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Sail on America's Waterways

Don't miss an opportunity to explore the culture and landscape of America's heartland, or the unspoiled wilderness and natural beauty of the Great Lakes and Canada!​  With a river cruise, you can explore unique destinations close to home as you sail the mighty Mississippi or across Lake Superior and Lake Huron - with everything you need already included in your trip.

Be among the first to step onboard for these unique adventures! Sailings are available to book now for 2022 and 2023.

Mississippi River Cruises

Stretching for 2,350 miles, from Minnesota's Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, our new cruises on the "Mighty Mississippi" offer a different type of cross-country journey for the curious explorer–one that allows you to be immersed in American history and culture.

A Mississippi River cruise offers the rare opportunity to sail through America's heartland. Explore picturesque towns and boom cities; take in views of pastoral farms and towering bluffs; and immerse yourself in region's rich history and culture. Here are a few highlights Viking reveals to you:

  • New Orleans's festive French Quarter and Creole cuisine

  • Cajun heritage in Baton Rouge

  • Vicksburg National Military Park

  • BBQ and Delta blues in Memphis

  • Mark Twain's boyhood home

  • Working family farm visit in Iowa

  • Birdwatching along the "Mississippi Flyway"

  • St. Louis's Gateway Arch and pioneering spririt

  • Norwegian cultural experience at Vesterheim

  • Intricate locks and dams of the Upper Mississippi

Great Lakes and Canada Cruises

Discover natural wonders: from outstanding beauty to historic cities and a deep connection to nature, the Great Lakes are an undiscovered treasure, boasting stunning national parks best explored via tranquil kayaking and hiking. This area is also rich in culture, with world-class museums, vibrant cities and areas steeped in First Nations traditions.

America’s Great Lakes are a little-known, unspoiled wonderland, boasting diverse natural beauty, scenic wildlife and some of the most interesting cities in North America. Over 750 miles across with 10,000 miles of coastline, the Great Lakes cover an area twice as large as Pennsylvania. Glide silently by kayak past otters in Georgian Bay, hear the roar of Niagara Falls, hike through verdant old forests or visit Canada’s prominent museums to marvel at art inspired by these shores. Here are some highlights you may experience during your journey:

  • Explore the largest freshwater ecosystem on earth—the Great Lakes

  • Watch for wildlife, from bald eagles to moose, bears and beavers

  • Hike through stunning forests in this pristine environment

  • Learn about Canada’s colonial past and the St. Lawrence River

  • Kayak in stunning Georgian Bay—a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

  • View the world-class collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum

  • Explore tranquil, scenic Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

  • Transit engineering marvels like the Welland Canal and Soo Locks

Viking Mississippi

Hosting 386 guests in 193 all outside staterooms, the new state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi is inspired by our award-winning Viking Longships® and ocean ships and will feature clean Scandinavian design, as well as public spaces that are familiar to guests but that have been reimagined for Mississippi River voyages. Purpose-built for the Mississippi, the ship’s cutting-edge design, expansive windows and comfortable amenities will make it the first truly modern cruise ship in the region.


Viking Octantis

Hosting 378 guests, the new Viking Octantis offers sweeping views from your outside retreat. The staterooms and suites on Viking Octantis are the most spacious and elegant of any expedition ship afloat, offering you an unparalleled level of comfort as you experience the world’s most remote locations.

Why Viking River Cruises?

When you board a Viking longship, you are transported into the heart of your destination, from stepping ashore to watching the landscape as you float by.

Included with every Viking River Cruise:

  • One shore excursion in each port of call, led by a knowledgeable local guide

  • All onboard meals, featuring regional specialties made with locally sourced ingredients and always available American classics

  • Restaurant reservations with your choice of multiple dining venues and times (including open seating)

  • Wine, beer & sodas with onboard lunch and dinner service

  • Specialty coffees & teas available 24 hours

  • Bottled water replenished daily

  • Internet/ wi-fi so you can remain connected

  • First-class hotels for overnight stays during our cruisetour programs and pre & post cruise extension packages

  • In-room infotainment system features movies on demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more

  • All port charges & government taxes — no nickel and diming

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