Cancelled/Postponed - Viking Cruises - Basel

Evening with cocktails and dinner

Host: Torstein Hagen,  Founder and Chairman of Viking Cruises

Wednesday, 25 March, 18.30 at the Passagierbootterminal St. Johann, Basel


Dear Harvardians,

On behalf of the Harvard Club of Switzerland I am happy to announce that Torstein Hagen, HBS MBA 1968 and Founder and Chairman of Viking Cruises, has invited the Club again for an evening with cocktails and dinner aboard one of his ships docked on the Rhine in Basel.

The company currently operates a fleet of more than 70 vessels, state-of-the-art ships that have received numerous accolades since their launch from industry experts and travelers alike. Viking was voted the #1 River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in their 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, and for the fourth year in a row, has been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards 2019.

Date:       Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Time:      18:30 doors open, 19:30 sit down for dinner
Location: St Johann Steiger, Ecke St. Johanns-Ring und St. Johanns-Rheinweg, 4056 Basel
               (Public transport is recommended as parking is difficult in this area).

Cost:       CHF 50 to the Harvard Club of Switzerland

If interested, please register quickly as we have limited capacity for this event - Online registration and payment are mandatory, we cannot accept walk-ups and cash payments.

This event is primarily reserved for Harvard Club members. It will be opened for guests only if there are available spots (which will be announced separately, if any).

For the Harvard Club of Switzerland
Jeff Lamont



Meet Torstein Hagen

Founder and Chairman of Viking Cruises

Torstein Hagen is Chairman of Viking, which includes river and ocean cruise product lines. Viking was established in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. In 2000, the company purchased Europe’s KD River Cruises in order to grow its fleet, to leverage 40 years of river cruising experience and to acquire rights to prime docking locations in key European cities.

As Chairman, Hagen oversees the organization from the company’s US headquarters and operational headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. A Norway native, he has extensive experience in the shipping and cruise industries and from 1980–1984 held the CEO position at Royal Viking Line, the industry-leading cruise line of its time. Hagen also served as a member of the board of directors for Holland America Line and Kloster Cruise Ltd., and was a partner of the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Europe. He holds a degree in physics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.




6:30PM Wed 25 Mar 2020, Europe/Zurich timezone


Passagierbootterminal St. Johann
St. Johanns-Rheinweg 109
Basel, BS 4056 Switzerland

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Hanspeter Diener
Patrick Salisbury
Diane Bailey
Henrik Toggenburger
Uday Gandbhir
elena wong
Ahmet Muderris
Jie Pan
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