Viking Cruises, the leader in river and small vessel ocean cruises, announced the next expansion of it's rapidly expanding brand! In August 2022, Viking will debut its first ship uniquely designed for cruises on the Mississippi River. Filling a much-needed need for modern-day cruising Viking will debut the Viking Mississipi will be purpose-built to the American river market.
The 386 guests vessel will boast 193 oceanview guests staterooms, public spaces familiar to past Viking guests that will be redesigned to fit the Mississipi vibe, and the ship will be built in Louisianna.
Spanning five decks, the Viking Mississippi will be the largest cruise ship sailing in the region range. Staterooms will span from 268 sq. Ft to 1,024 sq. Ft: Veranda, French Balcony, Deluxe Veranda, Penthouse Veranda, Penthouse Jr. Suite, Terrace Suite, and Explorer Suite. 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, and a heated bathroom floor.
“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. 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,” SAID TORSTEIN HAGEN, CHAIRMAN OF VIKING. “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.”
- Viking Cruises
Merging Viking Ocean and River ships, the Viking Mississippi will feature the Explores Lounger located near the bow of the ship. This venue will span two decks with floor to ceiling windows that will open up to the bow, offering guests stunning views of the roaring Mississippi.
The River Cafe
The River Cafe will offer guests indoor/outdoor dining experiences with American classics and more. Alfresco dining overlooking the iconic Mississippi!
In addition to the River Cafe, the Aquavit Terrace, a public space favorite amongst Viking guests, boast the largest Al Fresco dining experience on the Mississippi.
The Sun Terrace
The Sun Terrace and Plunge Pool brings back the Viking Ocean favorite allowing their guests to be fully surrounded by the destination while taking a dip.
The Living Room
Viking Mississippi's main public space blends Scandinavian design with American influences. Designed for entertainment and socializing, this venue will be the main meeting space for guests onboard.
With daily changing menu features, this space will bring guests together to enjoy dining with fellow guests to reminisce about the days' happenings.
Mississippi Viking will feature a 360-degree outdoor promenade on deck one to allow guests the chance to stretch their legs and enjoy the regional landscapes.
2022-2023 Viking Mississippi
America’s Heartland (8 days; St. Louis to St. Paul)—From pristine farms nestled in rolling terrain to steep bluff rising from tributaries dotted with wooded islands, the Upper Mississippi offers a rich tapestry of beauty upon every turn of the river. This journey introduces you 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; and taste regional cuisine showcasing local beer, produce and Wisconsin cheese.
Heart of the Delta (8 days; New Orleans to Memphis)—This journey on the Lower Mississippi is infused with American history, culture, and heritage. Tour the area where the migrating French and Acadians settled; immerse yourself in the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement; discover the music of the South—jazz, blues and gospel; and experience the life and food culture of the south, from Cajun and Creole to the famed “dry” Memphis BBQ.
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 Civil War history, touring sites like Vicksburg National Military Park; and discover 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 northernmost reaches of the U.S. Relax and enjoy the variety of scenery, foliage, and wildlife on this leisurely voyage. Enjoy the southern charm and beautifully 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.