Reservations open for new Viking cruises on the Mississippi

Viking has opened bookings to the public for its new Mississippi cruises, which will launch in 2022. The company’s first custom ship, Viking Mississippi, will debut in August 2022 and will cruise the lower and upper Mississippi , between New Orleans and St.Paul.

The arrival of Viking would bring modern river cruising to the Mississippi and represent a major commitment to tourism and economic development in many communities along the river. Ports of call currently scheduled on Viking’s new Mississippi cruises include seven US 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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As part of an exclusive preview promised by Viking President Torstein Hagen, former Viking customers have been able to book the new Mississippi cruises since March 30, 2020 and some sailing dates are already nearly or completely sold out. Starting today, all of Viking Mississippi’s 2022-2023 season inaugural crossings are now available to the public for reservation.

“At a time when many of us are at home, looking for inspiration to travel into the future, I am pleased to present a new, modern way to explore this great river. We invented the concept of river cruising modern when we debuted 23 years ago, first on the rivers of Russia and then Europe.Since then, many people have come to appreciate the unique exploration that comes with river cruising, but there currently there are very few options to do so on American rivers,” Hagen said when announcing the new Mississippi cruises March 30, 2020.

“Our guests are curious travelers, and they keep telling 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 customers, and no other waterway has played such a significant role in America’s history, commerce, and culture.

The highly anticipated announcement of Viking’s arrival on the Mississippi is the most recent milestone as the company continues to expand its fleet and destination-focused travel offerings. In January 2020, the company unveiled Viking Expeditions, with the first purpose-built expedition vessel for 378 guests, Viking Octantis, launching in January 2022 for voyages to Antarctica and then the Great Lakes of North America. A second expedition ship, Viking Polaris, will debut in August 2022, sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic.

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Accommodating 386 guests in 193 all-exterior staterooms, the new state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi is inspired by Viking’s award-winning river and ocean-going vessels and will feature clean Scandinavian design, as well as public spaces familiar to guests but redesigned for world travel. Mississippi River. Purpose-built for Mississippi and currently under construction in Louisiana, the ship’s cutting-edge five-deck design, wide windows and comfortable amenities will make it the region’s largest and most modern cruise ship. Highlights of the new ship include:

All Outside Staterooms: Passengers can choose from seven unparalleled spacious cabin categories ranging from 268 square feet to 1,024 square feet: Veranda, French Balcony, Deluxe Veranda, Penthouse Veranda, Penthouse Junior Suite, Terrace Suite and Explorer Suite . All cabins feature a private veranda or French balcony, king-size bed with luxury linens, large interactive flat-screen TV, minibar, large glass-enclosed shower , underfloor heating in the bathroom and 24-hour room service.

Viking Suites: Viking Mississippi will have some of the largest true suites on the river, with each suite featuring two bedrooms and a large veranda off the spacious living room. Guests of Penthouse Jr. Suites (400 square feet) and Terrace Suites (425 square feet) receive early access to the stateroom; enlarged bathroom with double sink; mini-bar with alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, water and snacks replenished daily; welcome champagne; and laundry, ironing and shoe shine services. Guests of the sprawling Explorer Suites (657 to 1,024 square feet) also enjoy a wrap-around veranda and a complimentary Silver Spirits beverage package.

Explorers Lounge and Bow: Known to Viking ship passengers as one of the most popular onboard public spaces, Viking Mississippi will also feature an Explorers Lounge near the bow of the ship. The sun-drenched two-story Explorers Lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the bow, a unique outdoor seating area at the front of the vessel where passengers can relax and enjoy ever-changing views of River.

River Café: From American classics to Mamsen’s® Norwegian specialties, this indoor/outdoor dining venue on the upper deck will offer alternative dining in a casual alfresco setting.

Aquavit Terrace: A public space enjoyed by many Viking Ocean and River visitors, Viking Mississippi will also feature a groundbreaking Aquavit Terrace on the upper deck, providing a casual dining space ideal for an American BBQ experience. Combined with the River Café, the Aquavit Terrace will offer the most outdoor dining options on the Mississippi.

Sun Deck with Infinity Plunge Pool: Similar to Viking’s ocean-going vessels, the Viking Mississippi will offer a glass-backed pool experience aft, allowing guests to swim while fully surrounded by their destination.

The Living Room: Sleek Scandinavian design combined with American influences, the Living Room on Deck 1 is designed for socializing, relaxing and entertaining. Nearby, the quiet corner of The Library, is a perfect place to discover a new book.

The Restaurant: This main dining venue on Deck 1 will serve daily changing menus and feature delicious regional cuisine and always-available classics prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

Full 360 Degree Promenade Deck: Guests can stroll the entire ship outside on Deck 1, stretch their legs while admiring the scenic landscape and regional wildlife.

Enrichment on board and ashore: Connecting passengers to their destinations through authentic experiences is essential for Viking to create “the thinking person’s cruise”. The emphasis on cultural enrichment aboard Viking Mississippi means guests will enjoy destination performances that represent the region’s most iconic music, as well as guest speakers that highlight art, architecture , history, culture, the natural world of the region and more. And only The Viking Way® of exploration offers guests routes that provide insider access®, experiences of local life and the world of work, opening doors to places otherwise difficult to visit. On Viking’s Mississippi River routes, guests can choose to take a guided kayak tour of the Louisiana Bayou; visit a working farm in Quad Cities; or immerse yourself in Cajun culture on a tour with skip-the-line access to Louisiana State University’s Museum of Rural Life.

Sustainable Features: Solar panels, LED lighting, floor-to-ceiling windows that maximize natural light, and an energy-efficient hybrid propulsion system will make Viking Mississippi the most environmentally friendly passenger vessel on the Mississippi River.

Viking Inclusive Value: Every Mississippi River cruise fare includes everything passengers need, with no surprises or hidden fees. Cruise fares include a complimentary shore excursion at each port of call, all meals on board, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also receive many free amenities as part of their rate, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner service, conferences, alternative dining options at no additional cost, self-service laundromats, laundry service. floor 24 hours a day and free Wi-Fi.

Inaugural Viking Voyages Mississippi 2022-2023

The Heart of America (8 days; St. Louis to St. Paul): From pristine farmhouses nestled in rolling terrain to steep cliffs rising from tributaries dotted with forested islands, Upper Mississippi offers a rich mosaic of beauty at every turn of the river. This trip introduces you to the unforgettable experience of the locks and dams that control the flow of the rivers of the heart. Hear stories of settlers migrating west; learn about Lewis & Clark, Mark Twain, John Deere, and Amish and Norwegian migrations; discover regional music like polka and Norwegian folk; and sample regional cuisine featuring local beer, Wisconsin produce and cheese.

Heart of the Delta (8 Days; New Orleans to Memphis): This Lower Mississippi trip is steeped in American history, culture and heritage. Visit the region where French and Acadian migrants settled; immerse yourself in the culture and lessons of the American civil rights movement; discover the music of the South: jazz, blues and gospel; and learn about Southern, Cajun, and Creole life and food culture at Memphis’ famous ‘dry’ barbecue.

Southern Celebration (8 days; New Orleans–Vicksburg–New Orleans): On this exploration of the Lower Mississippi, visit historic homes in Louisiana and Mississippi; learn about Civil War history, visit sites like Vicksburg National Military Park; and experience the excitement and 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 on this incredible journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the far northern United States. Relax and enjoy the variety of scenery, foliage, and wildlife on this leisurely trip. Enjoy southern charm and beautifully preserved homes in Natchez; retrace the steps of civil rights leaders in Memphis; climb the Gateway Arch in St. Louis; and visit “The Norwegian Valley” in La Crosse.

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