Condé Nast Traveller

Readers’ Choice Awards — 2021, 2020, 2019

In 2021 Viking was named both the #1 Ocean Cruise Line and the #1 River Cruise Line in Condé Nast Traveller’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the first time Viking has scored higher than all other cruise lines in both of these categories in the same year.

The Times and Sunday Times

Travel Awards — 2020

Viking was named ‘Best Boutique Cruise Line’ in The Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards 2020.  The awards are voted for by readers of The Times, Britain’s oldest national daily newspaper, and its sister title The Sunday Times, currently the biggest selling quality print newspapers in the UK, with over 330,000 votes registered overall this year. 

Cruise Critic

UK Cruisers’ Choice Awards — 2020, 2018

In 2020, the Viking ocean fleet swept the Small Ship category in the annual UK Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards with Viking Star and Viking Sea taking top honours in 8 ocean categories. Viking Star was awarded for ‘Best Overall’, ‘Best Value’, ‘Best Cabins’, ‘Best Dining’, ‘Best Public Rooms’, ‘Best Service’, and ‘Best Shore Excursions’ while Viking Sea followed suit receiving the award for ‘Best Fitness and Recreation’.

Cruise Critic

UK Editors’ Picks Awards — 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017

In 2021, Viking Venus was named the "Best New Luxury Ship" by Cruise Critic Editors. For three consecutive years (2017-2019), the international team of Cruise Critic editors also recognised Viking in several luxury cruise line categories including ‘Best for Value’ and ‘Best Spa’. Additionally, in 2018 and 2019, Viking was awarded for ‘Best Enrichment’.

Cruise International

British Cruise Awards — 2019

Respected as one of the most prestigious consumer awards in the cruise industry, Cruise International awarded Viking ‘Best Cruise Line’ overall in their 2019 British Cruise Awards.

British Travel Awards

Best Midsize Ships Gold Award — 2018, 2017

In the annual British Travel Awards, Viking was named ‘Best Midsize Ship’ in 2018 and ‘Best Luxury Cruise Line’ in 2017. The British Travel Awards honour excellence in travel and tourism based on ratings submitted by registered travelers.

Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships

#1 Ship — 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016

In its Cruising & Cruise Ships 2020 edition, Berlitz awarded Viking the top six positions in the Mid-Size Ships category. 
In 2017, Viking Sea was awarded first in her category, noting her ‘many elegant touches’ and ‘excellent inclusive value.’ Viking Star, which was rated highest in her category in 2016, earned second place behind her sister ship Viking Sea.

Wave Awards

Best for Wellbeing & Spas — 2018, 2016

In 2018, for the second time, The Wave Awards’ distinguished panel of industry experts recognised Viking’s ocean cruises as the ‘Best for Wellbeing & Spas’ in the UK cruise industry.

Interior Design

Best Of The 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.”