The Mississippi River stretches for more than 300 miles along the eastern coast of Iowa. A great way to experience the scenic beauty of Iowa's Mississippi River is on a riverboat cruise. Passengers can step back in time on a historic steamboat as expert river guides narrate and navigate the trip down the river. While most cruises offer live entertainment and sightseeing opportunities, some even serve home-cooked meals.
Celebration River Cruises
This day-long excursion will take passengers on a northern or southern cruise of the Mississippi River. Passengers may depart from LeClaire, Iowa and cruise north to Dubuque, Iowa, or from Dubuque and cruise south to Moline, Illinois. Once the cruise reaches its final destination, passengers will be transported by motor coach back to their departure city. Travel is aboard the Celebration Belle cruise ship, the largest non-gaming excursion riverboat in the Upper Mississippi River. While aboard the Celebration Belle, guests will enjoy three full meals and an afternoon snack as the Captain tells tales of the mighty Mississippi. Other amenities include several fully-stocked bars, a furnished sundeck, live entertainment, expert river guides, gift shop and wildlife sightings. Ticket fares are all-inclusive, and include meals, activities and transportation. Both cruises have nine different departure dates from June through October 2010.
Celebration River Cruises 2501 River Dr. Moline, IL 61265 800-297-0034 celebrationbelle.com
The Twilight River Boat River Cruises
This two-day cruise will take passengers down a 166-mile stretch of the Mississippi River. The cruise will depart LeClaire, Iowa, and travel through seven points of interest before reaching its destination in Dubuque. Overnight accommodations are provided at The Grand Harbor Resort in the Port of Dubuque, which features a 25,000 square foot indoor water park. Passengers will travel aboard The Twilight cruise ship, which features baroque architectural detailing reminiscent of a historical Victorian steamboat. Onboard amenities include three furnished decks, spacious dining salons with home-cooked meals, live folk musicians, an expert river guide and plenty of sightseeing opportunities. Ticket fares are all-inclusive, and include all meals, activities, baggage handling and overnight lodging. This cruise departs every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from June through October 2010.
The Twilight River Boat River Cruises 406 Franklin St. Scales Mound, IL 61075 800-331-1467 815-845-2333 riverboattwilight.com
Dubuque River Rides
This two-hour cruise will take passengers on an historic sightseeing tour north and south of the Ice Harbor. Passengers will depart Dubuque, Iowa, and cruise the waters of the Mississippi as they listen to expert narration by the ship's captain. Passengers also may departing on lunch or dinner cruises, where they will be served home-made meals and deserts. Travel is aboard The Spirit of Dubuque cruise ship, an authentic dual paddle-wheel boat originally designed in 1976. On board, guests can enjoy several amenities, such as live entertainment, a concession stand, fully-stocked bar and souvenir shop. Ticket fares are all-inclusive and may include meals and activities. Cruises depart daily from June through September 2010.
Dubuque River Rides 500 East 3rd St. Dubuque, IA 52001 563-583-8093 dubuqueriverrides.com