RIVER - Nautic - Captain



Viking is a strong and dynamic company with a growing fleet of more than 80 river ships and seven ocean vessels cruising over 100 itineraries around the world. In 2022, Viking guests could enjoy the comfort and elegance of our award-winning fleet with 8 new river ships, two expedition ships built specifically to explore the world's most remote destinations, and a unique Mississippi River ship in the U.S. In 2023 Viking celebrates the inaugural season of our 8th Ocean vessel: the Viking Neptune and the building of our 9th Ocean vessel: the Viking Saturn.




  • 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
- Safety Expert (Sachkunde)
- Languages: German and English (mandatory), Dutch and French are an asset


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


- Longeur illimitée
- Radar
- 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

“As for conditions — in terms of contracts, special benefits and vacations during the season — Viking is far above average within the industry.”

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