River cruises – with small boats traveling along the world’s waterways and providing easy access to the beach – offer passengers the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in the history, cuisine and culture of a region. For more than 20 years, Viking Cruises have been leaders on trips along the European Rivers. Starting in 2022, the company will launch a new cruise ship in the US, on the Mississippi River, bringing travelers to the heart of America. “The Mississippi River is closer to home for many of our guests, and no other waterway plays an important role in American history, commerce and culture,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises.
The ship-made cruise line, the Mississippi Viking, debuted in August 2022, traveling in Lower and Upper Mississippi between New Orleans and St. Louis. Paul, Minnesota. Depending on the schedule, there will be port calls in seven countries: Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The five-deck vessel, featuring the company’s modern Scandinavian design, will carry 386 passengers, with 193 all passengers. – outer cabins in sizes ranging from 268 square feet to 1,024 square feet. All cabins have a private veranda or French balcony. There is still plenty of room to explore. The 360 degree pedestrian deck will allow passengers to walk throughout the ship, stretching their legs while enjoying the view. The two-story sun lounger lounge, with ceiling-high windows, will open to The Bow, an open-air seating area at the front of the ship where passengers can enjoy the changing views of the river’s edge.
And Sun Terrace ships will be home to infinity swimming pools. Dining options will include River Café, with American and Norwegian specialties, and Aquavit Terrace, serving barbecue. Along the Mississippi River, cultural experience will include iconic musical performances in the region, from jazz, blues and gospel to polka and Scandinavian folk songs. Guest lecturers on board will explain the art, architecture, history, culture, the natural world, and others in the region. Among the planned visits are a kayak trip with a guide in Louisiana Bayou, a visit to a farm that works in the Midwest, and a tour of the Louisiana Rural Life Museum to learn about Cajun culture. The Vikings plan four inaugural voyages for 2022-2023: three 8-day trips each from St. St. Louis to St. Louis Paul, New Orleans to Memphis and round trip from New Orleans; and a 15-day trip from New Orleans to St. Paul. Along the way there will be opportunities to learn about American history, from explorers Lewis and Clark, to settlers who migrated westward, to the story of Mark Twain, the story of the Civil War and the civil rights movement. While the first cruise is a few more years, the Viking Cruise trip in Mississippi can be booked immediately, making this the perfect time to dream now, traveling later.
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