close navigation menu

BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE 2019

For the eleventh year running

CRUISE CRITIC

Best River Cruise Line for First Timers

CRUISE CRITIC

Best River Cruise Line for Itineraries

2017 CRUISE CRITIC UK EDITORS' PICKS AWARDS

BEST ITINERARIES   

Viking River Cruises

BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE   

for the ninth consecutive year.

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.

WHICH? 2019

RECOMMENDED PROVIDER

OCEAN CRUISE LINES

CRUISE CRITIC 2019

BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE FOR VALUE

CRUISE CRITIC 2019

BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE FOR ENRICHMENT

CRUISE CRITIC 2019

BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE SPA

CRUISE CRITIC 2017

BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE SPA

BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

BEST MIDSIZE SHIPS CRUISE LINE

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.

CRUISE INTERNATIONAL

BEST FOR FOOD

LUX AWARDS 2017

BEST GLOBAL CRUISE OPERATOR

CRUISE CRITIC 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

BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE
BEST CRUISE LINE FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE

CRUISE CRITIC 2016

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY
BEST SPA

CRUISE CRITIC 2016

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

WAVE AWARDS 2016

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

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.

CRUISE CRITIC 2015

BEST NEW OCEAN SHIP
& 5-STAR RATING

CRUISE CRITIC

BEST VALUE OCEAN CRUISING EXPERIENCE
& THE MOST CHOICES

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

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.