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GL - It’s official: Viking Cruises’ arrival in Duluth marks new era of cruising in the Great Lakes

It was a brisk and foggy Monday morning in Duluth, but right around 6 a.m., the Viking Octantis peaked through the fog as she made her way under the Aerial Lift Bridge.

DULUTH, MN -- It was a brisk and foggy Monday morning in Duluth, but right around 6 a.m., the Viking Octantis peaked through the fog as she made her way under the Aerial Lift Bridge.

The 660-foot long cruise ship can carry 400 passengers and 250 crew members.

Passengers began their trip in Thunder Bay, Ontario before heading to Duluth, the ship’s first stop in the United States.

The city of Duluth had to prepare a brand new customs facility to process the guests coming from Canada, a process that required lots of time and effort.

“To have her out in the lake now and to see the tender vessel coming out. We’re like ‘It’s finally happening!’” said Lucie Amundsen, Communications Director with the DECC.

Groups that helped put together the cruise gathered outside the new facility Monday morning.

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