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Viking Opens More Mississippi River Cruises for Bookings Due to Demand

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

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Viking Mississippi will first debut in August 2022 and will sail voyages on the Lower and Upper Mississippi River, between New Orleans and St. Paul. Several of Viking’s first river cruises in the U.S. are already sold out through the 2023 sailing season. This strong demand has led Viking to open 2024 sailing dates sooner than originally expected.

“We are pleased with the continued response and support we have received from loyal guests and valued partners ahead of our new Mississippi River sailings,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman 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 U.S. river voyages.”

Similar to Viking’s fleet of ocean ships, the new Viking Mississippi river vessel, debuting in 2022, will have a glass-backed pool experience at the aft, allowing guests to take a dip while fully surrounded by their destination. For more information, visit

Currently scheduled ports of call on Viking’s new Mississippi River cruises comprise seven U.S. 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).

2022-2024 Viking Mississippi Voyages include:

  • America’s Great River (15 days; New Orleans to St. Paul)
  • America’s Heartland (8 days; St. Louis to St. Paul)
  • Heart of the Delta (8 days; New Orleans to Memphis)
  • New Orleans & Southern Charm (8 days; New Orleans to New Orleans)
  • Mississippi Holiday Season (8 days; Memphis to New Orleans)
  • View Prices on Cruises on Viking Mississippi

The new state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi will host 386 guests with all staterooms having a balcony. The ship is inspired by Viking’s award-winning river and ocean ships and will feature clean Scandinavian design, as well as public spaces that are familiar to guests but that have been reimagined for Mississippi River voyages.

Rendering of the Viking Mississippi – Penthouse Veranda Stateroom

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

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

Every Mississippi River cruise fare includes everything guests need, with no surprises or hidden fees. Cruise fares include one complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes.

Guests also enjoy many 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.

Rendering of the Viking Mississippi – Veranda Cafe / Barbeque on Deck 5
Rendering of the Viking Mississippi – Pool Deck on Deck 5

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