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Viking Is Launching Its Highly-Anticipated North American River Cruise

The travel giant is bringing its river cruising success to North America.

Courtesy of Viking Cruises
Courtesy of Viking Cruises
Courtesy of Viking Cruises

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Cruising has bounced back big time following a tumultuous few years for the industry. Viking is just the latest example of that. The Norwegian travel company is making its highly-anticipated foray into North American river cruising. 

Last weekend, its first sailing departed on the Mississippi River for a seven-night journey from St. Paul, Minnesota to St. Louis, stopping along river towns on the way, The Points Guy reports. The 386-passenger, five-deck ship was custom built for the journey.

The cruise giant already dominates river sails, but had yet to tap into the North American market. Viking offers river cruises across Europe, Asia, and even on the Nile in Egypt. 

Courtesy of Viking Cruises
Courtesy of Viking Cruises
Courtesy of Viking Cruises
Courtesy of Viking Cruises
Courtesy of Viking Cruises
Courtesy of Viking Cruises

And according to the outlet, the ship won’t look all that different than other popular vessels in its fleet. The Viking Mississippi boasts the brand’s signature Aquavit Terrace dining spaces, a River Cafe serving Norwegian specialties, as well as an outdoor space called The Bow, and a sun terrace with an infinity plunge pool. 

For its debut year, the Viking Mississippi will also operate a seven-night trip between New Orleans and Memphis, and a 14-night voyage between New Orleans and St. Paul. Fares start at $3,999 a person for the seven-night trips.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Megan Schaltegger is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist.

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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