Mississippi River cruises have a new home at River Heritage Park

Two ships dock on Friday July 30 and Saturday July 31 at the new River Heritage Park site.

DAVENPORT, Iowa – American Cruise Lines is back on the Mississippi and docking in the Quad Cities on Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31. For years these ships docked at Oneida Landing, but now have a new home at River Heritage Park in Davenport.

“This is a pretty awesome area and viewpoint,” said Steve Ahrens, general manager of Davenport’s Riverfront Improvements. “You take in a panoramic view, the view of our community from River Heritage Park is breathtaking. And we want to share that with the world.”

He said the location at Oneida Landing only allows one vessel at a time, but new improvements along the river at River Heritage Park will accommodate up to three boats.

Currently, construction crews are repairing part of the river wall before extending the Riverwalk upstream. More benches and landscaping will be added, and the current temporary paved pathway will become permanent. Ahrens said this will help make the park more accessible to people and vessels.

“We will be able to expand it, which will be both a significant convenience for the public, and expand it further upstream, closer to the parks boundary,” Ahrens said. “This helps us accommodate the additional passenger ships that also inhabit this park.”

He added that the park is a great place to relax and enjoy the riverside view.

“When people from other communities visit, they remind us that not only is it not typical, but it’s also not typical, like, you know, the Mississippi River,” Ahrens said. “Most of the rivers are like our stream system, you know, little little streams.”

The upgrades are expected to be complete for the 2022 cruise season.

The Mississippi Queen arrives at 8:30 a.m. Friday and the American at 8:00 a.m. Saturday. American Cruise Lines is offering a total of 22 trips to the Quad Cities from July 24 through November 8, bringing about 5,000 tourists to the region. That number will increase next year when Viking River Cruises adds its own stop at River Heritage Park.

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