Global Travel Media » Blog Archive » Viking Dominates 2017 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

Home » Accolades » Currently Reading:

Viking Dominates 2017 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

December 18, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Capping off its 20th anniversary year, Viking today celebrated new accolades from Cruise Critic, the world’s largest online cruise resource. In its 10th annual Editors’ Picks Awards, Cruise Critic honored Viking with five awards, more than any other river or ocean cruise line. Viking was recognized in the river and luxury ocean categories, with awards that point to key differentiating factors for the brand: Best for First-Timers, Best Enrichment, Best Shore Excursions, Best Spa and Best Value for Money. The full list of Editors’ Picks Awards can be viewed on Cruise Critic here.

               “For 20 years we have helped our guests explore the cultures of the world in comfort, at a price that includes more amenities and a better value than any other cruise line. It is an honor to have the editors of Cruise Critic recognize what makes Viking different in the travel industry,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “In a single year, we have been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line, the #1 River Cruise Line, and we have dominated both Cruise Critic’s Editors’ Picks and Cruisers’ Choice Awards. As we begin another new year that will see us launch new river and ocean ships, as well as cruise itineraries around the world, we look forward to even more travelers experiencing the ‘Viking Difference.’”

Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks

               The Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards are chosen by Cruise Critic’s international team of editors, based on the lines and ships they feel best represent excellence in each of the designated categories. In ranking Viking in the top spot for five different awards, Cruise Critic’s editors commented with the following:

·        Best for First-Timers – River: “With its vast fleet of Longships, Viking has the most choice of cruising dates in Europe and beyond, and offers many of the features that have become the hallmark of river cruising, such as beer and wine at lunch and dinner, an included shore excursion at each port, onboard enrichment sessions, free Wi-Fi and alternative terrace dining.”

·        Best Enrichment – River: “Viking remains committed to creating journeys that immerse passengers in the culture, history and cuisine of destinations when they’re onboard. The ‘Culture Curriculum’ program showcases music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations and guest lectures. One day cruisers might be watching a glass-blowing demonstration and the next, learning how to paint like Van Gogh or tasting Dutch cheese.”

·        Best Shore Excursions – River: “Drawing a page from their successful ocean cruises, Viking has added more…options to the usual city walking tours and bus trips. Local Life excursions might visit a local market on a culinary tour, while Working World tours help passengers understand the local economy. Privileged Access tours give small groups of people a special experience, such as a winery tour with a princess.”

·        Best Spa – Luxury: “Viking’s spa [onboard its ocean cruise ships] is beautifully appointed, uniquely designed and wonderfully relaxing. The spa offers a Nordic experience, which combines a variety of hot and cold treatments, as well as a massive thalassotherapy pool, ceramic lounge chairs and peaceful changing rooms. Best of all, the spa complex is free to all passengers. Viking has set the bar high; its ocean ships offer the best spa at sea.”

·        Best Value for Money – Luxury: “You get a lot for your money with Viking – drinks with lunch and dinner, Wi-Fi, one tour in every port, thermal spa access and meals in main and specialty restaurant venues. But more than fare inclusions, Viking cruisers benefit from smartly designed cabins; gorgeous top-deck, all-weather hangouts; and destination-intensive itineraries. That’s what we call value!”

Viking’s Awards in 2017

               This week’s announcement from Cruise Critic rounds out an impressive year of accolades for Viking. Earlier this year, Viking was voted the Best River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, and in the summer, Viking was named the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards. Town & Country named Viking’s ocean cruises “Best for Design” and “Best Overall, Contemporary Luxury” in the magazine’s recent Cruise Awards. It also named Viking’s river cruises “Best for Suites” and “Best for Design.” And Viking’s ocean ships won the top two placements in nearly every category where they were eligible in Cruise Critic’s 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, including “Best Overall” and “Best for First-Timers.”

Comment on this Article:

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Platinium Partnership


Elite Partnership Sponsors


Premier Partnership Sponsors


Official Media Event Partner


Global travel media endorses the following travel Publication