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Viking Voted A #1 Ocean Cruise Line By Travel + Leisure Readers In 2017 World’s Best Awards

July 13, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Viking Cruises has once again been named a #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2017 World’s Best Awards. Viking Cruises has once again been named a #1 Ocean Cruise Line and one of the Best River Cruise Lines by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2017 World’s Best Awards. Viking won the same Ocean Cruise Line award in 2016, and it has been voted one of the World’s Best River Cruise Lines since the inception of the award in 2011. With the launch of its third ocean ship, Viking Sky – and just before the launch of its fourth ship, Viking Sun – this year’s win reinforces Viking’s position as the category leader.

Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards are based on results from an annual survey, where readers are asked to cast their votes for the very best in cruising with considerations in the following cruise features: cabins/facilities, food, service itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities and value.

“We did not set out to be the world’s best luxury cruise line; we set out to be the world’s best travel experience, with the best value for guests on rivers and oceans. In doing so, 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 Cruises. “To us, luxury is not butlers in white gloves, formal nights and frivolous gimmicks; to us, luxury is personalized service, serene spaces and comfortable exploration. We offer understated luxury: everything you need and nothing you don’t, for a better value than any other cruise line. We want to thank our guests and the readers of Travel + Leisure for this great honor and for embracing the Viking way of travel.”

Since launching in 2015, Viking’s ocean cruises have been extremely successful quickly amassing industry awards. Classified as “small ships” by Cruise Critic, all three of the company’s 930-guest sister ships have been awarded a top rating of five stars by the publication. Viking also recently dominated Cruise Critic’s 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, with Viking Star and Viking Sea winning the top two placements in nearly every category where they were eligible, including “Best Overall” and “Best for First-Timers.” Additionally, Viking Star was named “Best New Ocean Ship” in Cruise Critic’s 2015 Editors’ Picks Awards, and Viking Star and Viking Sea were the highest rated ships in their category in the 2017 version of the “cruising bible,” Berlitz’s Cruising and Cruise Ships guidebook.

As Viking Cruises continues to expand, Viking will welcome three more sister ships in the next three years, and by 2019 it will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Two additional ships are also on order for delivery in 2021 and 2022.

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