Monday 14 July 2014

Julie Goodwin hosting her third Murray River Celebrity Cooking Cruise


MasterChef winner, Julie Goodwin, will be working with Captain Cook Cruises once again with the release of her third four-night Murray River Celebrity Cook Cruise, departing Monday, 9th March 2015.

Julie will be holding three cooking demonstrations on board the paddlewheeler Murray Princess and hosting a three course dinner for passengers. The dinner menu will be selected by Julie and prepared by the Captain Cook Cruises’ kitchen.

Julie first hosted a specialist Cruise with Captain Cook Cruises in 2013 and again in 2014 and according to Richard Doyle, Head of Sales and Marketing at Captain Cook Cruises, the decision to invite Julie back on Murray Princess for a third cruise was an easy one.

“We are delighted to welcome Julie back for her third Murray River cruise in March 2015. Julie’s previous cruises were such a huge success it was any easy decision to have her return for a third.”

“Past passengers made it very clear how much they loved Julie’s food and wanted her to return. The opportunity to meet and chat informally with Julie throughout the cruise was a major highlight.” Continues Mr Doyle.

Julie is looking forward to the cruise.

“I had such a great time cooking on the paddle wheeler, PS Murray Princess, when I was asked to do a third cooking cruise I immediately said yes. I’m looking forward to meeting even more passengers on this cruise and having a lot of fun cooking in the kitchen with them. I also can’t wait to return to the beautiful Murray River.” Says Julie Goodwin.

From past experience Captain Cook Cruises warns that the cruise may sell out quickly, and booking early is recommended.

“With only 120 places available, the 2014 cruise sold extremely fast. Food and wine lovers wishing to combine their passion with a visit to the Murray River and the opportunity to meet Julie Goodwin, will need to be quick.” Says Mr Doyle.

The four night Murray River cruise allows passengers to discover the beauty, history and culture of the Murray River between Mannum and Blanchetown, South Australia.

Each day features exciting day trips to historic river ports, Aboriginal archaeological sites, a working sheep station and woolshed, a native wildlife shelter and vineyard and cellar door tasting.

The scenery is picturesque as the Murray Princess cruises past towering limestone cliffs, through ancient gorges and along riverbanks lined with mallee scrub and red gum forests.

The four night Celebrity Cook Cruise with Julie Goodwin departs from Mannum, South Australia on Monday, 9th March 2015 at 4.30pm, returning to Mannum on Friday, 7thMarch at 9.00am. Scenic coach transfers are available from Adelaide. Cruise prices start from AU$1229per person, twin share.

Passengers have the option to extend to seven nights by including the three night Discovery Cruise departing Friday 6th March. The seven night package includes a free Barossa Valley day tour and is priced from $1849 per person.

All prices include all meals, accommodation, three cooking demonstrations by Julie Goodwin, a hosted dinner with Julie, Captain’s dinner, most tours, scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or onsite car parking and all on-board facilities including the use of spa, sauna, gym, sun deck, two bars, two lounges, single sitting dining saloon and entertainment.

For further information and bookings, please contact Captain Cook Cruises on T: +61-2-9206 1111or visit

About Julie Goodwin

In 2009, a record-breaking 4million Australians tuned in to watch Julie Goodwin become the first ever winner of ‘MasterChef’. Viewers loved her honesty, sense of humour and humble cooking style, and when her first cookbook, Our Family Table, was published, Julie became one of Australia's best-selling authors; her book held the number one slot in the book charts for over 10 weeks. In 2012, Julie dusted off her MasterChef apron for charity in ‘MasterChef AllStars’, raising an incredible $15,000 for Oxfam in the process. Julie writes a regular column in Australian Women's Weekly and released her latest cookbook Gather in March 2013, which celebrates the family-focused style of cooking she loves. Her next book is due out in October.

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