Viking – Viking excels at cruising to Europe and is a great match for travelers who want ultra-focused vacations to the region. Since the company was founded in St. Petersburg, Russia by a Norwegian businessman, the company excels in both areas. Travelers can choose from river cruises like “Russia & the Baltic Sea,” “In Search of Northern Lights,” and “Majestic Fjords.” Travelers will feel an instant connection to the region, especially with shore excursions like salmon fishing and tasting traditional dishes onboard.
Viking is one of the handful of cruise liners that offers Northern Light cruises during the winter. An unexpected bonus is that Viking has some of the newest fleet of any cruise ship, with at least one new ship coming in every year through 2027.