Viking Officially Opens Reservations for New Mississippi River Cruises
LOS ANGELES – Providing a glimpse into a time after the COVID-19 economic lockdown, Viking announced it has opened reservations to the public for its new Mississippi River cruises, which will launch in 2022.
The company said its first custom vessel, the 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 aims to “bring modern river cruising to the Mississippi” along with a tourism boost to many communities along the river. Currently scheduled ports of call on Viking’s new Mississippi River cruises will be 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).
“At a time where many of us are at home, looking for inspiration to travel in the future, I am pleased to introduce a new, modern way to explore this great river,” said Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen. “We invented the concept of modern river cruising when we got our start 23 years ago—first on the rivers of Russia and then in Europe. Since then, many people have come to appreciate the unique exploration that comes with river cruising—but currently there are very few options to do so on American rivers. Our guests are curious travelers, and they continue to tell us that the Mississippi is the river they most want to sail with us. The Mississippi River is closer to home for many of our guests, and no other waterway has played such an important role in America’s history, commerce and culture.”