Viking operates three separate cruise line divisions, Viking Ocean Cruises, Viking River Cruises, and Viking Expeditions. They recruit and employ an international crew onboard their six ocean-going cruise ships and nearly 80 river cruise vessels that cruise worldwide. They have plans to introduce two expedition ships in 2022 and have orders for 10 more ocean-going vessels between 2021 and 2027.
Facts and History about Viking
Viking is a privately owned company with headquarters in Switzerland. The company was established in 1997 with the initial purchase of four Russian ships, providing 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 purchased German-based KD River Cruises and expanded into the American market, establishing Viking River Cruises.
Their river cruise division has grown to be the world’s largest river cruise line, and currently offers cruises along the rivers of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. Between 2012 and 2016, Viking River Cruises launched 58 river cruise vessels. In 2013, Viking River Cruises was incorporated into Viking Cruises as the company launched a new small-ship ocean cruising division, Viking Ocean Cruises.
Spring 2015 was the maiden season of the Viking Star, a 47,800-ton vessel that carries 930 guests with itineraries that featured the Baltic, Mediterranean, and Caribbean itineraries. Then, in 2016, Viking Sea joined her sister ship with two more sister ships debuting in 2017, Viking Sky and Viking Sun. In 2018, Viking Orion debuted followed by Viking Jupiter in 2019. Ten more cruise ships are scheduled to launch between 2021 and 2027.
How to Apply for Cruise Ship Jobs with Viking
Viking employs 7,000 employees worldwide. Their employee advancement guidelines are based on attitude and performance rather than seniority. They strongly believe in career development and promoting from within their own crew whenever possible.
Viking states on their employment pages that all applications should come through their website first. However, an applicant’s first personal contact will be through Viking’s recruitment partners around the world. To apply for a job with Viking, visit the following links.
Cruise Line Website: Viking
Career Pages: Viking Careers
Hotel Cruise Jobs: Viking Recruitment Partners
Deck and Technical Jobs: Wilhelmsen Ship Management
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Updated: October 9, 2020