Twilight Mississippi River Cruise
Twilight Mississippi River Cruise
Northeast Iowa and Southwest Wisconsin
Thursday, October 23, 2014 – Friday, October 24, 2014
This is the river cruise everyone is talking about. Join us on a 166 mile journey on the Mighty Mississippi. This adventure will take us through the Heartland of America that fur traders and lead miners once called home. Witness huge flocks of pelicans, islands of cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets and the ever present majestic Bald Eagle. As we travel upstream the river unfolds into many different forms, from shallow marshes teaming with wildlife to the palisades and high cliffs as we approach lead mining country.
In addition to the beautiful scenery and wonderful food at meal times, the tour will provide lots of activities to make your trip interesting and enjoyable. The Captain will point out sights along the way and explain the procedure of “locking through” as we pass through Lock and Dam No.’s 12 & 13. You will even be invited to visit the pilot house to see the river the way Mark Twain did as a pilot.
The great upper Mississippi Valley can only be experienced by boat. Fly-over’s won’t do. There are few roads along the shore and small boats are too limited in range or too low in the water to appreciate the true majesty of the many islands, marshlands and palisades along the Upper Mississippi River.
If you haven’t seen the river from the Riverboat Twilight, you haven’t seen it. We have picked the perfect time of year to host this trip. The colors of fall will be at their peak, adding a dimension of beauty to this trip that can’t be experienced any other time of year.
A two day cruise on the Riverboat Twilight is a FIRST CLASS adventure. Once on board the staff takes care of everything. There are three decks with comfortable climate-controlled dining salons and three sundecks with lounge chairs for those who wish to take in the sights or just snooze in the sun. For two days you will be served a bounty of freshly prepared meals, plated on china and served at tables especially for our group, You will be captivated by the delightful entertainment that is offered each afternoon and educated throughout the day by the Captain’s narration as he steers through the many bends and turns of the upper Mississippi River.
Our round trip journey begins at the charming little river town of LeClaire, IA. Situated along the beautiful bend of the upper Mississippi River. The town’s main street is lined with trendy shops, restaurants and showcases the home store of the History Channel’s American Pickers. The Twilight docks for the evening at River’s Edge Plaza at the Port of Dubuque, where you will stay for the evening at the GRAND HARBOR RESORT.
Our all-inclusive rate includes luxury motor coach ground transportation, three meals each day, overnight accommodations, shuttle stops at Cable Car Shopping Area, Fenelon Place Elevator, Diamond Jo Casino, entry fee to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and a stop at St.Luke’s United Methodist Church, noted for their collection of Tiffany Stained Glass windows.
Thursday, October 23
6:00 AM - Depart Cedar Rapids Sam’s Club parking lot behind Burger King
6:15 – 6:30 AM – Pickups enroute
8:00 AM – Arrive at Twilight Boat Dock, LeClaire, IA
8:15 AM – Board the Twilight
8:30 AM – The Twilight departs from LeClaire, IA
During the cruise the Captain will regularly give instructions and tell the history of the quaint river towns we pass. He will also point out wildlife and explain the locking procedure at Lock and Dam 12 & 13. Keep your ears open for TWILIGHT Trivia all day long.
10:00 AM – Approx. – Snack Time
Help yourself to the light snack provided. The gift shop should be open at this time.
10:15 AM – Entertainment inside on 2nd deck
A variety of entertainers help make our trip enjoyable. The entertainment area is inside at the front of deck 2. It is also piped through the sound system to the other decks, inside and out. During this time feel free to enjoy the total boat, stroll, snooze on deck or chat with the Captain, a great photo op with the top gun, or chat with me if you are bored.
11:30 AM – The Twilight arrives at Lock 13 – Fulton, IL
The Captain will explain the process of “Locking Through”, an educational and interesting experience when seen from land and even more so from a boat.
12:00 NOON - The mid-day meal is served. In nautical terms that’s LUNCH.
1:30 PM – The Twilight arrives at Savanna, IL
Here we make a small “packet” landing to take on any needed supplies and drop off our morning entertainment.
2:30 PM – Mid-afternoon snack is served
3:00 PM – It’s time for RIVERBOAT BINGO
Bingo is held inside on the second deck. It won’t make anyone rich but the expert callers will make sure everyone has a good time.
3:00-3:15 PM – The Twilight arrives at Lock and Dam 12 – Bellevue, IA
Once again, this is a locking procedure experience. The whole process takes about 10-15 Mins.
5:00 PM – Dinner is served
At dinner please locate the activity folder that has been left on your reserved table. This folder provides important information about your stay in Dubuque. The folder includes a ticket voucher.
7:00 PM – Approximate arrival time at Dubuque, IA
As we approach Dubuque, the Captain will provide instructions ( via PA System) regarding Rivers Edge Plaza. After we have landed and secured the boat, we will begin to disembark. The hotel is within easy walking distance from our landing site. For those with trouble walking a shuttle will be available to the hotel.
When you arrive at the riverside entrance to the GRAND HARBOR HOTEL, you will proceed to the special check in table that has been set up for us. Here you will receive your room key packet, breakfast coupon and other informational material.
Your luggage will be found just inside the door of your room. When you depart tomorrow, leave the same number of luggage pieces inside your room door. Our group will have time this evening to explore the hotel, enjoy a stroll along the river walk, visit the Diamond Jo casino,or enjoy wine tasting at the nearby Stone Cliff Winery. These activities are located at the Port Of Dubuque and a short walk from the Grand Harbor Hotel.
Friday, October 24
6:30-10:00 AM – Breakfast is served at Tony Roma’s Restaurant
Tony Roma’s is well known for their ribs, however, they also cook a killer breakfast from specially selected menu items. Your breakfast coupon is included in your key packet.
8:00 AM – Shuttle service begins
A continuous complementary shuttle service to many Port of Dubuque area activities will begin departing from the main lobby of the hotel, The shuttle will make complete round trips approximately every 15 minutes and will include stops at the National Mississippi River Museum, Old Jail Museum, 4th Methodist Church Tiffany Stained Glass Window Collection and the Diamond Jo Casino. Take your time and explore the activities available to you.
11:00 AM – The Twilight will be available to re-board.
All passengers need to re-board by 11:30 AM for a prompt departure.
12:00 NOON – Lunch is served
1:30 PM (Approx.) – Trivia answers and prize winners announced
2:30 PM – Mid-afternoon snack
3:30-3:45 PM – Entertainment
5:15 PM – Dinner
6:30-7:00 PM – Arrive in LeClaire
7:15-7:30 PM – Board bus and depart for home
9:30 PM (APPROX.) – Arrive at Cedar Rapids Sam’s Club
10:00 PM – Call all of your friends and tell them what a great time you had
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