Viking Cruises Sails the Mississippi
Viking Cruises on the Mississipi
Viking River Cruises is coming to America. The European-based cruise line has revealed plans to base six river ships in New Orleans. Starting late 2017, the first ever sailings in North America will head up the Mississippi River. During the next three years, two ships per year will be deployed.
Embarking from the New Orleans French Quarter, the itinerary will include stops in St. James, East Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes in Louisiana. Then, depending on the season will continue upriver to Memphis and St. Louis, Missouri or further north to St. Paul, Minnesota. With stops in Missouri, it presents a great opportunity to listen to some great American jazz or blues music!
A Boast to the Economy
The move to the United States will create nearly 800 jobs for the Louisiana-based vessels. The Viking River Cruise ships, costing upwards of $100 million will be built in US shipyards.
Viking Cruises on the High Seas
Viking River Cruises will launch the first of its ocean-going vessels this year. The line, formerly only sailed on the rivers of Europe but in recent years has expanded its fleet to other rivers of the world. Now, the all-veranda, ocean-going Viking Star will be christened on May 17, 2015. Then, on April 11th, the new ship will take her maiden voyage from Istanbul and sail through the Mediterranean Sea.
Source: TravelPulseTags: River Cruises