The Mississippi port city welcomed guests with a band and special presentation at 9:15 am at River Heritage Park off E. River Drive where Mayor Matson presented “Davenport Books” to the ship’s captain to include in the onboard library.
The 175-passenger American Melody is the 4th newbuild in the ACL's fleet from the "Modern Riverboat" series. From this class/with the same design are the sisterships American Symphony (2022) and American Serenade (2022). Similarly are designed the sisterships American Song (2018), American Harmony (2019), American Jazz (2020).
The ship features spacious indoor and outdoor lounges, a multi-level atrium, a grand dining room and a casual outdoor cafe, as well as a large fitness center and a skywalk on the top deck.
American Melody is currently on a voyage on the Mississippi River that commenced on September 2 and continues through December 2021. The Maiden Voyage (21-Day "Complete Mississippi River Cruise" from New Orleans to St Paul MN) visits ports in the states of Louisiana (Oak Alley Plantation, Houmas House Plantation, Baton Rouge, St Francisville), Mississippi (Natchez, Vicksburg, Greenville), Tennessee (Memphis), Missouri (New Madrid, Cape Girardeau), Illinois (Chester), Missouri (St Louis, Hannibal), Iowa (Fort Madison, Davenport, Dubuque), Wisconsin (La Crosse), and Minnesota (Red Wing, Minneapolis-Saint Paul).
Due to Hurricane Ida, Melody's Maiden Voyage actually started from Natchez MS (passenger embarkation).