The public is invited to welcome cruise passengers on Saturday, Sept. 10
Viking River Cruises will make its first-ever port of call to Alton on Saturday, Sept. 10. It will dock on Alton’s riverfront, marking its inaugural port call to the city, at 11:30 a.m.
Alton will roll out the red carpet with Mayor David Goins presenting a proclamation welcoming Viking Cruise Lines and its more than 386 passengers. A brass band will also welcome its passengers, who will be able to take their pick of locally grown apples and pears before they board for their cruise from Alton to St. Paul, Minn.
Local re-enactors dressed in vintage clothing will also be on hand greeting passengers including a few from the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site.
“We can’t wait to welcome Viking Cruise Lines to their new port city of Alton,” Cory Jobe, President/CEO of the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau said. “This is the first of many port calls to Alton for Viking and we look forward to being involved in pre- and post-cruise tours and providing passengers with great shopping opportunities in Alton’s vibrant downtown district.”
The Sept. 10 docking is the first of four visits by Viking to Alton in 2022. Additional and extended port calls are planned for 2023.
For more information, contact Great Rivers & Routes of Southwest Illinois, (618) 465-6676, www.riversandroutes.com.