Viking to start
Mississippi cruises

Viking River Cruises' Longship Mississippi

Viking River Cruises has announced that it is to begin cruises in the United States, with a voyage on the Mississippi River.

The cruise, which will run between New Orleans and either Memphis or St Paul depending on the season, will begin operating in 2017.

Wendy Atkin-Smith, UK MD of Viking Cruises said: “This move marks an exciting step for Viking Cruises and our guests who have been keen to see us continue opening up new adventures and experiences from them outside of our popular European and South Asian routes.”

The Mississippi cruises will also call at St James, East Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.

It is not yet known whether Viking will be using traditional American paddle steamers for their Mississippi cruises – in the style of both American Cruise Lines and American Queen Steamboat Company – or utilise their own Viking longships.

More details on itineraries, ship design and an official launch will be confirmed later this year.

To read Neil Barclay’s piece for Cruise Adviser, explaining the difference between ocean and river cruising click here.

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Sam Ballard

Sam Ballard is the publisher of CRUISE ADVISER and has been writing about the cruise industry for a number of years. His CV includes the likes of shipping magazine International Cruise & Ferry Review and the digital publication Cruise News. He can be contacted on:sam@cruise-adviser.com.

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