Viking wins 10 categories, including “Best Overall Ship”
After a year of dominating nearly every major international travel industry award ceremony, Viking this week received a new set of accolades from the popular online cruise resource, Cruise Critic. The line is today celebrating that its first three 930-guest sister ships, Viking Star, Viking Sea, and Viking Sky, received 10 First Place honours in the Cruise Critic 8th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards. Viking’s fourth ship, Viking Sun, which is currently in Australia on its first world cruise, also debuted on the Awards list.
Viking won the top three placements in nearly every category in which they compete. Viking Sea received First Place in six award categories: Best Overall Ship, Best Cabins, Best for Fitness & Recreation, Best for First-Timers, Best Shore Excursions and Best Value-for-Money. Viking Star received First Place in two award categories: Best Dining and Best Service. And Viking Sky, in its first year of service, also received First Place in two award categories: Best Public Rooms and Best Entertainment.
Cruise Critic is the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, with more than 350,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 500 of the most popular cruise ships. The Cruisers’ Choice Awards name the best cruise ships in the world, based solely on ratings submitted with member reviews published on the Cruise Critic website in the last 12 months.
“Of course, we are pleased with every award we receive, and winning the Cruisers’ Choice Awards is a particular honour. Members of the Cruise Critic Community are among the most experienced and well-travelled individuals in the world; they are truly expert voices for the industry, and I thank them. I would also like to thank our entire Viking family, especially our onboard colleagues, without whom these accolades would not be possible,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “For the last 20 years, we have focused not on designing ships with shiny gimmicks, but rather on designing opportunities where our guests can enrich their lives through exploration. We are still a young company, and as we continue to add new ships to our fleet over the next decade, we look forward to introducing many more guests to the Viking way of travel.”
In addition to the First-Place wins, Viking’s ships also took the Second and Third Place honours in most of the same categories, meaning Viking overwhelmingly dominated the top third of the Awards for Small-Mid-Size ships.
Today’s announcement from Cruise Critic caps an impressive list of recent accolades for Viking. In 2017, the company was named the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards – and was voted the Best River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. These recent Cruise Critic Awards further reflect Viking’s successful expansion into ocean cruising, thanks to the line’s distinctive and well-loved ships, engaging crew, emphasis on historical and cultural immersion and inclusive value philosophy.
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