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Travel Girl wrote a review Oct 2021
Aurora, Illinois76 contributions44 helpful votes
An awesome and breathtaking experience! This was our first getaway since COVID. It was well worth the 2 1/2 drive to get there. All on-board staff was very attentive and accommodating. The boat was roomy and very comfortable to move about. The bathrooms were clean and fully stocked. The food was plentiful and tasty. Live on-board entertainment. The passengers were well behaved. It was a beautiful chilly day, but a wonderful experience. The captain was very knowledgeable, approachable and accessible to all the passengers. I would highly recommend going on any of the excursions. It’s a well hidden treasure that’s only a few hours away from the Quad Cities. A nice excursion for senior groups and families.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Denice B wrote a review Oct 2021
Cape Coral, Florida46 contributions25 helpful votes
We had an excellent server, named Lori. The food was presented nicely and tasty. The entertainment was pleasant and fun with a Geography Trivia Game. The cruise was relaxing. The weather spoiled our “Fall Foliage” view, but not the overall day!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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williamjacobs wrote a review Oct 2021
williamjacobs24 contributions32 helpful votes
My wife and I took one day cruises from LeClaire, IA to Dubuque, IA, then Dubuque to Prairie du Chien, WI. Other reviews denigrate or praise the food, so let me spell out what's what. The praise for the coffee is backed up by both my wife and me. It is a light, flavorful brew that I enjoyed all day. For legal reasons, waitstaff must pour you the coffee, but the iced tea and water is self serve (but my waiter insisted on bringing it to me, bless him. All the love, Mr. Michael. I snuck extra glasses in when he wasn't looking.) Coffee creamer single-serve cups are available. They have dairy [product, but I do not know if they are actual dairy or mixed with partially hydrogenated oil like the powder stuff, so... caveat emptor. Tastes good in the coffee, mind you. The prime rib was a solid example of the stuff if my wife is the judge. Yes, one slice per meal. Extra helpings of anything else, but they clear the dance floor as soon as everyone seems to be happy, so when the line is almost gone, get another plate if you think you'll need it. I enjoyed he cooked carrots but the wife doesn't like any cooked carrots, so...she's no help here. She, OTOH, liked the green beans. They reminded me of the mushy kind served at Popeye's chicken. Not my taste, but maybe yours? We both liked the mashed potatoes, redskin potatoes, and desserts with the carrot cake generous with nuts and very few, if any raisins. A very soft cream frosting almost more of a thick icing. Nice accent. A raspberry coffee cake was also good and we both approved of the toll house cookie dessert. (we had two days of cruises so we sampled a lot of the Belle's food) Irish coffee and mimosas had a notable amount of alcohol but not as much as some places which we appreciated, but others may be disappointed with. It may take more of them to get a buzz if that's the goal. They sell canned beer if you want a more standardized potable. The salad, as some have said, is mixed greens with dressing. I appreciate the more interesting bitter selection, but others may find that lacking. The pasta salad and vegetable alfredo were both surprisingly bland, given that other selections were more creatively seasoned. Take only a little to see if they've changed it up. My wife was similarly unimpressed with the corn and black bean salad, though i liked it fine. (not outstanding, I'll admit) We had one breakfast on day one and the cinnamon sticky buns and the sausage were standouts. The sausage had good flavor but a softer texture than most breakfast sausage. Be aware going in for something you may not be accustomed to. and go in with an open mind. The eggs and the hash browns were as good as any buffet. No complaints. That first cup of joe, though, was a really good introduction to the day. Starbucks fans that like the burned, put-hair-on-your-chest assault on the taste buds may be horrified, I suppose. Be warned, it's flavorful, not a gastronomic fistfight. Again, open mind. The fruit salad was only OK. My wife didn't care for it. A mix of under-ripe cantaloupe, pineapple, and better-than-many honeydew (I agree with Sterling Archer when it comes to honeydew) was bathing in the combination of the three fruits juices which lent a homogenized flavor throughout which detracted from the dish. ============================ FINI of Food Critique ============================ The Belle is propelled by Diesel powered thrusters. The paddle wheel is for the aesthetic atmosphere of foregone days. It turned sometimes and other times just kind of sat there. The illusion was imperfect, alas. Try to time a selfie and check in more than once to get an idea of optimal video shot. 2nd deck aiming down at the blades behind you is the way to go. Fall colors for the first week of October were just beginning, so wait later if you want a better shot at foliage photos. Parking at LeClaire and Dubuque was free of charge and staff were visible form the lots so we knew we were in the right place. Bus shuttles bring you back to your car after the cruise. The entertainer was Aaron Lotzow. He played piano, leaning towards 50's-70's but able to provide more modern music upon request which he will indeed do to the best of his ability. I liked his lounge versions of Elton John songs, especially Rocket Man. He also MC's the trivia and Bingo games. Be sure to have your tickets handy, but they work by manifest, so if you misplaced them, call ahead, I'll bet they make arrangements. It may be no big deal. Many passengers were careless about masks, so COVID-fearful folk may wish to wait for this trip. October can get chilly is there's a breeze on the river. Have a light jacket ready. We were glad we had earmuffs too. They sell souvenir sweatshirts in the gift shop if you didn't plan for this. They may sell out, so you may not want to wait if you're getting a bit chilly too early in the cruise and don't want to stay inside where it's climate controlled. The captain's cabin has a bench where you can watch the captain steer and he'll answer questions you may have, explaining his instrument panel, for example. We enjoyed both days and I can recommend the Celebration Belle highly.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Julie wrote a review Oct 2021
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Took the fall Celebration cruise from Dubuque to Praire Du Chien w the stop over for a day and then the cruise home. The river cruise was 8 hours each way. It was a cooler day and the windows to the 2nd level were not clean and hard to see the beautiful scenery and lots of eagles. They fed us 2 delicious meals including prime rib for dinner. There was nothing to do on the cruise and the “ entertainment”, a piano player was the reason for the average rating. There was a 10 min geography trivia, a 30 min bingo and approx 1 hour of piano playing and dancing leaving many hours of the 8 hours to twiddle fingers. Many took to drinking which you had to pay for. Praire du Chien was a bust. Much of the city was closed on the day we were there and there was NOTHING to do. I would recommend a day cruise and take the bus back the same day. The people answering the phone at Celebration Cruise were very nice and helpful. I am not sure they researched Praire du Chien properly.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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SouthernBred59 wrote a review Sep 2021
Greensboro, North Carolina165 contributions38 helpful votes
Approximately 2 1/2 hours on the Mississippi. The evening begins with a delicious prime rib buffet, followed by musical entertainment. Be sure to go to the third level deck after dinner. The sunset is spectacular, framed by the bridges. Unfortunately this time of year there is not enough daylight to enjoy the scenery along the shoreline. The cruise is smooth. Of course there is a gift shop on the boat and on the dock, but the items are beautiful and high quality.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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