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Viking River Cruises Jobs

Viking has offices in Germany, England, Australia, Switzerland, Russia, France and China as well as additional sales offices in the United States. Viking River Cruises was established in 1997 by a Scandinavian and Dutch consortium with the purchase of four Russian ships.

In the mid-1990s the company’s cofounder and chairman, Torstein Hagen, took a river cruise through Russia and decided to create a river cruising company so that others could enjoy similar experiences. Educated at Norwegian Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School, Mr. Hagen was formerly CEO of Royal Viking Line, and has also served on the boards of Holland America Line and Kloster Cruise Ltd. The company’s Board of Directors includes prominent investors and financial leaders with background in the cruising and shipping industries.

Viking River Cruises currently operates a fleet of 23 vessels, serving North Americans as well as European and international passengers. Most of its ships have been built or renovated since 2000. Other onboard amenities include restaurants, bars, lounges, libraries, sun decks, telephones and private bathrooms; some ships have additional in-room amenities like televisions, safes and refrigerators. According to Viking’s detailed marketing materials, all ships are air-conditioned. A few also offer elevators or chair lifts.