Mississippi River Cruise Aboard the Minneapolis Queen

Tue, August 29 2023, 5:30 - 8pm
Summer social
Early Eagle discount price of $42
$45/person after June 30

Boarding at Bohemian Flats Park
2150 West River Parkway, Minneapolis


Enjoy the golden close of summer on an evening cruise on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis with UMRA friends and colleagues.  Our view of the city and the river gorge will be from the deck of the Minneapolis Queen, operated by Paradise Cruises. Watch a video here. There is indoor and outdoor seating available on the boat.  The dress is casual but come prepared for the evening weather.  The boat will leave the dock at 6 p.m. sharp and return at 8 p.m.

The cruise fee includes a taco bar, and there will be a full service cash bar available on the boat.

The price for the cruise will be $45/person, or take advantage of an Early Eagle discount price of $42/person if you register by June 30.  We expect the cruise to sell out, so act soon if you’d like to take part.  The last opportunity to register will be July 30 or when the last space is sold, whichever comes first!  If you must cancel, we cannot guarantee that your fee will be refundable.  

Due to the strong response, we are at nearly full capacity and have closed online registrations.  Please contact both Jan Morlock at [email protected] and Cathy Lee Gierke at [email protected] for questions, cancellations, or to check if there are any remaining available spaces on the river cruise.  One of us will be available to responde in a timely manner!

There is abundant parking in the pay lot on site at Bohemian Flats Park.  Please note that the UMRA parking discount will not apply in this lot owned and operated by Minneapolis Parks.  

We hope you’ll stay in touch over the summer and join us for the cruise on August 29.

~ the UMRA 2023 Special Events Planning Team:  Will Craig, Cherie Hamilton, Cathy Lee Gierke, Kate Maple, Jan Morlock, and Diane Young.

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Event Date: October 3, 2023, at 1pm

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Event Date: October 4, 2023, at 10am

The first meeting of UMRA’s Family History Interest Group for 2023–24 will feature a presentation by Marilyn DeLong about sharing family stories and learning surprising family connections. 

Event Date: October 4, 2023, at 10am

UMRA has a special opportunity to engage with the four newest members of the U of M Board of Regents on Wednesday, October 4, via Zoom. The purpose of the event is to share our perspectives as former University employees. 

Event Date: October 10, 2023, at 12:30pm

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Event Date: October 16, 2023, at 9:30am

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Event Date: October 19, 2023, at 11am

UMRA’s workshop on Open Enrollment for U of M retiree health plans for 2024 will include a briefing on the choice between Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) plans, by Jeff Snegosky of BCBS of Minnesota, followed by an overview of the U of M’s retiree health insurance plans, by Katie Kolodge from the Office of Human Resources.

Event Date: October 20, 2023, at 2pm

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Event Date: October 24, 2023, at 11am

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Event Date: October 27, 2023, at 2pm

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Event Date: November 6, 2023, at 9:30am

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Event Date: November 6, 2023, at 9:40am

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Event Date: November 7, 2023, at 1pm

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Event Date: November 27, 2023, at 9am - December 3, 2023, at 5pm

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Event Date: December 4, 2023, at 9:30am

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