Viking Announces 2024 Mississippi River Cruises Now On Sale
Viking Cruises has announced that its new Mississippi cruises for 2024 are now on sale.
The cruise line’s Viking Mississippi is slated to debut in August 2022 and sail the lower and upper Mississippi rivers between New Orleans and St. Paul.
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Viking’s river cruises to the United States slated for 2023 have already started selling, prompting the company to open 2024 sailing dates earlier than originally planned. The cruise line is preparing 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.
Scheduled ports of call on Mississippi River cruises include Baton Rouge, Darrow, New Orleans, and St. Francisville, Louisiana; Natchez and Vicksburg, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Hannibal and St Louis, Missouri; Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport, Iowa; Red Wing and St. Paul, Minnesota; and La Crosse, Wisconsin.
“We are delighted with the continued response and support we received from our loyal customers and valued partners prior to our new Mississippi crossings,” said Viking President Torstein Hagen. “As we begin to restart ocean operations this spring, we also look forward to a new chapter in 2022 when we begin to sail our first river voyages in the United States.”
The five-deck Viking Mississippi was built specifically for the Mississippi and will carry 386 passengers in 193 outside cabins. Highlights of the new ship include the Viking Suites, Explorer’s Lounge, River Cafe, Aquavit Deck, Lounge, 360-degree promenade deck and more.
Viking provided an overview of his Mississippi Viking trips 2022-2024:
—America’s Great River (15 days; New Orleans to St. Paul’s) —Discover almost the entire length of the Mississippi River on this incredible journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the far north of the United States Relax and enjoy the variety of landscapes, foliage and wildlife on this leisurely trip. Enjoy the charm of the south and the beautifully preserved houses in Natchez; retrace the footsteps of civil rights leaders in Memphis; climb the Gateway Arch in Saint-Louis; and visit “The Norwegian Valley” at La Crosse. Multiple departure dates are now available in June, July, September and October 2023 and 2024. Pricing starts at $ 10,999 per person with discounted airfares.
—America’s Heartland (8 days; St. Louis to St. Paul) —From pristine farmhouses nestled in rolling terrain to a sheer bluff rising from tributaries dotted with forested islands, the Upper Mississippi offers a rich tapestry of beauty to each. detour of the river. This trip makes you discover 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 the Amish and Norwegian migrations; discover regional music like polka and Norwegian folk; and sample regional cuisine featuring local beer, Wisconsin produce and cheese. Multiple departure dates are now available from August through September 2023 and 2024. Pricing starts at $ 4,399 per person with discounted airfares.
—In the Heart of the Delta (8 days; New Orleans to Memphis) —This trip to lower Mississippi 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 southern music — jazz, blues and gospel; and discover southern, Cajun and Creole life and culinary culture at Memphis famous “dry” barbecue. Several departure dates available in November 2022; additional departure dates are now available in January – June and October – December 2023 and 2024. Pricing starts at $ 4,399 per person with discounted airfares.
—New Orleans and the Charm of the South (8 days; New Orleans to New Orleans) —On this exploration of lower Mississippi, travel through historic estates and learn about Civil War history on remarkable sites. Round-trip travel from New Orleans will allow guests to sample Cajun and Creole cuisine while taking in the sights and sounds of French-influenced ports including Baton Rouge, Darrow, and more in Louisiana and Mississippi. Several sailing dates available from November to December 2022; additional departure dates are now available in January and December 2023 and 2024. Pricing starts at $ 3,999 per person with discounted airfares.
—Mississippi Holiday Season (8 days; Memphis to New Orleans) – In December 2022, guests will experience Lower Mississippi on a special vacation trip. The eight-day trip will include exclusive privileged access to Graceland, decorated for the season; Cajun cuisine and shopping excursions; a visit to admire the play of light and the historic decorated houses of Natchez and Baton Rouge. Onboard festivities will include special celebratory regional meals and holiday treats. Multiple departure dates available in December 2022 and pricing starts at $ 3,999 per person with discounted airfares.