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Address: Chestnut Mountain Resort, 8700 W. Chestnut Rd, Galena, IL
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Relaxing But not worth $30

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 September 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 grab a spot on the back of the boat or the very front you'll be... More 

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Monticello, IL
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254 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 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 think everyone had more fun on the alpine slide down the hill to get to... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 the imagination. Cabins - ours turned out to be a single but made up as... More 

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11 Thank Margo T
Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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 and giving Kmart service

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8 Thank anne c
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 listen to someone drone on endlessly about factoids. I took the tour to view the... More 

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12 Thank 1000MileJourney
BARABOO
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1 of 5 bubbles 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" gave his safety instructions prior to the trip without voice amplification and faced the other... More 

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7 Thank Saukco11
chicago, il
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 questions to add to the experience. Very enjoyable & relaxing trip on the Mississippi. Also,... More 

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6 Thank dancermomx2
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 little ones that would just enjoy seeing the water go by. I enjoyed relaxing but... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 on a lovely day and so the ride was smooth and pretty. Saw eagles, eagle... More 

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6 Thank Tricia S
Louisville, Kentucky
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35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2012

Relaxing, Scenic, Informative. A bit pricey. We opted to do the slide to the bottom - I had a great time but not sure my husband did. The ski lift back to the top was very scenic (though I had to turn around to catch the view -- if we had taken the ski lift down instead of the slide,... More 

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