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ATE 2024Murray River Paddle Steamers (MRPS) Director, Craig Burgess said MRPS was conducting 85 meetings in four days with international travel product managers to showcase the debut in 2025 of Australia’s first five-star, overnight riverboat, PS Australian Star, currently under construction. The luxury, $6.75 million Australian Star will offer the nation’s first-ever, five-star, overnight river cruises.  Fusing heritage and luxury, the 38-guest vessel will be the largest paddlesteamer in the Southern Hemisphere, offering year-round, all-inclusive cruises of up to a week on the iconic Murray from Echuca in Victoria.

“Overseas buyers are very excited and surprised to see a five-star luxury river cruise experience available in regional Victoria,” Mr Burgess said. “Many international figures at ATE are not aware that you can do overnight accommodated cruises on the Murray River and as river cruising is now so popular worldwide, they are excited about being able to sell a new, quality river cruise experience in Australia to their markets overseas,” he said.

“Australian Star is going to transform the tourist market for the Murray region and will quickly become a hero product for the area, attracting new international visitors from all over the world.”

Rob Blackburn - 2009 - The Murray

Rob Blackburn – 2009 – The Murray

Blending vintage charm and contemporary elegance, the new five-star PS Australian Star will boast a deluxe and contemporary lounge offering sweeping river vistas, a fine-dining restaurant, multiple outdoor relaxation areas, an elevator and 19 plush and modern staterooms, all opening to a deck and offering an ensuite, air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, luxury linen and a TV entertainment system, as well as ever-changing river views.