Viking cruise ship lands in La Crosse for the first time – WIZM 92.3FM 1410AM
The newest large cruise ship on the Mississippi River drew crowds to La Crosse’s Riverside Park on its very first stop in the city.
On her maiden voyage, the 450-foot-long Viking Mississippi arrived in La Crosse early Labor Day morning and stayed until early afternoon, before turning back and head south on the river toward Dubuque, Iowa.
The ship can accommodate 386 people and has 193 cabins, as well as a swimming pool and bar.
The eight-day “Heartland Tour,” from St. Paul to St. Louis, costs from $4,500, according to the Star Tribune. The 15-day trip from St. Paul to New Orleans cost $13,000 or more.
Four more stops at La Crosse are still scheduled this season, with the next scheduled for September 15.
Although the boat passed through the city on its way up the river towards Saint-Paul on Friday, it was the first time that a Viking ship had docked in La Crosse. Stops previously scheduled for this summer have been canceled as the company’s cruise schedule has changed.
The world-renowned luxury cruise line, known for its tours on Europe’s great rivers, announced a few years ago that it would start traveling on the Mississippi, but the pandemic has delayed the first cruises by two years. .
Many Viking Ship passengers disembarked to explore the city, mostly on two-hour bus tours that included stops at the top of Grandad Bluff.
Former La Crosse Library Director Kelly Krieg-Sigman led two of the tours and said several visitors noticed how clean the town was and admired the beautiful lawns they saw around The Crosse.