Viking Officially Opens Reservations For New Mississippi River Cruises
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
An artist rendering of Viking Mississippi.
Viking has officially opened reservations for its new Mississippi River cruises, which will launch in 2022. The company’s first custom vessel,Viking Mississippi, will debut in August 2022 and will sail the Lower and Upper Mississippi River, between New Orleans and St. Paul.
Currently scheduled ports of call onViking Mississippiinclude seven U.S. states:
Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Darrow, New Orleans and St. Francisville);
Mississippi (Natchez and Vicksburg);
Missouri (Hannibal, St. Louis);
Iowa (Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport);
Wisconsin (La Crosse);
and Minnesota (Red Wing, St. Paul).
Hosting 386 guests in 193 all outside staterooms, the newViking Mississippi features public spaces have been reimagined for Mississippi River voyages. Purpose-built for the Mississippi and currently under construction in Louisiana, Viking says the five-deck ship will be the largest and most modern cruise ship in the region.
Highlights of the new ship include:
All outside staterooms: Guests can choose from seven stateroom categories that range from 268 sq. ft to 1,024 sq. ft. All staterooms feature a private veranda or French balcony, king-size bed with luxury linens, large flat-screen interactive TV, mini-bar, large glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor and 24-hour room service.
Viking Suites: Viking says the new ship will have some of the largest true suites on the Mississippi, with every suite featuring two rooms and a full-size veranda off the spacious sitting room.
An artist rendering of the Explorer Suite aboard Viking Mississippi.
Explorers’ Lounge & The Bow: The two-story Explorers’ Lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows that open to The Bow, an outdoor seating area at the front of the ship where guests can relax and enjoy riverside views.
Full 360-Degree Promenade Deck: Guests can stroll the entire ship outside on Deck 1.
Other amenities include indoor and al fresco dining options, a Sun Terrace with Infinity Plunge Pool, a “living room” for socializing and various sustainable ship features like solar panels and a hybrid propulsion system, says Viking.
Viking Inclusive Value: Every Mississippi River cruise fare includes one complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner service, lectures, alternative dining at no extra charge, self-service launderettes, 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi.
2022-2023 Viking Mississippi Inaugural Voyages:
America’s Heartland(8 days; St. Louis to St. Paul)— This journey introduces guests to the unforgettable experience of the locks and dams that control the flow of the heartland rivers. Hear stories of settlers migrating west; learn about Lewis & Clark, Mark Twain, John Deere and the Amish and Norwegian migrations; experience the regional music like polka and Norwegian folk.
Heart of the Delta (8 days; New Orleans to Memphis)— This journey on the Lower Mississippi is infused with American history. Tour the area where the migrating French and Acadians settled; learn about the American Civil Rights Movement; discover the music of the South—jazz, blues and gospel.
Southern Celebration (8 days; New Orleans–Vicksburg–New Orleans)— On this exploration of the Lower Mississippi, visit the historic homes of Louisiana and Mississippi; learn about the Civil War; and discover the unique flavors of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
America’s Great River (15 days; New Orleans to St. Paul)— Experience nearly the entire length of the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico to the northernmost reaches of the U.S. Enjoy Southern charm and preserved homes in Natchez; retrace the steps of Civil Rights leaders in Memphis; ascend the Gateway Arch in St. Louis; and visit “The Norwegian Valley” in La Crosse.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.