American Cruise Lines Sets Sail for Madison, Indiana this Summer

American Cruise Lines Sets Sail for Madison, Indiana this Summer
May 31, 2024

Madison, Indiana {May 31, 2024} – Madison, Indiana, a charming riverfront city known for its historic architecture and vibrant arts scene, is thrilled to announce its partnership with American Cruise Lines (American) for the upcoming summer season. Madison is partnering with American for select itineraries this summer, with hopes of expanding the partnership in the future. American features six modern riverboats and four paddle-wheelers offering over 10 different itineraries on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. American visits this summer will be their first to Madison since 2012 and 2013 when the Queen of the Mississippi (now American Heritage) visited.

American Cruise Lines will be bringing its luxurious and innovative riverboats to Madison’s Port of Call on the following dates:

“We are delighted to partner with American Cruise Lines and welcome their passengers back to Madison,” said Andrew Forrester, Executive Tourism Director at Visit Madison, Inc. “The closure of American Queen Voyages this spring was a disappointment, but we worked quickly to make sure American Cruise Lines knew we were ready to welcome their guests with open arms.”

The return of riverboat visits is a testament to the tireless efforts of Visit Madison, Inc. and the City of Madison in securing these important tourism opportunities. Forrester added, “We are confident that American passengers will be captivated by the beauty and charm of our historic riverfront city”. Mayor Bob Courtney agreed, saying “I’m excited that Visit Madison and the City of Madison were able to partner with American Cruise Lines to showcase our city’s unique charm and hospitality to a new generation of river cruise enthusiasts.”

American Cruise Lines riverboat visits are expected to bring a significant boost to Madison and all businesses are encouraged to plan for the boat visit dates.  Passengers will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore Madison’s historic downtown: Whether riding a Motor Coach on a “Local Loop”, renting a golf cart, or strolling along tree-lined streets, guests can marvel at beautiful architecture, murals, & art; and discover unique shops, antiques and galleries.
  • Immerse themselves in history: Enjoy a premium experience at Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, take a historic tour at Historic Madison Inc’s Saddletree Factory or Shrewsbury Windle House, or visit the Jefferson County Historical Society’s History & Art Center.
  • Experience local flavors: Enjoy delicious meals at Madison’s many restaurants, from charming cafes to fine dining establishments, to delicious sweet treats.
  • Participate in Madison Ribberfest (Fri., August 16th): Immerse themselves in the fun and festivities of this renowned BBQ festival, featuring BBQ competitions, live blues music, and delicious food.

While disembarking passengers will enjoy exclusive tours offered by American Cruise Lines, everyone is welcome to visit Madison’s Riverfront to witness these modern and classic riverboats up close. Come down and experience the nostalgia of seeing these riverboats grace our waters, a cherished pastime for generations of Madison residents. More information on the July 19th welcome ceremony will come at a later date.

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About American Cruise Lines:

American Cruise Lines is the largest river cruise line in the U.S.A. exploring the Mississippi River and waterways around the country. The company’s award-winning small ships and riverboats offer luxury experiences in 35 states that explore the history, spirit, and culture of the United States. American’s rapid introduction of new ships has led to an innovative array of domestic itineraries, amenities, and experiencesincluding exclusive coastal cruises that operate just like the Line’s River cruises, visiting only U.S. ports of call. In 2024, American is operating 19 ships, which cruise more than 50 domestic itineraries and accommodate just 90 to 180 guests.

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American Cruise Lines: Alexa Paolella |

Visit Madison, Inc.: Andrew Forrester or Sarah Prasil
812-265-2956 |  |


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