American Cruise Lines passenger ship American Melody will dock along the Davenport waterfront on Sunday, June 26 for her first visit in 2022. Davenport Mayor Mike Matson will greet guests at River Heritage Park with a ribbon cutting.
Passengers can enjoy live music and explore downtown. Docking is scheduled around 8 a.m. and the ceremony should take place at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited.
River Heritage Park is located at 615 E. River Drive in Davenport.
“The Mississippi River is an engine of economic development and a critical recreational asset in the Quad Cities. The river cruise industry directly activates our waterfront through American Cruise Lines (ACL), American Queen Voyages (AQV), Celebration River Cruises, Riverboat Twilight, Channel Cat Water Taxis and, for the first time this year, the new Viking Mississippi from Viking Cruise Line. Cruises. They all permanently showcase the global asset of our regional destination, the Mississippi River,” reads a press release from Visit Quad Cities.
The American Melody made its maiden voyage last year.
“We are excited about the upcoming cruise season and the positive impact it will have on the region,” said Dave Herrell, President and CEO of Visit Quad Cities. “This is an industry vitally important to tourism, our visitor economy, and how we amplify and activate the incredible story of the Mississippi River. This year will be unique for us as Viking begins its journey. inaugural from August on the Mississippi. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful partners, such as ACL, AQV, Celebration, Riverboat Twilight and Channel Cat. They each do a phenomenal job of creating authentic experiences for their customers. We look forward to helping them make the most of what Quad Cities has to offer.
The AQV will make its first stop in the Quad Cities on Friday July 15, when the American Countess docks at the Isle Casino in Bettendorf. The American Countess also docked in QC for the first time last year.
The new Mississippi Viking Cruises make their maiden voyage on the Mississippi River in August. Its first stop in Davenport at the River Heritage Park will be on Tuesday, August 16. Adding Viking’s globally recognized brand to cruise lines sailing the Mississippi is important to the visibility of the Quad Cities regional destination.
More than 50 stopovers of national cruise lines will be welcomed this year in the Quad Cities. Cruise lines have scheduled visits to QC through early November. The river cruise schedule is subject to change at any time. There are no public tours of the ships.
History of river cruises in Quebec
The Gordon C. Greene was the first sightseeing boat to call in the Quad Cities from the 1940s to 1951. The Delta Queen began cruises on the Mississippi River in 1948. Rock Island was a regular stop from 1955, and the shore stops were moved to Davenport’s Oneida Street in 1973. The Delta Queen continued to call at Davenport until its final season in 2008. In June 1979, the Mississippi Queen began calling in Davenport until her final season in 2006. In 1996 the American Queen began her calls to the Quad Cities and continues to sail to this day. American Cruise Lines began sailing in 2000.
About Visit Quad Cities
Founded in 1990, Visit Quad Cities is the official Destination Management and Marketing Organization (DMMO) for the region.
For a full schedule of docking dates and shoreline events, click here.