Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, Viking has been voted the Best River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. Viking has scored in the top of the list every year since the river cruise category was introduced. With the #1 winning score, Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Viking higher than any other cruise line. Also, after only two years of operating ocean cruises, Viking was again named one of the Best Ocean Cruise Lines.
More than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and more than 100,000 comments as part of the 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. The full results of the awards can be found here.
“Twenty years ago, we launched Viking with a vision that travel could be more destination focused. Our vision has resonated, and as we have led the industry in this direction, we have become as much known for what we are as what we are not. We offer a travel experience with no casino, no children, no umbrella drinks and no nickel-and-diming,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Earlier this year, we were named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line, and now we are the #1 River Cruise Line. I want to thank our guests and the readers of Condé Nast Traveler for this honor.”
20 Years of Award-Winning Tradition
Acclaimed for its innovation, distinctive modern Scandinavian design, inclusive value and immersive destination-focused offerings, for the past 20 years Viking has amassed awards from industry experts and the travel trade. In the last year alone, Viking was named the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards. The company’s ocean ships won the top two placements in nearly every category where they were eligible in Cruise Critic’s 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards.
As Viking rounds out its 20th anniversary year, it also closes on 12 months of significant expansion. Earlier this year, the company welcomed two new Viking Longships on Europe’s rivers. With the launch of Viking Sky and Viking Sun, Viking has doubled its ocean fleet in one year. Viking’s fifth ship, Viking Orion, will join the fleet in 2018, and will sail itineraries in Australia, Asia and Alaska. A sixth, yet-to-be-named sister ship will be delivered in 2019 and will mark Viking as the largest small ship ocean cruise line. The company has also placed orders for two additional sister ships to debut in 2021 and 2022, respectively.