Riverboat tours on the majestic Mississippi River are considered to be a staple of Iowa waterfront communities. From afternoon trips to dinner cruise tours or overnight mini-trips, the colorful array of ships will include paddle-wheels, steam boats, replicas of Victorian-style luxury ships or water taxis. Though some river ships are being permanently docked as floating casinos, plenty of them will still cruise the current of this waterway as they once did a few centuries ago.
Maiden Voyage Tours
Maiden Voyage Tours will launch its riverboat cruise tours from Harpers Ferry, Iowa. This is a fifty-one-foot boat, certified United States Coast Guard Passenger Ship, which can accommodate forty nine guests for a wide variety of trips, which will include riverboat charters, ecological cruises or dinner tours. Most cruise tours will range from 1 1/2 hours to 7 hours, and fishing will be allowed from the decks. They will provide a well known “Tom Sawyer Adventure” cruise tour which will include lodging in log staterooms for up to 7 passengers. This cruise line will own a nearby Riverboat Casino as well, exclusively for extended entertainment after the riverboat will dock back in the harbor. They will be based out of Harpers Ferry but port out of Lansing, Mcgregor, Prairie du Chien, as well.
Maiden Voyage Tours
2238 Andy Mountain Road
(563) 586 2123
The Riverboat Twilight will leave from Le Claire, on a 2-day overnight cruise along the Mississippi River, which will cover over 160 miles, with accommodations at the Riverfront Grand Harbor Resort located in Dubuque. The river ship is considered a replica of the Victorian-era steam boats and will feature 3 decks which will include sundecks or dining salons. Cruise passengers normally encounter many bald eagles, blue herons, pelicans or egrets on the cruise route. Each and every afternoon on board the riverboat, passengers will be entertained by many folk humorists and musicians. While docked in Dubuque, the entertainment options will include an aquarium, casino, museums, trolley tours or a 25.000-square-foot water park. The riverboat cruise tours will include all inclusive services, and the riverboat is air-conditioned or heated for year-round enjoyment.
406 Franklin St.
(800) 331 1467
The Celebration Belle is considered the largest luxurious riverboat for non-gaming trips along the Upper Mississippi River. The riverboat can carry around 800 guests and will provide a wide variety of riverboat tours, which will include dinner or lunch cruise tours, and Dixieland trips. Longer cruise tours will be offered as well, with 4- and 5-hour jaunts which will include entertainment or freshly prepared cuisine. Overnight cruise packages will include several stays in Prairie du Chien or Dubuque. The family-owned cruise line will make time for charter tours, including family reunions, corporate events or wedding ceremonies as well.
2501 River Drive
(800) 297 0034