Viking (formerly Viking Cruises) is a cruise line providing river, ocean, and expedition cruises. Its operating headquarters are in Basel, Switzerland, and its marketing headquarters are in Los Angeles, California.
The company has three divisions, Viking River Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, and Viking Expeditions. As of February 2020, it operates a fleet of 76 river vessels and 6 ocean ships, offering cruises along the rivers and oceans of North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, and Southeast Asia.
In 2000, Viking purchased KD River Cruises of Europe, which brought Viking's fleet total to 26, making it the largest river cruising fleet in the world.
Viking River Cruises dates to 1997, when company chairman Tor Hagen purchased four Russian river cruise ships. The line has since grown into the largest river cruise company in the world, with 72 ships set to sail in 2021 across Europe, Asia and Egypt. It is also expanding into the U.S. market, with plans to launch the Viking Mississippi in August 2022.
According to travelweekly.com