About Us

Cruise the Mississippi River in style

aboard Dubuque’s American Lady!

Since 2006, Dubuque’s American Lady has provided the enchantment behind hundreds of events. There’s no better way to take in the beauty of the sparkling river caps on the Mississippi River, the majestic limestone bluffs rich with seasonal foliage, and the scenic Dubuque skyline than aboard one of our cruises on our 80 foot Skipperliner yacht. She is two stories of spacious and luxurious river fun.

The American Lady provides modern styling with the latest in fabrics and woods making the interior warm and inviting. We are U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified for 135 guests with two climate controlled, enclosed salons, and for those wanting sunshine and a breeze in their face, enjoy our open bow and upper aft deck seating areas. The Main Salon has seating for up to 68 guests, and the Admirals Quarters on the upper deck seats 24. Whether you are cruising to celebrate, relax, or just take in the scenery, our crew will make your cruise memorable.

We offer regularly scheduled public cruises and we are also available for private charters.  Full service catering is provided by our exclusive caterer, Catfish Charlie’s River Club.  If you are planning a private charter, our sales and event staff will assist you with all of the details from boarding time to your culinary desires.  Our boat has a full service bar with a fine selection of wine, liquor, and beer. For those private events, bar packages, as well as hosted or cash bar options are available.

Private charter menus may be customized to meet dietary needs and we are happy to accommodate children’s menus and vegetarian requests.


The American Lady’s home port is the Dubuque Yacht Basin behind Catfish Charlie’s River Club, 1630 East 16th Street, Dubuque. Ample on-site parking is available.

The American Lady is wheelchair accessible and, pursuant to Iowa law, smoke free.