To ensure the community has an opportunity to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the Siouxland Chamber is organizing a bus charter to the commissioning event. Plans are to depart Sioux City the afternoon of Thursday, November 15, travel through the night, and arrive in Annapolis the afternoon of Friday, November 16. The return trip will depart Annapolis in the morning on Sunday, November 18, travel through the night and arrive in Sioux City the morning of Monday, November 19.
Pricing: Per Person
Single Occupancy: $495
Double Occupancy: $381
Triple Occupancy: $343
Quad Occupancy: $324
- Round trip motor coach transportation
- Hotel accommodations for two nights in Annapolis
- General admission ticket to the commissioning ceremony
- Post-commissioning reception featuring “A Taste of Sioux City”
- Tour of the USS Sioux City
We invite persons attending the commissioning to spend some time Friday and Saturday visiting sites in the local area. Some of the local attractions include:
- Four Centuries Walking Tour – Annapolis Tours by Watermark offers this exceptional journey through history. Led by a period-dressed guide in colonial attire, visitors will see downtown Annapolis as few get to experience it. This educational tour also includes visits to the Naval Academy with USNA certified guides, as well as the Maryland State Capitol where General George Washington resigned as Commander in Chief after the Revolutionary War. Adults who identify themselves as guests associated with the USS Sioux City will receive a $3 discount from Watermark.
- Tour the US Naval Academy – Since 1845, the Academy has been educating the officers of the United States Navy, and the Academy campus is steeped in that history and culture. Highlights include the United States Naval Academy Museum and the beautiful domed chapel that holds the ornate crypt of John Paul Jones, father of the U.S. Navy.
- Tour the Maryland State House – Touring these halls is like taking a walk through history. Older than the country itself, the Maryland State House was built in 1772 and is the oldest state house still in use. Once the capitol of the nation, it was here that the Treaty of Paris was signed to end the Revolutionary War, and General George Washington resigned from his post as commander of the Continental Army.
- Navy vs. Tulsa Football at 3:30 PM on Saturday, November 17
Tickets to this game are available for $30 through the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce on a first come, first served basis for anyone attending the commissioning. If you would like to purchase one of these tickets, contact the Siouxland Chamber at 712.255.7903.
- Scenic Severn River Cruise – a 90-minute spectacular 6-mile cruise on the beautiful Scenic Severn River and Historic Annapolis Harbor. Cruise by the banks of the United States Naval Academy along the way. This is a potential group activity if we have interest from 40 or more. Let us know in the form below if you are interested in this activity either Friday or Saturday evening.
- Worship Opportunities – The historic Main Chapel at the center of the Yard – and its landmark dome – are symbolic of the vital role that moral and spiritual guidance plays in the development of Midshipmen into naval officers. The Commodore Levy Center and Jewish Chapel combines the aesthetics of Ancient Israel, the nobility of sea service, and the sacred experience of faith in the fabric of its architecture. Together with 7 other smaller chapels and prayer spaces, the Naval Academy Chaplain Center provides and facilitates for the religious needs of the 4500-strong Brigade of Midshipmen and its faculty and staff.