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WORLD’S BEST AWARDS – 9 YEARS OF RECOGNITION

Viking River Cruises has been recognized as the World’s Best by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2018 World’s Best Awards and has been recognized 9 times since the inception of the award in 2010.

In 2015, Viking earned 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 2012 and 2015 World’s Best Lists.

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER

READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS - #1 RIVER CRUISE LINE

In these annual awards, Viking has been recognized twelve times from 2002 to 2017 and has scored in the top of the list every year since the river cruise category was introduced. In 2017, Viking was voted the #1 River Cruise Line—higher than any other river cruise line. Condé Nast Traveler states, “Complimentary Wi-Fi and select shore excursions encourage passengers to share experiences both on land and 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 - 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

Viking River Cruises has been honored for seven consecutive years with awards including “Best River Cruise Line,” “Best New River Ships” for the Viking Longships, “Best River Cruise Itineraries,” “Best Enrichment,” “Best Shore Excursions,” and “Best for First-Timers.” Cruise Critic states, “In an expanding river market, Viking continues to reign.”

USA TODAY

10BEST READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS – 2018, 2017, 2016

Viking was named “Best River Cruise Line” in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for the third 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.”

CRUISE CRITIC

CRUISERS’ CHOICE DESTINATION AWARDS - 2018

In 2018, Viking was rated one of the top European River Cruise Lines in Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. The Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards highlight the world’s best destinations and cruise lines, based solely on member reviews published on the Cruise Critic website.

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 - 2017, 2016, 2015

Cruise Fever fans named Viking “Best River Cruise Line” for the third year in a row in the 2017 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.

LUXURY TRAVEL ADVISOR

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE - 5 TIME WINNER

In 2018, Viking was recognized for the second consecutive year as the first and only cruise line to win both rivers and oceans categories in the prestigious luxury trade awards: Best Luxury River Cruise Company (for the fifth time) and Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Company (for the second time).

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.

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.”

MONEY MAGAZINE

BEST IN TRAVEL - 2017

In search of the “Best Cruises for Your Money,” Money magazine named Viking River Cruises the “Best River Cruise Line” for providing “the greatest choice of waterways, ports, and cruising dates . . .” while also offering exceptional value.

TRAVEL + LEISURE

WORLD’S BEST AWARDS - 2018, 2017, 2016

For the third year in a row, Viking was named a #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards 2018. This award reinforces our position as a formidable industry leader.

Viking won the same Ocean Cruise Line award in 2016 and 2017, 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 her maiden voyage.

CRUISE CRITIC

CRUISERS’ CHOICE AWARDS - 2018, 2017, 2016

In 2018, Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky received 10 first place honors in the Cruise Critic 8th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards. Viking Sea received First Place in six award categories: Best Overall Ship, Best Cabins, Best for Fitness & Recreation, Best for First-Timers, Best Shore Excursions and Best Value-for-Money. Viking Star received First Place in two award categories: Best Dining and Best Service. And Viking Sky, in its first year of service, also received First Place in two award categories: Best Public Rooms and Best Entertainment. The Cruisers’ Choice Awards name the best cruise ships in the world, based solely on ratings submitted with member reviews published on the Cruise Critic website.

CRUISE CRITIC

EDITORS’ PICKS AWARDS - 2017, 2016, 2015

In 2017 and 2016, the international team of Cruise Critic editors honored Viking with two awards: “Best Luxury Cruise Line for Value,” noting that on top of fare inclusions, “Viking cruisers benefit from smartly designed cabins; gorgeous top-deck, all-weather hangouts; and destination-intensive itineraries;” and “Best Luxury Cruise Line Spa,” naming Viking’s spa “the best spa at sea.”


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.”

CRUISE CRITIC

EDITOR RATING: 5 STARS - 2017, 2016, 2015

Cruise Critic’s team of expert editors awarded Viking’s entire fleet of ocean ships—Viking Sun (2017), Viking Sky (2017), Viking Sea (2016) and Viking Star (2015) —with their highest rating: 5 stars. They stated that 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.” About Viking Star they noted her to be “one of cruising's most beautiful small ships.”

CRUISE CRITIC

CRUISERS’ CHOICE DESTINATION AWARDS - 2018

In 2018, Viking swept the small ship cruise line category, winning Best Cruise Line for the following destinations: the Baltic and Scandinavia, western Mediterranean, the British Isles and Western Europe, and western Caribbean and Riviera Maya.

BERLITZ CRUISING & CRUISE SHIPS GUIDE

#1 SHIP - 2017, 2016

In its Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017 edition, Berlitz rated Viking Sea first in her category, 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.

USA TODAY

10BEST READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS – 2018, 2017, 2016

In 2018, Viking Sea was named the “Best Cruise Ship for Dining” in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards and both Viking Star and Viking Sky were also named a “Top 10”. Additionally, Viking was proudly named a “Top 10” ocean cruise line for the third year in a row. Nominated by a panel of travel experts and voted on by travelers, Viking was recognized for its “destination-intensive programming” in addition to its well-appointed, all-veranda staterooms.

TOWN & COUNTRY

CRUISE AWARDS - 2017, 2016

Viking received two honors in the 2017 Town & Country Cruise Awards. Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun were recognized in the “Best Aboard” category stating “the spas on all four ships are the most beautiful at sea”. Viking was also recognized in “Best Sports Marinas” for its destinations.

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.”

LUXURY TRAVEL ADVISOR

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE - 2018, 2017

In 2018, Viking was recognized for the second consecutive year as the first and only cruise line to win both rivers and oceans categories in the prestigious luxury trade awards: Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Company (for the second time) and Best Luxury River Cruise Company (for the fifth time).

MONEY MAGAZINE

BEST IN TRAVEL - 2017

Viking was named “Best Ocean Cruise Line” in its class by Money magazine for exceeding expectations in cost, cleanliness, customer satisfaction and overall value.

CRUISE FEVER

FAN AWARDS – 2017

Cruise Fever fans named Viking “Best Luxury Cruise Line” in the 2017 Cruise Fever Fan Awards.

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 named 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 honored Viking with “Best Mediterranean Cruise.” The cable network also recognized Viking for “living up to the reputation of its acclaimed sister line while offering perks all its own.”