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Address: 400 E 3rd Street, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone Number: 563-583-8093
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Description: Home of: Spirit of Dubuque, Miss Dubuque & Ice Harbor Galley The Spirit...
Home of: Spirit of Dubuque, Miss Dubuque & Ice Harbor Galley The Spirit of Dubuque is the area's only authentic paddle-wheeler on the Mississippi River. The Spirit of Dubuque offers exciting family entertainment. Cruising May-October with daily 1 hour & 2 hour narrated sightseeing cruises, 2 hour Dinner Cruises (Sunday-Friday), and 3 hour Dinner Cruises on Saturdays with a possible lock through at Lock & Dam #11. All Cruises offer eco & historic information. Advanced reservations recommended.
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We took the river ride this past week and although the overall ride was quite relaxing and enjoyable we expected more. Firstly, upon arrival at the boat we were told that we... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We took the river ride this past week and although the overall ride was quite relaxing and enjoyable we expected more. Firstly, upon arrival at the boat we were told that we needed a ticket for my 16 month old baby- which we were told at the office when we bought our tickets wasn't necessary. So while my husband went... More 

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Morton Grove
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We took a paddle boat lunch tour along the Mississippi River and enjoyed every minute. I would definitely consider doing this and you are not far from Galena.

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Pleasanton, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I went on the Spirit of Dubuque 1.5 hour excursion. The description was billed as an eco and historic narrated tour. I would say the first 30 minutes of the narration was more than you ever want to know about barges and tonnage and horsepower. Where was the "eco and historic" narration? There was a bit of historic narration during... More 

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Wales
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We took a sunny afternoon trip in mid-September on the Spirit of Dubuque. It was great. Lovely scenery, Julian Dubuque's grave, many homes and other attractions all pointed out by the boat captain. you go under bridges, pass by barges, large and small, get a friendly wave from barge captains, etc. It was a great outing and I would do... More 

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Skokie, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The Spririt of Dubuque offers a convenient and affordable way to 'get your feet wet' on the Mississippi. The 2-hour cruise explores the waters where Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin come together; the impressive bridges and scenery along the shoreline and the presence of other boats will truly delight photographers. It's a fine introduction to the area. But the boat itself... More 

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Glenview
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This was a great ride down the Mississippi in the evening. We opted for the dinner cruise which was in retrospect a mistake. The food was meh at best. My suggestion would be to go on one of the non-meal cruises. The captain was friendly and informative.

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Villecchia, Liguria, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

Wanting to have a trip down the Mississippi, we opted for the dinner cruise. This was a mistake. The cruise itself was average, we were unable to hear the commentary of the captain, either due to the noise of the other passengers or the poor sound quality of the sound system. The staff were reasonable, no complaints about them. The... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We loved this river cruise! We did not buy the lunch for the cruise, they have concessions and that was good enough! This was a full 2 hour cruise on the Mississippi, the captain was our tour guide and did a great job pointing out all the points of interest and knew his history!

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Brooklyn, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had a nice ride for an hour and half. The captain did a real nice job informing us of the area on the river.

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Iowa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We did the 1 1/2 hour tour on the Spirit of Dubuque riverboat and had a blast. All 3 kids - from 4 yrs to 13 yrs - enjoyed it. Couldn't really hear the captain talking until we got up from the table and decided to stand near the front of the boat. Too muffled in the seating area. Was... More 

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