Viking Cruises


Viking Cruises
Deck Jobs
Captain / Master
October 10, 2021


  • Safe navigation of the ship in compliance with all statutory regulations
  • To make sure that the guests feel comfortable
  • To be a role model for the entire crew



  • In case of high or low water, damage and technical problems the Captain and the Program Director must take ownership and inform the guests accordingly
  • Train and motivate employees. Ensure Viking’s grooming standards are followed at all times
  • Train new 1st Officers and 2nd Officers with patent
  • Conduct frequently scheduled ship inspections
  • Organization of dumpsters and drinking water
  • Regular checks of mooring lines’ and wires’ condition on a monthly basis
  • Participation in meetings and company relevant trainings
  • Good contact with the authorities, WSP, port authorities, etc.
  • Act as a brand ambassador on behalf of Viking: social obligations towards our guests (presence in public areas, welcome cocktail, Captain's dinner)
  • Attend Cruise Start Meeting with Hotel Manager and Program Director before every cruise, communicate expected changes accordingly and immediately


  • Ensure safe ship operation even in difficult weather / water level conditions
  • Cost-conscious use of all energy resources (fuel, lubricants, etc.)
  • Compliance with timetables and lock times to avoid incidents

Administration, Communication

  • Check whether the necessary patents for the driven route are present on board
  • Check if the nautical crew’s service books contain the necessary qualifications for the operating form A1, A2, or B
  • Daily update of the crew scheduling
  • Check and update certificates, credentials, and approvals
  • Responsible for the administrative process and timely submission of all reports
  • Exchange information with the involved departments (Management, Operations, technical department)
  • Attend nautical meetings (also remotely and during the season on a higher frequency)


  • Overall responsibility for safety on board the ship
  • Compliance with the compulsory guidelines, instructions (nautical manual, safety manual) and laws
  • Co-responsible for the impeccable cleanliness, hygiene and order on board
  • In an emergency, the Captain takes over the command of the entire crew


  • At least 1 year of work experience as a Captain/several years as a 1st Officer
  • Interested in further education (eg. certificate extension, language skills)
  • Independent and flexible
  • Decisive and assertive
  • Strong team worker and able to train/ lead the crew
  • Shows ambition and initiative; perseverant
  • Genuine interest in guest communication

Depending in which geographical area you are eligible to sail you need to fulfill the following obligatory requirements:


  • Rhine license km 1’000 – 167 (Amsterdam – Basel)
  • Radar
  • VHF
  • Safety Expert (Sachkunde)
  • Languages: German and English (mandatory), Dutch and French are an asset


  • Complete Danube license
  • Radar
  • VHF
  • Safety Expert (Sachkunde)
  • Languages: German and English (mandatory), Russian is an asset


  • Longeur illimitée
  • Radar
  • VHF
  • Safety Expert (expert)
  • Languages: French and English (mandatory), German is an asset


Job description – Contract – Company Rules and Regulations –
Onboard ABC Nautical – Uniform Regulation – Manual

Supervisors: Director Nautical / Corporate Captain

Captain gives instructions to: Crew

Co-operation with: Hotel Manager, Program Director, Engineer, Administration in Head Office Basel

Language Requirements

Good knowledge of the English language is required.

Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises


As the World’s Leading River Cruise Line® and the #1 Ocean Cruise Line, we are constantly innovating our business and growing our fleet. With more than 64 river ships and 6 ocean vessels cruising across 6 continents, we are the largest, most award-winning company in the industry. There is tremendous opportunity to join our dynamically growing company — whether on board our ships or in our corporate offices.


Viking Cruises was founded in Russia in 1997. The company established headquarters in Los Angeles, California in 2000 and through rapid expansion has enjoyed double-digit growth in recent years. With operational headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, Viking provides travel experiences for guests with an interest in geography, culture and history.


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 & lounge, library and expansive sun deck. 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.


In 2015, Viking introduced its first ocean ship with the christening 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 and by Viking Orion in 2018. The fleet welcomes Viking Jupiter in 2019. Four more yet-to-be-named ships are scheduled to launch by 2023. 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, the Americas, and Africa.

View all jobs