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by Jessica Waytenick •

Explore the majestic Mississippi River--one of the five top recognized attractions in the world—aboard a riverboat. Experience the power and mystique of the river that captivated Mark Twain as it sweeps around the great riverbend and flows east to west for the only time in its great length through the Quad Cities area. The Quad Cities offers several options for visitors to get out on the river.

Celebration Belle River Cruises
Address: Docks at 2501 River Drive in Moline, Illinois
Phone: 309-764-1952 or 800-297-0034
Web Site: www.celebrationbelle.com
Hours: Cruises are March-December depending on the weather.
Admission: Prices vary by cruise.
Media Contact: Robin Schadler, 309-764-1952 or robin@celebrationbelle.com

Cruise, dine, and dance aboard the Quad Cities’ 850-person capacity Celebration Belle riverboat. It is the largest non-gaming luxury excursion vessel on the upper Mississippi River. The boat offers daily lunch and dinner cruises, big band cruises, sightseeing, and specialty cruises. They also offer longernorthbound and southbound cruises. Then in the fall, see the colors of the trees on a fall foliage cruise. All cruises allow visitors to get a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River and the Quad Cities area.

Channel Cat Water Taxi
Phone: 309-788-3360
Web Site: www.gogreenmetro.com
Hours: Operates Memorial Day-Labor Day and weekends in September. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends
Admission: $6.00 adults; $3.00 children 2-10 years
Media Contact: Kathy Riley, 309-786-3503 or kriley@qcmetrolink.com

For a quick trip on the river, let the Channel Cat Water Taxi take you to the historic Village of East Davenport where you can shop at the unique stores and enjoy lunch at one of the great pubs or eateries. Or, boat over to the John Deere Commons and visit the world's largest agricultural exhibit at the John Deere Pavilion; enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants; shop at the various stores; and visit the Isabel Bloom gallery. Planning a day of biking or hiking on the great riverfront trails? The Channel Cat can take you and your bike aboard for easy access to trails on both the Iowa and Illinois sides of the river.

The Channel Cat Water Taxi is a 47-passenger boat that takes visitors to the five landings around the Quad Cities in a continuous loop throughout the day. The boat can accommodate up to seven bikes as it ferries back and forth over the beautiful Mississippi River. Every year over 35,000 people take a trip on the Channel Cat. Tickets are for all-day unlimited use on the day of purchase.

Twilight River Cruises
Address: Docks at public boat landing in downtown LeClaire, Iowa
Phone: 800-331-1467
Web Site: www.riverboattwilight.com
Hours: Cruises are from Memorial Day-late October.
Admission: Fares range from $399 per person for a two-day cruise to $16 for a sightseeing cruise
Media Contact: Carrie Stier, 800-331-1467 or carrie.stier@riverboattwilight.com

The Twilight riverboat is docked just 20 minutes upriver from the Quad Cities in the quaint riverfront town of LeClaire, Iowa. The three-decked Twilight is a replica of the lavish Victorian steamboats of a century ago.  Her unique rounded stern and ornate architectural detailing are reminders of those classic riverboats that Mark Twain called "Floating Palaces."

The Twilight offers two-day overnight cruises from LeClaire to Dubuque, Iowa. One day cruises departing from Dubuque, IA and 1 1/2 hour sightseeing cruises departing from LeClaire, IA Memorial Day weekend and every 3rd Saturday through October. Call to confirm times and availability.

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