Celebration River Cruises - The Celebration Belle

Cruise the Mississippi River aboard the Celebration Belle ~ Creating memories to treasure!

Celebration River  Cruises is a family owned business, celebrating our 32nd cruising season! Located in Moline, IL in the Quad Cities.  We offer several cruising options on the Mississippi River from lunch, sightseeing, dinner, 4 hour theme cruises and all day cruises.  We have fabulous entertainment and all meals are freshly prepared onboard. Cruise options are available out of Moline, IL, and  Dubuque, IA and also Fall cruise options out of Prairie du Chien, WI. You can enjoy a 1 1/2 hour Narrated Lunch or sightseeing cruise cruise to a variety of cruise options lasting a full day!  Here are a few of our cruises that you can consider with us - but there are many more:

Captain's Dinner Cruise: An evening to remember! Enjoy a beautiful sunset and scenic views on this 2 1/2 hour cruise including a 3 entree dinner buffet including our famous prime rib.  Coffee and ice tea are included. There is a cash bar onboard. After dinner - sit back and listen to our fabulous entertainers - you can request your favorite song, and dance the night away or enjoy our observation decks and take in the beautiful sunset.

Theme Cruises - our ever popular 4 hour cruise!  We have several theme's to choose from including:  Classic Oldies, Big Band, Country, Broadway & Movie Tunes, Fall Foliage ,Oktoberfest, Holiday and more!  Choose the theme you would like and come aboard this exciting cruise!  You will enjoy our famous homemade sticky rolls and fruit once we depart dock and then later a full hot 2 entree buffet meal. Live entertainment onboard performing the "theme" of that cruise! You don't want to miss this cruise!

All Day Cruises -  Want a longer cruise on the Mississippi River~ well we have the perfect one for you!  Enjoy our All Day Cruise - you can either board in Le Claire, IA and cruise to Dubuque, IA or you can board in Dubuque, IA and cruise to Moline, IL.  Come hungry!  During this cruise you will enjoy 3 full meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner! All meals prepared fresh thru out the day!  We have live entertainment onboard  - you don't want to miss this show and then our Captain will narrate along the way of the history of the Mississippi and river towns along the way.  Our Captain is a wealth of knowledge as he has piloted on the Mississippi for over 35 years!  The scenic views and the wildlife are spectacular! Don't forget your camera! 

Fall All Day Cruises -  Fall is a perfect time to take in the views of the Mighty Mississippi!  Our All Day Cruises are a favorite, so in the fall we offer a few additional cruises to take in the Northern part of the Mississippi.  You can do a round-trip all day cruise out of Dubuque, IA to Guttenburg, IA and back or even take a Fall cruise from Dubuque, IA to Prairie du Chien, WI!  Again - come hungry as both of these options also include 3 full meals along with fabulous entertainment and Captain's narration!

We welcome groups!  The Celebration Belle is your group friendly riverboat! Call Susan in our sales department for group rates, cruise information and charter information.

You can view our full cruise schedule online at www.celebrationbelle.com or call our office and our team will be happy to answer your questions.

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About the Vessel

The Celebration Belle is a 770 passenger luxury excursion vessel and the largest on the Upper Mississippi River.  The Celebration Belle is 4 decks high.  There are 2 beautiful dining decks which each deck can sit up to 300 guests, there are 2 observation decks with plenty of tables and chairs for your outside seating pleasure and our 3rd deck also has a large gift shop and jewelry outlet onboard! You can visit the Captain in the pilot house.   All meals are freshly prepared onboard and we have fabulous entertainment onboard and dance floors! 

Seasons Open and Departure

Cruising season is April through the end of October and we also do a Holiday Cruise in November

Length of Tour

We offer several cruise options / lengths of cruises to fit your wants or needs. Please see our schedule.

Costs and Fees

We have several cruise options and rates to fit your wants or needs. Please see our schedule.

Appropriate Age Groups

All ages

How to Find the Departure Point

Please view our website at www.celebrationbelle.com   You can view all our cruise options and rates. You can even purchase tickets online!

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Celebrating our 32nd Year of Cruising!

Celebration River Cruises is a family owned and operated business. The Schadler family is involved in every aspect of the boat’s day to day operations from cooking the food fresh daily, helping serve their guests, keeping the engines running smooth, and even piloting the vessel.

Joe Schadler started the excursion boat business in Davenport, IA in 1984 with the Queen of Hearts, a three deck 400 passenger boat.  Mr Schadler had the boat made to order at Tucker Marine in Cincinnati, OH.

As word got around and the passengers began coming from miles around, Joe saw a need for more space. So in 1986, he purchased river front property in Moline, IL and moved the operation to Moline.

A few years later in 1993 after spending much of his boyhood watching and helping his father on the boat, Joe’s son, Scott became a full partner in the business. With Scott’s business sense and Joe’s knowledge of the industry, the business began to flourish.

As the business grew, the need for a larger vessel became apparent. In 1998, the Schadlers purchased the Celebration Belle, the largest non-gaming excursion riverboat in the Upper Mississippi River. The 800 passenger Celebration Belle was built in 1986 by Patti Shipbuilding of Pensacola, FL.

The larger boat also made way for new and exciting cruises. One such cruise that has become popular is the 100 Mile Day Long Cruise from the Quad Cities to Dubuque, IA. This cruise overwhelms it’s passengers with three homemade meals and live entertainment.

And with the popularity of the 100 Mile Day Long Cruise came other special cruises such as the Big Band Cruise and our Captain’s Prime Rib Dinner & Dance Cruise.  In the past we have offered cruise options south to Hannibal, Mo and north to Prairie du Chien, WI. We also had an increase interest in privately chartered cruises for wedding receptions, proms, and corporate outtings.

The Celebration Belle has significantly boosted tourism along the river. Visitors from as far as 1000 miles away come to the area to cruise the Mississippi River.  We have a large number of motorcoach groups that come to the Celebration Belle every year.  The Schadler’s host many international groups, including the King and Queen of Sweden.

For over 26 years of business, the state of Illinois named the Celebration Belle as one of it’s top forty attractions. In  the 32 years of business, the Schadlers have been involved in the Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois economy as restaurateurs and boat operators. They have demonstrated that their love of the river equals entrepreneurial success. Their pioneering spirit has been instrumental in making the Mississippi River a major national tourism attraction.

In February of 2014 Joseph Schadler passed away,  his son Scott Schadler and his wife Laurie remain the owners and operators and continue on this much treasured attraction. 

Accessibility Notes

The Celebration Belle is fully accessible - we do have an elevator onboard.

Pet Friendly Notes

We are sorry, but only service animals are allowed onboard.


Great way to see the Mississippi River. Love the Captain's Dinner Cruise, Lunch Cruise and the narrated cruises that tell about the history of the area and the river. A must do if you are in the Quad Cities - Moline, Illinois and want to take a cruise on the mighty Mississippi River.

Quad Cities, 8/12/2015

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