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The other week, I won the lottery.

Not literally but, now that I put my feet up after five days cruising the Murray on a river boat; it feels like that’s what happened when an ill friend called to offer me his place on the tour, only days prior to “sailing”. Arrangements were put in place rapidly to get me to the starting and finishing South Australian  town of Murray Bridge to join Murray River Cruises’  Indulgence Cruise.

Before I knew it, standing on the jetty there, ship’s engineer, David, greeted then led me onto the Proud Mary: a triple-deck vessel which would become floating home to 36 passengers for the best part of a week. After a briefing on the features of my cosy and resourcefully-appointed twin share cabin, I went up for introductory dinner. There, we met with strangers who would soon become friends and part by week’s end, some of us in tears at having to separate from a lifestyle that had become as comfortable to us as a favourite old shoe.

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First published on Travels with JB (https://travelswithjb.com.au/proud-mary-murray-river-cruise-review/) and republished with permission.