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A Riverboat Cruise for Everyone

September 15, 2016

Categories: Riverboats , Things to Do

All aboard! The Gateway Arch Riverboats – the Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer – offer something for everyone with special Mississippi River excursions that can only be experienced in autumn.

If you’re looking for a leisurely adventure to a quaint riverside town, then the Kimmswick Cruise is for you! On this day-long excursion, cruisers will have time to sightsee, shop and enjoy lunch at the famous Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery. On board the cruise, keep entertained with bingo, card games and river-style music. Choose between:

  • Express Cruise: Passengers will board the Tom Sawyer riverboat at 9:30 a.m. and depart St. Louis at 10 a.m.; passengers will return to St. Louis via motorcoach at 4 p.m.
  • Leisure Cruise: Passengers will board the motorcoach at 9 a.m. and depart St. Louis at 9:30 a.m.; passengers will return to St. Louis via the Tom Sawyer riverboat at 5 p.m.

Offered Thursdays, October 6 & 20. Reservations are required. $80/per person. (Lunch is included in the ticket price.)

Looking to get educated on the ins and outs of the river lock-and-dam system? Then our Lock-n-Dam Cruise is a perfect fit! Cruise to the mouth of the Missouri River and back, and listen as the captain explains the impressive lock-and-dam system that allows boats to travel upstream and downstream. Live Dixieland music and a delicious buffet meal are included.  Offered Saturdays, October 8, 15 & 22; 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Reservations are required. $49 per person.

If you’re in the mood to celebrate one of the world’s biggest festivals, then the Oktoberfest Cruise is calling your name! Celebrate the annual German Oktoberfest festival in a very St. Louis way – with a Mississippi River cruise! Savor authentic German food with a tasty buffet, dance to live German music, and toast to good friends and fun times on the river. Sundays, October 9 & 16; 12:30-3 p.m. Reservations are required. $40/adults; $18/kids 3-12; children under age 3 are free.

If you’re a pro at costume contests, then the Halloween Costume Party Cruise is the place to be! Don your best costume – spooky or not – and dance the night away on the Halloween Cruise featuring a live DJ, costume contest, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The costume contest winner receives two tickets to the New Year’s Eve Cruise. Saturday, October 29; 8-11 p.m. Reservations are required. $26 per person. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Don’t forget about our other cruises offered year-round, including the final Sunday Brunch Cruise of 2016 on September 25; the final Blues Cruises of the season on October 6 and 20; the Daily One-Hour Sightseeing Cruises; and the Skyline Dinner Cruise on weekends through September and Saturdays in October! Reservations for all cruises can be made by calling 1-877-982-1410 or visiting Book now, and meet us on the river!



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