Dubuque is located close to the shores of the Mississippi and is sitting at the intersection of Iowa and Wisconsin. Cruises will provide visitors the opportunity of exploring the upper side of the Mississippi. Several companies are offering various options that might include boats or yachts. Selected cruises will explore several cities located near Dubuque along the Mississippi.
American Lady Yacht Cruises
American Lady Yacht Cruises will offer sunset and happy hour cruises, as well as any rentals for special tours. The U.S. Guard-certified yacht features wood accents, two climate-controlled salons and admiral`s quarters. Happy Hour tours will offer several menu items each and every day, which will include meatballs and chicken wings. This yacht`s captain will occasionally let kids steer the wheel of the ship. Each and every Friday or Saturday evening, dinner tours will be available with a buffet meal, catered by Catfish Charlie`s. These items will include charbroiled beef tenderloin, slow-roasted pork loin or baked ponga. The passengers may drink how much tea, coffee or beer they want.
Celebration River Cruises
Celebration River Cruises offers day, evening and overnight tours along the Mississippi. The Celebration Belle, the largest non-gaming riverboat that plies the waters of the Mississippi, may host more than eight hundred guests for one single tour. The daily cruises may offer breakfast and lunch, as well as live entertainment. One-and-a-half-hour sightseeing cruises will include tours to the Quad City Area, including the Illinois`s Rock Island and Moline or Davenport in Iowa. The passengers may visit the Rock Island Arsenal or Colonel Davenport`s Home while they will sail on the Mississippi. The four-hour Big Band Cruise will showcase Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller`s music. Among the items served on board this tour, there will be homemade sticky rolls, vegetables, shrimp fountain or a wide selection of alcoholic drinks.
Dubuque River Rides
Dubuque River Rides will offer sightseeing and dinner tours aboard their Spirit vessel, which is considered a replica of those 19th century paddle-wheel boats. The riverboat will feature a dining area, a salon with Victorian red accents, an open-air deck as well as two smokestacks. The boat may accommodate more than three hundred and eighty guests for one single cruise. The Miss Dubuque will feature an upper-deck patio and an upper-deck cabin. This ship may accommodate more than one hundred guests during one single cruise. Several family-friendly tours will offer meals, narrations and live entertainment. If you will pick a dinner cruise tour, you will most likely enjoy cut-to-order prime ribs with other type of entrees. This cruise will travel on the Ice Harbor of Dubuque, and the passengers may see plenty of attractions like the Eagle Point Park, Shot Tower or Dubuque Star Brewing Company.
Guests may embark on board an authentic paddle-wheel riverboat river cruise in a few states throughout North America. Riverboats are propelled by read-facing paddle-wheels and will feature vintage architecture, antique furnishings or Victorian design. From the majestic Mississippi River to large inland lakes, passengers may travel along scenic itineraries as they will listen to historic narrations coming from the captain of the ship. A lot of cruise lines will provide evening dinner cruise, murder-mystery adventures or theme nights.
Queen of Seattle Paddle-Wheel Cruises
Queen of Seattle Paddle-Wheel Cruises is being located in the north-western part of Washington and will provide a wide variety of 2-hour cruises. Guests will leave from Lake Union and continue through the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Various attractions of the sightseeing cruise will include the houseboat which has been used in the “Sleepless in Seattle” movie, the Hiram Chittenden Locks and the Fisherman`s Terminal. Other cruise themes will include a a golf rush dinner cruises from the nineteenth century, holiday celebrations or murder mystery events. The cruise ship will feature a dance floor, a viewing area of the steam engine room as well as four decks.
Queen of Seattle Paddle-Wheel Cruises
860 Terry Ave. North
877 783 3616
Dubuque River Rides
Dubuque River Rides is being located in the north-eastern part of Iowa and will provide a wide variety of dinner and sightseeing cruises. Guests will be able to depart from Ice Harbor in Dubuque as they will be traveling on the Mississippi River. Cruises will range from basic 2-hour tours to fall foliage, sunset dinner and sightseeing cruises. The line will also provide a wide variety of holiday and specialty cruises throughout the entire year. The cruise ship will feature an air-conditioned dining room, fully-stocked bar as well as open-air upper deck.
Dubuque River Rides
500 East 3rd St.
563 583 8093
BB Riverboats is being located in the northern part of Kentucky and will provide a wide variety of sightseeing, specialty and dinner cruise tours. Cruise durations will range between 1 and 4 hours as guests will leave from Newport along the Ohio River. Travel options will include seven holiday cruises, six dinner cruises as well as a Cincinnati sightseeing cruise tour. The line will also provide two paddle-wheel riverboats which will feature climate-controlled decks with open-air upper decks and fully-service bars.
101 Riverboat Row
859 261 8500
Memphis Riverboats provides cruises during the day on the majestic Mississippi River on its fleet of beautiful paddle wheel ships. The Island Queen is generally being used for sightseeing cruise tours, the Memphis Queen II is a historic ship which is being used mainly for private tours and the Memphis Queen III which has a Victorian design style, will generally host dinner cruise tours with heated or air-conditioning features. This river cruise company owns the Memphis Showboat as well, which is generally available for special in-dock parties as well as various private events and provides rides at high speed on the waters of the Mississippi River for up to 6 guests.
The “Sightseeing Cruise” from Memphis Riverboats is nothing else than an hour-and-a-half-hour journey on the majestic Mississippi River which also includes a historical narration on board “Riverlorian”. During this cruise tour, guests will be able to learn more about the time spend by Mark Twain as a river ship captain, as well as about the maritime disaster of the Sultana. This cruise tour is a 8- to 10-mile round-trip which will stay in Memphis, sailing both south and north of the waters of the Mississippi River. The boat will include a snack bar and the cruise tour will be available every day starting from March to October and in November on week-ends. For this cruise tour, there will be no reservations required.
Dinner Cruise Tours
The Dinner Music Cruise from Memphis Riverboats will last about 2 hours and will include a barbeque buffet dinner which will be served on an enclosed deck. There will be a live band which will provide the entertainment for you to enjoy while you will be dancing or taking in the beautiful skyline of Memphis. The buffet will feature barbecued chicken or pork with coleslaw, bread, vegetables or baked beans. The dress code will be casual. This cruise tour will be offered during the summer on Thursdays and Saturdays, and only on Saturdays during off season. Memphis Riverboats will recommend to all its customers to make reservations at least 7 days in advance for this type of cruise tour.
Special Occasion Cruise Tours
Memphis Riverboats provides special cruise tours for the Christmas period, New Year`s Eve as well as for the Valentine`s Day. The Valentine`s Day Music Cruise will last for about 2 hours and will generally include buffet-style dinner followed by dessert as well as unlimited tea/coffee. Live entertainment will be provided by a live band. If you will desire to make this cruise tour even more special, you may arrange for Valentine`s Day balloons, champagne or candy to be included as well. The Holiday Music Cruise will also last for about 2 hours and will also feature a live band. The buffet-style meal will include a Christmas theme with ham, season side dishes or turkey. Memphis Riverboat will present for New Year`s Eve a even longer cruise tour which will last about 3 hours and which will include an assortment of hors d`ouevres as well as a champagne toast at midnight. For these occasional cruise tours, reservation are required in advance.
45 S. Riverside Drive Memphis
(800) 221 6197
Cruise West Mississippi River – Basic Description For Two Round-Trip Cruises From New Orleans To Memphis
A little while ago, Cruise West which is based in Seattle, announced that it will re-position one of its boats along the Mississippi, Cumberland, Tennessee and Ohio rivers, as of 2011. The ship will be the Spirit of Glacier Bay, also known now as Spirit of America. This is a comfortable and functional, even a little glamorous ship, which can carry over 100 passengers during a single trip once cruising as Nantucket Clipper for Clipper Cruise Line, which was then scooped up by Cruise West a few years ago.
Spirit of America will be providing a number of 8 cruise tours on 2 distinct seven-night routes from the early March to the late of May:
- New Orleans to Memphis from March 19th to April 16th and taking the tour back from April 9th to May 7th. The cruise tours which will be sailing along the Mississippi River will have various stops along the way at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie; Vicksburg National Park, a scene from a major battle from the Civil War; Natchez, with its beautiful Victorian architecture and is antebellum; Helena, which is very popular for the many Confederate generals who hailed from this location; and the allegedly haunted Myrtles Plantation from St. Francisville.
- Memphis to Nashville from March 26th to April 23rd and taking the tour back from April 2nd to April 30th. Cruise tours will operate farther upriver, along the Mississippi River to the north side to Cairo, where it will meet with Ohio River, then continuing upriver to the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. Various stops will include the historic and cultural New Madrid; Paducah, which is the home of many art galleries as well as the National Quit Museum; Fort Donelson National Battlefield; the historic Clarksville; and the Fort Smith`s Civil War sights.
The prices for these cruise tours will start from $3.500/ person and most of them will include shore excursions.
All those travelers interested in a glimpse of the history of United States can choose to embark either from New Orleans or from Memphis and take a cruise tour along the majestic Mississippi River or one of its tributaries.