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Viking cruise ship returns to La Crosse Monday, with two more stops in the city in October



The city of La Crosse hosted three big riverboats last week, as the summer tourism season begins to wind down. Two more stops at Riverside Park are scheduled this week.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, the brand new Viking Mississippi returns to La Crosse after a trip up to the Twin Cities.

During a stop last Thursday — that was shortened when the boat’s arrival to La Crosse was delayed a couple hours — WIZM was given a tour of the Viking vessel, to see its lower-level bar, dining areas and the interior of a stateroom.

There is also a small swimming pool on the top deck at the rear of the boat.

The lower deck bar on the Viking Mississippi while stopped at Riverside Park on Sept. 15, 2022, in La Crosse, Wis. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

The other boat set to visit La Crosse this week is the American Duchess paddlewheeler, arriving Friday.

Many of the passengers on the big boat take bus tours of La Crosse or just walk downtown.

The ship’s crew makes regular announcements, reminding those travelers when the tours are available, and when they should return to the boat before it continues on its voyage.

The Viking Mississippi has two more stops scheduled in La Crosse this season on Oct. 13, 17.

A Viking cruise stateroom while stopped at Riverside Park on Sept. 15, 2022, in La Crosse, Wis. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. nick berry

    September 19, 2022 at 5:18 am

    Thank you for the dates that ships will be here. Would have been a bonus if the times for the stops on this Friday and the October dates would have been included.
    Is there a website we could go to for that info?

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