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Southern Celebration

Embark on an enchanting journey with Viking River Cruises aboard the ‘Southern Celebration’, a unique and immersive experience that dives deep into the heart of the American South. Your voyage on the mighty Mississippi River, often referred to as the ‘Mother Waters’ by Mark Twain, unveils an area rich in culture, music, food, and history that is unlike any other.

Your expedition begins in New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz. This vibrant city, known for its lively music scene, delectable cuisine, and unique blend of Spanish, French, African and American cultures, is your gateway to the Old South. Meander through the French Quarter, marveling at the Spanish colonial architecture, historic cathedrals, and bustling street markets, while the irresistible rhythm of Dixieland jazz wafts through the air.

From New Orleans, the journey northwards unravels the essence of the Old South. Majestic plantation estates dot the river banks, each narrating a unique piece of Southern history. Walk through these stately mansions, surrounded by centuries-old live oaks draped in Spanish moss, and gain a deeper understanding of the region’s history and life before the Civil War.

Further up the river, Baton Rouge awaits, with its rich political history and vibrant Cajun culture. Visit the Old Louisiana State Capitol, a Gothic architectural treasure that towers over the city, or the modern Louisiana State Capitol, the tallest state capitol in the United States. Don’t miss out on a culinary adventure here – indulge in local favorites like gumbo, crawfish etouffee, or jambalaya, an explosion of flavors that define Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Throughout your voyage, our expert guides provide context and insight into the South’s complex history, its enduring traditions, and its musical heritage. Onboard the ‘Southern Celebration’, you can expect an intimate and comfortable journey, with spacious staterooms, fine dining experiences, and an array of amenities designed for your comfort and convenience. Evenings are filled with vibrant performances of blues, jazz, and gospel music, promising a true Southern celebration.

The cruise culminates with a return to New Orleans, where the spirit of “Laissez les bons temps rouler” permeates the air, encouraging you to let the good times roll. Join us on this remarkable journey and experience the distinctive charm, history, and hospitality of the Lower Mississippi.

With Viking River Cruises, we don’t just take you to the destination, we bring the destination to you. We look forward to welcoming you aboard the ‘Southern Celebration’, where the allure of the Old South comes alive.

Robert Riesmeyer

Introducing Robert Riesmeyer: The Visionary Behind Travel Unrivaled

Robert Riesmeyer, a passionate traveler, and experience curator extraordinaire is redefining the way we explore the world. For Robert, travel isn’t just about reaching a destination; it’s an exhilarating journey that begins the moment you step out of your comfort zone. Born and raised in the Midwest, he left behind an insurance business to create Travel Unrivaled, a venture that combines his expertise in personal protection and safe travel with his insatiable wanderlust. Robert’s unique talent lies in crafting one-of-a-kind group experiences, where every moment is meticulously curated, leaving clients with unforgettable memories.

If you’re seeking more than just a vacation, if you crave extraordinary experiences that transcend the ordinary, and if you’re ready to embark on journeys that redefine adventure, then Robert Riesmeyer and Travel Unrivaled are your gateways to the extraordinary. Join Robert on his quest to make every travel experience an unforgettable tale, and you’ll soon discover that the world has so much more to offer when seen through his adventurous eyes.