Riverboat Twilight
Riverboat Twilight
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Our signature Two Day overnight cruise available June through October departing from LeClaire IA. All day cruises available departing from Dubuque IA through out August, September and October. Saturday Sightseeing Cruises departing LeClaire IA at - 11AM - 1:30PM - 4PM Memorial Day through August.
Le Claire, Iowa

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2022

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Ted W
Iowa City, IA16 contributions
Sep 2022
What a relaxing two days on the Twilight. We ate and ate and ate. Staff served meals at your table and snacks were buffet style. Coffee, tea, lemonade was available at all times.
We drew a rainy coldish two days, but big windows let us enjoy most all of the sights on the river. The captain did some narration about sights and history along the river, IMHO, did this just the right amount of time. So the PA was not in your ear too much. His insights from 40 years of river boating were brief, to the point and very interesting.
Questions from us were welcome.
Although we chose not go listen, there was an entertainment hour or so each day with a talented singer/ guitarist.
We stayed in 1st class accommodations in Dubuque very close to the boat and the really cool Mississippi River museum (which is included in your ticket). Shuttle was available to go anywhere downtown from the boat.
The boat is beautiful motor driven replica of an old 3 level paddle wheeler.
The stairs are narrow and small in width. So any major mobility issues should remain on 1st level with the bathrooms and no steps.
The staff were assigned to your floor level and were around all the time. Great kids.
Bathrooms were on lower level. they were clean and well sized.
Food was a nice combination of of beef, pork, chicken, and Turkey all served at specific meals with salads, fresh crisp cooked veggies, a potato, and really yummy deserts.
Wonderful way to kick back for two days and paddle up and down the Mississippi River. FYI, wifi was excellent and Verizon reception good 90% of the time.
Written September 13, 2022
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Thank you for such a thorough review! It truly helps our future passengers get a sense of what to expect onboard the Twilight. We appreciate your attention to detail! Relaxation is what the trip is all about and it seems like you were able to do just that. Thank you again for your time and I hope you're able to travel with us again in the future!
Written September 20, 2022
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Michael-and-Lynn
Xenia, OH31 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
This was our 4th trip on the Riverboat Twilight. It’s an incredibly relaxing vacation with beautiful views of the Upper Mississippi River, nice accommodations in Dubuque Iowa, and a super cruise experience with the Twilight’s captain and staff! Can’t say enough about the friendliness and professionalism of the Twilight’s staff and the service provided for a VERY reasonable price. Included in the cruise cost are tickets to the National Museum of the Mississippi River at the Dubuque Harbor… this is an attraction not-to-be-missed!
Written October 12, 2022
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Wow! Thank you for the wonderful comments! We especially appreciate you joining us again for a fourth time. Our biggest advertising tool is word of mouth thanks to loyal customers like yourselves. Hope to see you again in the future. Take care!
Written October 27, 2022
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NeverKidaKidder
Indianapolis, IN8 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
My eight-year-old daughter and I had a fabulous time aboard the Riverboat Twilight. It was fun to share meals in the beautiful interior of the boat, and as vegetarians, we appreciated the way that the chef made sure we had plant-based meal options. The crew was professional, friendly, attentive, and fun to talk with, as was the captain. The captain allowed my daughter to come up to the pilot’s box and even let her put her hands on the steering wheel and steer the ship for a second.

The stretch of river that we traveled was between LeClaire and Dubuque, and we saw a beautiful windmill, several bald eagles, lots of pelicans and seagulls and cormorants, many natural banks full of lovely trees, barges and tugs, and several river towns. There were plenty of chairs on the decks—some in the sun and some in the shade—and many rocking chairs with cushioned seats which were very comfortable as well.

By far, the highlight of the trip for us was meeting the other passengers on board. We made friends with several other travelers, and we will keep in touch after the voyage. The stories and conversations we shared are memories we will treasure. Many were interested in playing games with us, and overall we just had a blast!

LeClaire is an adorable little river town, and Dubuque is a true gem. We highly recommend riding the Fenelon Elevator if you take the overnight trip and are able to stay in Dubuque for the evening. Also, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is just fantastic. Highly recommend!

It’s all just a lot of fun, and the commentary shared by the captain taught us so much about flora, fauna, other boats, locks, and the Mississippi river in general. My daughter especially loved it when the calliope would play on board.

Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, and a camera with a zoom lens!
Written June 5, 2021
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Thanks so much for your detailed review and comments. We really appreciate you letting us know how how our hard work and attention to details make the difference. We hope to see you again soon! Cheers!
Written June 7, 2021
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Curiosity634578
2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
This is a value packed trip & a great way to see the Mississippi & its wildlife & locks & dams. On the 2 night cruise from LeClaire to Dubuque the boat goes through two locks. The food on board is very good & plentiful portions as well as two snacks a day. The crew is friendly & attentive & makes you feel welcome. We stayed in The Harbor Resort in Dubuque & had a view of the river. The next morning there were Twilight shuttles available to take you to sights in Dubuque & a voucher for the museum before boarding for the trip back to LeClaire. The captain offers very interesting commentary about the river all along . Everything about this trip is great & the boat cruise operated like a well oiled machine. This is a small family owned business that I highly recommend without any reservations.
Written July 23, 2022
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We truly appreciate your feedback! We're so happy that you found the cruise a valuable experience. Hope to see you again in the future! Take care. :)
Written August 3, 2022
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Scott M
Sun Prairie, WI24 contributions
Jun 2021
Our tour company, Tom's Christian Tours, brought a group of 50+ (twice) in June for the two day cruise from Le Claire to Dubuque and back. From the time we started making plans, Carrie and Thomas in the office, made setting up our tour easy. Whenever we had a question, they quickly responded with the answer. Once at the riverboat, our luggage was whisked away and everyone was given plenty of opportunities to enjoy the cruise up the Mississippi River. Captain Kevin gave interesting narrative as we traveled, the crew made sure everyone was satisfied, and the food was delicious. (which included meals and mid morning and afternoon snacks). Once in Dubuque, those going on tours were directed one way while those heading to our hotel (Hotel Julien :) !) were taken there. Our overnight accommodations were beautiful and the morning shuttles were efficient. Our trip down river was just as enjoyable as the day before, with plenty of room inside and outside with comfortable seating and views. Everything was perfect. The owners and staff of the Riverboat Twilight were professional, kind and hospitable. They certainly made this tour easy for our company to set up and for all to enjoy. Thank you Riverboat Twilight!
Written August 7, 2021
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We appreciate your feedback and are happy to hear your group had a great trip. Thanks so much for joining us! Cheers!
Written August 9, 2021
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Janet E
Lytton, United States10 contributions
Oct 2022
Everyone was so friendly and the service was great. The young man who took care of us those days was amazing. I didn't get his name but he was on the first floor level those two days. Very kind and super on top of all of us. Tom who took us around in Dubuque in his golf cart was not only funny and engaging he has right where needing him when we needed him. That made all the difference to mu sister who has trouble walking far distances. Everyone deserves an at a boy.
Written October 12, 2022
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We are so glad you had a great experience with us. I'm so glad our crew created a positive experience for you. Hope you can join us again sometime! Take care!
Written October 27, 2022
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Riverexplorer
Louisville, KY2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
There simply is not a better way to experience the Upper Mississippi River out there. The Riverboat Twilight offers a great all around product of education, entertainment, and a crew who cannot be beat. The arrangements for the land portion of the tour are carried out in such a fashion that they are seamless. The ability to relax while you travel makes it all the more special.

Then there is the food. You can’t go hungry on this boat. The quality and presentation are amazing.

The narration is full of facts and information that make the scenery come alive. You find yourself fascinated with wildlife and scenery you take for granted in your everyday life for good reason. You have time to relax and enjoy it for a change.

I’ve done the overnight cruises on the big boats several times and find the combination of amenities the Twilight offers to be way superior. The big boats take you away from the river to learn about it in theatres with no windows. On the Twilight, you learn while you watch it happen. It’s live and ever present.

This is my 3rd cruise with them and you probably expect me to say I’ll be back, and I will! This cruise is worth double the fare charged!
Written August 10, 2021
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Thanks for your great review - awesome to hear you've been on the boat 3 times! Captain Kevin is well-versed on all things river. Thanks so much for joining us! We look forward to hosting you again! Cheers!
Written August 13, 2021
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Chad G
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Couples
We took the day trip from Dubuque to Gutenberg and back. Everything was perfect. The captain’s narration was interesting and informative. The food was excellent and so were the drinks. It was nice to get off the boat and explore Gutenberg for an hour. The live music during the cruise back down the river was enjoyable and fitting for the trip. I would recommend this to trip to people of all ages that enjoy the river, history, good food or just simply relaxing.
Written August 17, 2021
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Great to hear from you and thanks for joining us! Captain Kevin knows his stuff. All the best and we hope to see you again. Cheers!
Written September 8, 2021
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Ken R
Springfield, IL263 contributions
Oct 2022
Food is limited and terrible. No cream for the coffee and there isn't much coffee. (Think of a very bad Arbys.) Inside it is very loud with really old fat people who are apparently hard of hearing. Not much to do that anyone not almost dead would enjoy.
Written October 16, 2022
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Hi Ken, I'm sorry you had a negative experience on your trip. We take all feedback to heart and are always looking to better the cruise experience. We find your comments about the other passengers disheartening. Regardless, it's easiest for us to improve upon our trips when there are specific ideas and suggestions for improvement. If you'd like to discuss anything further, please reach out to us at info@riverboattwilight.com or 1-800-331-1467. Take care.
Written October 27, 2022
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James D
1 contribution
May 2022
My wife and I went on the two day excursion. The amount of food served is tremendous and was never allowed to go hungry! The first day on the boat we were served breakfast, lunch and dinner. In between that there were snacks in late morning and early afternoon. All very delicious! The second day we ate breakfast at the hotel restaurant, then lunch and dinner on the boat, with snacks in between.
The boat is beautiful throughout and cruising down the river very relaxing. The captains commentary is very informative and can be used to fill out the quiz that happens on both days if you want to participate. Definitely try to sit towards the front since the back of boat is very noisy due to the motor and bring binoculars to see the eagles which are always far to the shore. Bring a sun hat since when the boat stops can be very hot and get sunburnt if sitting out on deck. Great live music played on boat that is appropriate for the cruise and experience. The first day travel was longer and travelled slower while the second day was faster to arrive back in early evening. The boat staff are very welcoming and accommodating. Definitely go if you have a chance and Dubuque, Iowa is very beautiful as the overnight destination with plenty to see and do.
Written July 1, 2022
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We are so glad you had a wonderful trip. Thank you for taking the time to review us and provide feedback! We truly appreciate it. Take care!
Written August 3, 2022
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