Viking to launch US river cruises from New Orleans

Announcement comes as river-cruise trend continues worldwide
The rise of the river-cruise trend continues worldwide. Viking Cruises, which operates a fleet of river cruising vessels along the rivers of Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt – and this year begins ocean cruises as well – has announced New Orleans as the homeport for its first North American itineraries, starting in late 2017.
Viking’s founder, chairman and chief executive officer, Torstein Hagen, is a Norwegian citizen, but the company has a primary sales office in the United States with secondary sales offices in the UK and Australia, and operational offices in Switzerland. Hagen was in New Orleans this week to make the announcement together with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
The Mississippi cruises will operate from docking facilities near the city’s French Quarter. The new service will result in the creation of 416 new direct jobs for Louisiana-based operations and vessel crews.
Plans call for the construction of six new vessels over the next three years at an estimated cost of $90 million to $100 million per vessel, all of which will be built in US shipyards and crewed by US citizens. Customers are expected to travel to New Orleans from the US, Europe and beyond and bring new business to hotels, restaurants, museums and other attractions in the city.
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[photo courtesy Viking Cruises]

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