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Viking Mississippi riverboat is floated out in Louisiana

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Viking Mississippi after emerging from the building dock at Edison Chouest Offshore’s LaShip yard in Houma, Louisiana
The 386-passenger Viking Mississippi was floated out in Louisiana, marking a major construction milestone.

Set to debut in June, it is Viking's first US riverboat and will sail on the Lower and Upper Mississippi River, between New Orleans and St. Paul, Minnesota.

'Our guests have long wanted to sail the Mississippi River with Viking, and we very much look forward to welcoming them onboard this summer,' Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen said. He thanked Edison Chouest Offshore for bringing the vessel to life.

LaShip yard in Houma

The float-out took place at Edison Chouest Offshore’s LaShip yard in Houma. In keeping with maritime tradition, a ceremonial godmother, Dionne Chouest, general counsel of Edison Chouest Offshore, was on hand.

Viking’s arrival to the Mississippi will represent a major commitment to tourism and economic development in many communities along the river. The voyages are expected to bring more than 7,500 passengers to the region in 2022 and more than 17,600 in the first full sailing season in 2023.

Ports span seven states

Currently scheduled ports span seven US states: 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 (Red Wing, St. Paul).

The five-deck vessel has all outside staterooms and is inspired by Viking’s river and ocean ships with elegant Scandinavian design and familiar public spaces reimagined for the Mississippi.

More than one year ago, Viking opened 2024 itineraries for sale on strong demand.

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