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Mississippi Explorer River Boat Cruises

Chestnut Mountain Resort, 8700 W. Chestnut Rd, Galena, IL
+1 877-647-7397
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Low tech, lovely cruise

Captain Bob and Karla piloted a lovely, peaceful yet exciting 1 and 1/2 hour cruise on July 9... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
tjmarchione
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Reston, Virginia
Relaxing But not worth $30

Not what I expected as the ride was an old pontoon with limited views in the covered part unless... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2016
jjbml67
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Chicago, Illinois
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  • Excellent16%
  • Very good35%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible25%
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“bench seats” (2 reviews)
“ski lift” (3 reviews)
“turtles” (2 reviews)
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Chestnut Mountain Resort, 8700 W. Chestnut Rd, Galena, IL
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+1 877-647-7397
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Captain Bob and Karla piloted a lovely, peaceful yet exciting 1 and 1/2 hour cruise on July 9 starting at 10:30. My son and I liked it very much. Both of the guides obviously love the river and wildlife as well as being enthusiastic and...More

Thank tjmarchione
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Not what I expected as the ride was an old pontoon with limited views in the covered part unless you stood up and faced the outside of the boat. Reason being, the bench seats face the inside of the boat. If you're lucky enough to...More

Thank jjbml67
Reviewed 1 August 2015

I hate to give a review with only 2 stars, but I'm just not sure why anyone would pay for this. You ride on a pontoon boat and a guy tells you the few things he knows about the area for 1 1/2 hours. I...More

6  Thank Beachlover1989
Reviewed 19 June 2015 via mobile

What a disappointment and rip off!!!! Charged QE2 prices for a boat that has had a hard life - public areas furniture chipped, stained carpets. Decor was quite dated for a boat refurbished in 2012. This was not a luxury boat by any stretch of...More

12  Thank Margo T
Reviewed 15 June 2015

The cabins were filthy, the food ineatable, the wines the cheapest and all of this at Silverseas,Orient Express prices. This is someone's "Cash Cow" as the comfort and well being of the passengers is never considered. Shame on this cruise line for charging top dollar...More

8  Thank anne c
Reviewed 1 November 2014

I gave 4 stars because of the overall experience of being on a pontoon boat, on the Mississippi for the first time. I will concur with some of the reviews that the narration could use some polish, HOWEVER, I didn't go on the boat to...More

12  Thank 1000MileJourney
Reviewed 14 October 2014

On Oct 12, 2014, my wife and I took this cruise. To say that we were disappointed is to phrase it mildly. The view from the resort is awesome, the tram ride was nice but the cruise itself proved to be a travesty. The "pilot"...More

7  Thank Saukco11
Reviewed 5 September 2014

The cruise was wonderful, very informative and educational. The captain was an expert on the history of the river travel & the area wildlife. The narrator was a biologist expert on the river animals and their habitat. They complimented each other well & answered traveler's...More

6  Thank dancermomx2
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

Our family took the 6pm your on a hot muggy late afternoon. We have preteens that enjoyed the wildlife we saw but said other than that they were bored. Wish there were more interesting facts or stories given by crew. This would be wonderful for...More

2  Thank Flyinpig918
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We took the 1:30 cruise on a Saturday, I would recommend reservations. We enjoyed the ride up and down the river. A guide points out different things and is available for questions. There are bench seats and also seating in rear of boat. We went...More

6  Thank Tricia S
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Susan C
25 August 2016|
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Response from jjbml67 | Reviewed this property |
No, it is not wheelchair accessible. You have to ride a slide or a ski lift to get down to the river and a ski lift to get back up to the resort. Additionally, there is no ramp to get on the boat.
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patricia w
2 August 2016|
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Response from jjbml67 | Reviewed this property |
No, this is a pontoon boat out of Chestnut Mountain.
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BHWWS
6 June 2016|
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Response from jjbml67 | Reviewed this property |
There are no sights to see. It's all nature.
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