The standard Mississippi River cruises in those old paddle-wheeler replicas have ended in 2009. Various cruise lines that own traditional cruise ships such as Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen have stopped offering tours which included overnight accommodations on their boats. In present times, the only tours with a paddle wheel riverboat which are only being available are during the day or in the evening. For the cruises during the night, guests are staying in riverbank motels. However, it`s possible to spend some beautiful moments on a Mississippi paddle-wheeler during the night. The only real problem will remain on how to find one.
1. Try to note a few ideas down on which type of river ship experiences you may want. Be sure if you may wish a day or a night tour.
2. In present times, using the online environment is almost a normal thing in every domain. So you can use a quick research to find some paddle wheel ships as well, and choose only those websites that will offer you advertisements about cruise lines which may operate in the particular part of the Mississippi you are interested in.
3. Follow that specific link to the paddle wheel cruise companies. Read as much as you possibly can about those particular cruise lines that will provide cruises on the Mississippi River at their site. Running another search engine query on your own may also be a very good idea. Always take a good look at certain reviews from other travelers on those online message boards for cruises.
4. You should try to get in contact with that specific cruise company which you think is the right one. Contact one of their representatives and ask them anything you might think is important about their cruise offers. You may ask him all the common questions about the captain`s experience or possible attractions which you may encounter along the way. Also, try to find out as much as you possibly can about the specific time when your cruise tour is scheduled.
The majestic Mississippi River will flow from Minnesota until it will empty into the Gulf of Mexico. A boat cruise will provide an opportunity to get back in time and take in a leisurely sightseeing trip of historic battlefields, picturesque riverfront cities or plantation cities. Only a small number of boats are now operating on the Mississippi River. These will be authentic replicas of nineteenth century boats, but with all including modern conveniences and comforts.
Spirit of Peoria
Being based in Peoria, the Spirit of Peoria will operate cruises on the Mississippi as well as Illinois Rivers. Cruise routes will include 2 or 3-day trips to Starved Rock State Park, the 3-day Grizzly Jack`s Getaway cruise and 5-day tours to St. Louis. You can take one-day sightseeing cruises on the Mississippi River, with story-telling, wildlife narration and live music. A lavish all-you-can-eat buffet lunch as well as unlimited beverages will be included in the price of the ticket. The cruise line will provide themed cruises as well, like Fall Foliage and Murder Mystery.
Celebration River Cruises
The Celebration Belle will specialize in music-themed cruises tours on the Mississippi River, which will include Classic Oldies, Big Band, Rock`n`Roll and Dixieland. The Dinner & Dance Cruise will include dinner buffet or live music. You should take an entire day of sightseeing cruise from Le Claire to Dubuque, which will include hot breakfast and lunch. This cruise will be taken in reverse as well, or as a 2-day round-trip with overnight accommodation in Dubuque. Cruises will be available year-round.
Twilight Riverboat – Two-Day Cruises
The elegant Twilight boat will provide a 2-day round-trip cruise from Le Claire and Dubuque, with a stay over night at the Grand Harbor Resort. The price of the cruise will include continental breakfast as well as lunch and dinner, but snacks, lemonade or unlimited coffee as well
The Creole Queen
Being based at the New Orleans`s Riverwalk dock, the Creole Queen is owned by New Orleans Paddlewheels Inc., and may host up to one thousand guests. The line will provide a 90-minutes cruise to Chalmette Battlefield, which will include a detailed aboard narration as well as time ashore for touring the site of the Battle of New Orleans or Malus-Beauregard House. You can take a dinner jazz cruise, which will last for 3 hours and will include a Creole buffet or live jazz music.
The La Crosse Queen
The La Crosse Queen will be based in La Crosse. The cruise line will provide one-and-a-half-hour narrated sightseeing tours on the upper reaches of the Mississippi River, which can be taken as a lunch cruise as well. Evening trips will include a cocktail cruise with pizza, soft drinks or beer, as well as week-end dinner cruise tours. Tours will operate from May through October, while dinner cruise tours must be pre-booked.
Steamboat Natchez is owned by the New Orleans Steamboat Company, and will provide jazz-themed cruises during the entire year, except in exceptionally severe weather conditions. The 2-hour Harbor Jazz Cruise will provide an interesting narration about New Orleans`s history and culture. Evening jazz cruise tours will be available with/without dinner. The cruise line will operate special event cruise tours throughout the entire year, while the steamboat will be available for private charters.