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2017 CRUISE CRITIC UK EDITORS' PICKS AWARDS

BEST FOR FIRST TIMERS   

We are delighted to win Best for First-Timers - Viking River Cruises

2017 CRUISE CRITIC UK EDITORS' PICKS AWARDS

BEST FOR ENRICHMENT   

We are delighted to win Best Enrichment - Viking River Cruises

2017 CRUISE CRITIC UK EDITORS' PICKS AWARDS

BEST ITINERARIES   

We are delighted to win Best Itineraries - Viking River Cruises

BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

9X WINNER: BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE   

We are delighted and very proud to win Best River Cruise Line of the Year 2017 for the ninth consecutive year. The BTA's stamp of approval is especially important as it is voted for by both trade and consumers - and is based on their actual experiences.

BEST FOR FOOD   

We are thrilled to have been awarded Highly Commended in Best for Food at the Cruise International Awards 2017.

BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE   

We are thrilled to have been awarded Best River Cruise Line at the Cruise International Awards 2017.

BEST LUXURY RIVER CRUISE LINE   

We are thrilled to have been awarded Best Luxury River Cruise Line at the Cruise International Awards 2017.

SILVER TRAVEL ADVISOR AWARDS 2017

BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE   

We are thrilled to have been awarded Best River Cruise Line at the Silver Travel Awards 2017. We'd also like to pay special tribute to our Managing Director Wendy Atkin-Smith who was awarded the Exceptional Achievement award for services to travel for the over-50s.

BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

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 FOR ENRICHMENT AND 
BEST FOR ITINERARIES

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


The judges described Viking's enrichment programme as 'hard to beat'. And Viking itineraries as offering the most choice. “With a stronghold on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers - plus France's Seine and Portugal's Douro - Viking has a large focus on European rivers, as well as itineraries in China, Russia and Southeast Asia.”

TRAVEL WEEKLY GLOBE AWARDS

3X WINNER: BEST SPECIALIST CRUISE COMPANY, INCLUDING RIVER & FAVOURITE RIVER CRUISE COMPANY

In 2016, Viking won 'Best River Cruise Company' at this celebrated travel agents awards ceremony. 

THE WAVE AWARDS 2016

WINNER: FAVOURITE RIVER CRUISE LINE

Viking Cruises won ‘Favourite River Cruise Line at World of Cruising’s Wave Awards 2016.

CRUISE CRITIC

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

Viking’s river cruises have 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, “In an expanding river market, Viking continues to reign.”

TRAVEL + LEISURE

WORLD’S BEST – 2015, 2013

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 11 times from 2004 to 2015 with these annual awards.


©2015 Time Inc. Affluent Media Group. Used under license. Travel + Leisure and Time Inc. Affluent Media Group are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Viking Cruises.

ULTRA TRAVEL AWARD

WINNER: BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE

Viking were delighted to be awarded ‘Best River Cruise Line’ at the 2016 ULTRA awards, recognising the best in luxury travel, and voted for by readers of Ultratravel, The Telegraph’s luxury travel magazine.

FOOD AND TRAVEL MAGAZINE

WINNER: RIVER CRUISE LINE OF THE YEAR

In 2016, Viking were awarded ‘River cruise line of the year’ at the 2016 Food and Travel Magazine awards, chosen by readers of the magazine.

TIMES TRAVEL AWARDS

BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE

These awards are among the most coveted in the industry. Being voted Best River Cruise Line 2015 for the third year running is a great achievement, one we are immensely proud of.

CRUISE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

WINNER: BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE AND LUXURY RIVER CRUISE LINE 2016

We are delighted to have won Best River Cruise Line in 2016 for the sixth consecutive year. The Cruise International awards are especially important as the winners are voted for by cruise passengers.

BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

8X WINNER: BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE OF THE YEAR

We are thrilled and very proud to win Best River Cruise Line of the Year 2016 for the eighth consecutive year. The BTA's stamp of approval is especially important as it is voted for by both trade and consumers - and is based on their actual experiences.

CRUISE CRITIC UK EDITORS' PICKS AWARDS

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY - VIKING OCEAN CRUISES

We are delighted to have been awarded Best Value for Money - Viking Ocean Cruises.

2017 CRUISE CRITIC UK EDITORS' PICKS AWARDS

BEST SPA - VIKING OCEAN CRUISES

We are delighted to have been awarded Best Spa - Viking Ocean Cruises.

BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

BEST MIDSIZE SHIPS CRUISE LINE

We are thrilled to have been awarded Best Midsize Ships Cruise Line at the 2017 British Travel Awards.

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 FOR FOOD

BEST FOR FOOD

We are thrilled to have been awarded Highly Commended in Best for Food at the Cruise International Awards 2017. Thank you to all who voted.

LUX AWARDS 2017

BEST GLOBAL CRUISE OPERATOR – VIKING CRUISES

CRUISE CRITIC CRUISERS' CHOICE AWARDS 2017

8 AWARD WINS: SMALL SHIP CATEGORY   

VIKING SEA
Best for Cabins
Best for Entertainment
Best for Fitness & Recreation

VIKING STAR
Best Overall
Best for Embarkation
Best for Public Rooms
Best for Service
Best for Value

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 2016

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.