Viking starts Mississippi River cruises (USA) in August 2022

   April 2, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Viking River Cruises starts Mississippi River cruises in the USA in August 2022 with a currently under construction riverboat (to be chartered) - Viking Mississippi. Vessel's max passenger capacity is 386 (193 cabins) and has 5 decks (4 with staterooms).

Viking Mississippi cruise ship is the first of all 6 (planned) boats built and registered in the USA (flag-state). The vessels will be also all American crewed. Viking Mississippi boat cruises on Mississippi River with departures from homeports NOLA-New OrleansMemphis TNSt Louis MO, 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 ship will be operated under charter by Viking River Cruises USA.

Viking Mississippi cruise ship

Each of the Viking's USA riverboats is a large-sized vessel (building cost ~USD 90-100 million per unit), each with all-balcony staterooms, Lido Deck with an aft-located Sundeck with infinity pool, bow ramp (for passenger landings).

The Viking Mississippi riverboat represents a new design inland passenger vessel that is totally different from all currently available on the US market cruise ships. The boat is traditionally large-sized but with a 90% glass-enclosed superstructure. All staterooms and public venues are with floor-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows.

Signature venues on Viking Mississippi include the trademarked and available on all Viking cruise ships (Longships and ocean liners) Explorer's Lounge (2-deck Bar Lounge) with Bow Terrace (outdoor seating), The Living Room (indoor Lounge with Library), The Restaurant (Dining Room) with Galley (Kitchen), River Cafe (indoor-outdoor Lido restaurant and bar lounge), Aquavit Terrace (indoor-outdoor lounge with BBQ area), Sun Terrace (outdoor lounge with sundeck and swimming pool / Infinity Plunge Pool).

Viking River Cruises USA starts operations with MS Viking Mississippi in August 2022. Currently, the company offers 4 itineraries. The Viking Mississippi itinerary program offers to visit seven US states - Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.