Our first cruises of 2021 were on April 17 and we got off to a spectacular start. The weather was perfect and we boarded bachelorette parties, birthday parties, families, and friends. Smiles everywhere and we want to keep this feeling alive all year. Join us for good scenery, good service, and warm lasting memories.
We specialize in 1.5 to 2-hour public cruises on the Mississippi River along the banks of Dubuque, Iowa. Depending on which day you join us, we will have a combination of Lunch, Happy Hour, and Sunset Dinner Cruises.
Our yacht is the venue for many private cruises every year. Weddings, anniversary celebrations, birthday parties, class reunions, and corporate outings are just a sample of events held on board Dubuque's American Lady.
Our annual Fireworks Cruise on July 3 is an Independence Day celebration unlike any other. We board at 6:30 pm and leave our dock at 7:00 pm for a scenic ride toward the Mines of Spain while we serve dinner. The menu is yet to be finalized , but it will include lettuce salad with apple vinaigrette dressing, dinner rolls, two meats, a potato, vegetable, and dessert. Then we return north where we will drop anchor just south of Lock and Dam 11, a prime location to view our city's impressive fireworks display. After the show, we return to our dock around 11:00 pm.
A regular sell-out, don't hesitate if you want to join us!
13 years and older $94.95 + sales tax
4-12 years of age $69.95 + sales tax
3 years of age and younger ride free
On Thursday, October 14, we will take our annual Colors of Fall Cruise from Dubuque to Bellevue, Iowa and back, covering a distance of approximately 55 river miles. Scheduled to take advantage of the historical date when Fall Colors are expected to be at their best in Eastern Iowa, this cruise features a special Fall inspired lunch created by Charlie Cretsinger and his chef that will take advantage of fresh root vegetables, squash, tomatoes, pork, chicken, and more. There will be live music and we'll even include your first two drinks at the bar (adults only of course)!
Boarding begins at 9:00 am, we leave our dock at 9:30 am and return to our dock at 4:00 pm. Always a sell-out, you can buy tickets now while they are still available.
13 years and older $140.00 + sales tax
4-12 years of age $69.00 + sales tax
3 years of age and younger ride free
We appreciate railroads and the hard work of their crews, but travelers need to be aware of possible driving delays due to Dubuque streets being blocked by trains. If you are approaching our location by driving northbound on US Hwy 61/151, do not take the White Street or 9th Street Exits to get to us. Both of these exits cross railroad tracks, and trains can sometimes block street traffic as long as 30 minutes. That could cause you to miss your cruise!
Instead, continue north and take the Kerper Blvd Exit. At the traffic light, turn right, then turn left onto 16th Street. Be in the right lane, and turn right onto Admiral Sheehy Dr, and then take the next right turn to arrive in our parking lot. On this route, the road takes you over the railroad tracks avoiding the possibility of being delayed by a train!
We happily let children 3 years of age and younger take a ride free of charge, but they are counted as a passenger just like paying customers. So, when you make reservations, please inform us if you have that little bundle of joy so we can add them to our passenger list!
We are located in the Dubuque Yacht Basin. Park in Catfish Charlie's Restaurant parking lot, and walk around to the back of the building. You will see our ticket office and yacht located at the same dock.
1630 East 16th Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, United States
10:00 am – 05:00 pm
We do not have office hours on Saturday and Sunday from November to mid April, but in the warmer months, our office is open every day but Monday.