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.
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.
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.
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!
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?