Viking Ocean Cruises is a cruise line providing worldwide ocean cruises, it is based in Basel, Switzerland. Viking Ocean Cruises is a division of Viking Cruises. Viking Cruises was established in Leningrad in 1997 by Torstein Hagen as Viking River Cruises . In May 2013 the company modified its name to Viking Cruises as it announced the launch of its ocean cruise division, Viking Ocean Cruises. Viking Cruises placed an order for four identical vessels with the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy in 2013. Following the delivery of the first vessel the company commenced operations in 2015, sailing itineraries in Scandinavia, the British Isles, the Baltic and Mediterranean Sea. Each sister ship is one-third the size of many cruise ships being built by major cruise lines allowing them to enter into smaller ports. Viking Ocean Cruises has exercised options for further vessels from Fincantieri and in March 2018 it was announced that the company had raised it’s total ocean ship order and options to 16 – the highest-ever for a shipyard from a single owner.