Viking Mississippi

Viking Mississippi current position

Viking Mississippi current location is at US Inland (coordinates 35.17904 N / -90.05738 W) cruising en route to MEMPHIS,TN. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Viking Mississippi

Viking Mississippi current cruise is 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans. Prices start from USD 12999 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 13 Jul, 2024 and ends on 27 Jul, 2024.

Specifications of Viking Mississippi

Year of build2022  /  Age: 2
Flag state USA
BuilderEdison Chouest Offshore-ECO Shipyards/LaShip Shipyard (Houma, Louisiana USA)
ClassMississippi river cruiser
Ferry route / homeportsNew Orleans-Saint Paul MN
Building costUSD 90 million
Speed12 kn / 22 km/h / 14 mph
Length (LOA)114 m / 374 ft
Beam (width)11 m / 36 ft
Gross Tonnage10000 gt
Passengers386
Crew148
Decks5
Cabins193
Decks with cabins4
Christened bytba
OwnerEdison Chouest Offshore USA
OperatorViking River Cruises USA (via Viking USA LLC)

Viking Mississippi Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Jun 22 20 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans $17999
2024 Jun 29 13 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Memphis TN $11999
2024 Jul 06 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul
2024 Jul 13 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $12999
2024 Jul 20 14 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans
2024 Jul 27 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5299
2024 Jul 27 20 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans $15999
2024 Aug 03 13 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Memphis TN $10699
2024 Aug 10 7 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis MO
2024 Aug 17 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul
2024 Aug 24 7 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis MO
2024 Aug 31 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul
2024 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis MO
2024 Sep 14 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $13449
2024 Sep 28 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $6699
2024 Sep 28 20 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans $19999
2024 Oct 05 13 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Memphis TN $13299
2024 Oct 12 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul
2024 Oct 19 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul
2024 Nov 02 6 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans and Southern Charms Cruise New Orleans $9999
2024 Nov 23 6 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans and Southern Charms Cruise New Orleans $3999
2024 Nov 30 6 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans and Southern Charms Cruise New Orleans $3999
2024 Dec 07 6 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans and Southern Charms Cruise New Orleans $4299
2024 Dec 14 6 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans and Southern Charms Cruise New Orleans $3999
2024 Dec 21 6 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans and Southern Charms Cruise New Orleans $3999
2024 Dec 28 6 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans and Southern Charms Cruise New Orleans $3999
2025 Jan 04 6 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans and Southern Charms Cruise New Orleans $3999
2025 Jun 14 14 days, one-way from New Orleans to Alton IL New Orleans $11499
2025 Jun 14 20 days, one-way from New Orleans to Red Wing MN New Orleans $15499
2025 Jul 05 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $12999
2025 Jul 19 14 days, one-way from New Orleans to Alton IL New Orleans $10999
2025 Jul 19 20 days, one-way from New Orleans to Red Wing MN New Orleans $14699
2025 Sep 06 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $13999
2025 Sep 20 14 days, one-way from New Orleans to Alton IL New Orleans $11999
2025 Sep 20 20 days, one-way from New Orleans to Red Wing MN New Orleans $16399
2025 Oct 11 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $13999
2025 Nov 22 6 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans and Southern Charms Cruise New Orleans $4449
2025 Nov 29 6 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans and Southern Charms Cruise New Orleans $4299
2025 Dec 20 6 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans and Southern Charms Cruise New Orleans $3999
2025 Dec 27 6 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans and Southern Charms Cruise New Orleans $3999

Viking Mississippi Review

Review of Viking Mississippi

The 2022-built Viking Mississippi cruise ship is the first of all 6 (planned) boats built and registered in the USA (flag-state). The vessels are also all American crewed. The boat Viking Mississippi operates on the Lower and Upper Mississippi, with departures from homeports NOLA-New Orleans, Memphis TN, St 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 is operated under charter by the subsidiary company Viking USA LLC via the new brand Viking River Cruises USA.

Viking Mississippi cruise ship (Mississippi River, USA)

The vessel is currently USA-flagged (MMSI number 368261120).

Officially inaugurated in September 2022, Viking Mississippi has max passenger capacity 386. Each of the Viking's USA riverboats is a large-sized newbuild vessel (building cost ~USD 90-100 million per unit), each with 5 decks (4 with cabins), all-balcony staterooms (193), Lido Deck (with an aft-located Sundeck and infinity pool), bow ramp (for passenger landings).

Viking's competitors on the US river cruising market are the companies American Cruise Lines and American Queen Voyages/Steamboat Company (AQSC).

Decks and Cabins

Viking Mississippi staterooms (193 total) are on 4 decks (out of 5 total), all with balconies and grouped in 13 cabin grades. All staterooms (except 8x handicap cabins with French Balconies) are with Outside Balconies (step-out verandas). French Balcony staterooms are ADA cabins (wheelchair-accessible), with larger bathrooms and convenient midship location (near the Atrium's lifts). All cabin balconies are fitted with 2 deckchairs and 1 low table. Balcony access is via side-sliding, floor-ceiling glass doors. French Balcony cabins are with floor-ceiling windows, slide-opening to a railing.

Standard (complimentary) cabin amenities include King-size double bed (Viking Explorer Bed, convertible to twins), premium quality linens, luxury pillows, 42-inch smart HDTV with infotainment system (interactive LCDTV with satellite reception, intuitive remote, Internet, complimentary on-demand movies, ship info channel, real-time bow camera "View From the Bridge"), 110/120 V power outlets (USA-standard) with USB charging ports, dimmer lighting (LED), phone (direct-dial), minibar (refrigerator with complimentary soft drinks, bottled water, snacks / stocked once per cruise), spacious wardrobe (slide-opening, with hangers and drawers), mirrored dressing table with chair, 1 coffee table with 2 armchairs, electronic safe box (in the closet), purified water (refilled daily), free Wi-Fi, en-suite bathroom (WC-toilet, single-sink vanity, glass shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror, hairdryer, plush bathrobes and slippers, premium toiletries - by Freyja), individually-controlled air-conditioning, 24-hour room service, dedicated cabin steward, twice-daily housekeeping service.

All categories above V-Veranda Stateroom additionally receive as perks binoculars (in-cabin use only), coffee making machine, MARIUS (traditional Norwegian) wool blankets. PV-Penthouse Veranda and all suites additionally receive once-daily replenished minibar (complimentary alcoholic drinks, sodas, bottled water, snacks). PV cabins get complimentary pressing and shoeshine services, while all suites also get complimentary laundry service and Welcome Gift (bottle of champagne upon boarding). All Suites are with two TVs (1x in the living room, 1x in the bedroom) and large bathrooms (with double-sink vanities).

ES-Explorer Suite (the ship's largest accommodation) is a 2-room suite with the separate bedroom-living room, walk-in closet (mirrored dressing table with chair), dining area (2-seat table), lounge area (3-seater sofa, 2 armchairs, low table), large bathroom (with spa bathtub), wraparound aft-facing balcony with outdoor seating (2 deckchairs with low table) and a double daybed. Explorer Suite cruise prices are also inclusive of "Silver Spirits Beverage Package" (Viking Cruises' alcohol-inclusive unlimited drink package). TS-Terrace Suite is also a 2-room cabin. PV-PS-TS staterooms have 2-seater couches in their lounge areas.

 

Viking Mississippi riverboat's boarding/embarkation time is fixed (at 11 AM) but cabin access times (room entry) differ by stateroom grade.

  • PV-Veranda (3 PM)
  • FB-French Balcony and DV-Deluxe Veranda (2 PM)
  • PV-Penthouse Veranda (1 PM)
  • PS-Penthouse Junior Suite, TS-Terrace Suite and ES-Explorer Suite (11 AM) - which means cabin access is immediately after boarding).

Shipboard facilities and amenities

MS 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.

Viking Mississippi riverboat (Aquavit Terrace)

Of all the 5 passenger-accessible decks, 4 are with staterooms. Each cabin deck has a launderette (laundry room with self-service laundromats). Of the riverboat's three Lifts (glass-door elevators), two are in the Atrium (midship) and one is located forward-portside. The elevators access all decks (1-5). All decks are also interlinked via stairs (forward, midship and aft).

Viking Mississippi riverboat (Explorers Lounge)

Signature venues on Viking Mississippi include the trademarked and available on all Viking cruise ships (Longships and ocean liners) Explorers' 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), Promenade Deck (full-circling Deck 1).

 

Viking USA river cruise itineraries

Viking River Cruises USA officially started operations with MS Viking Mississippi with the maiden voyage in 2022 (8-day "America’s Heartland" itinerary from St Paul MN to St Louis MO/departing from Saint Paul on September 3rd).

Viking USA's bookings opened in 2020 - on March 31st (for past customers) and on April 16th (for the general public).

Currently, the company offers 4 itineraries.

ThemeItinerary (homeports)Itinerary (call ports)Price USDPrice GBP
"Heart of the Delta"8-day from New Orleans to MemphisNew Orleans LA, Darrow LA, Baton Rouge LA, St Francisville LA, Natchez MS, Vicksburg MS, Memphis TN42203390
"America's Heartland"8-day from St Louis to St PaulSt Louis MO, Hannibal MO, Burlington IA, Quad Cities (Davenport IA), Dubuque IA, La Crosse WI, Red Wing MN, Minneapolis-St Paul MN59604790
"Southern Celebration"8-day roundtrip from New OrleansNew Orleans LA, Darrow LA, St Francisville LA, Natchez MS, Vicksburg MS, Baton Rouge LA, New Orleans LA42203390
"America's Great River"15-day from St Paul to New OrleansMinneapolis-St Paul MN, Red Wing MN, La Crosse WI, Dubuque IA, Quad Cities (Davenport IA), Burlington IA, Hannibal MO, St Louis MO, Memphis TN, Vicksburg MS, Natchez MS, Baton Rouge LA, New Orleans LA108208690

The above-listed prices are only indicative and based on double occupancy. The following video highlights Viking Cruises' Mississippi River shore excursion experiences.

 

The next itinerary map shows all visited river ports and in which US state.are they located.

Viking Mississippi cruise itinerary map

The Viking Mississippi itinerary program offers to visit seven US states - Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

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In 2015 was officially announced Viking's plan to enter USA's river cruising market by chartering newbuild ships for year-round operations on Mississippi River. However, the process was slowed due to issues regarding the so-called "Jones Act" (Merchant Marine Act from 1920). It imposes restrictions on where USA-based ships can navigate and how to be staffed.

In October 2018 was announced as a potential start-up (with Mississippi-based boats) the year 2021. By 2027, Viking plans to increase its annual passenger river shipping capacity to 100,000+ (compared to 2018's 50,600) by deploying six Viking riverboats in the USA. The 7-night/8-day itineraries include roundtrips from New Orleans, as well as one-ways between New Orleans and Memphis TN, and between St Louis MO and Minneapolis-Saint Paul MN.

Viking Mississippi was constructed at the Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) Shipyards-owned company LaShip Shipyard (Houma, Louisiana USA). Due to strong demand, bookings for Viking's 2023-2024 itinerary program opened on July 2, 2020. Viking's Mississippi River year-round deployment is expected to bring 7500+ passengers in 2022 and 17600+ tourists during the full 2023 season.

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Viking Mississippi was launched/floated out from drydock on March 7, 2022. The ceremony was led by godmother/madrina Dionne Chouest (Edison Chouest Offshore's General Counsel).

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2022

Next tables show the riverboat's inaugural itineraries (by theme) as call ports and USD pricing per person (double-occupancy balcony cabin rates).

(MAIDEN VOYAGE/2022) 7-day St Louis to St Paul - priced from USD 4790 pp

Date / TimePort
27 AugDeparting from St Louis, Missouri
28 AugHannibal, Missouri
29 AugBurlington, Iowa
30 AugDavenport, Iowa, Quad Cities
31 AugDubuque, Iowa
01 SepLa Crosse, Wisconsin
02 SepRed Wing, Minnesota
03 SepArriving in Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota

14-day from St Paul to Port NOLA (New Orleans)

Date / TimePort
17 SepDeparting from Minneapolis-St Paul
18 SepRed Wing, Minnesota
19 SepLa Crosse, Wisconsin
20 SepDubuque, Iowa
21 SepDavenport, Iowa, Quad Cities
22 SepBurlington, Iowa
23 SepHannibal, Missouri
24 SepSt Louis, Missouri
26 SepMemphis, Tennessee
28 SepVicksburg, Mississippi
29 SepNatchez, Mississippi
30 SepBaton Rouge, Louisiana
01 OctArriving in New Orleans, Louisiana

7-day from New Orleans to Memphis (USD 6990 pp)

Date / TimePort
29 OctDeparting from New Orleans
30 OctDarrow, Louisiana
31 OctBaton Rouge, Louisiana
01 NovSt Francisville, Louisiana
02 NovNatchez, Mississippi
03 NovVicksburg, Mississippi
05 NovArriving in Memphis, Tennessee

(Southern Celebration) 7-day roundtrip from New Orleans (USD 4290 pp)

Date / TimePort
26 Nov - 27 NovDeparting from New Orleans
28 NovDarrow, Louisiana
29 NovSt Francisville, Louisiana
30 NovNatchez, Mississippi
01 DecVicksburg, Mississippi
02 DecBaton Rouge, Louisiana
03 DecArriving in New Orleans

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