Viking Mississippi River Cruises Are Finally Becoming a Reality

After years of hypothesis, and lots of conversations between Viking cruise line executives and officers in small Mississippi river cities, it’s actually going to occur.  The versatile cruise line has introduced the long-awaited launch of Mississippi River cruises in 2022.  

Viking Mississippi river cruises
The brand new Viking Mississippi river ship. Rendering: Viking Cruises

In line with Viking, they plan to debut their first, purpose-built Mississippi river ship in August 2022.   

Viking Mississippi River Cruise Locations

Viking will provide cruises on each the Higher and Decrease Mississippi river.  Departures from New Orleans, Louisiana and St. Paul, Minnesota embody seven- to 14-night cruises.   

Cruising your complete size, from St. Paul to New Orleans (or vice versa) will cowl a distance of practically 2,300 miles and journey by seven states alongside the way in which.  Ports of name on the scheduled itineraries embody:

  • Louisiana – New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Darrow, and St. Francisville
  • Mississippi –  Natchez and Vicksburg
  • Tennessee – Memphis
  • Missouri – Hannibal, St. Louis
  • Iowa – Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport
  • Wisconsin – La Crosse)
  • Minnesota – Purple Wing and St. Paul

At a time the place many people are at dwelling, on the lookout for inspiration to journey sooner or later, I’m happy to introduce a brand new, trendy solution to discover this nice river. We invented the idea of contemporary river cruising once we obtained our begin 23 years in the past—first on the rivers of Russia after which in Europe. Since then, many individuals have come to understand the distinctive exploration that comes with river cruising—however at present there are only a few choices to take action on American rivers,” stated Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. 

Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana
Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana on a morning shore tour.

Viking Mississippi River Ship

The brand new Viking Mississippi, at present below building in Louisiana, will accommodate 386 visitors with 193 exterior staterooms.   Persevering with the Scandinavian minimalist design from their ocean and river ships, however with a nod to the apparent Mississippi River boat historical past.  Although there’s no paddle-wheel, the ship will stand five-decks excessive and each stateroom may have entry to contemporary air, both with a French Balcony or veranda.

With all exterior staterooms, there’s a alternative of seven room classes that vary in measurement from 268 sq. ft, to a whopping 1,024 sq. ft.  The classes embody Veranda, French Balcony, Deluxe Veranda, Penthouse Veranda, Penthouse Jr. Suite, Terrace Suite and Explorer Suite.

Along with all staterooms that includes both a personal veranda or French balcony, there can even be a king-size beds, luxurious linen, flat-screen interactive TV, mini-bar, giant glass-enclosed bathe, heated rest room flooring.  Company also can order 24-hour room service.

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What you’ll discover on board Viking Mississippi

Viking Mississippi have the cruise line’s acquainted Explorers’ Lounge close to the bow of the ship. The 2-story Explorers’ Lounge may have floor-to-ceiling home windows that open to the entrance space of the ship aptly named, The Bow.  Right here you’ll discover out of doors seating, much like the bow area the place you’ll be able to sit and chill out on Viking’s Europe river ships. 

The highest deck may have the River Café that includes American basic delicacies and Viking’s personal Mamsen’s restaurant with Norwegian specialties.  Again by common demand from their ocean and river ships, on the highest deck can even be informal eating at Aquavit Terrace, for al fresco eating.  

On the aft of the ship you’ll discover the Solar Terrace and Viking’s signature Infinity Plunge Pool.  And maintaining with “previous” ship custom, there might be a wrap-around promenade on Deck 1.   Additionally on Deck 1 is The Residing Room the place visitors can meet up, or proceed into The Library for a soothing learn.

Predominant eating can even be on Deck 1 at The Restaurant with after all regional delicacies and basic favorites that characteristic domestically sourced components. 

Atmosphere options embody photo voltaic panels, loads of floor-to-ceiling home windows for as a lot pure mild as attainable.  There’s additionally an energy-efficient hybrid propulsion system that makes Viking Mississippi probably the most environmentally “inexperienced” passenger ship on the Mississippi River.

Downtown Natchez, Mississippi
Docked close to quaint downtown Natchez, Mississippi

Actions on board and ashore

Enrichment alternatives on board Viking Mississippi embody musical performances typical of the area and visitor lecturers protecting the historical past, structure, tradition and different fascinating matters for the areas during which the ship is touring. 

For visitors preferring somewhat extra energetic shore excursions, there might be guided kayaking within the Louisiana Bayou, a go to to a working farm, or expertise Cajun tradition throughout a personal tour to the Rural Life Museum of Louisiana State College.

What’s included in your Mississippi River cruise

Each Mississippi River cruise fare consists of one complimentary shore tour in every port of name, all onboard meals, and all port expenses and authorities taxes.

Company additionally obtain complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner, one complimentary specialty eating expertise, self-service launderettes, 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi.

USS Cairo, Civil War ironclad gun boat on the Yazoo River
USS Cairo, Civil Battle ironclad gun boat on the Yazoo River at the usCairo Museum

Viking Mississippi Inaugural Voyages for 2022 and 2023

Right here’s the checklist of itineraries that are actually open for reservations.  Most cruises are seven-night northbound, southbound or 14-night round-trip from New Orleans.  Nevertheless it’s the practically full-length river cruise that actually will get my consideration.  As soon as your river ship journeys north of Memphis, you’re in Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer territory.  To not point out the dairyland of Wisconsin. 

  • America’s Heartland (eight days from St. Louis, MO to St. Paul, MN) Cruise the Higher Mississippi and expertise one thing completely totally different from the southern half of the Mississippi.  Between St. Louis and St. Paul, previous locks and dams, American historical past turns towards the early growth to the west and the assumption in Manifest Future.  
  • Coronary heart of the Delta (eight days from New Orleans to Memphis)  Journey the Decrease Mississippi and see first-hand remnants of the previous south in structure, music and tradition.  
  • Southern Celebration (eight days round-trip between New Orleans to Vicksburg, MS) Once more on the Decrease Mississippi, there’s time to go to a number of historic houses in Louisiana and Mississippi.  Civil Battle historical past abounds particularly when spending the day in Vicksburg. 
  • America’s Nice River (15 days from New Orleans to St. Paul)  Going as far north as Viking Mississippi can go, you’ll cruise practically your complete size of the Mississippi River.  From the sleepy Gulf Coast, previous forest and farmland till the metropolitan cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, this can be a very particular  itinerary. 
No Mississippi River cruise to Memphis is complete without a tour of Elvis' Graceland.
No go to to Memphis is full with no tour of Elvis’ Graceland.

What’s subsequent for Viking

This previous January 2020, Viking launched the development of the 378-passenger Vikiing Octantis scheduled to launch in January 2022.  The brand new Viking Expeditions, will provide voyages to Antarctica after which as much as North America’s Nice Lakes.

Viking Polaris, the second expedition ship, will debut in August 2022.  Itineraries will embody Antarctica and the Arctic. 

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