Viking and American Cruise Lines to make waterfront improvements in Vicksburg Mississippi

   December 28, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Two cruise companies that offer Mississippi River voyages can start making developments to the waterfront in Vicksburg MS (Mississippi).

The city's mayor reached an agreement with a railway company clearing up questions about who owns waterfront property. According to the city attorney, Nancy Thomas, Vicksburg can begin subdividing the waterfront. Viking Cruises and ACL-American Cruise Lines leased sites to build docking facilities there, at the lines’ expense.

On November 25, ACL signed an agreement to pay the city US$2 per passenger under the lease. ACL will pay US$3 per passenger in case the lease is extended an additional 5 years. In the past, 3 ACL riverboats have stopped at Vicksburg MS. According to the agreement, ACL is due to developing its area to duplicate a “park-like setting.” 

Port of Vicksburg MS (Mississippi)

On November 16, city leaders approved a 20-year lease with Viking USA LLC at a rate of US$1 per passenger to use the docking site. Viking is leasing a section of Vicksburg’s riverfront (along Yazoo Diversion Canal) to build a berthing facility for its new riverboats, the first of which (Viking Mississippi) is expected to arrive in Vicksburg MS in 2022.