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THE HIGHEST RATED OCEAN SHIPS

BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

BEST NEW OCEAN SHIP – VIKING STAR
Designed like no other,Viking Staroffers the ultimate in style and comfort. To be awarded Best New Ocean Ship is recognition of everything Viking Star and her sister ships represent.

BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE
The extraordinary standard of quality on board our ocean ships exceeds all expectations. To be awarded Best Luxury Cruise Line at the coveted British Travel Awards is recognition of our promise to deliver only the very best.

BEST CRUISE LINE FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
 Viking has long been recognised for its outstanding service, and we are delighted to be awarded as the very best for the care and attention we provide.

 

 

 

CRUISE CRITIC CRUISERS’ CHOICE 2016 AWARDS

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY AND BEST SPA

We are delighted to have won first place in the 2016 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Award across both river and ocean cruise categories.

The judges commended Viking for its inclusivity, saying that “rather than worrying about extras adding up, passengers can relax and enjoy their cruises.” Of the Spa, they wrote “Not only is it free to all (regardless of whether you have a treatment); it also features a snow grotto. It's perfect for anyone keen to sample the full Nordic bathing ritual. There's also a sauna, a thalassotherapy pool and beautiful fake firewall.”

CRUISE CRITIC CRUISERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

BEST CRUISE SHIP CABINS, BEST CRUISE SHIP SERVICE, BEST CRUISE SHIP DINING & BEST CRUISE SHIP FOR VALUE IN THE SMALL SHIP CATEGORY

We are delighted to have won first place in the 2016 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards.

THE WAVE AWARDS 2016

WINNER: SPECIALIST SMALL SHIP LINE & BEST FOR WELL-BEING OR SPA FACILITIES.

We are thrilled to announce that Viking Star won ‘Best for well-being or spa facilities’ and ‘Specialist Small Ship Line’ at World of Cruising’s Wave Awards 2016.

BERLITZ

#1 SHIP - 2016

In its Cruising & Cruise Ships 2016 edition, Berlitz rated Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Star the highest in her category during her debut season.

The guidebook provides readers with unbiased information and exhaustive detail on all aspects of cruising. For the 2016 edition over 250 ships were put to the test, being evaluated on their facilities and standards relating to food, service, staff and hospitality. Now, in its 31st year of publication and considered by many to be the Bible of cruise ship guidebooks, a new leader in cruise ships carrying 751-2,000 guests has been declared: Viking Star.

USA TODAY

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.

In addition, USA Today recognized how Viking Ocean Cruises stands apart from other cruise lines with its focus on destinations—more time ashore and longer overnight stays allow guests to make the most of their time in each locale. Onboard enrichment by subject matter experts on the history and culture of each destination are also appreciated, as is the no “nickel and diming,” approach, which includes complimentary Internet access and an included shore excursion in each port of call—all revolutionary concepts in the world of ocean cruising.

CRUISE CRITIC

BEST NEW OCEAN SHIP & 5-STAR RATING - 2015

The international team of Cruise Critic editors selected Viking Ocean Cruises’ first oceangoing ship, Viking Star, as the Best New Ocean Ship and awarded it a 5-star rating, 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

BEST VALUE OCEAN CRUISING EXPERIENCE & THE MOST CHOICES

Cruise Critic commended Viking Ocean Cruises for the flexibility it allows its guests—the ability to discover at one’s own pace with shore excursions offered at various times a day, plus spending more time in port (the average is only six to seven hours with other cruise lines) to explore nightlife and restaurants ashore. Not to mention being able to “stay in touch with the real world” while on board with complimentary, unlimited Internet for all.

INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE

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 MAGAZINE

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.”

USA TODAY

10 BEST CRUISE LINES FOR SEAFOOD LOVERS - 2015

USA Today named Viking Ocean Cruises one of the “10 Best Cruise Lines for Seafood Lovers,” noting that Norwegian salmon is always served in Viking Star’s main dining venue, The Restaurant, and can even be ordered 24 hours a day from the room service menu. In addition, many seafood offerings are available at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant, and herring and smoked salmon are also included in the ship’s buffet breakfast.

TRAVEL PULSE

TOP 5 RATED BURGER AT SEA - 2015

Travel Pulse recently raved about the Pool Grill’s Pancho Villa Burger, including it in its “Five Best Burgers at Sea.” Noted for its “outstanding flavor explosion,” the delicious blend of arugula, guacamole, chipotle aioli and blue cheese toppings proved an irresistible combination.

© 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.

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