As Viking's first purpose-built river cruise ship to sail American waters, the 386-passenger Viking Mississippi will combine Viking's trademark Scandinavian design elements and popular features from across its existing river and ocean fleet.
Under construction at Edison Chouest Offshore in Louisiana, Viking Mississippi will also provide a healthy dose of Americana, with a selection of American culinary favorites and onboard enrichment programs, as well as shore excursions designed to impart the history of this waterway and the states it runs through.
At five decks high, the ship is one of the largest passenger vessels constructed on the Mississippi. All 386 passengers will be have oceanview staterooms that offer either French or full step-out balconies; two-room "true suites" will also be available.
The ship will also offer plenty of Viking hallmarks, including a two-story Explorers' Lounge observation area similar to that found aboard Viking Star and its fleetmates; the popular Aquavit Terrace; an infinity pool and sun deck; and a brand-new area known as The Bow -- an expanded outdoor seating area positioned directly in front of the Explorer's Lounge with commanding views of the river.
As with the rest of Viking’s fleet, Viking Mississippi will offer plenty of inclusions, such as beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; complimentary specialty dining; at least one complimentary shore excursion per day; complimentary lectures, Wi-Fi access and free room service.
When it debuts in August 2022, Viking Mississippi will operate four itineraries that will weave a path through seven U.S. states, including Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Darrow, New Orleans and St. Francisville); Mississippi (Natchez and Vicksburg); Tennessee (Memphis); Missouri (Hannibal, St. Louis); Iowa (Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport); Wisconsin (La Crosse); and Minnesota (St. Paul and Red Wing).
Viking's inaugural 2022-2023 season on the Mississippi will include four itineraries ranging from eight to 15 days, including:
Three primary dining venues will be offered aboard Viking Mississippi, intended to collectively offer the most al fresco seating of any river vessel in the region.
The first, the River Café, will offer both indoor and outdoor seating to guests, along with a menu comprising American classics and regionally inspired favorites. It will also have Norwegian menu selections culled from Mamsen's, the popular eatery on Viking's oceangoing ships that serves up dishes from the recipe book of Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen's mother, Ragnhild "Mamsen" Hagen.
The adjacent Aquavit Terrace will be reimagined aboard Viking Mississippi, turning out a classic American barbecue experience in a casual atmosphere that also offers indoor and outdoor seating. Like the River Cafe, this venue will reside on Deck 5 aft.
The Restaurant, Viking Mississippi's main dining venue, takes up the better portion of the back end of Deck 1. Much like the design of the restaurant on Viking's oceangoing and European river cruise ships, the space will have walls of floor-to-ceiling glass. The venue will serve up daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.
As on the rest of Viking's fleet, beer, wine and soft drinks will be complimentary with lunch and dinner. There are no fees to dine in any of the ship's dining venues.
Room Service is provided complimentary around-the-clock.
Viking Mississippi's 193 cabins all offer outside views, and either French or full step-out balconies. Cabins are spread across seven different categories and range in size from 268 square feet to 1,024 square feet. All rooms offer Viking's signature Scandinavian styling and nautical color palette full of rich blues, warm earth tones and soothing natural woods.
Veranda Staterooms are 268 square feet and offer a full step-out balcony. Like all staterooms onboard Viking Mississippi, they come stocked with Freyja toiletries, plush robes and slippers, and a mini-bar stocked with soft drinks, water and snacks. These rooms offer access from 3 p.m. on embarkation day.
Deluxe Veranda Staterooms are identical in size to Veranda Staterooms, but offer 2 p.m. access on embarkation day and come with additional perks like add in-suite binoculars, coffee and a Marius-weave blanket.
French Balcony Staterooms take away the step-out balcony but increase the overall living space to 301 square feet. These rooms can be accessed from 2 p.m. onward on embarkation day, and add in-suite binoculars, coffee and a Marius-weave blanket.
Penthouse Veranda Staterooms are 336 square feet and offer access from 1 p.m. on embarkation day. They add a mini-bar replenished with complimentary alcoholic beverages, in addition to soft drinks, water and snacks; in-suite binoculars, coffee and a Marius-weave blanket; pressing and shoeshine service; and a welcome bottle of Champagne.
Penthouse Junior Suites offer 400 square feet of living space along with access from 11 a.m. on embarkation day. They offer all the amenities of a Penthouse Veranda Stateroom.
Terrace Suites have an expansive veranda that stretches the entire width of the suite. Accessible from 11 a.m. on embarkation day, these 425-square-foot suites offer separate living and sleeping areas; two flat-panel interactive television sets; a mini-bar replenished with complimentary alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, water and snacks; in-suite binoculars, coffee and a Marius-weave blanket; pressing and shoeshine service; and a welcome bottle of Champagne.
Explorer Suites are Viking's top-of-the-line accomodations on the Mississippi River. Ranging in size from 657 to 1,024 square feet, these rooms offer wraparound balconies, separate living and sleeping areas, two flat-panel interactive television sets; a fully stocked mini bar; in-suite binoculars, coffee and a Marius-weave blanket; pressing and shoeshine service; a welcome bottle of Champagne, and a complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage package for all occupants. These rooms are situated at the very front of decks 3 and 5; and at the back of decks 2, 3 and 4 for unparalleled views.
Viking Mississippi will feature an expansive Sun Deck, home to the River Cafe, the Aquavit Terrace, and the aft-facing Sun Terrace with an infinity plunge pool.
In addition to nightly cocktails and music in The Living Room and the Explorers' Lounge, Viking is rolling out a comprehensive enrichment program for its sailings on the Mississippi. This "Culture Curriculum" includes onboard lecturers, destination performances and concerts featuring the music of the region. Enrichment programs on history and current affairs in the United States will be designed in relation to each of Viking Mississippi's ports of call.
When it debuts in August 2022, Viking Mississippi will sail four distinctive itineraries along the Mississippi River: America’s Heartland (8 days, St. Louis to St. Paul); Heart of the Delta (8 days, New Orleans to Memphis); Southern Celebration (8 days, New Orleans-Vicksburg-New Orleans); and America’s Great Rivers, a 15-day journey from New Orleans to St. Paul.
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