We’ve always wanted to cruise on the Mississippi, and decided to take the plunge this spring. We chose American Melody because we had been on her sister ship, Harmony, last year in the Colombia / Snake River cruise and we loved the size and layout of the ship and the ample cabins. Melody did not disappoint, and neither did the Mississippi.
My favorite part of the trip was the onboard entertainment - every evening there was great live entertainment, and the resident lecturer did such a great job painting a picture of life along the Mississippi at various points in history. This is exactly what we were looking for in a river cruise.
The lectures were a great compliment to the shore excursions - it felt like each day we were immersed in river lore and history.