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Viking Mississippi Review

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Is this Heaven?

Review for Viking Mississippi to North America River
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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Sep 2022

Viking and river cruising go together like cookies and milk so when Viking announced in 2017 that they were planning to cruise the Mississippi we were sold and booked as soon as it was available. We had no plans to be on the inaugural cruise but due to construction delays the honor was bestowed upon us. This made the cruise a little extra, both extra fun and a little extra frustrating.

First off the ship is wonderful. We have cruised previously with Viking and on the AMA Magna (the double wide on the Danube) The dimensions of the ship are like the Magna at 450 feet long and 75 feet wide but with five floors total as opposed to two. If you are expecting a paddle wheel, smoke stacks and crushed velvet interiors you will be disappointed. It is a thoroughly modern ship and feels crisp and clean like an Ikea store. The public spaces are simply awesome and there is plenty of room for lounging, reading, napping and drinking. The front of the ship has a two story lounge area with expansive windows to take in the incredible river views. The bar staff (Chris, Paul, Eli) were a lot of fun and certainly enhanced the experience. The Silver Spirts package is available on board and the bourbon section was fairly well represented.

In the center of the ship is the living room and library. This huge area of couches and chairs was the hub of entertainment and edutainment. The on board offerings were great with a band or singer most evenings and several lectures on Americana and local information. Directly aft of this area was the restaurant. Food was great but staff was still working out some of the kinks. Viking has a bit of an older clientele that swarmed the restaurant at opening time like mayflies on the Mississippi. This would overwhelm the kitchen for a bit and make service slow. That being said there were no starvation deaths on our cruise and if you are able to wait until seven to eat you can be seated and served quickly.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience from the inaugural voyage of the Viking Mississippi, dartngnon! From praising our staff to your glowing description of this new ship—and...

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