A cruise that’s about morethan just getting somewhere.

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About The Spirit

Times change. Names change. Spirit doesn’t. The Spirit of Jefferson is the fourth regeneration of a boat that has been cruising American waterways since 1963. With the look and feel of an old-time riverboat steamer complete with updated modern conveniences, the Spirit offers Jefferson’s visitors, residents, and businesses a unique river-cruising experience.

1963, by Dubuque Boat and Boiler Company, Iowa, named Mark Twain

Year-round Passenger Capacity

Fully heated and air conditioned • Concession stand and bar • Dance floor and stage • On-board sound system • Non-smoking

Line art of the Spirit of Jefferson

Upcoming Cruises

  • Jun. 26


    Spirit of Jefferson
    6:00 pm–9:00 pm
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    What a great river adventure – a cruise through McAlpine Lock! Narration is about the history of the lock and the impact it has made on river transportation.  Get ready for a great downriver cruise on the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson! The buffet dinner sells out quickly. Make your reservations now!

    If river conditions do not allow us to go through the lock, we’ll take a terrific cruise upriver instead. There is no refund or exchange for tickets if we are not able to go through the lock.  Tickets with buffet (tax added on at purchase): Adults – $46, Seniors – $45, Children (ages 4 – 12) – $30.   Sightseeing rates also available.

  • Jun. 27


    Spirit of Jefferson
    7:00 pm–9:00 pm
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  • Jun. 28


    Spirit of Jefferson
    12:00 pm–2:00 pm
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