% of the total fare.
• Less than 14 days before the departure date the passenger will be subject to a cancellation charge equal to 100% of the total fare.

It is strongly recommended that all passengers take out comprehensive travel insurance. This not only protects you against sickness, loss of luggage, hospitalisation, but also against your need to cancel.

Conditions of Use

Short Cruise Rates
Prices quoted for adult tickets are applicable to persons 15 years and above.
Prices quoted for child tickets are applicable to persons 4 to 14 years.
Children under 4 years of age are free of charge (Concession rate) however it must be advised at the time of booking the child will be on board as all passengers are included in the total capacity for the purpose of the vessel’s survey conditions.
Devonshire tea is available to purchase on short cruises at Mannum.

General Information

PS Marion is a historical paddle steamer and was built at Milang, SA and launched as a barge in February 1897. In 1900 she was taken to Echuca and fitted with a steam plant and superstructure for use as a hawking boat on the Darling. She has been fully restored by volunteers over many thousands of hours. Her crew are all volunteers.

Marion has three deck levels therefore passengers will need to negotiate stairs whilst on board. Bottom deck is the entry point to the boat on most occasions, although at times, eg steep banks or wharf, entry is then made to the middle deck. The bottom deck houses the steam plant, this being the original steam plant fitted to the vessel in 1900. Also found on this deck are the galley and passenger dining room. Middle deck is the main accommodation deck. The passenger lounge with bar is on this deck along with cabins 7 to 20 and the shower and toilet facilities. Top deck is made up of the wheelhouse, a further passenger lounge (formerly the gentlemen’s smoking room) and cabins 1 to 6.

PS Marion is surveyed to carry a total of 100 people. PS Marion can accommodate a total of 40 people overnight (including crew). Passenger accommodation aboard PS Marion is in the form of bunk style twin share cabins.

Four separate toilets and four showers are available for passenger use on the middle deck, which is the main accommodation deck. Toilets are equipped with wash basin, mirror and power points. Electric razors and hair dryers can be used. A further crew toilet and shower is situated on the bottom deck.

Neat casual clothing and flat shoes are recommended. Being an old wooden boat on several levels stiletto heels are not the ideal. We also recommend a jacket or warm jumper for the evenings as these can be quite cool on the river.

In the unlikely event of an emergency, passengers must follow the instructions issued by the crew. Life jackets are stowed under the bunks of each cabin as well as in lockers on each deck. All itineraries and arrival / departure dates and times are subject to change at any time dependant on river conditions and at the discretion of the Captain. The PS Marion is a heritage vessel, exempted from complying with elements of the SA Harbours & Navigation Act and passengers agree to travel on that basis. Life jackets are provided on board the Marion for emergency purposes only, if passengers require life jackets or buoyancy vests they need to provide their own.Smoking is prohibited in all areas except the aft of the middle and top decks (outside). The wheelhouse and galley are restricted areas and entry is only available by invitation from the Captain or the Chef respectively. If passengers require help in any way when on board they should refer to the Purser.

Additional general information below applicable only to extended cruises

Linen is provided. This includes bedding, towels, face washers and bathmats.

All meals are included in the cruise price quoted. Alcohol and soft drinks are not included. Bar facilities are available. No alcohol is to be carried aboard by passengers.

Secure car parking is available in Mannum and is included in the cost of the cruise.