The Viking Mississippi to depart from downtown St. Paul Saturday with 300 passengers heading toward St. Louis. Inaugural cruise

Viking Mississippi (Artist impression)On Saturday, a 386-passenger luxury cruise ship custom built to ply the famous waters of the Mississippi River will dock at Lambert’s Landing in downtown St. Paul, but it won’t stick around for long.

By 10 p.m. that night, some 300 passengers from across the globe will board for an eight-day cruise to St. Louis.

The Viking Mississippi will make its long-awaited and repeatedly-delayed inaugural trip from Minnesota’s capital city, the first of what Swiss-based Viking River Cruises has promoted as a regular occurrence.

The ship returns to St. Paul from St. Louis on Sept. 17, and then heads out the same day from Lambert’s Landing on the 15-day “America’s Great River” cruise to New Orleans, which is sold out. Another sold-out departure from St. Paul is scheduled in mid-October.

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