First Peek at Viking Mississippi River Ship Design Plans

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In case you didn’t know, Viking – of Viking Cruises fame – recently announced the debut of their first Mississippi river cruise ship, Viking Mississippi. The year 2022 sounds like a long way off right now, so to satisfy everyone’s curiosity, here’s a preview of what to expect when Viking Mississippi is a reality. 

Viking Mississippi, Viking's new Mississippi river cruise ship.
Viking Mississippi on the Mississippi River (Rendering: Viking Cruises)

Viking Mississippi River Ship Debut is Getting Closer

When the new made-in-the-USA river ship is launched in 2022, the majority of the cruise itineraries will be seven-night cruises from New Orleans. Most cruises will be round-trip from the Big Easy. Several one-way north or southbound cruises on the lower Mississippi are offered. A very few special, full-length Mississippi river cruises are planned. 

Some features included on Viking’s new ship

  • Free Wi-Fi when available
  • Self-service launderettes and laundry service
  • 42″ flat-screen, interactive LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Elevators conveniently located throughout the ship
  • Infinity plunge pool

Viking Mississippi river cruise ship – Sneak peek at artist renderings of the river ship’s interior spaces. 

Viking Mississippi Living Room
Viking Mississippi Living Room, one of the first places you’ll see upon boarding the river ship.
Viking Mississippi The Bow
Aptly named, The Bow, you have a front row seat to relax and watch the scenery.

As you scroll through these photos, if you’ve ever taken a Viking river or Viking ocean cruise, you’ll see some familiar spaces. 

Viking Mississippi Sun Terrace
Like the infinity pools on Viking’s ocean ships, there will be an infinity plunge pool here.

It gets pretty darn humid in late summer on the lower Mississippi. This pool and terrace will be a welcome retreat, especially in July and August.

Viking Mississippi River Cafe
Viking Mississippi’s River Café features American classics and Mamsen’s Norwegian specialties.

One of my favorite spots on Viking’s ocean ships is Mamsen’s for authentic Norwegian food.

Viking Mississippi the Restaurant
A familiar name to Viking cruisers, The Restaurant is again the main dining room.

And again, Viking has brought their success from their ocean ships to the Mississippi River.

Explorers Lounge
The two-story Explorers Lounge offers an almost panoramic view.
Viking Mississippi Aquavit Terrace
My favorite dining spot on both Viking’s river and ocean ships, Aquavit Terrace.

Viking Mississippi Verandah and French Balcony staterooms

Viking Mississippi French Balcony Stateroom
Artist rendering of a French Balcony Stateroom.

In total, there will be 193 all outside staterooms. Of these, 128 are Veranda & Deluxe Veranda Staterooms, eight staterooms have French Balconies, 24 Penthouse Veranda Staterooms, 16 Penthouse Junior Suites, seven Terrace Suites and 10 sprawling Explorer Suites.

Viking Mississippi Deluxe Verandah
Here’s the Deluxe Verandah. While the actual stateroom is less square footage than the French Balcony, it’s made up for with the outdoor space.

Reservations are open at Viking, and some of the sailings are already sold out. More news about this new ship as soon as we hear about it.

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