River cruise season launched in QC on June 26

American Cruise Line
The American Melody riverboat arrives in Davenport last August. CREDIT DAVE THOMPSON

This year’s river cruise season in Davenport started Wednesday morning, June 26. American Cruise Line’s American Melody riverboat arrived on Wednesday, docking at River Heritage Park in Davenport.

The American Melody is part of the American Cruise Lines (ACL) fleet visiting this season, along with vessels from Viking Cruise Lines.

Viking will be the next cruise line to stop in the QC on Sunday, July 7, at River Heritage Park.

Visit Quad Cities, the region’s official destination management and marketing organization, will welcome 20 stops by American Cruise Lines and Viking Cruise lines this summer. These stops will bring thousands of visitors to the Quad Cities, significantly impacting the local tourism economy. Cruise lines have scheduled visits in the QC until late October.

“The river cruise season and industry are always positive for tourism and activate our global asset, the Mississippi River,” said Dave Herrell, president and CEO of Visit Quad Cities.

“We are fortunate to have many partners in this space that help deliver Quad Cities memories and an unmatched visitor experience to guests from around the world. The Mississippi River and how visitors and Quad Citizens connect with it is vital to our story and region’s success.”

Visits from national cruise line companies are an excellent opportunity for travelers to experience the Quad Cities first-hand as they visit attractions and participate in guided tours, Visit said. It’s a way to share the remarkable story of the Quad Cities while they gain authentic experiences.

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