Winona MN is a Mississippi River cruise port and town in Winona County (Minnesota USAA) with population around 30,000. The best-known landmark (and Minnesota's most famous) is the Sugar Loaf bluff on the river (topped by a huge limestone rock) which overlooks the town. The 500 ft / 150 m high rock pinnacle was artificially created (by quarrying in late-19th century) and rises 85 ft / 26 m above the bluff.
As cruise port, Winona MN is included in the schedule of American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC)-owned paddlewheel riverboats American Duchess and American Queen. Next table shows AQSC's 14-night southbound itinerary from Red Wing to New Orleans. Prices in 2020 started at ~USD $4500-5700 pp (double-occupancy balcony cabin rates) depending on ship and departure date.
|Date / Time||Port|
|Day 1 / 5 PM||Departing from Red Wing, Minnesota|
|Day 2||Winona, Minnesota|
|Day 3||La Crosse, Wisconsin|
|Day 4||Dubuque, Iowa|
|Day 5||Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities)|
|Day 6||Burlington, Iowa|
|Day 7||Hannibal, Missouri|
|Day 8||Scenic Cruising|
|Days 9-10||Memphis, Tennessee (overnight)|
|Day 11||Terrene Landing, Mississippi|
|Day 12||Vicksburg, Mississippi|
|Day 13||Natchez, Mississippi|
|Day 14||Nottoway Plantation, Louisiana|
|Day 15 / 8 AM||Arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana|
In Winona (called by the locals “Island City”) as cruise shore excursions are offered historic tours visiting museums, galleries, nature parks. The most popular places for cruise tourists are Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona County History Center, Polish Cultural Institute-Museum (Laird Norton Lumber Company's old building), Watkins Company Museum, Lake Lodge Recreation Center (East Lake Winona). Boat tours are optional and themed on the region's culture, history, wildlife (eagles).
In Winona are headquartered Watkins Inc (manufacturer of household items, including health remedies and baking products), Fastenal Company (industrial-safety-construction supplies distributor), Thern Inc (heavy machinery manufacturer ), Knitcraft Corporation (knitting outerwear manufacturer), RTP Company (fabrication-repair-modification of plastic extrusion equipment), Wenonah Canoe Inc (canoes and paddling accessories manufacturer), ProBuild (lumber and building materials supplier, part of Builders FirstSource), Badger Equipment Co (construction equipment manufacturer), Winona Lighting Inc (manufacturer), Winona Pattern & Mold Co (designing and building high-precision tools for the USA's Aerospace, Composites, Thermoplastic and Metal Casting industries), Bay State Milling Co (has here a grain processing plant), Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co (designer and manufacturer of industrial electric heaters-sensors-controllers).
City's largest employers are Fastenal, Winona Health (hospital), TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation (electronics production plant), WSU (Winona State University), WinCraft Sports, St Mary's University, Watlow.
Port Winona MN cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Winona MN, Minnesota. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.