All About Viking Cruises
Rivers, Oceans & Expeditions
Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in
Russia. In 2000, the company purchased Europe’s KD River Cruises in order to
grow its fleet, to leverage 40 years of river cruising experience and to acquire
rights to prime docking locations in key European cities.
The company expanded into the American market in 2000, establishing a sales and
marketing office in Los Angeles, California. Since then Viking has grown to be
The World’s Leading River Cruise Line, and with the launch of its ocean fleet,
it has also become the leader in small ship ocean cruising.
In January 2022, Viking will launch new expedition voyages, sailing to
Antarctica, the Arctic and North America’s Great Lakes. Its first vessel, Viking
Octantis, will embark on voyages to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes
starting in January 2022. A second expedition vessel, Viking Polaris, will debut
in August 2022, sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic.
In August 2022, Viking will expand its destination-focused travel experiences
with the launch of Mississippi River cruises. Its first custom vessel, Viking
Mississippi, will sail voyages on the Lower and Upper Mississippi, between New
Orleans and St. Paul.
With an operational office in Basel, Switzerland, Viking provides
destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers who have an
interest in geography, culture and history. Each journey includes a shore
excursion in every port, and an exclusive Viking Culture Curriculum program that
provides deep immersion in the destination through performances of music and
art, cooking demonstrations, informative port talks and carefully selected guest
The company currently operates a fleet of more than 70 vessels, state-of-the-art
ships that have received numerous accolades since their launch from industry
experts and travelers alike. Viking was voted the #1 River Cruise Line by Condé
Nast Traveler in their 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, and for the fourth year in a
row, has been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line* by Travel + Leisure readers in the
World’s Best Awards 2019.
- 2022 Viking Cruise Destinations Overview & Guide
Check out these river cruises :
Rhine River Cruises,
Danube River Cruises,
Douro River Cruises,
Dutch & Belgian Cruises,
Elbe River Cruises,
Main River Cruises,
Mosel River Cruises,
Rhone River Cruises,
Saone River Cruises,
Seine River Cruises,
Volga River Cruises,
Yangzi River Cruises
Mississippi River Cruises
Check out these ocean cruises :
Scandinavia & Northern Europe,
The Americas & Caribbean,
Asia & Australia,
World & Grand Voyages,
Ocean & River Voyages
Viking Expedition Cruises
Europe River Ships and Itineraries
Sailing Europe’s storied rivers, the award-winning Viking
Longships offer a variety of stateroom categories and true (two-room) suites
with full-size verandas. Onboard amenities include a restaurant, bar and lounge,
library and expansive sun deck. The ships feature al fresco dining on the
Aquavit Terrace, an elegant Scandinavian design and “green” features, such as
solar panels, an onboard organic herb garden and energy-efficient hybrid engines
for a remarkably smooth ride.
River cruises range from 8 to 23 days, with itineraries featuring Europe’s
Rhine, Main, Danube, Seine, Rhône, Douro, Moselle, Elbe, Dordogne, Garonne and
Gironde Rivers; Russia’s Volga, Neva and Svir; Ukraine’s Dnieper; Egypt’s Nile;
China’s Yangtze; and Southeast Asia’s Mekong.
Mississippi River Ship and Itineraries
Viking will launch new destination-focused travel experiences
on the Mississippi River in 2022, with its first 386-guests custom vessel,
Viking Mississippi, with sailings ranging from 8 to 15 days.
Viking’s arrival will bring modern river cruising to the Mississippi and will
represent a major commitment to tourism and economic development in many
communities along the river. Currently scheduled ports of call on Viking’s new
Mississippi River Cruises comprise seven U.S. states: Louisiana (Baton Rouge,
Darrow, New Orleans and St. Francisville); Mississippi (Natchez and Vicksburg);
Tennessee (Memphis); Missouri (Hannibal, St. Louis); Iowa (Burlington, Dubuque
and Quad Cities); Wisconsin (La Crosse); and Minnesota (Red Wing, St. Paul).
The new state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi is inspired by Viking’s
award-winning river and ocean ships and will feature clean Scandinavian design,
as well as public spaces that are familiar to guests but that have been
reimagined for Mississippi River voyages. Purpose-built for the Mississippi and
currently under construction in Louisiana, the five-deck ship’s cutting-edge
design, expansive windows and comfortable amenities will make it the largest and
most modern cruise ship in the region.
Ocean Ships and Itineraries
In 2015, Viking introduced its first ocean ship with the naming of the 930-guest
all-veranda Viking Star. One year later, Viking launched its second ocean ship,
Viking Sea, which was joined by sister ships Viking Sky and Viking Sun in 2017,
Viking Orion in 2018 and Viking Jupiter in 2019. Six more sister ships are on
order, with options for four additional ships. These options could bring
Viking’s total ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027.
The company’s award-winning ships are engineered at a size that allows direct
access into most ports, so guests have easy and efficient embarkation and
disembarkation. Each ship boasts a private veranda in every stateroom, a choice
of restaurants offering a variety of fine dining options, the most al fresco
dining at sea, an infinity pool, a Nordic-inspired spa, panoramic Explorers’
Lounge and thoughtfully curated book collections throughout the ship, and
more—all designed in understated elegance.
Ocean itineraries are designed to maximize the amount of time travelers spend in
their destination. These enriching itineraries include base and combination
cruises sailing to Scandinavia and Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the
Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Alaska, North and South America, and
Expedition Ships and Itineraries
Viking will launch new expedition voyages in 2022, with its
first two 378-guest sister ships, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, with
voyages that range from 8 to 44 days.
To develop the new expedition voyages, Viking has partnered with some of the
world’s most prestigious scientific institutions. The lead partner is the
University of Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute. This relationship is
underpinned by a major Viking endowment for scientific research into the polar
regions, The Viking Chair of Polar Marine Geoscience, a Cambridge University
full professorship based at the Scott Polar Research Institute, as well as a
sponsorship fund supporting the Institute’s graduate students. As part of this
endowment, the Institute’s scientists will undertake fieldwork onboard Viking
expedition vessels and join voyages to share their expertise with guests. Viking
has also partnered with The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a globally recognized
bird research facility, whose ornithologists will regularly be on board the
expedition ships, providing guest advice and interaction.
Designed by the same experienced nautical architects and engineers that designed
Viking ocean ships, the ships are optimally sized and built for expeditions –
small enough to navigate remote polar regions and the St. Lawrence River, while
large enough to provide superior handling and stability in the roughest seas.
The ships will feature public spaces that are familiar to Viking’s ocean cruise
guests but that have been reimagined for expeditions, as well as new public
spaces created specifically for expeditions. Straight bows, longer hulls and
state-of-the-art fin stabilizers will allow the ships to glide over the waves
for the calmest possible journey; ice-strengthened Polar Class 6 hulls will
provide the safest way to explore; and U-tank stabilizers will significantly
decrease rolling by up to 50 percent when the ships are stationary.
**Ship size category: 600–2,199 guests