- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - The Dubuque City Council has approved an agreement to split with Viking Cruises the nearly $1.8 million cost of building a dock so Mississippi River cruise ships can stop and let off passengers to explore the city and the area.

The 20-year agreement passed by the council Monday calls for the dock to be built near Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark.

The Telegraph Herald reported that Viking also would pay the city $1 for each passenger on the boats that dock in Dubuque. The money will help pay for maintenance and operational fees. Any other vessels that use the dock also would have a $1-per-passenger maintenance fee to reduce dock maintenance costs for the city and Viking.

The dock would be removed from the water and stored in the winter.

Viking Cruises plans to begin Mississippi River cruises in June 2022.

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