Viking Cruises

1st Officer

Viking Cruises
Deck Jobs
1st Officer / First Mate
October 10, 2021

First Officer


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



  • Overall responsibility for safety on board the ship
  • Compliance with the guidelines, instructions (nautical manual) and laws
  • Co-responsible for the impeccable cleanliness, hygiene and order on board
  • Testing, operation and control of all safety devices (fire extinguishers, hoses, etc.)
  • Planning and execution of the safety exercises
  • Managing and controlling the watch book (Night Watch)
  • Train new employees and explain their function within the safety role

Additional duties

  • Train employees. Ensure Viking’s grooming standards are followed at all times
  • Train new skippers, train and provide a patent to the 2nd Officer
  • Conduct frequently scheduled ship inspections
  • Participation in meetings and company relevant trainings
  • Good contact with the authorities, WSP, ports, etc.
  • Assignment and control of shipping work in the nautical field
  • Manage sundeck according to safety needs and guests' expectations
  • Regular checks of mooring lines’ and wires’ condition on a weekly basis
  • Ensure crew is wearing personal protective equipment - life jacket, safety shoes, safety helmet


  • Compliance with timetables and lock times to avoid incidents
  • Cost-conscious use of all energy resources (gas oil, lubricants, etc.)
  • Ensure a professional, safe ship operation


  • At least 2 years of work experience as a 2nd Officer
  • Interested in further education (eg. certificate extension, language skills)
  • Independent and flexible
  • Decisive and assertive
  • Strong team worker and able to motivate the crew
  • Shows ambition and initiative; perseverant

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


  • Rhine license km 1’000 – 400 (Amsterdam – Mainz)
  • Radar
  • VHF
  • Safety Expert (Sachkunde)
  • Languages: German and English (mandatory), Dutch and French are an asset


  • Danube license km 1’640 – 2’370 (Regensburg – Budapest)
  • 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

Superiors: Director Nautical / Corporate Captain / Captain

Skipper gives instructions to: Ship's crew (2nd Officer with patent, Engineer, Sailor, Trainee)

Co-operation with:

  • Captain
  • Engineer
  • Hotel Manager
  • Programm Director

Represented by 2nd Officer with a patent when the ship is at the port
Onboard ABC Nautic – Uniform Regulation – Manual

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.

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