Viking opens more Mississippi River cruises for bookings due to demand

Viking opened more Mississippi cruises for bookings due to strong demand for sailings on the cruise line’s first U.S. river ship, Viking Mississippi.

Viking Mississippi will debut in August 2022 and will travel the lower and upper Mississippi between New Orleans and St. Paul. Several of Viking’s premier river cruises in the United States are already sold out during the 2023 sailing season. This strong demand has led Viking to open the 2024 sailing dates earlier than originally planned.

“We are thrilled with the continued response and support we have received from loyal customers and valued partners ahead of our new Mississippi River crossings,” said Torstein Hagen, president of Viking. “As we begin to restart ocean operations this spring, we also look forward to a new chapter in 2022 when we begin sailing our first river voyages in the United States.”

Similar to Viking’s fleet of ocean-going vessels, the new Viking Mississippi river vessel, debuting in 2022, will offer an aft glass-backed pool experience, allowing guests to bathe while fully surrounded by their destination. For more information, visit

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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Viking Voyages Mississippi 2022-2024 include:

  • The Great American River (15 days; from New Orleans to Saint-Paul)
  • America’s Heartland (8 days; St. Louis to St. Paul)
  • Heart of the Delta (8 days; New Orleans to Memphis)
  • New Orleans and Southern Charm (8 days; New Orleans to New Orleans)
  • Mississippi Holiday Season (8 days; Memphis to New Orleans)
  • See Viking Mississippi cruise prices

The new state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi will accommodate 386 guests with all staterooms featuring balconies. The ship is inspired by Viking’s award-winning river and ocean vessels and will feature a clean Scandinavian design, as well as public spaces familiar to passengers but redesigned for travel on the Mississippi River.

Depiction of the Viking Mississippi – Penthouse Veranda Cabin

Purpose-built for Mississippi and currently under construction in Louisiana, the ship’s cutting-edge five-deck design, large windows and comfortable amenities will make it the region’s most modern cruise ship.

Depiction of the Viking Mississippi – Explorer’s Lounge on Deck 1

Every Mississippi 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.

Mississippi Viking Performance – Veranda Cafe / BBQ on Deck 5

Rendering of the Viking Mississippi – Pool Deck on Deck 5

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