Who has not read Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and not dreamt of a trip down the Mississippi? What an adventure! You may remember that he traveled on a homemade raft. It even had a wigwam on it, perfect for escaping the blazing sun or rainy weather. Right in the middle of the wigwam was a framed layer of dirt so he could safely build a fire to keep warm on chilly nights or cook his catch of the day. Not your idea of luxury river cruising? No worries! There is a much better option!
Beginning in 2017 Viking River Cruises, known for its luxury European river cruises, will offer its first North American itineraries. Two new specially built luxury riverboats will embark from docks near the French Quarter in New Orleans for a journey along the Mississippi River to itinerary stops in St. James, East Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes, continuing upriver to Memphis, St. Louis; or St. Paul, depending on the season.
Like all Viking cruises, the journey will be enriched by knowledgeable local guides, activities and excursions that will immerse you in the history, culture, and cuisine of all the great cities and towns along the Mississippi River. So sit back, relax, enjoy “Old Man River”, and let the pace of river cruising allow you to take pleasure in the ever-changing scenery.