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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.

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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.

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CRUISE CRITIC

EDITORS’ PICKS AWARDS - 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

In 2018, the international team of Cruise Critic editors awarded more honors to Viking than any other cruise line. Viking led the luxury ocean cruise category with three prestigious awards—including “Best Luxury Value for Money,” “Best Luxury Spa” and the highly coveted “Best New Luxury Ship” for Viking Orion. Cruise Critic notes that on top of fare inclusions, “Viking cruisers benefit from smartly designed cabins; gorgeous top-deck, all-weather hangouts; and destination-intensive itineraries.”

Cruise Critic editors have honored Viking ocean cruises every year since the debut of our first ship, Viking Star, in 2015. That year Viking Star was named the “Best New Ocean Ship,” with editors 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.”

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CRUISE CRITIC

EDITOR RATING: 5 STARS - 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Cruise Critic’s team of expert editors awarded Viking’s entire fleet of ocean ships—Viking Orion (2018), 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.”

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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.

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TIME

WORLD’S GREATEST PLACES – 2018

Viking Orion was named one of the World’s Best Places to Stay for 2018. Highlighting an “out-of-this-world experience”, TIME praises Viking Orion’s onboard planetarium (the most advanced on an ocean ship) as well as onboard lectures on astronomy and space exploration led by resident astronomer Howard Parkin.

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AFAR TRAVEL

TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS – 2018

Viking received three first place honors in the 2018 AFAR Travelers’ Choice Awards. Named “Best Cruise Line” in its category, “Best Mediterranean Cruise Line” and “Best Northern Europe Cruise Line,” Viking was chosen for its “luxurious” amenities, in-depth cultural experiences and picturesque itineraries.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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).

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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.

CruiseFever Fan Favorite Award 2017

CRUISE FEVER

FAN AWARDS – 2017

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

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

© 2016. Travel + Leisure and Time Inc. Affluent Media Group are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Viking Cruises. Viking Ocean Cruises was voted Best Large-Ship Ocean Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2016 World’s Best Awards.