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Viking Ocean Cruises Awards

The Highest Rated Ocean Ships

TRAVEL + LEISURE

WORLD’S BEST AWARDS - 2016

Viking was named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards 2016, overtaking the spot previously held by a luxury cruise line for 20 years. Viking is immensely proud of receiving this honor just one year after its first oceangoing vessel, Viking Star, set sail on its maiden voyage.

The world’s newest ocean cruise line is now the world’s best ocean cruise line.

CRUISE CRITIC

EDITORS’ PICKS AWARDS - 2016, 2015

In 2016, the international team of Cruise Critic editors honored Viking Ocean Cruises with two awards including “Best Luxury Cruise Line for Value,” stating, “Viking Cruises passengers can embrace the experience rather than focus on price,” and “Best Luxury Cruise Line Spa,” impressed by “the gorgeous thalassotherapy pool” and that “the spa’s thermal suite is free for all passengers to use.”

Cruise Critic editors selected Viking Star as the “Best New Ocean Ship” of 2015, noting “the ship is so beautifully designed—with terrific al fresco restaurants, a beautiful pool area, a superb spa and the two-level Explorers’ observation lounge—that you'll be hard-pressed to go ashore.” Praising its “decorative touches” and “elegantly Nordic decor,” they added, “The general ambiance brings to mind a boutique hotel that emphasizes design but not at the expense of comfort.” They also highlighted the ship’s large open spaces and al fresco dining options, such as the cruise industry’s first two restaurants that “convert to open-air eateries with the push of a button.”

CRUISE CRITIC

CRUISERS’ CHOICE AWARDS - 2016

In 2016, Viking’s first oceangoing vessel, Viking Star, received three top awards in Cruise Critic’s 6th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards. In addition, she received First Place in three award categories—and in each instance was also the highest-rated ship in the cruise industry: “Best Cruise Ship for First-Timers,” “Best Cruise Ship Cabins,” and “Best Cruise Ship Public Rooms.” Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Awards names the best cruise ships in the world, based solely on ratings submitted with member reviews published on the Cruise Critic website for cruises taken in 2015.

CRUISE CRITIC

EXPERT SCORE: 5 STARS - 2016

Cruise Critic’s team of expert editors awarded both Viking Star and Viking Sea with their highest rating: 5 stars. About Viking Star they noted her to be “one of cruising's most beautiful small ships,” while they declared Viking Sea “is a stunning vessel that seamlessly integrates comfort and modern, Scandinavian style. The ship's small size means it rarely feels busy and is able to get into ports bigger ships can't reach.”

BERLITZ CRUISING & CRUISE SHIPS GUIDE

#1 SHIP - 2016

In its Cruising & Cruise Ships 2016 edition, Berlitz rated Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Star the highest in her category during her debut season.

The guidebook provides readers with unbiased information and exhaustive detail on all aspects of cruising. For the 2016 edition, over 250 ships were put to the test, being evaluated on their facilities and standards relating to food, service, staff and hospitality. Now, in its 31st year of publication and considered by many to be the Bible of cruise ship guidebooks, a new leader in cruise ships carrying 751-2,000 guests has been declared: Viking Star.

USA TODAY

HONORS THE NEW VIKING SEA - 2016

“The Viking Sea is a knockout,” raved USA Today, declaring, “It’s time for river cruise giant Viking’s new ocean division to take another bow.”

The media outlet praised Viking Sea’s “unified and stylish” decor and “superb design,” noting its “smattering of high design” furnishings by renowned architects Frank Gehry and Mario Bellini; large, spacious staterooms that each include a veranda, and bathrooms with “luxury linens and heated floors” to maximize the comfort of each guest.

TOWN & COUNTRY

CRUISE AWARDS - 2016

Viking Ocean Cruises received three honors in the 2016 Town & Country Cruise Awards. Viking Star and Viking Sea were awarded “Best Overall Contemporary Luxury Cruise Line” and “Best for Design Contemporary Luxury Cruise Line.” Town & Country comments, “The Viking ocean design philosophy holds that ships should be elegant and comfortable and never overwhelm the real purpose of cruising: to see the world.”

FODOR’S TRAVEL

WORLD’S BEST CRUISES - 2016

Viking was honored to be named one of Fodor’s Travel “World’s Best Cruises for 2016.” Fodor’s Travel recognized Viking Star and Viking Sea for the “infinity pool off the stern, Snow Grotto spa room, luminous Wintergarden tearoom and all-balcony staterooms.”

PORTHOLE CRUISE

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AWARDS – 2016

Viking Star was honored for the first time as “Best New Breakout Ship” in the annual Porthole Cruise Editor-in-Chief Awards.

PORTHOLE CRUISE

READER’S CHOICE AWARDS – 2015

Viking Star was honored for the first time as “Best Medium-Sized Ship” (500-2,000 guests) in the 17th annual Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards.

INTERIOR DESIGN

BEST OF 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 named Viking Ocean Cruises’ first ship, Viking Star “Best Mediterranean Cruise.” The cable network also recognized Viking Ocean Cruises for “living up to the reputation of its acclaimed sister line while offering perks all its own.”

© 2016. Travel + Leisure and Time Inc. Affluent Media Group are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Viking Cruises. Viking Ocean Cruises was voted Best Large-Ship Ocean Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2016 World’s Best Awards.

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