The Hakuna Matata is a 49 passenger tour boat that can take you on a wonderful adventure on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. It is an all-weather, 53’ foot, 49-passenger Coast Guard licensed tour boat. There is seating and cafe tables on both the upper and the lower decks. The first level of the boat is fully enclosed with large windows. The upper deck is a huge open air patio offering 360 degree views of the river, bluffs, islands and historical points of interest along the way making it perfect for nature, photography and family photos. The cruise is made even more comfortable as the boat has restrooms and the TIKI BAR offering a cash bar and light snacks. Arrangements can be made for cruises to depart from St. Charles, Alton and other local departure sights. The Hakuna Matata cruises run April thru November; weather and river conditions permitting. A variety of scheduled cruising opportunities will be offered and the Hakuna Matata will also be available to rent for private parties.

To book the Hakuna Matata for a private event, email or call us today!

2018 Hakuna Matata Cruises:

River Rambler Cruise:

Saturdays from 3-4pm & Sundays from 2-3pm from May-November!*

The River Rambler Tour is a fun and educational 1 hour boat ride on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers highlighting the historical and geographical points of interest.

May Specialty Cruises

Cinco de Mayo Dinner Cruise

6-8pm • May 4 & 5 • $45/person

Enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise while eating Mexican food and probably a few margaritas as well, celebrating Cinco de Mayo! Grafton Oyster Bar is catering.

  • Fried Mini Tacos
  • Grilled chicken Enchiladas
  • Nacho & Taco Station – Fried corn chips & flour tortillas featuring red beans, ground beef, grilled chicken, queso cheese sauce, lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, pico de gayo, guacamole.

Wine on the Water

6-8pm • May12 • $29/person

We will have our delicious Grafton Harbor Wines available for tasting while cruising the Illinois/Mississippi Rivers. You may also choose to pair your wine with our delicious gourmet Cheese Sticks.

Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise

11am-1pm • May 13 • $45/person

Featuring: Mommy's Time Out Wine at $5/Glass with Glass Mimosas Slushies Grafton Oyster Bar is catering. Mom's will receive a carnation.

  • House Salad with choice of dressing        
  • Carved smoked Ham                
  • Fried Chicken                    
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy            
  • Country Green Beans                
  • Bread Pudding

Rum on the River

6:15-8:15pm • May 26 • $29/person

Relax on our 2-hour cruise while enjoying some of our popular mixed drinks with rum. For $15 you’ll receive a mug with Rum Punch, and refills will be $4. 

Military Night at the Marina

6-8pm • May 27 • $20/military

Military personal along with spouse will receive cruise for $20/person. Please bring some form of ID.

Memorial Day Cruise

2-3pm • May 28 • $18/person

June Specialty Cruises

Wine Dinner Cruise

6:30-8:30pm • June 1 • $50/person

Enjoy your delicious meal catered by Grafton Oyster Bar while sipping on one of our Grafton Harbor wines. This two-hour cruise promises you a very relaxing dinner and we’ll do the dishes!

  • House Salad with choice of dressing
  • Beef Medallions w/ Whiskey peppercorn cream sauce
  • Chicken Modiga
  • Cavatelli Pasta
  • Butter roasted green beans
  • Bread Pudding

Margarita’s on the Mississippi Sunset Cruise

6:30-8:30pm • June 9 • $29/person

Come enjoy this 2-hour cruise, sipping margaritas for $4, while listening to Jimmy Buffet or other tropical music. The sunsets are better on the river!

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise

11am-1pm • June 17 • $45/person

Celebrate your father by treating him to a Brunch on the Hakuna Matata! All fathers will receive a small gift as well. Grafton Oyster Bar will be catering the meal.


  • House Salad with choice of dressing        
  • Fried Chicken                    
  • BBQ Pork Steak                    
  • Au Gratin Potatoes                
  • Country Style Green Beans

Summer Kick off BBQ Cruise

6:30-8:30pm • June 22 • $45/person

Summer is finally here! Come join us on a 2-hour cruise while eating some delicious barbeque catered by Grafton Oyster Bar!

  • House Salad with choice of dressing
  • Pulled Pork Sliders
  • BBQ Pork Steak                    
  • Au Gratin Potatoes                
  • Baked Beans

Romantic Love Song Trivia Cruise

6:30-8:30pm • June 23 • $29/person

Test your love song knowledge from the 60’s to present while cruising the Mighty Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Five rounds with 5 questions on each round will be played. Prizes will be given!

Fireworks Sunset Cruise

6:30-8:30pm • June 30 • $29/person

Enjoy a relaxing 2-hour sunset cruise, then have front row seating to the Grafton Fireworks Celebration. Once docked, you’ll get to stay on the Hakuna Matata during the display to view it from the river!

July Specialty Cruises

Friday the 13th Sunset Cruise

6:30-8:30pm • July 13 • $29/person

On July 13, begin the evening cruising our Palisading Waterways on a 2 hour cruise while connecting with, Donna Wagner a Master Reiki Teacher, or Dave a Tarot Card Reader.

You may have a need to unite with those who have gone before you or maybe you need assistance in removing emotional and spiritual blockages. Whatever your needs Dave and Donna will be on our cruise ready to help you.

Our boat will remain open after we return to shore for those who did not get a chance to speak with Dave or Donna. Click HERE to read their biographies! 

Hakuna Moscato Sunset Cruise

6:30-8:30pm • July 14 • $29/person

Grafton Harbor is pleased to be offering a new Moscato by Villa Jolando Wineries. Many flavors of this refreshing wine will be available for tastings on this cruise!

Pirate Cruises

4-5pm • July 28 • $18/adult - $16/senior - $9 children

Arrrh Ye Matey! Climb Aboard or We’ll Have Yu Walk the Plank! Adventure Down the Illinois and Mighty Mississippi Rivers! Drift back in time to the carefree days of pirates. Sit back and relax as your children laugh and play under the watchful eye of our Capt. and his friendly crew. Join us for an adventure that you and your kids will never forget! Treasures will include pirate punch and cookies and the biggest joy of all is when your child joins our captain at the helm!! The “Hakuna Matata” Pirate Cruise is one of Grafton’s premier attractions. Our 1-hour pirate cruise offers something for everyone in your family. We provide an exceptional sightseeing experience along the palisading bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi River. Our crew will tell legends Piasa Tribe, as well as pointing historical and geographical land marks along the way. We like to think that the best part of your cruise is the service and kindness that you’ll receive from our captain and crew. Our goal is for you to walk away happy and excited about your next visit. Arrrrrrhhh!

Full Moon Cruises

6:30 - 8:30pm • July 28 • $29/person

On July 28, join us for an unforgettable night of music and dance by BongoJak Vs. The Loop Machine and Lana Mae.

Bongo Jak - BongoJak is a diversely talented musician who plays in a number of bands including Blue Fruit Snacks, The Driftaways, and many more. BongoJak has played thousands of shows all over the US over the past six years. When he discovered the passion that the loop machine brought him, he created BongoJak Vs. The Loop Machine and the rest was history! "The loop machine" a recording device that captures his many talents including, but not limited to guitar, vocals, harmonica, synth, specialty drums, and general percussion. He plays many original and classic tunes with a BongoJak twist from artists like, Bob Marley, Phish, Grateful Dead, Sublime and many more. BongoJak also plays with a number of special guests during many of his shows.

Lana Mae - Lana Mae is a sponsored flow artist, Hoopnotica teacher & model. She has been performing all across the United States for 6 years. The hula hoop is her prop of choice, but she also loves to dance with buugeng, staff, levitation wand, poi, & aerial props.

August Specialty Cruises

Pirate Cruises

4-5pm • August 4 • $18/adult - $16/senior - $9 children

See description in the July section above.

Sunset Cruise-Educator Appreciation

6-8pm • August 11 • $29/person ($5 off with educator ID)

This open boarding sunset cruise will honor educators by giving those with IDs a $5 discount. Thank you to all educators inspiring our children on a daily basis!

Full Moon Cruises

5:45-7:45pm • August 25 • $29/person

See description in the July section above.

September Specialty Cruises

Labor Day Sunset Cruise

5:30-7:30pm • September 2 • $29/person

Have the day off tomorrow? How about a boat ride to celebrate our Laborers? Enjoy a relaxing two-hour cruise taking in the beautiful landscape of the bluffs.

Appletini Sunset Cruise

5:30-7:30pm • September 8 • $29/person

We will be serving up Apple Martini’s for $5!

Fall Wine/Dinner Cruise

5:30-7:30pm • September 21 • $50/person

Enjoy your delicious meal catered by Grafton Oyster Bar while sipping on one of our Grafton Harbor wines. This two-hour cruise promises you a very relaxing dinner and we’ll do the dishes!

  • House Salad with choice of dressing
  • Beef Medallions w/ Whiskey peppercorn cream sauce
  • Chicken Modiga
  • Cavatelli Pasta
  • Butter roasted green beans
  • Bread Pudding

Rum on the River

5-7pm • September 22 • $29/person

See description in May section above.

October & November Specialty Cruises

Oktoberfest Dinner Cruise

5-7pm • October 4 • $45/person

Come enjoy some German traditions on this two-hour sunset cruise! We will have German food and German music.

  • Bratwursts Sandwiches w/Sauerkraut
  • German Potato Salad
  • Red Cabbage
  • Boiled Buttered Potatoes
  • Roasted Chicken
  • German Chocolate Cake

Fall Foliage Day Cruises

Saturdays from Oct. 6 - Nov. 3 from 3-4pm & Sundays from 2-3pm • $18/adult - $16/senior  - $9 children

On these one hour cruises you will see the fall colors of the bluffs from the Mississippi River! If you’re interested, we also have some information to share about some of the sights around Grafton.

Fall Foliage Sunset Cruises

4:30-6:30pm Oct 6 & 13, 4:15-6:15pm Oct. 20 • $29/person

Admire the beauty of mother nature’s canvass along the bluffs of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. This two-hour cruise allows for a relaxing time of just sitting back, relaxing and let the captain & crew do the driving!

Haunted Sunset Cruise Description

4:15-6:15pm • October 27 • $28/person

On this 2-hour you’ll hear about the haunted places in and around Grafton. Be prepared for a spooktacular time!