Viking was founded in 1997 and 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.
Viking’s fleet of more than 70 state of the art river and ocean ships have received numerous accolades since their launch from industry experts and travelers alike. In January 2022, Viking will begin sailing expedition voyages to Antarctica, the Arctic and North America’s Great Lakes on new, purpose-built Viking Expedition Ships. Also in 2022, Viking will expand its destination-focused travel experiences with new Mississippi River cruises.
Designed for experienced travelers with interests in science, history and culture, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” in contrast to mainstream cruises. Each destination-focused journey includes a shore excursion in every port, and an extensive cultural enrichment program onboard that provides deep immersion in the destination through performances of music and art, cooking demonstrations, informative port talks and carefully selected guest lecturers.
Viking.TV is Viking’s award-winning enrichment channel that provides livestreams and on-demand programming, all of which is free to watch. Viking.TV went live in mid-March 2020 in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and was conceived as a way to build community, stay connected and share positive experiences while people are staying home, rather than traveling. In its first six months, Viking.TV broadcast more than 160 sessions featuring original cultural content and virtual Privileged Access to interesting people and places around the world.Viking.TV’s library of programs also includes short documentaries, interviews, lectures, classical music concerts, reading lists, filmographies and much more.