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Viking River Cruises Awards

The Most Honored River Cruise Line

TRAVEL + LEISURE

WORLD’S BEST AWARDS – 12 YEARS OF RECOGNITION

In 2015 the readers of Travel + Leisure awarded Viking the highest score of all river and ocean cruise lines in the magazine’s annual World’s Best List.

Viking River Cruises was also named the #1 River Cruise Line on Travel + Leisure’s 2013 and 2015 World’s Best List. Viking has been recognized twelve times from 2004 to 2016 with these annual awards.

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER

READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS – 11 YEARS OF RECOGNITION

Viking has been recognized eleven times from 2002 to 2016 with these annual awards. Condé Nast Traveler states, “Complimentary Wi-Fi and select shore excursions encourage passengers to share experiences both on land on the water, and Viking’s ‘Culture Curriculum’ offers experiential learning through events like regional wine tastings and menus that change with the season.”

CRUISE CRITIC

EDITORS’ PICKS AWARDS - 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

Viking river cruises have been honored for six consecutive years with awards including “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best New River Ships” for the Viking Longships, and “Best River Cruise Itineraries.” Cruise Critic states, “In an expanding river market, Viking continues to reign.”

USA TODAY

10BEST READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS – 2017, 2016

Viking was named “Best River Cruise Line” in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row. Nominated by travel experts and voted on by travelers, Viking was recognized for its “all-inclusive cruises, outside staterooms, WiFi, wine and beer with meals, shore excursions in every port and signature Culture Curriculum program.”

AFAR TRAVEL

TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS – 2017

Viking was named “Best Danube River Cruise Operator” in AFAR magazine’s Travelers’ Choice Awards. Travelers chose Viking Rivers Cruises for its small ships, elegant staterooms, regional Austrian and Hungarian cuisine and expert staff.

TOWN & COUNTRY

CRUISE AWARDS - 2016

In the 2016 Town & Country Cruise Awards, Viking Longships were awarded “Best for Suites” and “Best for Design.” Town & Country editor remarked, “The simple Scandinavian design of Viking’s nearly 50 newly built Longships makes the best use of space we’ve seen.”

CRUISE FEVER

FAN AWARDS - 2016, 2015

Cruise Fever fans named Viking “Best River Cruise Line” for the second year in a row in their 2016 Cruise Fever Fan Awards.

PORTHOLE CRUISE

READER’S CHOICE AWARDS – 2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008

Viking has been honored five times by Porthole Cruise Magazine readers, with awards including “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Ship.”

CRUISEREPORT.COM

EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS - 2016, 2012, 2007, 2006

CruiseReport.com honored Viking River Cruises with “Best River Cruise Accommodations” in their 2016 Editors’ Choice Awards. Previously, Viking has been named “Best River Cruise Line” three times, and in 2012 was named “Best Way to See Russia.”

TRAVELAGE WEST

WAVE AWARDS - 11 TIME WINNER

Viking has now been named “Best River Cruise Line” eleven consecutive times (2006 to 2016) by this prestigious travel industry publication in their WAVE Awards.

TRAVEL WEEKLY

READERS CHOICE AWARDS - 11 TIME WINNER

Viking has now been named “Best River Cruise Line” eleven times (2006 to 2016) by this prestigious travel industry publication in its Readers Choice Awards.

RECOMMEND

READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS - 11 TIME WINNER

For the eleventh consecutive time, Recommend magazine awarded Viking “Best River Cruise Line” in its Readers’ Choice Awards.

LUXURY TRAVEL ADVISOR

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE - 3 TIME WINNER

For the third time, Viking was awarded “Best Luxury River Cruise Company” in the 2016 Awards of Excellence.

FODOR'S TRAVEL

WORLD’S BEST CRUISES - 2016, 2015

Viking was honored on Fodor’s Travel 10 Best River Cruises for 2016, and in 2015 received the “World's Best Cruises for 2015” award for its Legends of the Rhine.

SEATRADE INSIDER

CRUISE AWARDS - 2011

The River Cruise Innovation Award was presented to Viking in 2011 for our innovative Viking Longships. This was the first award presented to “a company, organization or individual who has provided an exceptional service, or product or initiative in the river cruise sector.”

Viking Ocean Cruises Awards

The Highest Rated Ocean Ships

TRAVEL + LEISURE

WORLD’S BEST AWARDS - 2016

Viking was named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards 2016, overtaking the spot previously held by a luxury cruise line for 20 years. Viking is immensely proud of receiving this honor just one year after its first oceangoing vessel, Viking Star, set sail on its maiden voyage.

The world’s newest ocean cruise line is now the world’s best ocean cruise line.

CRUISE CRITIC

EDITORS’ PICKS AWARDS - 2016, 2015

In 2016, the international team of Cruise Critic editors honored Viking Ocean Cruises with two awards including “Best Luxury Cruise Line for Value,” stating, “Viking Cruises passengers can embrace the experience rather than focus on price,” and “Best Luxury Cruise Line Spa,” impressed by “the gorgeous thalassotherapy pool” and that “the spa’s thermal suite is free for all passengers to use.”

Cruise Critic editors selected Viking Star as the “Best New Ocean Ship” of 2015, noting “the ship is so beautifully designed—with terrific al fresco restaurants, a beautiful pool area, a superb spa and the two-level Explorers’ observation lounge—that you'll be hard-pressed to go ashore.” Praising its “decorative touches” and “elegantly Nordic decor,” they added, “The general ambiance brings to mind a boutique hotel that emphasizes design but not at the expense of comfort.” They also highlighted the ship’s large open spaces and al fresco dining options, such as the cruise industry’s first two restaurants that “convert to open-air eateries with the push of a button.”

CRUISE CRITIC

CRUISERS’ CHOICE AWARDS - 2016

In 2016, Viking’s first oceangoing vessel, Viking Star, received three top awards in Cruise Critic’s 6th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards. In addition, she received First Place in three award categories—and in each instance was also the highest-rated ship in the cruise industry: “Best Cruise Ship for First-Timers,” “Best Cruise Ship Cabins,” and “Best Cruise Ship Public Rooms.” Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Awards names the best cruise ships in the world, based solely on ratings submitted with member reviews published on the Cruise Critic website for cruises taken in 2015.

CRUISE CRITIC

EXPERT SCORE: 5 STARS - 2016

Cruise Critic’s team of expert editors awarded both Viking Star and Viking Sea with their highest rating: 5 stars. About Viking Star they noted her to be “one of cruising's most beautiful small ships,” while they declared Viking Sea “is a stunning vessel that seamlessly integrates comfort and modern, Scandinavian style. The ship's small size means it rarely feels busy and is able to get into ports bigger ships can't reach.”

CRUISING & CRUISE SHIPS GUIDE

#1 SHIP - 2017, 2016

In its Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017 edition, Berlitz rated Viking Sea first in her category during her debut season, noting her “many elegant touches” and “excellent inclusive value.” This year, Viking Star, which was rated highest in her category in 2016, earned second place behind her sister ship Viking Sea.

The guidebook provides readers with unbiased information and exhaustive detail on all aspects of cruising. Over 290 ships were put to the test, being evaluated on their facilities and standards relating to food, service, staff and hospitality. Now, in its 32nd year of publication and considered by many to be the Bible of cruise ship guidebooks, the new leaders in cruise ships carrying 751-2,500 guests have been declared: Viking Sea and Viking Star.

USA TODAY

HONORS THE NEW VIKING SEA - 2016

“The Viking Sea is a knockout,” raved USA Today, declaring, “It’s time for river cruise giant Viking’s new ocean division to take another bow.”

The media outlet praised Viking Sea’s “unified and stylish” decor and “superb design,” noting its “smattering of high design” furnishings by renowned architects Frank Gehry and Mario Bellini; large, spacious staterooms that each include a veranda, and bathrooms with “luxury linens and heated floors” to maximize the comfort of each guest.

TOWN & COUNTRY

CRUISE AWARDS - 2016

Viking Ocean Cruises received three honors in the 2016 Town & Country Cruise Awards. Viking Star and Viking Sea were awarded “Best Overall Contemporary Luxury Cruise Line” and “Best for Design Contemporary Luxury Cruise Line.” Town & Country comments, “The Viking ocean design philosophy holds that ships should be elegant and comfortable and never overwhelm the real purpose of cruising: to see the world.”

FODOR’S TRAVEL

WORLD’S BEST CRUISES - 2016

Viking was honored to be named one of Fodor’s Travel “World’s Best Cruises for 2016.” Fodor’s Travel recognized Viking Star and Viking Sea for the “infinity pool off the stern, Snow Grotto spa room, luminous Wintergarden tearoom and all-balcony staterooms.”

PORTHOLE CRUISE

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AWARDS – 2016

Viking Star was honored for the first time as “Best New Breakout Ship” in the annual Porthole Cruise Editor-in-Chief Awards.

PORTHOLE CRUISE

READER’S CHOICE AWARDS – 2015

Viking Star was honored for the first time as “Best Medium-Sized Ship” (500-2,000 guests) in the 17th annual Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards.

INTERIOR DESIGN

BEST OF YEAR AWARDS - 2015

The preeminent design competition – hosted by the industry-leading publication – celebrates superior interior design projects and products. Viking Star was honored in the 2015 edition, with the Living Room, Wintergarden and Explorers’ Lounge receiving special nods for their unique and stunning design.

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

BEST NEW LUXURY CRUISES - 2015

In a roundup of the most luxurious and design-forward vessels sailing today, Viking Star took top billing.

TRAVEL CHANNEL

BEST MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE - 2015

Rated among its best cruises of 2015, the Travel Channel named Viking Ocean Cruises’ first ship, Viking Star “Best Mediterranean Cruise.” The cable network also recognized Viking Ocean Cruises for “living up to the reputation of its acclaimed sister line while offering perks all its own.”

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