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Cruising the Mississippi River on the Celebration Belle

When my cousin and his wife from Colorado visited the Quad Cities a few weeks ago one of the first things that they wanted to experience was seeing the Mississippi River. I had given them a packet of brochures from the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcome Center in Moline and they found a riverboat cruise on the Celebration Belle to be most inviting to them.

Welcome

We were happy to find that the Celebration Belle was doing a scenic cruise on July 4th at 2:00 p.m. so we took advantage of the perfect day! Being a local I was happy to see the number of tourists who were on the cruise. Everyone was excited to be able to take a leisurely and informative tour of the area on the historic river.

Tug and Barge

The Celebration Belle is the largest non-gaming excursion vessel on the Mississippi River. It is well maintained and meets the needs of all ages. We decided to head for the top deck to enjoy the wind in our faces but others chose the beautiful and air-conditioned cabins for the length of the cruise.

Colorado visitors on cruise
Colorado visitors recommend the Celebration Belle scenic cruise.
inside river boat
The interior of the Celebration Belle.

The cruise includes an excellent tour given by the captain. The history of the Quad Cities part of the river is interesting and enlightening. As I watched others on the tour I noticed that the captain had a captive audience. I would suggest the cruise for visitors as well as locals who want to learn more about the area or simply enjoy the view. The cruise is very reasonably priced for the one and one-half hour cruise. At only $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children aged 3 to 10 years, it’s a bargain!

families and diversity
Tour looking at the historic Lindsay Park Yacht Club established in 1887 on the Davenport, Iowa, side of the river. The club is one of the oldest on the river.
Rock Island Arsenal
A view of the Rock Island Arsenal from the tour boat.
Going under I-74 Bridge
The tour goes under the I-74, Iowa- Illinois Memorial Bridge, twin suspension bridges.
View of Davenport, IA
The cruise includes views of beautiful homes in the McClellan Heights Historic District in Davenport, Iowa.
Arsenal Bridge open
The historic Government Bridge with double tracks of rail and a swing truss is adjacent to Lock and Dam No. 15. It opened in 1896.

Cruise options:

Captain’s Dinner & Dance Cruise, 6:30 pm  – 9:00 p.m.

April through October; Tuesday – Saturday; $48.95 for adults, $38.95 for children

Narrated Lunch Cruise, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.

April through October, Tuesday – Saturday; $34.95 for adults, $24.95 for children

Sightseeing Cruise, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

May and September, Saturday only. June through August, Friday and Saturday; $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children.

There are other special themed cruises with music, all day cruises, as well as North Fall Cruises for fall color and Overnight Package tours.

Call 1-800-297-0034 for availability and book online: www.celebrationbelle.com

Have you been on the Celebration Belle?

 

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About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and computer generated design including Photoshop. She has retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. She also has her own design and studio company. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts, and supporting art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area.

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