The grand tradition of Mississippi riverboats comes to life on Mission Bay aboard Bahia Belle Cruises. Our ships, the Bahia Belle and the William D. Evans, were built to mimic an 1860s-era riverboat, down to the very last detail.
Operating seasonally, the Bahia Belle is a turn-of-the-century, Mississippi-style boat that provides a 45-minute sightseeing cruise of Mission Bay. The 74-foot, 3-story sternwheeler boat offers an observation deck to view the beautiful sites of the 4,200-acre aquatic park.
With departures from either the Bahia Resort Hotel or its sister property the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, this relaxing boat cruise is a scenic way to spend an evening with friends or family.
The Bahia Belle Sightseeing Cruise season runs from May 28 - September 6, 2021.
William D. Evans
Primarily used for private events and banquets, the 19th century, 100-foot-long William D. Evans, was launched in 1986 as a loving tribute to that era's most elegant mode of transportation. Equipped to handle 600 guests, she provides all the modern amenities while still maintaining an air of 19th-century elegance. Seating up to 160 diners on each interior deck, the William D. Evans sets an elegant table with fine linens, crystal stemware, china settings, and silver flatware to impress any gathering.
From the three hand-crafted wooden masts at her bow to the twelve-ton paddle-wheel at her stern, she recalls in smallest detail a colorful period of American history typified by graceful living. Skimming the blue-green waters of Mission Bay, the William D. Evans presents a magical setting in which to stage a truly memorable event. Everywhere are signs of countless hours patiently spent attending to the smallest details. Asian ironwood parquet floors, custom-woven wool carpets, hand-carved mahogany doors, and delicately etched glass.
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