Viking Announces More Mississippi River Cruises
LOS ANGELES – Viking has announced more 2023 sailings of its Mississippi River cruises. The company’s first custom vessel, Viking Mississippi, will debut in August 2022 and will sail voyages on the lower and upper Mississippi River, between New Orleans and St. Paul, Minn. Viking said several of the new cruises that were announced in April have already sold out so it scheduled additional 2023 sailing dates sooner than expected.
“We are very pleased at the initial response and support we have received from guests and community partners along the Mississippi River,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. “Like me, many travelers are planning ahead for when we will once again be exploring the world in comfort – to exotic destinations as well as those closer to home. We look forward to welcoming guests as we bring modern river cruising to the Mississippi River in 2022.”
Viking said its arrival to the Mississippi will represent a major commitment to tourism and economic development in many communities along the river, with the new cruises expected to bring more than 5,800 guests to the region in 2022 and more than 17,600 during the first full sailing season in 2023. Currently scheduled ports of call on Viking’s new Mississippi River cruises are in seven U.S. states: Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Darrow, New Orleans and St. Francisville); Mississippi (Natchez and Vicksburg); Tennessee (Memphis); Missouri (Hannibal, St. Louis); Iowa (Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport); Wisconsin (La Crosse); and Minnesota (Red Wing, St. Paul).
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