Viking Awards

The Most Honored River Cruise Line

Viking Cruises includes both the most award-winning river cruise line in the industry and the world’s best ocean cruise line.

CRUISE CRITIC EDITORS’ PICKS – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011

The international team of Cruise Critic editors selected Viking’s first ocean-going ship, Viking Star, as the Best New Ocean Ship, noting “the ship is so beautifully designed – with terrific alfresco restaurants, a beautiful pool area, a superb spa and the two-level Explorers' observation lounge – that you'll be hard-pressed to go ashore.”

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


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 Placements 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.

TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD’S BEST – 2016, 2015, 2013

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

To view more of our river cruise honors, go to For more information on our ocean cruise accolades, visit