Viking River Cruises may be Mississippi bound

Viking River Cruises, which broke records this week by christening 10 ships simultaneously, is planning an entrance into the Mississippi River market. 

Viking plans to build a ship similar to its European-style Longships for Mississippi River cruising, according to reports on and Seatrade Insider, foregoing the traditional paddlewheeler style that's operated by companies like American Cruise Lines and American Queen Steamboat Co.  

The ship would enter service in 2015.

The Mississippi is "a nice place to be," Hagen told Seatrade. "We can show the Americans what a river ship should really look like."

A representative for Viking confirmed the Seatrade report but added, "we don't have any additional information to share at this time."

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