What Riverboats Are Available on the Mississippi
The great Mississippi River will flow all the way from Minnesota and will empty in the Gulf of Mexico. A riverboat cruise will provide a great opportunity to step bank in time two centuries ago and enjoy a peaceful sightseeing tour of picturesque riverfront cities, historic battlefields and plantation houses. There are only a few boats which are not sailing on the Mississippi. These are genuine replicas of the nineteenth century ships, but most of them have modern conveniences, and they also are handicap-accessible.
Spirit of Peoria
Being based in Peoria, the Spirit of Peoria will operate tours on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. Various routes will usually include 2 or 3-day trips to Starved Rock State Park, 5-day St. Louis trips and 3-day Grizzly Jack`s Getaway cruise. Passengers may also take a 1-day sightseeing trip on the Mississippi river, with wildlife story telling and live music. A lavish buffet along with unlimited drinks will be included in the cruise fare. The line will provide various theme cruises, like Fall Foliage or Murder Mystery.
Celebration River Cruises
The Celebration Belle will specialize in music-themed cruise trips on the Mississippi River, which will include Classic Oldies, Dixieland or Big Band. You may take an entire day sightseeing cruise which will depart from Le Claire to Dubuque, featuring hot breakfast lunch as well as dinner. The trip can be taken in reverse as well, or as a 2-day round-trip voyage taking advantage of the overnight accommodation. There will also be a Dinner & Dance Cruise which will include a dinner buffet along with live music. Most cruises will be available during the entire year.
The comfortable Twilight cruise ship will provide a 2-day cruise departing from Le Claire and Dubuque, having an overnight stay included at the Grand Harbor Resort, with the option of returning back the next day. The cruise fare will include breakfast, lunch dinner, unlimited coffee, lemonade or snacks.
The Creole Queen
The Creole Queen is based at the Riverwalk dock and is owned by New Orleans Paddlewheels Inc., being able to host almost one thousand guests. The cruise line will provide a 2 1/2 hour Chalmette Battlefield cruise, which will include a detailed narration and some time spent on shore, visiting the Malus-Beauregard House. You may take a dinner jazz cruise trip as well; such a cruise will last 3 hours and will include a Creole buffet along with live music.
The La Crosse Queen
The La Crosse Queen, based in La Crosse, will provide 1 1/2 hour narrated tours on the upper Mississippi River, which may be taken as a lunch cruise trip as well. Tours during the evening will usually include a cocktail cruise along with pizza and soft drinks. Various tours will usually operate from May through October; dinner cruise tours will have to be pre-reserved.