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Viking Cruises Have Set Sail on the Mississippi and Stop in Davenport

Susanna Kemerling

The Viking Mississippi made its first-ever stop in the Quad Cities on Wednesday.

Davenport Mayor Mike Matson and Visit QC President and CEO Dave Herrell hosted a ribbon cutting at River Heritage Park in Davenport. This included a red carpet for passengers, gifts for the captain, and a champagne toast.
Herrell says this is going to be a big boost for local tourism.

"The Mississippi River is our world-renowned, global asset. We are proud of it's rich history, and the story that it is helping us tell now, and in the future. We are blessed to have incredible river cruise partners activating the Mississippi."

Viking Mississippi passengers took excursions to experience the Figge Art Museum, the John Deere Pavilion, and the Putnam Museum and Science Center.
Mayor Matson is excited that the Viking is going to stop here.

"...that buy into this, that we are a region and that we strive for excellence. Think positive. Think big. Dream big. And don't accept marginal stuff. Let's get to place where we can continue to improve."

Viking Mississippi will conclude its maiden voyage from St. Paul to New Orleans in 15 days.

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Susanna Kemerling is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2022 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated from Northern Illinois University for Media Studies in Communication and spent the last year working as a Teaching Assistant through the graduate program at NIU.