Viking River Cruises, the immensely popular river cruise line sailing mainly throughout Europe, will drop anchor along the Mississippi River beginning in 2017.
The announcement by Viking came earlier today, confirming rumors of the line’s arrival in the United States from over a year ago. According to the line, Viking will eventually homeport up to six new ships specifically built for the Mississippi River in the United States.
The first two ships, slated to enter service in 2017, will sail from the southern city of New Orleans. As of now, Viking has not announced any details of their new Mississippi itineraries.
The new ships will be built in the United States, carry around 300 guests, and will be crewed by an all American crew.
“We are excited about the prospect of bringing modern river cruising to the Mississippi,” Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen.