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First night: Our allocated evening dining table was easy to find as the number was written on the corner of our name badge, which we were given on check in. This made introductions a breeze when meeting our fellow passengers. Tables of ten made conversations easy and we mainly enjoyed breakfast and lunch with the same group, even though these two meals were open seating.

The Captains Dinner was an á la carte menu of three courses. I noticed some people being served special dietary request meal items. This is usually no trouble on any ship if the shipping line is notified in advance. There are 3 main levels, no problems due to the handy elevator.

We were very satisfied with the evening entertainment, which consisted of a most talented musician who played piano, flute, saxophone and clarinet as well as singing songs from the 1930s to today. Everyone seemed to enjoy his daily performances very much. He also entertained us over lunch.

Most of the crew multi-tasked, from cleaning cabins to waiting tables, our musician filled in as the quizmaster for some of the daily games. Unlike large cruise liners, this is a cruise that specialises in relaxation, conversation, eating and daily shore excursions. The Murray looked fantastic, overflowing due all the rain over summer. Just sitting on the deck or in one of the lounges reading, relaxing and watching the countryside in all its beauty go by, was a delight.

Sandra and I are really looking forward to exploring the Murray over the next four days.