Viking Cruises

Viking Heritage, Stability and Growth

Viking Cruises offers both river cruises and ocean cruises through two product lines, Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises. A global corporation headquartered in the United States with main operational headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, the company was established in 1997 by a Scandinavian and Dutch consortium led by Torstein Hagen. Initially the company purchased four Russian ships and provided a Russian river-cruise product to Europeans. The following year the company purchased additional ships and continued to cater to the European market. In 2000, the company expanded into the American market, establishing U.S. headquarters as Viking River Cruises in Los Angeles, California. Through rapid expansion, the purchase of KD River Cruise lines, and unprecedented new builds, the river cruise division grew to be the world’s largest river cruise line, and currently offers cruises along the rivers of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. In May 2013, the company announced the launch of a new small-ship ocean cruising division, Viking Ocean Cruises, which began with the maiden season of Viking Star in spring of 2015, and features Baltic and Mediterranean itineraries. In 2016 & 2017, Viking Star joined by two equally elegant sister ships, Viking Sea & Viking Sky.

Viking Cruises continues the Viking tradition of exploration along the world’s great waterways. The Board of Directors includes prominent investors and financial leaders with impressive credentials in cruising and shipping, and the company is led by Chairman Torstein Hagen, a native of Norway and one of the original founders of the company.

Exploring the World in Comfort®

Whether on river or ocean cruises, Viking Cruises offers itineraries that are destination focused and carefully crafted with a mix of cosmopolitan and smaller ports of interest. Viking Ocean Cruises itineraries are specifically designed to offer more time in port than competitors, including late evening stays and overnights to take advantage of night life in select ports. River cruise itineraries are similarly planned. All Viking cruises are priced to provide top consumer value by leveraging economies of scale and experienced management, and include such items as shore excursions and wine or beer with onboard meals. The company also ensures a focus on enrichment through shore excursions by local guides, regional foods, and Privileged Access for in-depth exploration of the destinations. All Viking cruises include the exclusive Viking Culture Curriculum program that brings history and culture to life through onboard enrichment lectures; language classes; hands-on cooking demonstrations and classes; and local entertainment to complement included shore excursions.

A global corporation headquartered in the United States, Viking Cruises main operational headquarters are in Basel, Switzerland.

Viking Cruises offers both river cruises and ocean cruises through two product lines, Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises.


Over 20 years ago, Viking Cruises started in Russia with four river cruise ships. Through the years, we have set the standard for what river cruising should be, and today we’re the leader that all others follow. More people sail with Viking than any other river cruise line. With a fleet of 65 ships cruising over 30 itineraries across 34 countries, we are the largest, most award-winning company in the industry. As the world’s leading river cruise line, we add to our fleet every year and with our recent expansion into ocean cruising (Viking Star in 2015, Viking Sea in 2016 and Viking Sky in 2017), this is a tremendous opportunity to join our dynamically growing company. Whether onboard our ships or in our corporate offices, the potential for you to grow and excel is limitless.

Over 20 years ago, Viking River Cruises® started in Russia with four ships. Through the years, we have set the standard for what river cruising should be, and today we’re the leader that all others follow. We are a financially stable, dynamically growing company — the largest, most award-winning in the industry — with a fleet of 65 river ships cruising over 30 itineraries across 34 countries in Europe, Russia, Asia and Egypt. Now we’ve taken that same small-ship, destination-focused experience to the seas and redefined ocean cruising as our three elegant vessels set sail in the Mediterranean, the Baltic and Scandinavia, the British Isles, Western Europe and more.

As the world’s leading river cruise line, we’re constantly innovating and adding to our fleet each year. This means great opportunities for those who work for us. There’s tremendous potential to advance your career, whether on board our ships or in our corporate offices. In addition, more people sail with Viking® than any other river cruise line , and we have over 40% of the market share. Our customers are English speaking, and the majority are Americans with an interest in the history and culture of the countries through which we sail. Because our onboard product and service quality levels are high, our customers are typically very satisfied, and this combined with generous gratuity guidelines means that as an employee aboard a Viking ship, you can be well rewarded financially when you work for us.

We are proud to employ nearly 4,000 of our own crew worldwide — all dedicated to making our guests’ stay the most memorable possible. Our Swiss management team oversees our global operations, from shore excursions and catering to nautical operations, and when you work for Viking, you’re part of that team. At Viking, we care about your career as much as you do and we will give you the training, skills and confidence you need to be the best you can be. We even have a custom training program, Viking College, to help you learn and sharpen your skills. We offer great opportunities for promotion where you will be rewarded for your hard work, enthusiasm, initiative and sense of responsibility. In fact, we very much hope that once you’ve joined us you’ll stay with us, just like 80% of our employees who come back to us — one of the highest retention rates in the industry!

A job that’s going places…it’s your career — if you’ve always dreamed of combining your love for travel with the ability to move up in your career, then Viking is a great fit. We’ve always been about discovery for both our guests and crew alike — we believe that the destinations and moments of cultural enrichment are the reasons why people travel. As part of our crew, you can disembark if you are free when the ship docks, so you will have the ability to spend time ashore, to refresh and explore.

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