Thursday, 1 May 2008

Famous Author, Samuel Pickering to talk on Murray Princess




Passenger’s on Captain Cook Cruises seven night Murray River cruise departing June 6, 2008 will meet famous author and the man who inspired the character of Mr. Keating, played by Robin Williams in the film Dead Poets Society, Samuel Pickering. Throughout June the second person also travels for half price.

Despite being best known in Australia for his unconvential way of teaching that that inspired the character Mr Keating, Samuel Pickering is also a famous author having written 21 books and 100’s of articles. Some of his books include Walkabout Year and Waltzing the Magpies, both written in Australia.

Mr. Pickering has returned to Australia, to write a third book entitled A Tramp’s Wallet and says he has always been fascinated by Australia and has come to enjoy the people. “They are the nicest, most generous people in the world,” Pickering says.

Part of this book will feature a chapter on the Murray River and whilst researching the book, Captain Cook Cruises will be hosting Mr. Pickering on the Murray Princess. During the seven night cruise Mr. Pickering will be giving talks to passengers on life and capturing life on paper.

For those unable to cruise for 7 nights Mr. Pickering will be speaking for guests on the 3 night cruise departing June 6 and also for guests on the 4 night cruise departing June 9.

The 3-Night Wetlands Discovery Cruise is a mini weekend escape where passengers will discover the vast variety of flora and fauna, join a backwater boat tour, visit the Port of Murray Bridge and sample the food and wine of this famous region. The cruise departs Mannum every Friday at 4.30pm and returns Monday at 9.00am. Prices start from $775 per person twin share and from only $388 for the second person twin share.

The 4-Night Outback Heritage Cruise departs Mannum every Monday at 4.30pm and return Fridays at 9.00am. Cruise highlights include a visit to a vineyard and wine-tasting at the cellar door, a wildlife shelter and an aboriginal archaeological reserve plus a woolshed riverside barbeque & campfire. Prices start at $999 twin share for the first person and from $500 twin share for the second person.

The 7-Night Murraylands & Wildlife Cruise includes a free Barossa Valley tour and combines the 3 and 4 night cruises for a total Murraylands and wildlife experience. Prices start from $1596 twin share for the first person and from only $798 twin share for the second person. The seven night cruise departs Mannum every Friday and Monday at 4.30pm and returns Friday and Mondays at 9.00am.

All cruises include meals, accommodation, complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or car parking in Mannum, guided walks, presentations and all onboard facilities including use of two spas, two saunas, sun deck, two bars, two lounges, single sitting dining saloon and entertainment.

For reservations and enquiries please contact Captain Cook Cruises toll free on 1800 804 843,
Int +61-2-9206 111 or email: murray@captaincook.com.au or visit www.captaincook.com.au