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River Cruise Ships Begin Visiting the QC

American Melody
American Cruise Lines
American Melody

The first cruise ship visit of the season to the Quad Cities is expected this weekend. The American Melody, from American Cruise Lines, is scheduled to dock in Davenport on Sunday at River Heritage Park.

Dave Herrell, President and CEO of Visit Quad Cities, says passengers usually spend several hours here, seeing a variety of local sites.

"It can be anything from a unique experience at the Figge Art Museum, or they could go to the River Music Experience, or they could have an ag tourism experience at Cinnamon Ridge Farms."

He says the American Melody will be the first of more than 50 stops by national cruise lines this year, through November.

"Obviously with the advent of Viking River Cruises coming on line this year, I think that presents a really amazing way to further our story and bring a different set of eyes and a new audience into the Quad Cities."

The American Countess from American Queen Voyages will stop in the Quad Cities on July 15th, and dock in Bettendorf at the Isle of Capri. And Viking's Mississippi River cruise ship is due to make its first visit here in mid-August.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.