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Riverboats in Dubuque

The mighty Mississippi River is the world’s fourth longest river and makes its way through Dubuque’s front yard. With a rich culture tied to the waterway - it is common to see riverboats making their way up and down the river even today.

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Meet the Boats

Along the Mississippi

During late spring through late fall, you can see a variety of riverboats making their way to Dubuque, stopping to explore Iowa’s oldest community.

PHOTO: Alex Dixon

American Lady Yacht

The American Lady Yacht is Dubuque’s only riverboat offering daily cruises from Schmitt Island. Whether it’s a lunch, happy hour, or dinner cruise, this vessel has both indoor and outdoor seating and you may even get a chance to drive the boat with the captain. This boat is located alongside restaurant (and local hangout) Catfish Charlie’s.

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Riverboat Twilight

The Riverboat Twilight, based in LeClaire, IA offers guests the chance to stay overnight in Dubuque on one of their weekly two-day cruises, starting in May 2022. This vessel features a calliope that plays music as it departs a community and is recognizable by the locals who can be seen waving to passengers. It also has three floors with indoor and outdoor seating.

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Celebration Belle

Another boat that comes from south of Dubuque, is the Celebration Belle, whose home port is Moline, IL. This ship is the largest non-gaming boat on the upper Mississippi River. This paddle wheeler offers a variety of cruises including a trip from the Quad Cities into Dubuque beginning June 2022. This year marks the 35th anniversary of this boat.

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2022 Riverboat Schedule

Want to know when boats will be in port? Skip down to the 2022 schedule.

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What's Nearby

There are many things to see and do while watching the river traffic. Here are a few things within walking distance!

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While enjoying the boats docking in port, start planning your next stop #WhereIowaStarted.

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View the Schedule

Docking times are tentative based on schedules sent to Travel Dubuque. Note that dates and times can/will change in an instant. Travel Dubuque will do the best they can to keep the schedule updated on our website. *Schedule coming soon.

Jul 12, 2022
American Melody in Dubuque
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Jul 16, 2022
American Countess in Dubuque
in one week
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American Melody in Dubuque
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American Countess in Dubuque
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American Melody in Dubuque
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American Duchess in Dubuque
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American Countess in Dubuque
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Jul 31, 2022
American Melody in Dubuque
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Aug 03, 2022
American Duchess in Dubuque
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Aug 05, 2022
American Countess in Dubuque
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Aug 06, 2022
American Splendor in Dubuque
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American Melody in Dubuque
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Aug 12, 2022
American Splendor in Dubuque
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Aug 14, 2022
American Melody in Dubuque
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Aug 23, 2022
American Melody in Dubuque
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Aug 26, 2022
American Queen in Dubuque
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Aug 28, 2022
American Melody in Dubuque
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Sep 01, 2022
American Queen in Dubuque
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Sep 06, 2022
American Melody in Dubuque
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Sep 08, 2022
American Duchess in Dubuque
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Sep 09, 2022
American Queen in Dubuque
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Sep 11, 2022
American Melody in Dubuque
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American Duchess in Dubuque
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American Queen in Dubuque
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American Melody in Dubuque
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American Duchess in Dubuque
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American Countess in Dubuque
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American Melody in Dubuque
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American Symphony in Dubuque
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American Duchess in Dubuque
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American Countess in Dubuque
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American Symphony in Dubuque
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American Melody in Dubuque
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American Melody in Dubuque
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American Symphony in Dubuque
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American Queen in Dubuque
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American Symphony in Dubuque
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American Melody in Dubuque
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American Splendor in Dubuque
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American Queen in Dubuque
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American Melody in Dubuque
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American Splendor in Dubuque
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American Melody in Dubuque
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American Melody in Dubuque
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FAQS

Here are more details.

Are there public tours available?

When docked, boats do not offer public tours. Only patrons are allowed on and off the vessel.

Will the boats arrive on time?

The nature of riverboat traffic is slightly unpredictable with rising waters, low waters, locking through, weather, and other issues. The times and dates provided are approximate and subject to change.