On Saturday, September 3, a 386-passenger luxury river cruise ship (custom-built for the Mississippi River) docked at Lambert’s Landing in downtown Saint Paul (Minnesota).
By 10 pm, ~300 tourists from around the world boarded an 8-day voyage ending in St Louis (Missouri).
The vessel is scheduled to return to St Paul from St Louis on September 17th, and then head out the same day from Lambert’s Landing on a 15-day “America’s Great River” itinerary ending in New Orleans (Louisiana).
Another sold-out departure from St Paul is scheduled in mid-October.
The 2022-built Viking Mississippi is the first of all 6 (planned) large riverboats built and registered in the USA (flag-state). The vessels are also all American crewed. Viking Mississippi operates on the Lower and Upper Mississippi, with departures from homeports NOLA-New Orleans, St Louis MO, Memphis TN, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul MN.
The shipbuilder (and shipowner) is ECO Shipyards - a fully-owned subsidiary of Edison Chouest Offshore (1960-founded as "Edison Chouest Boat Rentals" marine corporation). The vessel is operated under charter by the subsidiary company Viking USA LLC via the new brand Viking River Cruises USA.